India's Top Ten Entrepreneurs
Globalization has brought the best out of India, which today stands second in Total Entrepreneurship activity in the world; thus proving all the doomsday prophecies wrong. These days’ Indian business firms are making acquisitions abroad and expanding their businesses around the globe. Although the list of most famous entrepreneurs is never-ending, here is a profile of the 10 wealthiest entrepreneurs of India.
# 1. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd, who directed the creation of the world’s largest Petroleum Refinery at Jamnagar, India. He has been bestowed the US-India Business Council (USIBC) ‘Global Vison’ 2007 Award for Leadership in 2007 and the ‘ET Business Leader of the Year’ Award by The Economic Times in the year 2006. His wealth is estimated at 20 billion USD and is the only Indian CEO to be a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
# 2. Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal is the Chairman and CEO of Arcelor Mittal which is a combination of the world’s number one and number two steel companies, Arcelor and Mittal Steel. His major accolades include ‘Steel Maker of the Year’ Award by New Steel Magazine in 1996 and the Eighth Honorary Willy Korf Steel Vision Award in 1998. His total wealth is estimated at 32 billion USD.
# 3. Anil Ambani
Anil Ambani, the Chairman of the Reliance ADA Group is regarded as one of the foremost leaders of contemporary India. He was named as the ‘CEO of the year 2004’ in the Platts Global Energy Awards and the ‘Businessman of the Year Award’ by Business India in 1997. His total wealth is estimated at 18.2 billion USD.
# 4. Azim Premji
Azim Permji is the Chairman of Wipro Technologies, one of the largest software companies in the world. Being one of the richest businessmen in India for several years and honored by the Padma Bhushan in 2005, he has been a source of inspiration to a number of budding entrepreneurs. His total wealth is estimated at 17.1 billion USD as reported by the Fortune Magazine in August 2006.
# 5. Kushal Pal Singh
Kushal Pal Singh is the Chairman of the DLF Group, a pioneer of the new era of real estate business in India. He received the ‘Delhi Ratna’ Award for his outstanding contributions to Delhi. His total wealth is estimated at 10 billion USD.
# 6. Sunil Bharti Mittal
Sunil Bharati Mittal is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharati Group, India’s largest GSM based mobile service provider. A pioneer of the cellular phone revolution in India, he has won the ‘IT Man of the Year Award 2002’ from Dataquest and the ‘CEO of Year Award’ from the World HRD Congress. His total wealth is estimated at 9.5 billion USD as showcased by the Forbes List in 2007
# 7. Kumar Birla
Kumar Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, India’s first truly multinational corporation. Some of his awards include ‘Global Indian of the Year’ and ‘Most Socially Responsible Leader’ in 2007. His total wealth is estimated at 8 billion USD.
# 8. Ramesh Chandra
Ramesh Chandra is the Chairman of Unitech, the second largest Real Estate firm in India. He was awarded the ‘Best Developer Award’ in 2007 in recognition to his exceptional achievements in the real estate industry. His total wealth stands at 6.4 billion USD as reported by the Forbes Magazine.
# 9. Pallonji Mistry
Pallonji Mistry is the Chairman of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group which owns the Shapoorji Pallonji Construction Limited and the Eureka Forbes Limited. His total wealth estimate stands at 6 billion USD as reported by Forbes.
# 10. Adi godrej
Adi Godrej, the Co-founder and Managing Director of Godrej Group of Companies, initiated the process of improving the standards of consumer products. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2002 for his outstanding achievements in the field of consumer industries. His total wealth is estimated at 4.1 billion USD.
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