India has the third highest number of billionaires across the globe after the United States and China. With 140 billionaires in 2021, the nation has gone past Germany to position itself at the third spot in countries with the most billionaires in 2021.
The number of women billionaires is on a big rise. Although we do not have any women on the list of the top 10 richest people in the world, women are making giant strides in the business community.
Here is the list of the top 10 richest women in India:
10. Renu Munjal
Age: 60 Years
Net Worth: 6,620 crores
Source of Wealth: Hero FinCorp
Renu Munjal is the Managing Director of Hero Fincorp, a Non-banking financial company in India. Renu also serves as the Director on the Board of Easy Bill. She is also the Former Executive Director of Hero MotoCorp, India’s leading two-wheeler company.
Renu Munjal actively participates in projects concerning women’s empowerment. Apart from being one of the richest women in India, she is also among the top philanthropists in India. In 2020, she donated Rs 17 crore towards the cause of education.
9. Neha Narkhede
Age: 38 Years
Net Worth: 13, 380 crores
Source of Wealth: Confluent
An Indian American technology entrepreneur, Neha Narkhede is a renowned technology entrepreneur and also the Co-Founder and former CTO of Confluent, a leading streaming data technology company.
Neha was raised in Pune, Maharashtra. She received her Bachelors degree from SCTR’S Pune Institute of Computer Technology college in Science and Engineering. She started her career in Oracle and then worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn. In 2014, she and two LinkedIn colleagues left the company to lay the foundation of Confluent.
8. Anu Aga and Meher Pudumjee
Age: 80 Years and 56 years
Net Worth: 14, 530 crores
Source of Wealth: Thermax
Anu Aga is a renowned Indian billionaire businesswoman & social worker and also the former Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. She derives her wealth from Thermax. She joined the firm in 1985 and took the helm in 1996 when her husband died of a heart attack.
She stepped down from her position in 2004, and all the responsibilities were handed over to her daughter, Meher Pudumjee, a UK-trained chemical engineer who lets hired executives & other employees manage Thermax.
7. Leena Gandhi Tewari
Age: 65 Years
Net Worth: 24,280 crores
Source of Wealth: USV
Leena Gandhi Tewari is the Chairperson of USV, a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company that runs with the objective to offer best-in-class healthcare services. She has made a significant contribution to the overall operations of USV.
After completing her graduation from the University of Mumbai, she pursued Masters in Business Administration from Boston University. She has written a biographical book titled ‘Beyond Pipes and Dreams’ on her grandfather Vithal Balkrishna Gandhi. She is involved in different humanitarian work as well.
6. Radha Vembu
Age: 50 Years
Net Worth: 26,260 crores
Source of Wealth: Zoho
Radha Vembu secures her list among the top richest women in India with a net worth of 26, 260 crores. She was born in 1972 in Chennai. She completed her graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1997 with a degree in industrial management. In 1996, she co-founded Zoho Corporation (previously called as AdvenNet).
Currently, Zoho has more than 60 million users and 12 offices in 9 countries around the globe. Radha is also the Director of Janaki Hi-Tech Agro, an agricultural NGO and Highland Valley Corporation, a real estate firm.
5. Nilima Motaparti
Age: 36 years
Net Worth: 28,180 crores
Source of Wealth: Divi’s Laboratories
The Director of Divi Laboratories, Nilima Mohapatra owns a stake of 20.34% in the company which positions her under the billionaire women’s list. Nilima joined the firm of her father and Pharma legend, Murali Krishna Prasad Divi in 2012. As the Director of the company, she administers all aspects of Material Sourcing and Procurement, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations.
Nilima holds a graduate degree from the Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade, India. She has over five years of international experience in material requirements, financing, and planning. She is also a board member of 10 other businesses.
4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Age: 69 years
Net Worth: 29,030 crores
Source of Wealth: Biocon
One of the most famous Indian billionaires, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Executive Chairperson and Founder of Biocon, a biotechnology company. She started her firm back in 1978 in a garage in India. And here she is, with such a big empire that positions her under the top 10 richest women in India.
Under her leadership, Biocon has achieved great success with the promise of making medicines accessible and affordable to millions of patients across the globe. She is also a Lead Independent Director at Infosys, Signatory at The Giving Pledge, and Board Member of United Breweries.
3. Falguni Nayar
Age: 59 years
Net Worth: 57,520 crores
Source of Wealth: Nykaa
Falguni Nayar is a Gujarati born in Mumbai in a business family. After completing her graduation from IIM Ahmedabad, she started her career with A.F. Ferguson & Co. She joined Kotak Mahindra Bank in 1993 and spent around 18 years. She served as the Managing Director of the bank from 2005 to 2012.
After quitting the bank, she founded Nykaa in 2012 which paved the way for her entrepreneurial success. Today, she has successfully built a beauty and lifestyle empire with a portfolio of more than 1500 brands.
2. Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Age: 40 Years
Net Worth: 84,330 crores
Source of Wealth: HCL Corporation
The current Chief Executive officer of HCL Corporation, Roshni Nadar Malhotra is one of the wealthiest and richest women in India. Roshni is also the Chairperson of HCL Technologies, Founder and Trustee of The Habitats Trust and a Trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation. She has done her bachelor’s in Communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Roshni has received many awards and accolades because of her extraordinary work in the field of business and philanthropy. She was featured in ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list released by Forbes in 2021.
1. Savitri Jindal
Age: 72 years
Net Worth: $15.8 Billion
Source of Wealth: OP Jindal Group
Savitri Jindal is India’s richest woman and chairperson emeritus of OP Jindal Group. After the demise of OP Jindal, her husband in 2005, she took over the Jindal empire. Under Savitri’s leadership, the revenue of Jindal Group has grown by four times and that is the reason why she has become Asia’s richest woman.
Savitri also boasts a career in politics. After the death of her husband, Savitri was elected to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha from the Hisar constituency in 2005. She is currently a member of the Indian National Congress.