Introducing top 50 entrepreneurs of India
Entrepreneurs are people who dared to outline, design, frame idea, launch and run at first a small business for profit by taking the risk. All of the entrepreneurs listed below have one thing in common: a clear vision that they can make it big and that’s why they are one of top 50 entrepreneur of India 2019.
Businesses which now have a global presence were once small and unassuming. They existed in the by-lanes of cities, run by a group of similar thinking entrepreneurs or, sometimes, by a lone dreamer.
Net worth – $52.2 billion
He is the chairman of the reliance industries and is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India. He is always in the news for his achievements in various industries. Mukesh Ambani has achieved a lot of success in his life and is the richest man in Asia. His Reliance JIO raged a price war in India’s telecom market with the launch of the 4G phone service Jio.
Net worth–$21.5 billion
He is the second richest person in India, who is the chairman of the Wipro. he used to run the family business The company, which was earlier called Western Indian Vegetable Products at the time, dealt in hydrogenated oil manufacturing but Azim Premji later diversified the company to bakery fats, ethnic ingredient based toiletries, hair care soaps, baby toiletries, lighting products, and hydraulic cylinders.
In the 1980s, as a young entrepreneur, he saw the importance of the emerging IT field, took advantage of the vacuum left behind by the expulsion of IBM from India, changed his old company name to Wipro, and entered the high-technology sector by manufacturing minicomputers under technological collaboration with an American company Sentinel Computer Corporation. Thanks to the smart move he is now one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India.
Net worth-$13.3 billion
She is one of the most famous women entrepreneurs. Akhila Srinivasan is the M.D of the Shriram Investments Ltd. she was also listed in the Forbes list of Asia’s top 6 most powerful women and is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India. She runs the charitable trust Shriram Foundation which helps the orphanage and several rural schools.
Kumar Mangalam Birla
Net worth– $12 billion
He is the chairperson of the Aditya Birla Group and is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India who has its business presence in more than 30 countries. His company deals in cement, aluminum, and telecom services. He inherited the business empire from his father and when to create India’s largest telecom firm Vodafone Idea.
Net worth- $11.9 billion
He didn’t go to college and now he is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in India. Gautam Adani is the head of the Adani Group of companies. He is also credited with running India’s largest private port known as Adani Ports and SEZ or more commonly the Mundra port.
Cyrus S. Poonawalla
Net worth-$8.1 billion
He is the Founder of Serum Institute of India which is the fifth-biggest vaccine maker in the world. He has revolutionized medicine. Cyrus was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medicine, by the Indian government in 2005.
Kushal Pal Singh
Net worth– $6.5 billion
The Real-estate tycoon Kushal Pal Singh is the CEO of the DLF Universal. He was born in Bulandshar, Uttar Pradesh, and even serve in the military before he was into the real estate business. DLF is one of the most famous and trusted real estate company.
Kushal Pal Singh Singh’s personal wealth is estimated to be approx $6.1 billion as per the 50 richest in Asia in Forbes list 2017. His autobiography was launched in the year 2011, named ‘Whatever the Odds: The Incredible Story Behind DLF universe. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India who has to inspire many visionary ideas. He has been honored with awards like Padma Bhushan in 2010.
Net worth–$6.5 billion
Nusli Wadia is the chairman of the Wadia Group, which runs some of the well-known brands in India which include Britannia Industries, home textiles company Bombay Dyeing, and budget airline GoAir. His company Britannia has a turnover of more than $1.5 billion according to Bloomberg. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneur of India who has a close relationship with Pakistan. AS he is the grandson of the Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Net worth–$5.3 billion
He is one of the Successful businessman, and chairperson of the Bajaj Group. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2001. Known for his outspokeness and making shear business decision he is one of top 50 entrepreneur of India who had a stint in politics as a member of Rajya Sabha.
Net worth – $4.9 billion
He is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India and is the man behind the famous Nirma detergent. Dr. Karsanbhai Patel founded the Nirma domestic detergent segment in 1969. He started selling Nirma from the backyard of his house and went on to create a company of having a turnover of more than $600 million.
He has a net worth of $4.9 billion million according to the Forbes list and is increasing.
Desh Bandhu Gupta
Net worth–$4.7 billion
He was the chemistry professor in Rajasthan who then moved to Mumbai to work for a multinational pharmaceutical firm. His eagerness to make big dipped him into his wife’s savings to buy a tiny vitamin company in 1968 and started focusing on making drugs to treat tuberculosis. The pharma company he founded, Lupin ltd is the largest generic firm in India
Net worth-$4.3 billion
He is the chairman of the Piramal Group of Industries. Piramal Group has tremendous power in the Pharma Industry, financial services, real estate, healthcare analytics, and glass packaging. Piramal started out in his family’s textile business at age 22 in 1977 but went on to build a pharma empire through its innovative ideas.
