It is a matter of pride that 4 distinguished Indian women have made their place in Forbes top 100 list of the world’s most powerful women. This shows the ascent of women in India from a social framework to the business facet despite a male dominated society.
We all know, Forbes list is no joke as they have the most distinguished members on their jury panel. Just to give you an idea, the Forbes top 100 list featured some of the most popular and powerful women personalities like Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, etc.
Indian women who made their mark on the Forbes top 100 list are:
- Arundhati Bhattacharya – Chairperson of SBI bank
- Chanda Kochhar – MD and CEO of ICICI Bank
- Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Chairman and MD of Biocon
- Shobhana Bhartia – Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd.
These are India’s foremost women leaders who are creating waves in the corporate world through their groundbreaking and authoritative leadership.
1. Arundhati Bhattacharya is the chairperson of SBI bank and ranks 25 on the Forbes list
She made the buzz a few years ago when she became the youngest and also the first woman chairperson of State Bank of India. Since her inception as chairperson, she took many bold steps in banking domain such as improving risk management framework, leveraging technology, etc.
She was born in 1956. Her father, Mr Prodyut Kumar Mukherjee was a Bokaro Steel Plant Worker and her mother Mrs Kalyani Mujherjee was a homoeopathic consultant. She joined SBI as the probationary officer in 1978.
Under her leadership, SBI labelled Vijay Mallya as a “willful defaulter” before he left the country.
2. Chanda Kocchar is the MD & CEO of ICICI bank and ranks 40 on the Forbes list
She was born in 1961 and spent most of her childhood in Rajasthan, India. She completed her master’s in management studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai in 1984. Soon after finishing her course, she joined ICICI Bank as a Management Trainee.
Since then she never looked back. She was awarded “Business Woman of the Year 2005” by The Economic Times. She reached the position of Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Bank in 2009.
3. Kiran Mazumdar is a business tycoon and ranks 77 on the Forbes list
Kiran Mazumdar was born in 1953 and was brought up in Bangalore, India. Her father worked as the head Brewmaster at United Breweries. Following her father’s footsteps, she was the only woman pursuing a course of Malting and Brewing at Federation University, Australia in 1974.
She helped in establishing Indian subsidiary of Biocon Biochemicals Limited in 1978. Currently, she has a net worth of over $700 million.
4. Shobhana Bhartia is the director of Hindustan Times Group and ranks 93 on the Forbes list
Shobhana Bhartia is the daughter of the famous industrialist KK Birla. She is chairperson and Editorial Director of Hindustan Times Group. It is an interesting fact to know that she is also a pro chancellor of BITS, Pilani. She was the member of Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012.
She is a voracious reader and always had a keen interest in media since childhood. She has a net worth of over $650 million.