Gone are the days when women were considered no match to all the powerful men in this world. Indian women have come a long way from just being a homemaker. Women entrepreneurs through their dedication and hard work have won several accolades and taken their business to new levels. These enterprising women have played a pivotal role in creating a constructive and positive image of our country across the globe.
Here’s a list of top 5 Indian business women who have fought their way out of gender stereotypes and made their country proud.
1. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
The founder chairman and MD of Biocon, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is a strong lady known for her unusual choices.
She started Biocon in 1978 and lead its evolution from an industrial enzymes manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company.
Today, Biocon under Shaw’s leadership has established itself as a leading player in biomedicine research with a focus on diabetes and oncology.
Kiran has also received the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India.
Estimated net worth: $3.1 Billion
2. Indu Jain
Indu Jain is the chairperson of Bennett Coleman & Co. Limited, the largest mass media company in India which owns ‘The Times of India’ with over 11,000 employees and revenue exceeding $1.5 billion.
Indu Jain was born on 8th September 1936, in a Sahu Jain family. Under her leadership, President of India launched the Oneness forum in 2003.
She’s the founder president of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry).
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in Jan 2016 for her achievements in professional as well as social spheres.
Estimated net worth: $2.6 Billion
3. Mallika Srinivasan
Mallika Srinivasan has carved a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. She is the chairman and CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE). A graduate from Wharton School, Mallika has taken TAFE to rank among the top three tractor companies.
She diversified the product offerings of the company besides achieving some great mergers.
Estimated net worth: $1.9 Billion
4. Vandana Luthra
VLCC, a beauty and wellness giant has its presence in 11 countries across Asia, Africa, and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and the credit goes to Vandana Luthra. Initially, a homemaker, Vandana started her journey in 1989 when the first of her two daughters was only 3 years old. In 2015, she was listed as the 33rd most powerful businesswoman in India by Fortune India.
Estimated net worth: $173 Million
5. Chanda Kochhar
Chanda Kochhar is currently the MD & CEO of India’s largest private bank: ICICI Bank. Born in Rajasthan, Chanda got her Master’s Degree in Management Studies from JBIMS. Under Kochhar’s leadership, ICICI bank won the “Best Retail Bank in India” award in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005 and “Excellence in Retail Banking Award” in 2002.
Though Chanda Kochhar had to resign later from her post due to a fraud loan case involving her husband and right now, MD & CEO of ICICI bank is Sandeep Bakshi since October 2018.
Her estimated net worth is Rs. 75 crores.
I’m sure we must have missed a lot of Indian business women in here, so if you know some names, then do let me know in the comments below.