This company is having a presence in more than 30 countries worldwide. Piramal also finances the Piramal Foundation.
He honored with awards like the Business Leader of the Year Award, 2018, CNBC Asia’s India Business Leader of the Year Award, 2018, etc
Net worth–$4.3 billion
He is the founder and chairman of the famous natural resource company called Vedanta. Anil Agarwal was born in Patna, India in a middle-class family and his father used to runs an aluminum conductor-making company. His ambition to make it big bring him to Mumbai from where he started trading in scrap metal and then started mining natural resources and now he is the top 50 entrepreneur of India.
Net worth–$3.7 billion
He is the founder and chairman of the landmark group. A Dubai based Indian retail business which deals in the baby product. His company has expanded to across the world with having more than 2,300 stores spread across 22 countries in the Middle East, Africa and India.
Net worth- $3.2 billion
Pawan Munjal is the son of late Brijmohan Lall Munjal, founder of Hero Group MotoCorp. His company Hero is the world’s largest producer of 2-wheelers by volume having sold more than 85 million units to date. As a mechanical engineer, he uses his knowledge to excel in the two-wheeler market and is now one of the successful entrepreneurs of India.
Net worth–$3.1 billion
She is the Chairperson of the famous Times Group which has many front-line daily newspapers in India. She controls the powerhouse of the media and her daily newspaper is the world’s largest by circulation. she even runs the famous financial newspaper The Economic Times. she is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in India.
Net worth- $2.9 billion
He is the chairman of the Godrej group and he is not only one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India but also the second richest Parsi in India. Adi Godrej’s company mainly deals with consumer products and has a turnover of more than $8 billion.
Apart from Godrej, he has been president of several Indian trade and associations. Along with all this, he is also involved with philanthropic activities. They are the major supporter of the world wildlife fund. 25% share of his company are held in trusts and foundations.
He has been honored with lots of awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2012, The Entrepreneur of the Year-Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, 2010, etc
Shashi And Ravi Ruia
Net worth – $2.8 billion
The Ruia brothers are the founder of the Essar Group which operate in the steel, oil and gas, power, shipping, communications and minerals in over five continents. The brothers were named as one of the richest Indians with a combined net worth of $7 billion in 2012.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Net worth–$2.8 billion
She is the richest woman in India and the founder of India’s largest bio-pharmaceutical Biocon. She started Biocon India in 1978 in the garage of her rented house in Bengaluru with just a small capital of Rs. 10,000. She also found it difficult to recruit people to work for her start-up. Her first employee was a retired garage mechanic.
Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao
Net worth – $2.6 billion
He is the Founder and chairman of the GMR group. Grandhi M. Rao’s company is a major infrastructure company that has a global presence in about 7 countries. Even the busiest Delhi airport is made by them. He has inspired many and holds a mechanical engineering degree. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in India.
N.R. Narayana Murthy
Net worth- $2.4 billion
He is the co-founder of Infosys. Born in a middle-class family, with no family business background. He launched Infosys in 1981 together with six other like-minded partners on a capital of Rs 10,000 borrowed from his wife. Although he is a rich and successful entrepreneur of India, he still leads a simple life and flies in economy class to date.
Net worth–$2.3 Billion
And again a woman on the list is the Prominent women entrepreneur of India from Chennai. She is the chairman and CEO of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited. And her company has revenues of INR 96 billion all thanks to her entrepreneurial skill.
Net worth-$2.2 billion
He is the chairman and founder of the Sun group. Maran first started a monthly magazine in Tamil called Poomaalai. and then, he founded Sun TV. His company is now the largest television services provider with 33 channels reaching 95 million households in India.
Net worth–$2.1 billion
He is the co-founder of tech giant Infosys and was former Chairman of Infosys and now the chief of UIDAI which is issuing Aadhar card. He is always in news when it comes to new technology innovation in India. His vision one protecting Aadhar is praised by many.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Net worth-$2.1 billion
He is the founder of the famous mobile payments company Paytm. He was also ranked as India’s youngest billionaire in 2017 by Forbes. In 1997, while in college, he started the website indiasite.net, and sold it two years later for $1 million. He is one of the top youngest entrepreneurs in India.
