Forbes Magazine has launched the list of richest Indians. Out of no surprise, Mukesh Ambani leads the tally. Let’s check out some interesting stats and facts about these Indian billionaires who have embarked their names with golden ink.
Top 13 Richest Indians
1 Mukesh Ambani
Networth of Mukesh Ambani is $22.7 Billion or ₹ 14,64,71,75,00,000.
Mukesh Ambani the elder son of Late Dhirubhai Ambani was born on 19th April 1957. Currently, he is the Chairman, Managing Director and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited. Reliance also deals in petrochemicals, refining and in the oil and gas sectors. His one of the biggest announcement of JIO has thrilled the telecommunication industry.
His major source of income is from Reliance Industries Limited which has a total of 123 subsidiary companies and 10 associate companies. This subsidiary also includes some of the company giants like Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Reliance Retail, Reliance Industrial Infrastructure Limited, Network 18 and others. He is the richest man in India. Recently elder Ambani has made a sensational announcement of providing 4G handsets to entire India in INR 1500.
2 Dilip Shanghvi
Networth of Dilip Shanghvi is $16.9 billion or ₹ 10,90,47,25,00,000.
Dilip Shanghvi is the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals, the largest drug company in India and the fifth largest in the world. The major source of revenue for Dilip Shanghvi is from Sun Pharma. Their recent takeover of Ranbaxy has also opened the profit rates for Sun Pharma. Its major product’s sales come from the US. Dilip Shahnghvi is the second richest man in India.
Dilip Shahnghvi is also honored by Government of India with the civilian honor of Padma Shri in 2016. Sun Pharma is the second most Reputed Brands in India.
3 Hinduja Brothers
Networth of Hinduja Brothers is $15.2 billion or ₹ 9,81,24,36,00,000
Hinduja Brothers, a group of four siblings, Gopichand, Srichand, Prakash and Ashok. The company was founded by Parmanand Deepchand Hinduja which started its operations in Mumbai. Currently, the group of four brothers handles the business operations. It has a total employ base of over 70K people and with its various companies, Hinduja Group has become one of the largest diversified groups in the world. Four brothers draw the Hinduja Group at number 3 in the list of the richest man in India.
Group comprises of companies like Ashok Leyland, Hinduja Bank, IndusInd Bank, Hinduja Global Solutions Ltd, Gulf Oil Corporations Ltd and others.
4 Azim Premji
Networth of Azim Premji is $15 billion or ₹ 9,68,47,50,00,000
Azim Premji born on 24th July 1945 is the chairman of Wipro Limited. He has signed ‘The Giving Pledge’, a campaign by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to make a commitment to donate most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. He has already donated US$2 billion for improving school education in India. Azim Premji is one of the richest man in India.
Azim Premji is guiding Wipro to glory since five decades. It has also become one of the global leaders in the software industry. Wipro Group of Companies includes Western India Products Limited, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting, Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and Wipro GE Medical Systems.
Azim Premji Foundation by Azim Premji is a non-profit organization which works on quality education.
5 Pallonji Mistry
Networth of Pallonji Mistry is $13.9 billion or ₹ 9,68,47,50,00,000
Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji Group is a Padma Bhushan Awardee by Government of India. He is the construction giant with a huge construction company. He is also the 18.4% stake holder in Tata Sons which makes him become one of the richest man in India.
6 Lakshmi Mittal
Networth of Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is $12.5 billion or ₹ 8,07,36,62,50,000
The world’s biggest steelmaker Arcelor Mittal jumps up on the 6th spot in the list of the richest man in India. Despite the severe loss in previous years, Mittal has yet regained its momentum. In 2005 Mittal was ranked the third richest person in the world. He is also one of those persons who almost started their career from the scratch.
Today LNM is the owner of some of the prime properties on Billionaire’s road. He also owns 18-19 Kensington Palace Gardens, London which is world’s one of the most expensive houses.
