Ratan Naval Tata is the present Chairman of Tata Sons and therefore, Tata Group,He is also the chairman of major Tata companies such as Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Tea, Tata Chemicals, The Indian Hotels Company and Tata Teleservices.
Ratan Tata serves in senior capacities in various organisations in India and he is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. Tata is on the board of governors of the East-West Center, the advisory board of RAND’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy and serves on the program board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India AIDS initiative.
Ratan Tata’s foreign affiliations include membership of the international advisory boards of the Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase and Booz Allen Hamilton. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation, University of Southern California and of his alma mater, Cornell University. He also serves as a board member on the Republic of South Africa’s International Investment Council and is a member of the Asia-Pacific advisory committee for the New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, he joined BMB Group as an advisory board member.
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani (born on 19 April 1957) is an Indian business magnate is the current chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, the largest private sector enterprise in India, a Fortune 500 company,and one of the largest private sector conglomerates in the world. His personal stake in Reliance Industries is 48%.
In 2010, he was named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its list of “68 people who matter most” As of 2011, he is the second richest man in Asia and the ninth richest man in the world with a personal wealth of US$27 billion. In 2007, a strong rally in the Indian stock market and the appreciation of the Indian rupee boosted the market capitalisation of Reliance group companies, briefly making him the world’s richest man. According to Forbes Magazine forecasts, he is expected to regain the title of the richest man in the world in 2014.
3. Lakshmi N Mittal
Lakshmi Narayan Mittal is an Indian steel magnate. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company.
Mittal is the richest man in the United Kingdom, second richest man in Europeand is presently the sixth richest individual in the world with a personal wealth of US$31.1 billion or £23.8 billion. He is the 44th most powerful person of the 68 most powerful people in the world. One
out of 5 cars in the world is made up of the steel materials of his steel empire. His daughter Vanisha Mittal’s marriage was the most expensive in the recorded history of the world.
4. Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani is an Indian entrepreneur. He currently serves as the Chairman of the new Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), after a successful career at Infosys Technologies Ltd. He is also now heading Government of India’s technology committee, TAGUP.
Nilekani became the Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in March 2002, taking over from Murthy. Nilekani served as CEO of the company from March 2002 to April 2007, when he relinquished his position to his colleague Kris Gopalakrishnan, becoming Co-Chairman. He left Infosys on 9 July 2009 to serve as the chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India, in the rank of a cabinet minister under invitation from the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh.
He co-founded India’s National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) as well as the Bangalore Chapter of The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE).He appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on March 18, 2009 to promote his book “Imagining India.” He has been a speaker at the prestigious TED conference where he talked about his ideas for India’s future
5. Azim Premji, CEO Wipro
Azim Hasham Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, guiding the company through four decades of diversification and growth to emerge as one of the Indian leader in the software industry. According to Forbes, he is currently the third wealthiest Indian with a personal wealth of US$16.8 billion in 2011.In 2000, he was voted among the 20 most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek. He was also among the 50 richest people in the world from 1999 to 2005 according to Forbes. In April 2004, he was rated among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. His assets include 74% of Wipro. Wipro Limited, which dealt in hydrogenated cooking fats along with consumer products, grew from a company of US $2.5 million to a giant of $6 billion under Premji’s leadership. Wipro Technologies, one of its group companies, is one of India’s largest software companies and is ranked among the top 100 technology companies globally
6. Anil Ambani (Reliance ADAG)
Anil Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business baron and chairman of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, one of the largest private conglomerates. Anil’s elder brother, Mukesh Ambani, is also worth more than 29 billion dollars, and owns another company called Reliance Industries. As of 2011, he is the fourth richest Indian with a personal wealth of $8.8 billion, behind Mukesh Ambani, Lakshmi Mittal and Azim Premji.
He is a member of the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of
Technology Kanpur; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is a member of the Central Advisory Committee, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. In March 2006, he resigned. He is also the Chairman of Board of Governors of DA-IICT, Gandhinagar.
He has been linked with several starlets in his long career including his current wife of more than 15 years. He is a close friend of movie star Amitabh Bachchan and Subrata Roy.One of his major achievements in the entertainment industry is the takeover of Adlabs, the movie production to distribution to multiplex company that owns India’s only dome theatre and the recently announced joint venture worth US$ 825 million with Steven Spielberg
He has been embroiled in a dispute with his brother, Mukesh Ambani, over the supply of gas from the latter’s KG basin.
He recently topped Business Sheet’s “world’s biggest loser” list of business leaders who lost money in the Late 2000s recession, losing $32.5 billion in 2008, which brought him out of the top ten list to number 34 in 2009.
7. K.V. Kamath (ICICI Bank)
Kundapur Vaman Kamath is the managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank, the largest private bank in India. Kamath, born on December 2, 1947, began his career with ICICI — the parent body of ICICI Bank — in 1971 and has since then worked to take ICICI places. He has helped the financial institution evolve into a modern, tech-savvy organisation.
He joined the project finance division of ICICI in 1971 and moved on to different departments to gather rich experience. In 1988, he joined the Asian Development Bank, Manila in their private sector department. He worked in most of the developing countries in the region including China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. In May 1996, he returned to ICICI as its managing director and chief executive officer. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist and the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporation in India. He is also the Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science.
After becoming the chancellor of BITS Pilani University, he formulated Mission 2012 and Vision 2020 for making BITS one of the world’s top universities. His first ever visit of a BITS campus was of Goa campus for the launching of India’s 1st Innovation fest-’QUARK 2010′.
9. Rahul Bajaj
Rahul Bajaj is a prominent Indian industrialist and member of the Indian Parliament. He comes from the business house started by a Rajasthani Marwadi businessman Jamnalal Bajaj. The US$ 1.32 Billion Bajaj Auto is his flagship company. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001.
His net worth is estimated to be at US$1.6 billion. He is currently listed 34th on the Forbes list of richest people in India.
10. Sunil Mittal
Sunil Bharti Mittal is an Indian telecom mogul, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprises. The US$8.3 billion turnover company runs India’s largest GSM-based mobile phone service and world’s fifth largest wireless company with over 190 million customers across 19 countries in Asia and Africa. He is the son of Sat Paul (former MP) and Lalita.In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor.
In May 2008, it emerged that Sunil Bharti Mittal was exploring the possibility of buying the MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company with coverage in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Financial Times reported that Bharti was considering offering US$45 billion for a 100% stake in MTN, which would be the largest overseas acquisition ever by an Indian firm. However, both sides emphasize the tentative nature of the talks, while The Economist magazine noted, “If anything, Bharti would be marrying up,” as MTN has more subscribers, higher revenues and broader geographic coverage. However, the talks fell apart as MTN group tried to reverse the negotiations by making Bharti almost a subsidiary of the new company.
In May 2009, Bharti Airtel again confirmed that it was in talks with MTN and the companies agreed to discuss the potential transaction exclusively by 31 July 2009. Bharti Airtel said in a statement “Bharti Airtel Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has renewed its effort for a significant partnership with MTN Group”