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10 Most Powerful Ladies of India

by Madhvi Bansal

There are many Indian women who have risen through times and carved a niche for themselves in different fields. They have garnered praise not only in the country but also earned respect from all over the world. The country has proud of itself to be the motherland of these wonderful ladies. Here is the list of top 10 most powerful ladies of India:

Chanda Kochchar

Chanda Kochchar is one of the top 10 powerful ladies of India. She was born in Jodhpur and brought up in Jaipur.She completed her graduation from a college in Mumbai and studied cost accountancy from the Institute of Cost Accounts of India for a Masters’s degree. After this, she joined ICICI in 1984as Management Trainee. This proved to be a turning point of her career and after that, she never looked back. She steadily climbed the ladder of success to become the CEO and Managing Director of ICICI. She was conferred with Padma Bhushan in 2011 and has been consistently featured in the Fortune’s list of most powerful women in business in 2005. Along with this,, she has been lauded several times with many awards both within and outside the country.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the executive and CEO of HCL enterprise.  She inherited the business from his father, Shiv Nadar. She joined the company after graduating with a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management. Her consistent efforts had led her to become the executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation. She is one of the trustees of the Shiv Nadar Foundation  and was awarded as the “young philanthropist of the year” award and

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the chairman and Managing Direct roof Biocon Limited and Chairperson IIM Bangalore. Before starting a joint venture Biocon Limited with Ireland’s Biocon Biochemicals Limited, she switched jobs in Melbourne, Kolkata and Baroda. She had the responsibility to establish and expand the Indian version of Biocon.  She alone handled the business in India and got the independent control of the Biotechnology Company in a course of 20 years. She developed affordable drugs and cost-effective healthcare techniques. She also supported the development of Arogya Raksha Yojana to establish easy to access healthcare clinics and provide healthcare facilities for those who cannot afford them.

Priyanka Chopra

Apart from being a versatile actor, Priyanka Chopra is a singer, film producer, and philanthropist. After winning the Miss World beauty pageant contest in 2000, Priyanka Chopra got many films offers from Bollywood and Hollywood. She is one of the highest-paid actors in India. She has also won a number of awards including Padma Shri, Filmfare Award and National Film Award. The Times magazine has also featured her in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. For the past 10 years, she has been working with UNICEF. In 2010 and 2016, she was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the child.

Shobhana Bhartia

The Chairperson and the Editorial Director of the Hindustan Group, one of the leading newspapers and media enterprises. She joined the Hindustan in 1986 as the Chief Executive and played an important role in transforming the Hindustan Times into ‘a bright and young paper’. It was her efforts that led the Hindustan Times to raise Rs 4 billion through public equity.

Nirmala Sitharaman

According to the 2019 Forbes list of the top 100 most powerful women, Nirmala Sitharaman is ranked 34th. She is the currently serving Finance Minister of the country. Not only this, she is even the first female Finance Minister of India. Apart from Finance Ministry, she has also served as the Defence Minister of India in 2017. Prior to this, Nirmala Sitharaman was Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance and the Minister for Commerce and Industry with independent charge.

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Suneeta Reddy

She is the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise. She is the biggest name in the healthcare industry.  Apollo Hospitals is the largest hospital chain in India with over 10,000 beds and 70 hospitals, along with multi-specialty centers. Apollo Hospital Chain is growing under Reddy. Recently,  it started it’s a proton therapy center in Chennai. The revenue of Apollo Hospital has also reached the double from the previous years.

Zarin Daruwala

Zarin Daruwala is a gold medallist Company secretary and a rank holder Charted Accountant.  She joined ICICI bank in 1989 and held various leadership positions until recently when she was appointed as the CEO of Standard Charted Bank. She even served on the board of Directors was the President of ICICI bank and well managed the wholesale banking business of the bank. It was through her immense hard work that the first rural ATM of ICICI bank in India was started.

Pallavi Shroff

She is one of the most powerful women according to the list prepared by Business Today.  She is the Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. She is the leading lady in intellectual property rights in India. Her contribution in the case of Bharat Matrimony Vs Google was noteworthy. The CCI (Competition Commission of India) held Google guilty and imposed a file of $21.17 million on the company.

Renu Sud Karnad

Under the leadership of Renu Sud Karnad, HDFC has been named as the best performing primary lending institution in the credit-linked subsidy scheme for the economically weaker sections and low-income groups. The corporation has also raised its lending business home loan disbursements of over Rs 5 trillion under her leadership. She is the Risk Management Committee and in-charge of the lending operations of the corporation. Renu Sud Karnad is the acting Managing Director of HDFC Ltd. She joined HDFC in 1978 and in the year 2000, she was appointed as the executive director. In 2007, she was escalated to the post of joined Managing Director and in 2010 she was appointed as a full-time Managing Director of the corporation.

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