India is not just another land that contributed to the world with a concept of ‘zero (0)’. The Asian sub-continent is home to some of ‘the best’ men/women in their respective fields and lynching on every opportunity they received these ‘best’ have transpired to be India’s leading business tycoons who have even made it to the list of the world’s richest people.
As Zig Ziglar once said, ‘Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes,’ these are the individuals that withstood the test of time and stood their ground amid India’s fluctuating industry scenario amid the Coronavirus crisis. Here’s the list of the top 10 richest people in India as per the Hurun Global Rich List of March 2021.
1. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani tops the list of wealthiest people in India and he is also the chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd. India’s leading billionaire businessman was crowned the world’s richest in 2007, as he surpassed Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the then richest man, to become the world’s richest person. Today, Mukesh Ambani has a net worth of $83 billion.
2. Gautam Adani
Gautam Shantilal Adani is a chairman and founder of the Adani Group – an Ahmedabad-based multinational conglomerate that holds its roots in the development of ports and several other operations in India. This India’s diversified organization comprises 6 publicly traded companies. Until now, it has registered itself as the market leader in its transport logistics and energy utility portfolio businesses focusing on large-scale infrastructure development in India with O & M practices benchmarked to global standards. With his wealth pegged at $32 billion, Adani holds forty-eighth slot in the world’s richest persons’ list.
3. Shiv Nadar & Family
The Indian industrialist has successfully established himself in this list by transforming the IT hardware company into an IT enterprise by constantly reinventing his company’s focus. Nadar is the founder and chairman of HCL Technologies Limited and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. With his $27 billion estimated net worth, Shiv Nadar ranks as the third richest person in India. His companies hold a presence in over 45 countries across the globe and he ranks at the 58th slot in the list of the world’s richest persons.
4. Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. He has a net worth of $19 billion and ranks as the fourth richest person in India according to the Hurun Rich List 2021. Mittal established ArcelorMittal in 1976 when he built a greenfield rolling mill in Indonesia. He took his first international step in 1989 with the lease and subsequent acquisition of a steel company in Trinidad & Tobago.
5. Cyrus Poonawalla
Cyrus Poonawalla is an Indian businessman, and the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Pune-based Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures vaccines. Poonawalla witnessed a spectacular rise in his fortunes in the last few months after producing the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. He is one of the top-ranking billionaires in India with an estimated net worth of $18.5 billion.
6. Hinduja Brothers
Helmed by four Hinduja brothers — Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash, and Ashok — Hinduja Group is a conglomerate that has a combined estimated net worth of $18 billion. It has established itself in eleven sectors including Automotive, Oil and Specialty Chemicals, Banking & Finance, IT & ITeS, Cyber Security, Healthcare, Trading, Infrastructure Project Development, Media & Entertainment, Power, Real Estate.
7. Uday Kotak
Uday Kotak is an Indian billionaire banker, who is the chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. He is also included in Hurun’s India Rich List 2021 with an estimated net worth of $15 billion.
8. Radhakishan Damani & Family
Radhakishan Damani left his ball-bearing business and ventured as a stock market broker and investor after the death of his father who worked on Dalal Street. Damani founded the supermarket chain DMart which went public in 2017 which gradually went on to become the world’s most-valued retail chain for its unique model. With a net worth of $14.5 billion, Damani stands tall at the fourth spot in this list. Radhakishan Damani is known to occupy 87th position in the world’s richest person list.
9. Jay Chaudhry
Jay Chaudhry is an Indian-American billionaire businessman who is also the CEO and founder of Zscaler, a cybersecurity company. Chaudhry’s net worth grows estimated by 271 percent in the COVID-19 pandemic induced digitally accelerated world and his net worth stands at $13 billion.
10. Dilip Shanghvi and Family
The Indian billionaire businessman and the owner of Sun Pharmaceuticals, has managed to hold the tenth spot of the richest Indian according to the Hurun Global Rich List 2021. He and his family have an estimated worth of $12.5 billion. Shanghvi was also awarded the civilian honor of the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2016.