Net worth- $2 billion
A billionaire barber who was born in a poor family who is now one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India and is an inspiration for many. At the early age of 7, he lost his father leaving behind a barbershop. Bangalore resident Ramesh Babu, has a really fascinating successful entrepreneur story. He is an ordinary businessman, with extraordinary wealth. He is a billionaire and owns a rent-a-car fleet of 67 alternative cars.
At the moment his fleet consists of around 200 cars, vans, and mini-buses, including imported vehicles—a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Mercedes C, E and S class, and BMW 5, 6, and 7 series. He has a wide range of imported Mercedes vans and Toyota mini-buses.
Amazingly, Ramesh charges Rs 75000 a day for the Rolls and his usual clients are some big corporate company and visiting Bollywood and Tollywood stars.
Net worth-$2 billion
Rajan Raheja runs a lot of successful companies such as Excide and Hathway Cable & Datacom. He is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in India. Rajan is also the owner of the famous outlook magazine.
Net worth– $1.7 billion
A Mumbai based businessman who is a Managing Director of the famous Mahindra and Mahindra Group. Anand Mahindra is the man of vision who has excel in every industry from aerospace to farm and in automobiles.
He also supports women’s education and runs Nanhi Kali, a non-government organization that supports education for underprivileged girls in India.
Net worth- $1.5 billion
Raunaq Singh is a Founder of famous companies such as Apollo Tyres, Bharat Gears, Raunaq Pharma, and others. He was one of the first entrepreneurs of India to be recognized worldwide who came up after the pre-independence era.
he was the founding member of Apollo tires which is the 7th largest tire company in the world ap per the 2015 report.
Raunaq Singh struggles hard to become a powerful and successful entrepreneur in India. He is one of the very few people who is considered to be the pioneer of entrepreneurship of India and is also idolized by many people especially the youngsters.
Bhargav Sri Prakash
Net worth-$1.5 billion
He is the founder and CEO of Friends learn. He is not only a successful entrepreneur but also a sportsman and is a professional tennis player and junior national champion from India. His company address education and health issues.
Malvinder Singh Mohan
Net worth –$1.4 billion
He is one of the richest Indians and was the former CEO of Ranbaxy Laboratories. His company deals in the healthcare industry. He inherited their family’s 33.5% stake in Ranbaxy and since then have been a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare industry.
Dr. Kallam Satish Reddy
Net worth – $1.39 billion
He is the business executive and the chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Labs. and is one of the successful entrepreneurs of India? He along with his brother-in-law G.V Prasad chairs the $2.2 billion revenues from his company. Dr. Kallam Satish Reddy holds a B.S degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University and is also the chief of the national safety council of India.
Recently, Satish Reddy make debuts on the Forbes billionaires list. Even they are expanding their company presence in the markets like Russia also.
His wife Deepti is the founder and managing editor of Wow! Hyderabad, a city magazine.
V. G. Siddhartha
Net worth-$1.2 billion
He is the founder of the famous coffee shop cafe coffee day. His company cafe coffee day is the largest chain of coffee shops in India. His first outlet was started in Bangalore in 1996.
Net worth- $1.2 billion
He is the Co-founder of the HCL Technologies. Arjun Malhotra is known to be ahead of his time and is a true visionary. He’s a company known as Micro comp Limited, which sold digital calculators. Micro comp created a joint sector company named Hindustan Computers Limited and began manufacturing mini and microcomputers.
Net worth- $1.2 billion
He along with Sachin Bansal co-founded the e-commerce platform Flipkart. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India who has made to the top from his revolutionary ideas.
Net worth- $1.19 billion
He is the founder and chairman of the videocon. His company has now recently started making smartphones and is even working on the 4G. His company is in turmoil but is recovering thanks to his visionary ideas.
Net worth- $1.1 billion
He is the CEO of the Zoho Corp earlier know as AdventNet. He was born in a middle-class family in Chennai which has no background in business. His company AdventNet has grown to become a software company from serving network equipment vendors to be an online applications provider.
He is one of the few entrepreneurs of India who manages to not only sustain his company but also make it profitable without the outside capital. He has worked as the wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm, Inc. where he was fortunate to work with some of the leading minds in wireless communications. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India who went from rag to riches.
Sridhar Vembu’s company Zoho competes with some of the big MNCs around the world with some core products of Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce.com. Vembu shuns outside capital, but if Zoho were to be valued, it might be well over $1 billion.
