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Jay Shetty
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Born 6 September 1987 (1987-09-06) (age 34)
Nationality British
Citizenship British
Alma mater Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet (Grammar School)
CASS, CUL (BSc Econ)
Occupation
Years active 2013–present
Notable work
Think Like a Monk
Spouse(s) Radhi Devlukia
Awards 11th Shorty Awards

Jay Shetty (born 6 September 1987) is an English author, former monk, and life coach of Indian descent. As the host of the podcast On Purpose, his guests have included Alicia Keys, Khloe Kardashian, and Kobe Bryant, resulting in 64 million downloads. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh and Today to discuss mental health and life purpose.

Career

In business school, Shetty met Gauranga Das, a monk invited to speak at the school on selflessness and living a minimalist lifestyle. Shetty spoke with Das after his talk and followed him for the remainder of Das's lecture circuit around the United Kingdom. He spent four summers in India interning at corporations and training with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, known as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, and three years living a Vedic monk lifestyle at an ashram in Mumbai, India.

Shetty began his career at Accenture, working on digital strategy and as a social media coach for the company's executives. His work caught the attention of Arianna Huffington, who hired him to produce videos for Huffington Post in New York, during which time he created the most viewed Facebook video of 2018. Topics of his video include relationships, wellness, mental health, and purpose. Shetty has interviewed Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, and through Huffington Post, Tim Ferriss.

Shetty was included on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in 2017. Shetty was recognized on the National Geographic Chasing Genius Council 2017 and the Asian Media Awards 2016 Best Blog. Shetty has been featured on the BBC and has spoken to audiences at Google, Nasdaq, HSBC, and Barclays. Shetty was the recipient of awards at the 2016 ITV Asian Media Awards and the 2018 Streamy Awards.

The host of the podcast On Purpose, Shetty reached 64 million downloads in his first year. On Purpose became the number one health podcast in the world according to Forbes.

In April 2019, Shetty was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Online Award at The Asian Awards and in May 2019 he won Best in Health & Wellness at the 11th Shorty Awards.

In 2019, when accused of plagiarizing quotes, 113 posts were removed from Shetty’s Instagram. Since the accusation, Shetty has been more careful with attribution.

Shetty was the cover story of AdWeek magazine's Young Influentials issue in 2019. Shetty is the cofounder of a video production company, Icon Media, along with Alex Kushneir.

In 2020, Shetty released the book Think Like a Monk through Simon & Schuster. The book offers advice on reducing stress and improving focus, based on Shetty's experiences from the ashram. In September 2020, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Amazon named the book on their bestseller lists.

Personal life

Shetty, a British Indian, grew up in North London with his parents and younger sister. He attended Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet then went on to graduate from the Cass Business School at the City, University of London. Shetty lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Radhi Devlukia Shetty.

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