Know about the top ten businesswomen who came to be known as women business tycoons in India
Everyone knows about the male business tycoons of India but most of them aren’t aware of the ‘women business tycoons in India’ who made India proud. India has the third highest number of billionaires in the world after the United States of America and China. Astonishingly, the number of women billionaires in India has increased. Women are making giant strides in the business community. Currently, we do not have any women on the list of the top 10 wealthiest women in the world but we hope that we will reach this soon.
Here is the list of the top 10 women business tycoons in India:
Net Worth: $15.8 Billion
72 years old Savitri is currently the richest woman in India and chairperson emeritus of OP Jindal Group. After the demise of her husband OP Jindal in 2005, she took over the Jindal empire. Under Savitri’s leadership, the revenue of Jindal Group has grown by four times and that is the reason why she has become Asia’s richest woman.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Net Worth: 84,330 crores
Roshni is 40 years old and the second wealthiest woman in India. She is the current Chief Executive officer of HCL Corporation, Chairperson of HCL Technologies, Founder and Trustee of The Habitats Trust, and a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She has her bachelor’s in Communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Roshni has received many awards and accolades because of her extraordinary work in the field of business and philanthropy. She was featured in the ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list released by Forbes in 2021.
Net Worth: 57,520 crores
Falguni Nayar is a 59 years old Gujarati born in Mumbai in a business family. After completing her graduation from IIM Ahmedabad, she started her career with A.F. Ferguson & Co. She joined Kotak Mahindra Bank in 1993 and spent around 18 years there. She served as the Managing Director of the bank from 2005 to 2012.
After quitting the bank, she founded Nykaa in 2012 which paved the way for her entrepreneurial success. Today, she has successfully built a beauty and lifestyle empire with a portfolio of more than 1500 brands.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Net Worth: 29,030 crores
One of the most renowned woman Indian billionaires, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is 69 years old businesswoman who holds the positions of the Executive Chairperson and Founder of Biocon, a biotechnology company. She started her firm back in 1978 in a garage in India and built a big empire out of it that positions her among the top 10 women business tycoons in India.
Biocon has achieved great success under shaw’s leadership and it’s a leading name in the medicines industry, it made medicines accessible and affordable to millions of patients across the world. She also helms other positions including – Lead Independent Director at Infosys, Signatory at The Giving Pledge, and Board Member of United Breweries.
Net Worth: 28,180 crores
Nilima is a 36 years old Indian woman billionaire who owns a stake of 20.34% as the Director of Divi Laboratories. She joined the family business in 2012. She is the daughter of Pharma legend, Murali Krishna Prasad Divi. As the Director of the pharma company, she administers all aspects of Material Sourcing and Procurement, Corporate Finance, and Investor Relations.
Nilima is a graduate of the Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade, India, and has over five years of global experience in material requirements, financing, and planning.
Net Worth: 26,260 crores
Radha is a 50 years old Indian businesswoman from Chennai. She completed her graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997 with a degree in industrial management. In 1996, she co-founded Zoho Corporation (previously called AdvenNet) an Indian multinational technology company that makes computer softwares and web-based business tools.
Presently, Zoho has more than 60 million users and 12 offices in 9 countries around the world. She is also the Director of Janaki Hi-Tech Agro, an agricultural NGO, and Highland Valley Corporation, a real estate firm.
Leena Gandhi Tewari
Age: 65 Years
Net Worth: 24,280 crores
Leena Gandhi Tewari is a 65 years old Indian entrepreneur and the Chairperson of USV, a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company that offers best-in-class healthcare services. She has made a significant contribution to the company set up by her late father, Vithal Gandhi.
She has written a biography titled ‘Beyond Pipes and Dreams’ on her grandfather Vithal Balkrishna Gandhi. Under her leadership, USV bought a German firm Juta Pharma. Her daughter Aneesha Tewari was appointed to the USV’s board in 2022.
Anu Aga and Meher Pudumjee
Net Worth: 14, 530 crores
Anu Aga is an 80 years old famous Indian woman business tycoon and the former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. She joined an Indian multinational engineering conglomerate in 1985 and took its helm in 1996 when her husband died of a heart attack.
In 2004, she handed over the company to her daughter, Meher Pudumjee, who is a trained chemical engineer to manage Thermax as its chairperson. Meher is also the Chairperson of Akanksha Foundation and a trustee of Teach to Lead in Mumbai.
Net Worth: 13, 380 crores
Neha Narkhede is a 38 years old, renowned young Indian-American technology entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and former CTO of Confluent, a leading streaming data technology company. She co-created the open-source software platform Apache Kafka and currently serves as a board member of Confluent.
A resident of Pune, she started her career in Oracle and then worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn. In 2014, she and two LinkedIn colleagues left the company to lay the foundation of a software company that deals with data.
Net Worth: 6,620 crores
Renu is a 60 years old Corporate philanthropist who holds the position of the Managing Director of Hero Fincorp, a Non-banking financial company in India, and the Director on the Board of Easy Bill. She is also the Former Executive Director of Hero MotoCorp, India’s leading Two-wheeler Company.
Renu is also the chairperson of the Raman Kant Munjal Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of the less privileged. She is also among the top women philanthropists in India. In 2020, she donated Rs 17 crore towards the cause of education.
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