“The Kotak-Hurun list reveals the top 10 wealthiest women in India for the year 2021.”
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Roshni Nadar Malhotra chairperson of HCL Technologies Wealth: ₹84,330 crore
For the second consecutive year, Malhotra secured the top position on the list. During her tenure as the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, the company executed the purchase of seven IBM products worth ₹13,740 crore, the largest deal in HCL’s history. This accomplishment is a testament to Malhotra’s leadership and business acumen, which has contributed significantly to the growth and success of the company. Her strategic vision and innovative approach to business have made her a prominent figure in the Indian business landscape, inspiring a new generation of female leaders.
Falguni Nayar Founder and CEO of Nykaa Wealth: ₹57,520 crore
Nayar holds the distinction of being India’s wealthiest self-made woman and ranks as the tenth wealthiest self-made woman globally. Her wealth surged by an astonishing 963% in just one year following the successful initial public offering of her company, Nykaa, in 2021. This achievement is a testament to her exceptional entrepreneurial skills and visionary leadership. Through Nykaa, Nayar has disrupted India’s beauty and wellness industry and established the company as a dominant player in the e-commerce space. Her meteoric rise to success has made her an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs and a trailblazer for women in business.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw founder of biocoin Wealth: ₹29,030 crore
Following Nayar, the founder of Biocon, Shaw, is the second wealthiest self-made billionaire in India. Shaw is renowned for her efforts to make medications more accessible and affordable for people in underdeveloped countries. As the leader of Biocon, she has been at the forefront of developing and producing high-quality pharmaceuticals, earning her a reputation as a pioneer in the Indian biotechnology industry. Shaw’s exceptional leadership skills, coupled with her unwavering commitment to social responsibility, have earned her numerous accolades, including being named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Nilima Motaparti director at Divi’s Laboratories Wealth: ₹28,180 crore
Over the past five years, she has served as a director of Divi’s Laboratories, overseeing all aspects of material sourcing and procurement, corporate finance, and investor relations. Her stewardship of the company has resulted in significant growth, with her wealth increasing by over 50 percent in just one year. As an accomplished businesswoman, she is recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and business acumen, which have played a critical role in the success of Divi’s Laboratories. Her contributions to the industry and commitment to excellence have earned her a place among India’s most successful and wealthiest self-made women.
Radha Vembu co-foundr of zoho Wealth: ₹26,260 crore
Vembu co-founded a tech company with her brother Sridhar Vembu and has been leading it since 2007. Based in Chennai, she has been serving as a product manager of Zoho Mail. Her wealth skyrocketed by 127 percent in just one year.
Leena Gandhi Tewari
Leena Gandhi Tewari chairperson of USV Wealth: ₹24,280 crore
According to the report, Tewari, a businesswoman and author, is the most philanthropic woman on the list, having donated over ₹24 crore to the healthcare sector. Her wealth remained unchanged in 2021.
Anu Aga and Meher Pudumjee
Anu Aga and Meher Pudumjee director of Thermax Wealth: ₹14,530 crore
In 2003, Meher Pudumjee was appointed as the chairperson of Thermax, succeeding her mother Anu Aga. Since Anu’s resignation from the company board in 2018, Meher has been leading the company effectively. The wealth of this mother-daughter duo has increased by nearly 148% in the last year.
Neha Narkhede co-founder ,CTO and CPO of Confluent Wealth: ₹13,380 crore
According to the report, Narkhede is among the eight new members on the list of wealthiest women in India. As the co-founder and CTO of Confluent, she played a vital role in the company’s success. In June 2021, Confluent’s valuation rose by 25% on the NASDAQ to reach $11.4 billion (₹84,930 crore). As a result, Narkhede’s wealth saw a significant increase in the last year, making her one of the top new entrants on the list.
Vandana Lal director at Dr Lal PathLabs Wealth: ₹6,810 crore
As a new addition to the top ten list, she also serves as the head of Dr Lal PathLabs’ research and development department. She joined the company in 1983 after completing her master’s degree in pathology from Lady Hardinge Medical College.
Renu Munjal MD of Hero Fincorp Wealth: ₹6,620 crore
As the wife of the late Raman Munjal, she currently holds the position of Managing Director at Hero FinCorp and is the former Executive Director of Hero MotoCorp. Apart from her business ventures, she is actively involved in various humanitarian efforts.