Top 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-3

first_imgTop 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-3The India Today Power List 2019 takes a look at the titans of business and society at the vanguard of Indiaadvertisement India Today Magazine New Delhi July 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 5, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 15:35 IST Photo: Mandar Deodhar26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and Facebook, with 452 million unique visitors, 134 billion minutes of time spent and 47 billion page views per monthBecause the group’s radio broadcasting business operates 76 FM stations in India with 38 million weekly listeners and an additional 50-60 million engaging with the video content on streaming platformsQuiz MeThey have launched Qureka, a daily live quiz show app, where users can participate in live trivia/ quiz shows and win cash prizes27. Ranveer Singh34, ActorEnergiser Bunny Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he’s king of the box office. His last two releases, Simmba and Gully Boy, together collected Rs 373 crore net at the domestic box office, strengthening his position as a dynamic and diverse performerBecause he is a brand magnet. As the face of 28 brands, Singh is everywhere, be it hoardings or on television. As per ESP Properties’ Showbiz 2.0 report, these deals are valued at Rs 84 croreBecause he is changing the rules of Bollywood etiquette with his uninhibited demeanour and eccentric sartorial sense. Singh is beloved for being bold, real and himselfBatting For GloryTo prepare for ’83, the sports drama on India’s maiden World Cup victory in which he plays Kapil Dev, Singh spent considerable time with Kapil’s Devils during the latest World Cup where he also made his commentary debutadvertisement28. Shashi Tharoor63, Congress MPWord Power Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he won from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala for the third time in a rowBecause he remains one of the most noticed and res-pected voices offering an alternative narrative at a time when the BJP dominates the political landscape and discourse-from challenging the Sangh parivar to dissecting the Modi government’s foreign policy, he’s doing it allBecause his tweets and use of obscure English words regularly attract loud reactions-from awe to memesFor The Love Of ReadingHe hasn’t opened a dictionary in years, he claims. “While reading, if you come across a word in three different places, you figure out the meaning, usage and nuance from the context,” he says29. Salman Khan53, ActorBollywood’s Bhai Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/Getty ImagesBecause he is always a fan favourite. Even when his films fail to entertain-thinkRace 3 (Rs 166 crore) and Bharat (Rs 197crore)-they still manage to make a dent atthe box officeBecause with Rs 13 crore weekly as his estimated fee for Bigg Boss season 13, he’s the highest paid celebrity on televisionBecause he’s expanding the Being Human business empire to include talent management and fitness equipment and gymnasiumsHelping handHe continues to offer young actors their first break in Bollywood; for example, his brotherin-law Aayush Sharma and Nutan’s granddaughter Pranutan Bahl. He is also going to introduce Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee in Dabangg 330. R. C. Bhargava84, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki IndiaThe Big Wheel Photo: Business TodayBecause he is the Indian automotive industry’s most visible face, having steered Maruti Suzuki for 38 yearsBecause the company has touched over 20 million customers through sales and service activitiesBecause Maruti Suzuki supports over 110 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country, as per a five-year ITI development plan, while the Japan India Institute for Manufacturing at Mehsana saw 100 per cent placement for its first batchRole ModelHe is known for his keen grasp of details and is admired for his insight and high energy levels31. Mahendra Mohan Gupta & Sanjay Gupta77, CMD and 55, CEO, Jagran Prakashan LtdMedia Moguls Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause Jagran group’s print publications have a total readership of 90 million, making it the most read print media group in the countryBecause Dainik Jagran has been No.1 in the newspaper readership rankings continuously for over 15 years. It launched the “Hindi Hai Hum” initiative to preserve, promote and build on the legacy of the languageBecause they operate by seven principles, or saat sarokars- women’s empowerment, environment protection, population management, poverty eradication, health, education and water conservationBreak TimeBoth Mahendra Mohan and Sanjay are ardent cricket fans and like to travel. Sanjay’s favourite destination is San Francisco, USA32. Sanjiv Puri57, Chairman & MD, ITCBuilding On A Legacy Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he has steered the