If you are looking for some inspiration to launch your business or take on that leadership role, look no further than this list of India’s eight most empowering and successful female entrepreneurs. From heads of global business giants to founders of some of the most innovative startups, these super accomplished women have fought against all odds to get where they are today.
Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi is among India’s most successful global entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Chennai, and an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) alumna, Nooyi has consistently been featured in the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. In addition, she was named the world’s most powerful woman in business – twice – by Fortune, one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008 by Time, as well as being awarded a Padma Bhushan (India’s third highest civilian award).
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Founder of Biocon, one of India’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been named among the most powerful women in the world more than once by Forbes. Starting out of the garage of her rented Bangalore home, Biocon India began as a joint venture with Biocon Biochemicals Limited, of Cork, Ireland in 1978, amidst shortages of funding, qualified workers and other obstacles.
An unrivalled leader in India’s health and wellness industry, Vandana Luthra started VLCC Health Care Limited as a small health and beauty services center in New Delhi in 1989. Today, the company operates in 323 locations across 150 cities over 11 countries, and employs more than 4,000 people. Consistently ranked among the top businesswomen in Asia, Luthra is also a recipient of the Padma Shri–India’s fourth highest civilian award. Vandana Luthra net worth is more than Rs 1,300 crore.
As Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, one of India’s largest banks, Chanda Kochhar has been one of the most important figures in shaping the course of retail banking in the country. An alumna of the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, Kochhar, she first joined the bank as a management trainee in 1984. She is a frequent name on the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in addition to several other well-known rankings of influential global figures.
Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai is an Indian Chartered Accountant, banker, and business executive. She was a former president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Naina Lal Kidwai is a well-known woman entrepreneur in India with a net worth of $240 million. She was formerly a Group General Manager and the Country Head of HSBC India. Kidwai was listed among the world’s top 50 Corporate Women by Fortune Magazine.