“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” —Nancy Pelosi. We often talk about the most successful and powerful men in the world but here’s the list of some most powerful WOMEN in India. Some of them are even more successful than half of the population of men in India, combined.
#25 on Forbes top 100 most powerful women in the world. Bhattacharya joined SBI in September 1977. She is the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune 500 company. Initially she joined SBI in 1977 as probationary officer at the age of 22 years. She has held several positions during her 36-year career with the bank including working in foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. This included positions like chief executive of the bank’s merchant banking arm- State Bank of India Capital Markets; chief general manager in charge of new projects. She has also served at the bank’s New York office.
Net worth: USD 655 million
2. Vinita Gupta
#48 on the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world. Vinita Gupta, chief executive of Lupin Ltd, India’s third largest pharmaceutical company by sales. Mrs. Vinita Gupta has been the Chief Executive Officer at Lupin Limited since September 1, 2013. Mrs. Gupta served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Lupin Pharmacuticls Inc. Ms. Gupta served as Managing Director at Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. since October 11, 2003 and served as its President until August 2010.
Net worth: USD 3.3 billion
#40 on Forbes top 100 most powerful women in the world. In 2009 Kochhar was appointed as Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the bank and since then has been responsible for the bank’s diverse operations in India and overseas. She also chairs the boards of most of the bank’s subsidiaries, which include India’s leading private sector life and general insurance companies. In addition to her responsibilities at the ICICI Group, Ms. Kochhar is a member of the India – Japan Business Leaders Forum and the US-India CEO Forum.
Net worth: Rs. 6,100 Crore
4. Kiran Mazumdar
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian entrepreneur. She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India and the current chairperson of IIM-Bangalore. In 2014, she was awarded the Othmer Gold Medal, for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry. She is on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list. As of 2015, she was listed as the 85th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. At present in 2016, she has been listed one more time in “Forbes” – the most powerful woman in the world at 77th position.
Net worth: USD 1.59 billion
5. Nita Ambani
Nita Ambani is the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries. She is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani. She is also an art collector and owner of Mumbai Indians. Ambani has received numerous honors including a place in the 2016 edition of both the most influential women business leaders in Asia list by Forbes and the fifty high and mighty Indians list by India Today. Nita Ambani is the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, the CSR arm of Reliance Industries. In 2014, she was elected to the board of Reliance Industries.
Net worth: USD 22.6 billion
6. Indu Jain
Indu Jain is the chairperson of the media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co. that publishes the daily newspaper The Times of India, the world’s largest daily newspaper by circulation; The Economic Times, the world’s biggest financial newspaper after the Wall Street Journal, and the Indian edition of The Huffington Post. She also owns popular TV channels Times Now and ET Now. She has a global rank of 549.
Net worth: USD 3.1 billion
7. Leena Tewari
According to Forbes, Leena Tewari chairs and owns privately held Indian generics maker USV, known for its drugs for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, among others. The firm has its roots in a small venture started by her grandfather, Vithal Balkrishna Gandhi, a noted social reformer and politician, to import medicines. It expanded into manufacturing in a joint venture with Revlon in 1961.
Net worth: USD 1.9 billion
8. Anu Aga
Anu Aga was the chairperson of Thermax Ltd, an energy and environment engineering company from 1996 to 2004. After retirement, she is now focusing on social work. She joined the company, which was run by her husband, in 1985, and took charge as chairperson in 1996 after the death of her husband. She was ranked 94th on the Forbes list of richest Indians. She is also a co-founder of Teach for India, a not-for-profit organization that recruits people to teach in schools for low-income kids.
Net worth: USD 790 million
9. Shobhana Bhartia
Shobhana Bhartia is the chairperson and editorial director of The Hindustan Times media group. The group runs an English daily and a Hindi daily of the same name and a business paper, Mint. The group also owns four Fm radio stations across the country and many prominent websites, including the job portal Shine.com. Bhartia is the granddaughter of industrialist KK Birla. She joined Hindustan Times in 1986 as the chief executive. She had ranked 93rd in the Forbes list of powerful women last year. She is the pro-chancellor of the renowned Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences – Pilani.
Net worth: USD 645 million
10. Kaveri Kalanithi
Managing Director of Sun TV network, Kaveri Kalanithi is one of the highest paid business women in India. She is the wife of the media tycoon Kalanithi Maran. Sun TV network is a Tamil satellite television station launched on April 14, 1993. Founded by Kalanithi Maran, Sun TV is one of the most viewed entertainment channels in India.
Net worth: USD 11 million
Now that it’s pretty clear, who run the world? GIRLS. Do your own thing girls you never know when you become the #1 on world richest Human!!
Written by: Shivani Alka