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The most powerful people of India 2019 | Full list

first_imgThe most powerful people of India 2019 | Full listThis year’s list of most powerful Indians has 27 businessmen and women, up from 22 last year. The list is topped by the world’s 13th richest man – Mukesh Ambani, who has a net worth of $50 billion (Rs 3.45 lakh crore). India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 14:33 IST This year’s list of most powerful Indians has 27 businessmen and women, up from 22 last year. (Photos: (Bandeep Singh, Errikos Andreau, Rachit Goswami)HIGHLIGHTSThis year’s list of most powerful Indians has 27 businessmen and womenThe list is topped by the world’s 13th richest man – Mukesh AmbaniKumar Mangalam Birla has been ranked second in the list of most powerful IndiansThe India Today High & Mighty rankings are out. Published in the August edition of the India Today magazine, the High & Mighty ranking has seen the biggest shake-up since its inception. The biggest ruffle in the High & Mighty ranking happened because this year, three of the 16 personalities that exited the list had been the regulars since 2003.This year’s list of most powerful Indians has 27 businessmen and women, up from 22 last year. The list is topped by the world’s 13th richest man – Mukesh Ambani, who has a net worth of $50 billion (Rs 3.45 lakh crore). According to Forbes, his wealth has increased by 25 per cent in just one year. Kumar Mangalam Birla has been ranked second in the list of most powerful Indians. Others on the list include: Gautam Adani, Uday Kotak, Anand Mahindra, Ratan Tata, Virat Kohli, K Chandrashekharan, Amitabh Bachchan and Shiv Nadar.Narendra Modi, who stormed back to the Prime Minister’s Office with a massive victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, tops the list of most powerful politicians in the country. Nine of the 10 most powerful politicians are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).This year’s High & Might rankings also feature separate lists of the most powerful bureaucrats and Indian-origin foreign nationals.POWER LIST 2019 – 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN INDIA1. Mukesh Ambani2. Kumar Mangalam Birla3. Gautam Adani4. Uday Kotak5. Anand Mahindra6. Ratan Tata7. Virat Kohli8. N Chandrashekharan9. Amitabhh Bachchan10. Shiv Nadar11. Ajay Piramal12. Azim H Premji13. Sajjan Jindal14. Anil Agarwal15. Uday Shankar16. Amit Agarwal17. Sri Sri Ravi Shankaradvertisement18. Sanjiv Goenka19. Harish Salve20. Sunil Bharti Mittal21. Akshay Kumar22. Aditya Puri23. Nita Ambani24. Ajay Singh25. Baba Ramdev26. Vineet Jain27. Ranveer Singh28. Shashi Tharoor29. Salman Khan30. RC Bhargava31. Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta32. Sanjiv Puri33. Vijay Shekhar Sharma34. Dr Naresh Trehan35. Rahul Bhatia36. Rajinikanth37. Sanjiv Bajaj38. Dilip Shanghvi39. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw40. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev41. Pawan Munjal42. Deepika Padukone43. Ritesh Agarwal44. Kiran Nadar45. Byju Raveendran46. Prasoon Joshi47. Dutee Chand48. Ekta Kapoor49. Monika Shergill50. Amish TripathiTHE POWER BLOC – INDIA’S MOST POWERFUL POLITICIAN1. Narendra Modi2. Amit Shah3. Mohan Bhagwat4. Rajnath Singh5. Nitin Gadkari6. Nirmala Sitharaman7. Piyush Goyal8. Yogi Adityanath9. Devendra Fadnavis10. Prakash JavadekarTHE SUPERCRATS – INDIA’S TOP BUREAUCRATS1. Nripendra Misra2. Ajit Doval3. PK Mishra4. Shaktikanta Das5. Amitabh Kant6. Atanu Chakraborty7. Arvind Kumar Sharma8. Rajiv Kumar9. Krishnamurthy Subramanian10. Hiren JoshiBRAVING A NEW WORLD – THE GLOBAL INDIANS1. Sundar Pichai2. Satya Nadella3. Kamala Harris4. Gopichand P. Hinduja5. Lakshmi N Mittal6. Gita Gopinath7. Rajeev Misra8. Anshula Kant9. Ajay Banga10. Shantanu Narayen11. Raghuram Rajan12. Siddhartha Mukherjee13. Anish Kapoor14. Soumya Swaminathan15. Hasan Minhaj16. Raj Chetty17. Anjali SudINDIA’S 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE1. Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani has been ranked the most powerful person in the High & Mighty list because he’s India’s biggest wealth creator. With a market cap of Rs 8 lakh crore and marketable securities worth Rs 1.32 lakh crore, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s most valuable company. Mukesh Ambani. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)2. Kumar Mangalam BirlaKumar Mangalam Birla has been ranked the second because he has been steering the Aditya Birla Group into a higher orbit, with group revenues touching $48.3 billion (Rs 3.3 lakh crore). Birla’s cement business — UltraTech — is now the market leader after absorbing the businesses of Century Textiles and Industries. Kumar Mangalam Birla. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)3. Gautam AdaniKnown to be close to PM Modi, Gautam Adani had in January 2019 announced projects worth Rs 50,000 crore in Gujarat. Under his watch, Adani Power became India’s largest power producer, and the shareholder value for six of the Adani Group’s publicly listed companies grew 600 times in 30 years. Gautam Adani. (Photo: Rajanish Kakade/AP)4. Uday KotakUday Kotak finds a spot on the High & Mighty list because Kotak Mahindra is the country’s third-largest private bank and also because the bank buttressed its financial inclusion credentials by including in its customer base 4.29 lakh bottom-of-the-pyramid households. Uday Kotak. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)5. Anand MahindraThe champion of India’s private enterprise, Anand Mahindra transformed the Mahindra group and after diversifying from automotive into aerospace, defence, real estate and infrastructure and others, Anand Mahindra’s company made $21 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) in turnover. Anand Mahindra. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)6. Ratan TataRatan Tata is the financier of nearly 20 start-ups, including Ola Electric, weather forecast firm ClimaCell, Paytm, CarDekho, UrbanLadder and Lenskart. Tata Trusts also spent around Rs 1,500 crore in philanthropic activities in 2018-19. Ratan Tata. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)7. Virat KohliCricketer Virat Kohli became the first player to win the ICC’s top three awards — ODI Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year and ICC Cricketer of the Year — in the same year. Valued at $170 million, Virat Kohli endorses a total of 24 brands.advertisement Virat Kohli. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)8. N. ChandrashekharanUnder the leadership of N Chandrashekharan, Tata Motors launched the Tata Tigor EV in June 2019, delivering 40 electric buses to the Jammu and Kashmir government on July 2. N Chandrashekharan. (Photo: Anshuman Poyrekar/Getty Images)9. Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan’s last release, Badla, raked in Rs 87.5 crore. The actor was recently ranked number 7 in the Duff & Phelps list, with a brand value of $41.2 million (Rs 284 crore). Amitabh Bachchan is currently endorsing products for 22 companies. Amitabh Bachchan. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)10. Shiv NadarThe founder and the chairman of HCL Technologies — India’s third-largest software services company — Shiv Nadar was ranked at number 82 on the 2019 Forbes Billionaires list. He has a net worth of $14.4 billion. Shiv Nadar. (Phoro: Ramesh Pathania/Getty Images)11. Ajay PiramalUnder Ajay Piramal’s watch, Piramal Enterprises saw its revenues grow 24 per cent year-on-year to Rs 13,215 crore in 2018-19, while registering a 25 per cent growth in profits. Ajay Piramal. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)12. Azim H PremjiAzim Premji finds a spot on the list as the large-hearted billionaire had recently donated $21 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore) to charitable Azim Premji Foundation. His PremjiInvest has invested in several start-ups. Azim Premji. (Photo: Hemant Mishra)13. Sajjan JindalThe chairman and MD of the JSW Group, Sajjan Jindal’s JSW Steel recorded highest-ever revenue of Rs 84,757 crore and a net profit of Rs 7,524 crore in the financial year 2019. His company will spend Rs 48,700 crore in period 2018-22 to expand capacity from 18 million tonnes per annum to 24 mtpa. Sajjan Jindal. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)14. Anil AgarwalAs the executive chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal steered his company to earn revenue of Rs 90,901 crore. Anil Agarwal has also pledged 75 per cent of his wealth for social good. Anil Agarwal. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)15. Uday ShankarUday Shankar leads the world’s biggest media and entertainment conglomerates, which have a combined reach of more than 790 million viewers a month in over 100 countries. Uday Shankar owns 30 per cent of the digital video advertising share. Uday Shankar. (Photo: Danesh Jassawala)16. Amit AgarwalAmit Agarwal, Amazon India’s senior vice-president, made the company India’s number 1 online retailer, clocking gross sales of $7.5 billion (Rs 51,735 crore) in the year ended March 31, 2018. Amazon’s Great Indian Festival 2018 had emerged as the most visited and most transacted shopping ‘destination’ in India. Amit Agarwal. (Photo: Vivan Mehra)17. Sri Sri Ravi ShankarLast year, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was appointed by the Supreme Court to be part of a three-member committee to mediate the Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had also launched a Drug Free India campaign, which saw the participation of over 10 million students. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)18. Sanjiv GoenkaUnder the leadership of Sanjiv Goenka, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group surged and posted a 28 per cent growth in profit. His company — Guiltfree Industries Ltd — had recently acquired Nature’s Basket and Ayurvedic FMCG brand Dr Vaidya’s.advertisement Sanjiv Goenka. (Photo: Subir Halder)19. Harish SalveHarish Salve — the UK-based lawyer -recently represented India in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Salve managed to stall Jadhav’s death sentence pronounced by a Pakistani military court. Salve charged the Indian government one rupee in the Jadhav case. Harish Salve. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)20. Sunil Bharti MittalThe telecom czar of India, Sunil Bharti Mittal’s Bharti Airtel is India’s second-largest mobile phone operator and has 400 million customers across 16 countries. In 2017, Sunil Bharti Mittal became the first businessman to chair the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association. Sunil Bharti Mittal. (Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters)21. Akshay KumarWith earnings of $65 million (Rs 448 crore), actor Akshay Kumar had featured in Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2019. Akshay Kumar has been the spokesperson for the government’s social cause programmes such as Bharat Ke Veer and #SadakSurakshaJeevanRaksha. Akshay Kumar. (Photo: Sujit Jaiswal/Getty Images)22. Aditya PuriAditya Puri’s HDFC Bank has 5,103 outlets and 13,160 ATMs and earned a net profit of Rs 21,078 crore in this financial year. Under his leadership, HDFC’s retail advances rose by 15 per cent to Rs 432,687 crore. Aditya Puri. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)23. Nita AmbaniNita Ambani’s Reliance Foundation helped 244 gram panchayats prepare development plans, made nearly 50,000 families food-secure and provided 600,000 health consultations through Reliance-managed hospitals and medical units. Nita Ambani. (Photo: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)24. Ajay SinghThe chairman of SpiceJet is one of those corporate personalities who have direct access to PM Modi. His leadership helped SpiceJet’s net losses of Rs 1,003 crore in 2014-15 come down to Rs 351 crore in 2018-19. Ajay Singh. (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)25. Baba RamdevThe Yoga guru, Baba Ramdev recently staged the ‘biggest annual yoga show in the universe’ on June 21 – the International Yoga Day. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, over 1.5 million active members from his Patanjali network played a pivotal role in the BJP campaign. Baba Ramdev. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)26. Vineet JainVineet Jain’s Times of India Group is the country’s number 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 crore. His group’s radio broadcasting business operates 76 FM stations in India with 38 million weekly listeners. Vineet Jain. (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)27. Ranveer SinghActor Ranveer Singh’s recently released movies — Simmba and Gully Boy – raked in a total of Rs 373 crore at Box Office. He is also the face of 28 brands. Ranveer Singh. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)28. Shashi TharoorCongress’s Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from the constituency for the third time in a row. His tweets and use of obscure English words regularly attract loud reactions. Shashi Throor. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)29. Salman KhanActor Salman Khan’s Race 3 collected Rs 166 crore at the box office and Bharat raked in Rs 197 crore. One of the highest-paid celebrities in Bollywood, Salman Khan charged approximately Rs 13 crore as his weekly fee for Bigg Boss season 13. Salman Khan. (Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/Getty Images)30. RC BhargavaThe chairman of Maruti Suzuki India has steered the company for 38 years. Maruti Suzuki recently touched over 20 million customers through sales and service activities. RC Bhargava. (Photo: Business Today)31. Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay GuptaUnder the watch of Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, the Jagran Prakashan Limited’s total readership reached 90 million. Dainik Jagran has been number 1 in the newspaper readership rankings continuously for over 15 years. Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)32. Sanjiv PuriWith a net profit of Rs 13,162 crore in 2018-19, ITC’s FMCG business posted a 12 per cent growth in revenues at Rs 12,505 crore under the leadership of Sanjiv Puri. Sanjiv Puri. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)33. Vijay Shekhar SharmaVijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder and CEO of Paytm. In the last one year, Vijay Shekhar Sharma has added over a billion dollars to his net worth. Vijay Shekhar Sharma ranks 877 among the 2,153 global billionaires on the Forbes annual list. Vijay Shekhar Sharma. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar)34. Dr Naresh TrehanIndia’s best known and most successful cardiovascular surgeons, Naresh Trehan has conducted a total of 60,000 open-heart surgeries. With revenue of Rs 1,392 crore in FY 2018, Naresh Trehan’s Medanta Medicity, which he co-founded in 2009, became one of India’s most profitable hospitals. Dr. Naresh Trehan. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)35. Rahul BhatiaThe MD of InterGlobe Aviation steered the company to its highest ever quarterly profits in the first quarter of FY20. InterGlobe Aviation is IndiGo’s parent company. Rahul Bhatia. (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)36. RajinikanthActor Rajinikanth may contest all the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu assembly elections. His Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) had dispatched tankers to various localities in Chennai during the city’s water crisis. His next film – Darbar – is scheduled to be released in 2020. Rajinikanth. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)37. Sanjiv BajajSanjiv Bajaj’s company Bajaj Finserv is one of India’s largest NBFCs and the largest financier of consumer durables. His leadership made Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company register a growth of 17 per cent in 2018-19. Meanwhile, the Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company’s gross written premium registered a growth of 17 per cent. Sanjiv Bajaj. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)38. Dilip ShanghviDilip Shanghvi’s Sun Pharma registered a 10 per cent growth in 2018-19. With the launch of Ilumya in the United States, Sun Pharma became the first Indian pharma company to launch a direct-to-customer campaign in the US. Dilip Shanghvi. (Photo: Kanishka Sonthalia/Getty Images)39. Kiran Mazumdar ShawThe chairman and MD of Biocon Limited is India’s richest self-made woman business leader. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is India’s largest biopharmaceutical firm in 1978. Her initiative — Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Centre — is an affordable cancer-care model. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.40. Sadhguru Jaggi VasudevSpiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s ‘Gramotsavam’ is India’s largest rural sports festival which was organised by his Isha Foundation. It was awarded the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar in 2018. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)41. Pawan MunjalPawan Munjal heads the Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. His company had registered sales of 7.8 million units in 2018-19. Pawan Munjal. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)42. Deepika PadukoneActor Deepika Padukone became the first woman to be ranked in the top five of the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Her last release, Padmaavat, crossed the Rs 250 crore-mark at the Box Office. Her upcoming film Chhapaak is scheduled to be released in January 2020. Deepika Padukone. (Photo: Errikos Andreou)43. Ritesh AgarwalThe founder of Oyo Hotels is today valued at roughly $10 billion. Globally, Oyo has over 1 million rooms across 23,000-plus hotels and over 46,000 homes. Ritesh Agarwal had also featured in the Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow List and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018-Services. Ritesh Agarwal. (Photo: Shekhar Ghosh)44. Kiran NadarThe Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is the first philanthropic private museum. Kiran Nadar is building a museum on a 3.5-acre plot in Noida. Kiran Nadar. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)45. Byju RaveendranThe app — BYJU’s — received the Google Design Award for 2018. It has about 2.4 million annual paid subscribers. Byju’s company BYJU’s is valued at about $5.4 billion. Byju Raveendran.46. Prasoon JoshiPrasoon Joshi’s Mc-Cann India won gold at the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival. His Saugandh Mujhe iss Mitti ki has been sung twice by PM Narendra Modi. Prasoon Joshi.47. Dutee ChandIndia’s first openly ‘gay’ sportsperson, Dutee Chand won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games. She also won gold at the 2019 World Unversiade. With the gold, Dutee Chand became the second Indian sprinter ever to do so at a global event. Dutee Chand. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)48. Ekta KapoorEkta Kapoor’s Kundali Bhagya, Kumkum Bhagya and Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 are some of the most-watched television shows on air. Under her leadership, Balaji Telefilms registered earnings of Rs 465.12 crore with a profit of Rs 20.12 crore. Ekta Kapoor. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)49. Monika ShergillMonika Shergill was appointed Head, Series, International Originals, Netflix India in May 2019. Under her leadership, the company has announced nine new shows, including a documentary series on fashion designer Masaba Gupta. Monika Shergill. (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)50. Amish TripathiAmish Tripathi is one of India’s most-read authors. His first trilogy on Shiva was the fastest-selling book series in India. Amish Tripathi has signed a Hollywood film deal for the first book of his Shiva trilogy. Amish Tripathi. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICIANS IN INDIA1. Narendra ModiPM Narendra Modi single-handedly shaped two consecutive and comprehensive victories for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha elections. PM Modi’s is projected as a strong, assertive and quick-footed prime minister with an incorruptible image. Narendra Modi. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)2. Amit ShahWith two consecutive wins in the Lok Sabha polls, Amit Shah has turned the BJP into an election-winning machine. Amit Shah has displayed a firm position on issues related to the country’s security and sovereignty. Amit Shah. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)3. Mohan BhagwatMohan Bhagwat has played a crucial role in framing the country’s social and political discourse in recent times through the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Under him, the RSS became instrumental in the BJP’s emphatic Lok Sabha poll win. Mohan Bhagwat. (Photo: Rajwant Rawat)4. Rajnath SinghRajnath Singh served as the home minister in PM Modi’s first term. In the second term, Rajnath Singh has been given the responsibility of the defence ministry. The three-term Lok Sabha MP continues to be a pivotal figure in the government — a remarkable feat given the dominance of the Modi-Shah power combine. Rajnath Singh. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar)5. Nitin GadkariUnder Nitin Gadkari’s guidance, 40,000 km of highways, as claimed, have been constructed since 2014. Nitin Gadkari often plays the ice-breaker between the Modi government and the opposition. Nitin Gadkari. (Photo: Rachit Goswami)6. Nirmala SitharamanHome Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had presented the economic vision of the second term of the Modi government with her maiden budget. It was put together in less than five weeks after the formation of the Modi government. Nirmala Sitharaman. (Photo: Raj K Raj/Getty Images)7. Piyush GoyalPiyush Goyal handles the Railways and Commerce & Industry ministries in the Modi government. Both the ministries are critical to India’s economic revival and employment generation. Piyush Goyal. