Forbes has released a list of 100 most powerful women in the world and five Indians are in this list. The Indian women on the 14th edition of the annual rankings include ICICI Bank’s MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar (ranked 32); Roshni Nadar Malhotra, executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise (ranked 57); Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and MD of Biocon (ranked 71); Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, Hindustan Times Media Ltd (ranked 92) and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra (ranked 97).
Chanda Kochhar is ranked 32 this year. She was born in Jodhpur and currently is a resident of Mumbai. She started to work as a management trainee at ICICI Bank in 1984. 25 years later she became the managing director and CEO of the Bank and holds the same position till now. She has won several awards in the financial sector. She was conferred with the India’s highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2011. She is also the first Indian woman to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship in 2016.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, ranked 57, is the only child of the founder and chairman of HCL, Shiv Nadar. She is a graduate in media and communications and started her career as a television news producer in Sky News UK. She then went on to study MBA at Kellog Graduate School of Management and took over the charge of HCL Corporation as the executive director and CEO. She is the trustee of ‘Shiv Nadar Foundation’ and also the chairman of ‘VidyaGyan Leadership Academy’. She has received several awards for her leadership role in the field of Philanthropy.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, ranked 71, was the only woman to study Malting and Brewing course in Australia’s Federation University in 1974. She switched jobs in Melbourne, Kolkata and Baroda before getting an opportunity to start a joint venture with the Ireland’s ‘Biocon Biochemicals Limited’ to establish the Indian arm. The Biocon started its operations in the garage of Kiran Mazumdar rented house in Bangalore in 1978. She got independent control over the biotechnology company in a matter of 20 years and now is the Chairman and Managing director of the company.
Shobhana Bhartia, ranked 92, became the first woman chief executive of ‘Hindustan Times’, one of the India’s leading newspapers, which she inherited from her father KK Birla. She grew up in Kolkata and graduated from Calcutta University. She received the Global Leader of Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum in 1996, Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 2001 by PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and National Press India Award in 1992.
Priyanka Chopra, ranked 97, rose to fame after winning the Miss World pageant in 2000. She then entered the film industry and now is one of the highest paid actresses. She has also received 5 Filmfare awards. She is one of the first Indian actress to lead a drama series ‘Quantico’ on American television. She has worked with UNICEF for the last 10 years and has been their Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights twice. She is also the founder of the production company ‘Purple Pebble Pictures’ which released the Marathi film ‘Ventilator’. She was conferred with the India’s fourth highest civilian award ‘Padma Shri’ in 2016.
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