7 Godrej Family
Networth of Godrej Family is $12.4 billion or ₹ 8,00,74,11,50,000
Majorly dealing in consumer goods and real estate is lead by Adi Godrej alongside his brother Nadir Godrej and cousin Jamshyd Godrej. Today they manufacture consumer products, appliances, furniture and also deals in real estate, agriculture products, and security.
Godrej Group also baskets various companies in their belts like Godrej Industries, Godrej Agrovet, Godrej Consumer Products, Godrej Properties, Godrej InfoTech and Godrej & Boyce.
Godrej also owns a property in Mumbai which has an estimated value of $12 billion (if developed) he is another richest man in India.
8 Shiv Nadar
Networth of Shiv Nadar is $11.4 billion or ₹7,36,30,89,00,000
The founder and chairman of HCL (Hindustan Computers Limited) who transformed the Indian IT hardware have made it to 8th place on top 15 richest Indians. He is honored by Government of India with Padma Bhushan for his efforts in IT industry. Lately, his Nadar University has joined hands with Dell for new technology projects. With presence in more than 34 countries, it also provides services to various sectors like aerospace, defense, automotive, consumer electronics, financial services, industrial manufacturing, public services, telecom, travel, transportation and others.
9 Kumar Birla
Networth of Kumar Birla is $8.8 billion or ₹ 5,67,94,40,80,000
Kumar Birla is the Chairman of one of the largest conglomerate companies in India, Aditya Birla Group. He is also known as commodities king. Kumar, is also a well-known educationist, working as chancellor in Birla Institute of Technology. He is also chairman of IIT, Delhi.
Aditya Birla Group has also various products like Cement, Carbon Black, Textile, Fashion and Telecom Services along with a ray of schools and institutes.
From Kumar Birla crowning as chairman post his father demises, he has lubricated group’s annual turnover from $3.33 billion in 1995 to $41 billion in 2015.
10 Cyrus Poonawalla
Networth of Cyrus Poonawalla is $8.6 billion or ₹ 5,55,03,71,20,000
He is the founder of world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India. His company globally sells more than 1.3billion doses of vaccines yearly. It is also India’s top biotech. Serum Institute also satisfies the need of quality vaccines by UN agencies such as UNICEF. He is honored by Padma Shri for his contribution to medicine by the Government of India. He further looks up for investing million dollars in a factory to make a range of new vaccines for dengue, pneumonia, and diarrhea.
11 Uday Kotak
Networth of Uday Kotak is $8.3 billion or ₹ 5,35,68,20,00,000
Uday Kotak is the owner of the first private company in India to receive a banking license from Reserve Bank of India. Founder & Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, he is an Indian banker who has a diversified business portfolio. Today his company provides various services such as life insurance, mutual funds, car finance, stockbroking, financial services and others. His firm is also the fourth largest private bank in terms of market capitalization in India with over 600 branches.
He is also a member of Indian Government’s High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure, the advisory committee of the Securities & Exchange Board of India. He is also honored by Forbes magazines as the most powerful people in the financial world.
12 Sunil Mittal
Networth of Sunil Mittal is $6.6 billion or ₹ 4,25,96,40,00,000
Founder and chairman of one of the biggest telecom giant of India, Sunil Mittal stands in 12th place in the list of top 15 richest Indians. He is also an entrepreneur who tried and succeeded with a marvelous product. At present, his company Airtel provides its services in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. With a customer base of more than 270 million customers, it is the market leader in the Indian market. Airtel, along-with Telemedia it also provides products like Digital Television, Mobile Data Service, Android-Based Tablets.
He is also recognized by Padma Bhushan by the Indian Government. He also had started free school program Satya Bharti School for the rural children, benefiting more than 43,000 children.
13 Gautam Adani
Networth of Gautam Adani is $6.3 billion or ₹4,06,60,89,30,000
Gautam Adani makes it to number 13 on the list of the richest man in India. He is also the chairman of Adani Group, a pioneer in infrastructure, commodities and other business.
Today Adani Group also has the more diversified range of products including management of Mundra Port, the largest private sector port in India, Thermal power plants under Adani Power Ltd., Coal mines, Edible oils, logistics and others.
(stats as published by Forbes 2016 100 Richest Indians)