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar)8. Yogi AdityanathYogi Adityanath is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. One of the BJP’s star campaigners, Yogi Adityanath addressed the third-highest number of rallies during the Lok Sabha poll campaign after PM Modi and Amit Shah. His government has sent more than 100 UP officials into compulsory retirement. Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)9. Devendra FadnavisMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has steered the BJP to victory in all the major elections. Also, Devendra Fadnavis does not take more than three days to clear any file put up for his consideration. Devendra Fadnavis. (Photo: Mandar Deodhar)10. Prakash JavadekarPrakash Javadekar is the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The BJP in-charge for Rajasthan, Prakash Javadekar secured a clean sweep for the saffron party in the Lok Sabha elections. Prakash Javadekar. (Photo: Vikram Sharma)INDIA’S MOST POWERFUL BUREAUCRATS1. Nripendra MisraNripendra Misra is the principal secretary in the prime minister’s office. Nripendra Misra is tasked with the responsibility of coordinating with state authorities. He is also PM Modi’s intermediary with media barons and editors. Nripendra Misra.2. Ajit DovalAjit Doval is the first National Security Advisor (NSA) to get a second five-year term in office. He is also one of the few officials to have his own office building. Reportedly, Doval had refused to clear files the weekend after the government was sworn in. He resumed work only after the government confirmed his second term as NSA on June 3. Ajit Doval. (Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)3. PK MishraThe additional principal secretary in PMO is one of the PM’s most trusted bureaucrats. PK Mishra has earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Sussex. PK Mishra.4. Shaktikanta DasShaktikanta Das is the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor. Shaktikanta Das took over the reins of RBI at a time when the central bank was under much scrutiny. Shaktikanta Das. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar)5. Amitabh KantAmitabh Kant, Niti Aayog CEO, is the driving force behind some of PM Modi’s most defining initiatives. Kant is currently working on how some government assets can be utilised better. Amitabh Kant. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)6. Atanu ChakrabortyFinance Secretary Atanu Chakraborty is a Gujarat-cadre officer. Chakraborty has worked with PM Modi before and understands the prime minister’s economic philosophy. Chakraborty unwinds by heading out on treks with his wife, both in India and around the world. Atanu Chakraborty.7. Arvind Kumar SharmaMost of the projects since 2014 when Narendra Modi became the prime minister have been done under Arvind Kumar Sharma’s supervision. Arvind Sharma was also instrumental in India’s jump from 142nd place to 77th in the World Bank ease of doing business list. Arvind Kumar Sharma. (Photo: Shailesh Raval)8. Rajiv KumarRajiv Kumar is the secretary in the finance services. He is known to have pushed for the online system of recording annual performance appraisal reports in the Indian bureaucracy. Rajiv Kumar.9. Krishnamurthy SubramanianChief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian is responsible for suggesting structural improvements to the economy. Krishnamurthy Subramanian completed his PhD in financial economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Krishnamurthy Subramanian.10. Hiren JoshiHiren Joshi looks after the campaigns for the prime minister’s pet schemes. Hiren Joshi has a doctorate in IT from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Hiren Joshi.MOST POWERFUL INDIAN-ORIGIN PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD1. Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai is the CEO of Google Inc. He believes that a CEO is also a Chief Ethics Officer and that privacy must not be a “luxury good”. Sundar Pichai turned down a big grant of restricted Google stock, saying he was being paid enough. Sundar Pichai. (Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP)2. Satya NadellaAs its CEO, Satya Nadella made Microsoft the world’s most valuable company with a market capitalisation of over $1 trillion. After joining Microsoft in 2014, Satya Nadella has been instrumental in helping the company’s cloud-based service get more subscribers than Spotify and Amazon Prime combined. Satya Nadella. (Photo: Bandeep Singh)3. Kamala HarrisUnited States Senator Kamala Harris was the first woman to become attorney general of California. Kamala Harris was also the first Indian-American to be a senator. Kamala Harris. (Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)4. Gopichand P HindujaGopichand P Hinduja is the co-chairman of the Hinduja group. The UK-based The Sunday Times had ranked Gopichand P Hinduja in its ‘Rich List’ in May. Gopichand and his brother Sri appeared in the list for the third time. Gopichand P Hinduja. (Photo: Simon Dawson/Getty Images)5. Lakshmi N MittalLakshmi N Mittal is the Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. The 2019 Asian Rich list had Mittal and son Aditya at number 2 with £11.2 billion between them. He once helped his brother pay a debt of Rs 2,210 crore. Lakshmi N Mittal. (Photo: Getty Images)6. Gita GopinathIn January, Mysore-born Gita Gopinath joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a chief economist, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. IMF chief Christine Lagarde describes her as “one of the world’s outstanding economists”. Gita Gopinath. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)7. Rajeev MisraRajeev Misra is the executive vice-president at SoftBank. He believes that India represents an enormous addressable market “comprising a young, tech-enabled population”. SoftBank’s Vision Fund has invested in Oyo, Policy Bazaar and Paytm. Rajeev Misra. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)8. Anshula KantAnshula Kant is the CFO at the World Bank. The World Bank president David Malpass describes her as “excelled at a diverse array of leadership challenges including risk, treasury, funding, regulatory compliance and operations”. Anshula Kant can also be credited for SBI’s smooth navigation of demonetisation. Anshula Kant. (Photo: IANS)9. Ajay BangaPresident and CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Banga was elected to a cybersecurity panel by former United States President Barack Obama. In fact, Donald Trump had invited him over for dinner at his private golf course. Ajay Banga. (Photo: Ruben Sprich/Reuters)10. Shantanu NarayenShantanu Narayen took over as CEO of Adobe Inc in 2007. In 2019, Shantanu Narayen was awarded Padma Shri in January. He has also been ranked as the fifth-best CEO in Silicon Valley. Shantanu Narayen. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/AP)11. Raghuram RajanFormer Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan currently teaches at Chicago Booth School of Business. His Fault Lines (2010) won the FT-Goldman Sachs Book of the Year. Raghuram Rajan. (Photo: Yasir Iqbal)12. Siddhartha MukherjeePhysician and author Siddhartha Mukherjee authored The Gene (2016), which asks important questions such as “What defines us as human?” or “What governs fate?” His The Emperor of All Maladies (2010) had won the Pulitzer Prize. Siddhartha Mukherjee.13. Anish KapoorArtist Anish Kapoor’s work helped him turnover Rs 168.25 crore in 2018-19. The earnings made him the most successful Indian artist alive. “I am the luckiest man alive,” he says. Anish Kapoor. (Photo: Getty Images)14. Soumya SwaminathanThe chief scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO), Soumya Swaminathan was the first Indian to become the WHO’s deputy director-general in 2017. A firm believer in “healthcare for all”, Soumya Swaminathan wants to “inculcate curiosity in the minds of young scientists”. Soumya Swaminathan.15. Hasan MinhajComedian Hasan Minhaj is known for his show — Patriot Act — on Netflix. When he was a child, Minhaj would lie to his parents about doing stand-up comedy and tell them he was at the library. Trevor Noah has described him as “Hasan is America. And America is Hasan”. Hasan Minhaj. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)16. Raj ChettyProfessor of economics at Harvard University, Raj Chetty received his PhD at the age of 26. At 28, Raj Chetty was one of the youngest professors to teach in Harvard’s history. Raj Chetty.17. Anjali SudAnjali Sud became CEO of Vimeo in 2017. Under her leadership, Vimeo has seen its subscriber base grow to a million. Vimeo’s revenues were approximately $160 million in 2018. Anjali Sud.From the magazine | Global Indian | Braving A New WorldFrom the magazine | The Power BlocFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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