Every year, Forbes magazine releases its list of top 100 powerful women in the world in various fields. It is a matter of great pride for Indians that this year 2017, in the Forbes’ list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women”, there are five Indian women. These women have carved their own name in this male dominated society of ours in their respective fields. They symbolize the spirit of modern Indian women who are independent, spirited, self-reliant, ambitious and resilient. They have risen through ups and downs in lives and have managed to earn recognition and praise, not only in India but also globally. They are known to be great influencers and transforming the face of Indian women.
In order to choose the top 100 powerful women of the year, Forbes uses four metrics: Money, Media presence, Spheres of influence and Impact. These metrics are then analysed both within the context of the respective field of each women (technology, business, media, philanthropy, politics and finance) and outside of it.
Here, we present before you 5 Indian women who are among the top 100 powerful women in the world.
Chanda Kochhar, CEO & MD, ICICI Bank (Rank 32)
She is leading among the Indian ladies at rank 32 this year. A master’s degree in management studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and a cost accountant from Institute of Cost Accounts of India, Chanda Kochchar started her career with ICICI in 1984. She joined as a Management Trainess and today she is the MD and CEO of ICICI. The 55-year-old banker, a leading businesswoman in India’s financial sector, has always been lauded nationally and internationally with several awards. In 2011, she was conferred India’s highest civilian award Padma Bhushan. She is also the first Indian woman to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship in 2016. She has always been featured in Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in Business since 2005. In 2010 too, she was in the list of Forbes’ Powerful women in the world. She featured in Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in 2011. She was also in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her rank was number 1 on the Fortune List of 100 Most Powerful Women in Asia Pacific in 2015. In 2017, Chanda Kochhar featured in Business World magazine’s ‘Most Influential Women’ list and was referred as an evergreen woman leader.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise (Rank 57)
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise. She is the daughter of HCL’s founder, Shiv Nadar. A graduate from Northwestern University and Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, she being the only child of Shiv Nadar, joined her father’s business and within 1 year of joining, she became the executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation. She is also a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. In 2014, she was awarded NDTV’s Young Philanthropist of the Year and Vogue India’s ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ award. Under the Shiv Nadar Foundation, she also chairs VidyaGyan Leadership Academy.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited (Rank 64)
She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore. She is also the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore. She was the first Indian lady to study Malting and Brewing course in Australia’s Federation University, way back in 1974. She worked in various companies based in Kolkata, Baroda, Melbourne, till she started a joint venture with Ireland’s Biocon Biochemicals Limited. She soon established its Indian arm and now, she is the chairman and MD of the company. Surprisingly, her company was initially operational in her garage of her rented house in Bangalore in 1978, and today it is the best known biotechnology company in the whole country. She single-handedly took independent control of this company in a span of 20 years. She has also developed cost-effective techniques and lower-cost medicines for cheap healthcare facilities. She is also a great humanitarian. She was involved in the development of Arogya Raksha Yojana with Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya to establish clinics to offer care, generic medicines and medical tests for the poor and needy. More than 300,000 are treated by these facilities per year. When her husband and mother got affected by cancer, she established a 1,400-bed cancer care centre in Bangalore under the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Foundation in 2009.
Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group (Rank 92)
She inherited the Hindustan Times Group from her father, industrialist KK Birla. Today, HT group is one of the country’s leading newspaper and media houses, and she is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the group. A graduate from Calcutta University, she joined Hindustan Times as the first woman chief executive of a national daily in 1986. It was her efforts which transformed the face of the newspaper as a ‘bright, young paper’ of today. She raised over Rs. 4 billion through a public equity launch of HT Media in 2005. She looks after editorial and financial aspects of the paper. In 1996, the World Economic Forum presented the Global Leader of Tomorrow award to her. The PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry awarded her Outstanding Business Woman of the Year in 2001. National Press India Award was awarded in 1992. She was one of the first Padma Shri award nominees in 2005 for journalism. She also served as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha from 2006 to 2012.
Priyanka Chopra, Actor & Film producer (Rank 97)
She was Miss World 2000. Today, she has many crowns in her head. She is an actor, a singer, a producer and a philanthropist. Today, Priyanka Chopra is one of the country’s highest-paid actors and also one of the few Indian actors who has made a mark in Hollywood. She is the first Indian to act as the protagonist in an American network drama series. She is young and ambitious and has bagged a number of awards, including one National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. She was also awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016. Time Magazine featured her on the 100 most influential people in the world list. She is working with the UNICEF for the last ten years. In 2010 and 2016, she was also the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights. She has already released three albums. Today, she is also a film producer. Her production company is Purple Pebble Pictures, which released the celebrated 2016 Marathi film, Ventilator.
It is a matter of pride that Indian women are honoured globally. They are unstoppable and exemplary in their own ways and they are indeed role models to thousands of women across the nation to get inspired and to be followed.
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