IIFL Wealth Hurun India List- India richest women
- by Aruna-Sriram
- Oct 05, 2019 11:59
The number of women in this year’s rich list has grown to 152 women. It’s a leap from previous years when women were hardly visible.
Here's a list of this year's entrants:
1. Roshni Nadar
The 37-year-old HCL Technologies scion tops this year’s women rich list at Rs 36,800 crore. Roshni Nadar, the only child of Shiv and Kiran Nadar, is also the only woman in the top 20. Roshni, who is married to Shikhar Malhotra, also serves as the Executive Director and CEO of HCL Enterprise. Ranked 51 in the Forbes Power List 2018, she has been driving change via diversity and philanthropy through the Shiv Nadar Foundation.
2. Smitha V. Crishna
Smitha V. Crishna ranks second on this year’s list at Rs 31,400 crore. A third-generation heir of the Godrej empire, she has a one-fifth stake in the Group, along with her brothers. Her brother Jamshyd runs consumer goods firm Godrej & Boyce. She is married to Vijay Crishna, a well-known theatre actor, and has a daughter Nyrika Holkar who also works in the group. In 2014, she purchased a bungalow belonging to the late atomic physicist, Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, for ₹371 crores. The bungalow was demolished two years later, with reports of a high-rise being planned in its place. This move was met with much displeasure by the Indian scientific community.
Kiran Nadar, who comes third in the list at Rs 25,100 crore, is a well-known art enthusiast. Under her patronage and guidance, the famed Kiran Nadar Museum of Art has provided a platform to young artists, and also helped improve the visual aesthetics of public spaces in and around the National Capital. Apart from art and aesthetics, the 67-year-old is also one of the top bridge players in the country and has represented India in several world championships. Last year, Nadar led her team to win Gold at the Commonwealth Bridge Games in Australia.
With a net worth of Rs 18,500 crore, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon retains the crown of the richest self-made woman in India. She founded Biocon in 1978 and has led its successful IPO in 2004. The Biocon Chairperson and Managing Director, who has 1.5 mn followers on Twitter, has often highlighted government apathy and policy failures on the micro-blogging site. A role model for millions of young women, she has also been conferred with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan for her achievements.
5. Manju Deshbandhu Gupta
Irrespective of gender, pharmaceuticals have shone in this year’s rich list. Of the top ten entries, four belong to the domain. Manju Deshbandhu Gupta follows Biocon entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw at the fifth slot with Rs 18,000 crore. She served as the Executive Director of Lupin till 2017 and has been a Member of the Board for over four decades.
Hyderabad-based Nilima Motaparti comes in at number eight on the list. The daughter of Divi's Laboratories founder Murali Divi, her wealth is valued at Rs 9,800 crore. She has a master's in international business from Gautam Institute of Foreign Trade, Visakhapatnam, and a master's in international finance from Glasgow University in the UK. At Divis Laboratories, she acts as the Chief Controller - Commercial and handles finances and matters related to procurement.
The London-born, India-raised Jayshree Ullal ranks at the ninth spot. The President and CEO of Arista Networks, she is now one of the wealthiest female executives in America. She owns close to 5 percent of Arista's stock, some of which have been kept for her two children, niece, and nephew. She studied electrical engineering at the San Francisco State University. The 58-year-old lives in Saratoga, California.
Sangita Jindal, the better half of steel magnate Sajjan Jindal, is ranked at the tenth position with Rs 9,600 crore. She is the Chairman of the JSW Foundation which drives social development projects within the Group. The 57-year-old also leads Jindal Arts Centre and is the President of Art India magazine that focuses on contemporary art practices and critical theory. She has one son and two daughters.