Women in India are definitely breaking a lot of stereotypes in the past few decades. Contrary to the popular belief that men are the superiors, there have been quite a lot of women that are making the world a better place. On account of international day of the girl, here is a list of top 10 richest women in India:
1. Savitri Jindal
Savitri Jindal is the current Chairman of OP Jindal Group. She has retained her status as the richest woman in India recently, which makes her the 19th richest person overall in the country. Net worth is 5.2 Billion USD.
2. Vinod Gupta
Vinod Gupta is the wife of the late Anil Rai Gupta, who founded the electrical company Havell’s. Havell’s saw tremendous growth this year with thriving sales in lighting and electrical fixtures which gave her a net worth of 2.5 Billion USD.
3. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw founded Biocon, the world’s largest insulin producer. Her wealth has more than doubled in the last year and she has a net worth standing at 1.8 billion USD.
4. Leena Tewari
Leena Tewari is the chairman of USV India, who makes the cut with a net worth of 1.6 billion USD. Founded by her late father, USV India specializes in diabetic and cardiovascular drugs.
5. Indu Jain
Indu Jain, chairman of the media giant Bennett, Coleman & Co., has been a consistent name on the rich list of the country. The company publishes the Times of India, the world’s largest read daily newspaper by circulation. Jain also owns the TV channels Times Now and ET Now.
6. Smita Crishna-Godrej
Smita Crishna-Godrej is the sister of Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej, Managing Director and Chairman of Godrej & Boyce. She made headlines a couple of years ago when she bought a heritage bungalow worth $60 million, which once belonged to Homi Bhabha, India’s atomic energy pioneer.
7. Anu Aga
Anu Aga owns 62 percent of the engineering firm Thermax, based in India and Britain. Thermax was founded by AS Bathena, Anu Aga’s father, and later taken over by her husband, RD Aga. After the latter’s death, Anu took over the company and stayed on as chairperson until 2004 when she passed on the mantle to her daughter, Meher Aga.
8. Shobhana Bhartia
Shobhana Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media, which publishes the daily Hindustan Times and the business paper Mint. Under Bhartia, the group has expanded its business to include diverse media platforms. This includes four FM radio stations, websites like job portal shine.com, Bollywood site desimartini.com and Webitude, a social and digital media firm. In 2013, Bhartia launched MintAsia, a business weekly in Singapore.
9. Vidya Murkumbi
Vidya Murkumbi owns Shree Renuka Sugars in Belgaum and is one of the fastest growing sugar companies in India. She runs the business alongside her son Narendra Murkumbi.
10. Kavery Kalanithi
The Managing Director of Sun TV network and the wife of media tycoon Kalanithi Maran, Kaveri Kalanithi is known for being one of the highest paid women in the country. The Tamil satellite television network, Sun TV, is one of the most viewed entertainment channels in India.