India may be listed as one of the “third world” countries due to many reasons, it is a fact that Indian scientists and engineers cater to the requirement of around 45% of the world’s industries and organizations. Although not an unknown fact, but many of you may not know that businessmen from India have been ruling the Global Business since times immemorial. In this list, we shall talk about a few of those great leaders who have made it big and shone brightly in the sky of the Global Business World and made India proud. Here we go—
10. Rakesh Kapoor—Reckitt Benckiser
The Chief Executive Officer of the Reckitt Benckiser took on the responsibility since 1st September, 2011 after serving the pre-merged company Reckitt & Colman since 1987 at various posts. Rakesh Kapoor hails from New Delhi and was educated in B.E Chemical Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani followed by an MBA degree from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
9. Vinod Khosla—Khosla Ventures
Listed by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s billionaires, Vinod Khosla started off as a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the creator of Java Programming system and NFS. In 2004, he founded the Khosla Ventures, a venture capital firm based in California, which apparently manages around $1 billion investment and investor capital funded by the man himself!
8. Shantanu Narayen—Adobe Systems
After having started his career with Apple, Shantanu Narayen changed over to the Adobe Systems in 2005 where initially he held the position of the President and the Chief Operating Officer. Post that, he became the CEO of the same company, and one of the most powerful businessmen around the world.
7. Ajit Jain—Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group
Hailing from the coastal plains of Odisha, Ajit Jain was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and later at Harvard Business School from where he earned an MBA degree. Jain is now the President of the Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group where he heads the Indian insurance market venture part.
6. Anshu Jain—Deutsche Bank
Hailing from the pink city, Jaipur, on 1st June 2012, Anshu Jain took over the responsibility as Co-CEO of Deutsche Bank. Before that, he had won the company’s trust by earning around 12 million Euros in 2010, and became the highest earner for the bank.
Harish Manwani, the winner of Asia Business Leader by CNBC Asia, is the chief operating officer of Unilever, director of Whirlpool Corporation as well as the non executive chairman of Hindustan Unilever.
4. Vikram Pandit—Citi Group
This Indian-American banker may be the former chairperson of the Citi Group, but he still enjoys the status of one of the best Indian businessmen in the world. Pandit is also board member at numerous business schools including the Columbia University, Columbia Business School and Indian School of Business among others.
3. Nikesh Arora—Softbank Group
After being associated with Google for quite long, Nikesh Arora is now the Vice Chairman of the Softbank Corporation as well as the CEO of Softbank Internet and Media, Inc. This IIT-graduate is also one of the board of directors at the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
2. Indra Nooyi—Pepsico
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi holds the position of CEO as well as the Chairperson of Pepsico, the second largest food and beverage production unit in the world in terms of the net revenue earned. In fact, she is only one woman in the list and has been featuring consistently in the list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. In fact, she is reigning the list in number 13 position.
No matter whether you’re interested in business or not, you can never be anonymous to Lakshmi Niwas Mittal’s name. He is the steel magnate of India who is also the CEO and chairman of world’s largest steel manufacturing company, ArcelorMittal. Bestowed with a baggage of awards and accolades, Lakshmi Mittal was regarded by Time as one of the 100 most powerful men in the world!