VA Shiva Ayyadurai is an American scientist, inventor and entrepreneur of Indian origin. He has an estunated net worth of $500 thousand dollars. Shiva Ayyadurai was born on December 2 1963 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. In the year 1979, when he was a high school student, he developed the electronic version of an interoffice mail system. He called it “EMAIL” and copywrited it in 1982. The similarity of the term “EMAIL” with the generic term email, and the claims he later made for the program have resulted in controversy over Ayyadurai’s place in the history of IT industry. “The reports incorrectly credited EMAIL’s author, a 14-year-old in the 1970s as the inventor of email, long after it had become an established service on the ARPANET” wrote David Crocker in the Washington Post. Shiva Ayyadurai has presented a press release on his webpage asserting that his undergraduate professor Noam Chomsky of MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy supported his claim. However, MIT has distanced itself from the controversy. It dissociated itself from his EMAL Lab and stop funding it. It also revoked his contract to lecture at the bioengineering department.
Shiva Ayyadurai met American actress Fran Drescher in 2013 at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra. The couple married in September 2014. Fran Drescher is worth $25 million.