Net worth- $ 1 billion
He is the co-founder of Flipkart and is one of the most Inspiring entrepreneurs of India who have to revolutionize the e-commerce industry in India. Before launching Flipkart he was working in Amazon Web Services as a Senior Software Engineer. In 2007, Bansal quit Amazon to start his own venture.
Net worth-$1 billion
He is the Founder of the Health Insurance company Max Healthcare. He is the youngest son of Bhai Mohan Singh, founder of pharma firm Ranbaxy Laboratories. He is also a non-executive chairman of Vodafone India. Like his father, he is also a very talented and successful entrepreneur of India.
In 2011 he honored with Padma Bhushan and in 2015 honored with Doctorate by Amity University, Noida.
Net worth- $1 billion
Jyoti naik president of the Lijjat Pappad association. She is the inspiration for many and is one of the top women entrepreneurs in India who has made a household name. she started Lijjat Pappad in the year 1959, which now boasts revenue of over $150 million and employees over 42,000. It is headquartered in Mumbai and has 67 branches in India.
Net worth–$830 million
This man doesn’t need any introduction he is the most famous business personality of all time. he is the chairman of the TATA group Under his leadership the company’s revenue increased by 40% and its profit by 50%. He is known for his charity work and is loved by many in India.
Net worth–$795 million
He is the owner of the famous media group called Dainik Bhaskar. He competes with the market leader Times of India, and by launching DNA, an English newspaper in partnership with Zee Group, he was able to win over its competitor and now he is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India.
Dr. Pratap Reddy
Net worth–$500 million
He is the Founder of the Apollo Hospitals Group. He is one of the first people to Introduce corporate hospitals in India. His company Apollo Hospitals Enterprise is among Asia’s largest healthcare provider.
Net worth-$430 million
He is the CEO and co-founder of ola cabs. His company ola provide budget rides to its user. The idea of Ola Cabs came when Bhavish Aggarwal was on a tour of Himachal Pradesh with his friends. He took a taxi for it, but in the middle of the trip, the taxi driver asking him to pay extra money from him. If they refuse to pay extra money to him, the taxi driver would not take him to his destination. Thanks to that silly driver Bhavish Aggarwal is now one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India.
Net worth- $100 million
He is the Founder and Group CEO of online travel company MakeMyTrip. The idea of MakeMyTrip came when in the year 2000 he was trying to sell his wife’s car online and then realize the power of the internet.
Net worth-$40 million
He is the chairman of the Kent RO systems. He is known for revolutionizing the water purification industry in India. His first invention was in the field of petroleum conservation instruments where he earned fame and half a dozen patents to his credit. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneurs of India who has made his name from his ability to solve the world problem.
The idea of establishing the KENT RO SYSTEM came in the year 1998 when jaundice gripped his son in a posh colony of South Delhi.
Knowing that jaundice is a water-borne disease, Gupta researched and analyzed all the available water purifiers in the market. and came up with an idea.
The Idea turned into success. And now he is one of the successful entrepreneur of India . He started from scratch with an investment of about 1 lac and with the four-member team.
Today Kent has grown 40% market share in RO mineral and has a turnover of more than 500 crore.
Kavin Bharti Mittal
Net worth-$14 million
He is the founder and CEO of Hike Messenger which is the sixth-largest messaging app in the world. Within 3 years his messaging app grown to become the largest Indian internet company by the user with over 100 million users. With his innovative ideas, he is now one of the top 50 young entrepreneur of India.
Net worth–$10 million
She is one of the most famous businesswomen in India and a successful women entrepreneur, chairman, and the Owner of the Apeejay Group. She is known for the expansion and successful business like Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels.
P C Mustafa
Net worth-$10 million
He is one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs who started a company with just Rs 25000 which went up to have a turnover of more than 350 crores. He is one of the top 50 entrepreneur of India who has helped This is the people from rural India to be employable.
Today, fresh idli and dosa batter made by P C Mustafa’s company ID Fresh reaches homes in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mangaluru, and even Dubai.
Today, He produces around 50,000 kg in our plant. The total investment must be around Rs 4 crore (Rs 40 million) and our revenue is Rs 100 crore (Rs 1 billion).
It became a Rs 100 crore company in October 2015 and celebrated on the grand scale. They have grown from producing 10 packets a day in 2005, with just his cousin managing the kitchen, to 50,000 packets a day with 1,100 employees in 10 years.
Net worth-$1.04 Million
He is the COO of the British FMCG producer Unilever and also the director of Whirlpool, Qualcomm, and Tata Sons. Manwani is best known as the aggressive, transparent, and innovative person who always “thinks outside the box and don’t hesitate to take calculated risks.
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