hotels-to-FMCG giant to post a consolidated net profit of Rs 13,162 crore in 2018-19, up 10 per cent from the previous yearadvertisementBecause despite sluggish rural demand, the company’s FMCG business posted a 12 per cent growth in revenues at Rs 12,505 crore, driven by enhanced scale, a better product mix and more investment in brand buildingBecause 41 per cent of ITC’s total energy consumption came from renewable energyHome treatsRelishes the ITC Fabelle chocolates and Sunfeast Wonderz milk shakes. He also practises yoga as a pastime33. Vijay Shekhar Sharma41, Founder & CEO, PaytmThe Pay Master Photo: Chandradeep KumarBecause he introduced Indians to a new way of spending money. He has added over a billion dollars to his net worth in the past one year. At $2.7 billion (Rs 186 billion), he is India’s youngest billionaire. Sharma ranks 877 among the 2,153 global billionaires on the Forbes annual list.Because even as businesses in India are putting their plans on hold, Sharma has expanded his to include e-commerce with the launch of Paytm Mall, and Paytm Payments Bank, besides his digital payments business Paytm. All his businesses have attracted rich valuations-China’s Alibaba group and Japan’s Softbank group invested $453 million in Paytm Mall. Warren Buffet has invested $300 million in the companyBecause he is the poster-boy of new-age entrepreneurship in India. Demonetisation, which hurt big and small businesses, came as a shot in the arm for Paytm. Paytm clocked 2.5 billion transactions in 2017-18 and is targeting transaction volumes of 12 billion by the end of 2019-20Humble StartIn his formative years, Sharma worked as a photo researcher at India Today magazine34. Dr Naresh Trehan72, Chairman & MD, MedantaThe Health Guru Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he is one of India’s best known and most successful cardiovascular surgeons who changed the face of private healthcare in the country with his foresight and vision. He has successfully conducted over 60,000 open heart surgeries. He is now working on giving Indians a brand of new medicine that will focus on combining the best of traditional (Ayurveda) and modern medicine to provide holistic healingBecause he is chairman and MD of Medanta Medicity, which he co-founded in 2009. It has gone on to become one of the country’s most profitable hospitals with a revenue of Rs 1,392 crore in FY 2018Because he has been working with the government to make India tuberculosis-free by 2025Off The ClockWhen not operating, he likes to spend time with his grandchildren35. Rahul Bhatia58 , MD, InterGlobe EnterprisesLord of the Skies Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause in a time of churn, InterGlobe Aviation, IndiGo’s parent company, reported its highest quarterly profits ever in the first quarter of FY20Because Bhatia introduced the concept of low-cost, efficient flying in India and made sure the model was profitable. With the new slots vacated by Jet Airways and a continued focus on the international market, it plans to allocate half its capacity to international markets, making it a formidable player in the airline spaceBecause IndiGo, even with its promoters fighting each other and the stock price taking a hammering, continues to be the largest domestic airline with over 40 per cent market shareadvertisementMy ride, your rideJust to make a point, Bhatia once showed up at an important industry meeting in a Wagon R while other biggies turned up in luxury cars36. Rajinikanth68, Actor, PoliticianThe Thalaivar Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause the thalaivar, or leader, has plans to organise his fans and followers under the banner of the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to contest in all 234 constituencies in the next Tamil Nadu assembly elections in 2021 or earlierBecause his RMM dispatched tankers (with the actor’s photograph on them) to various localities in the city during the ongoing Chennai water crisisBecause age does not deter him. He is preparing for his 168th film, even as the A.R. Murugadoss-directed Darbar, where he plays a double role, is scheduled for a 2020 releasePoster WarsA row erupted over the removal of a portrait of his from the film Petta from the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, even as one of the show’s host Kamal Haasan remained on the walls37. Sanjiv Bajaj49, MD & CEO, Bajaj FinservFinance Forward Photo: Rachit GoswamiBecause Bajaj Finserv is one of India’s largest NBFCs and the largest financier to consumer durables. His focus on long-term, sustainable growth has seen Finserv’s revenues grow 30 per cent to Rs 42,605.6 crore in 2018-19, while post-tax profit grew 21 per cent to Rs 3,219 croreBecause Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 11,097 crore, registered a growth of 17 per cent in 2018-19, while Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 8,857.2 crore, registered a growth of 17 per centBecause Bajaj Finance’s assets under management grew 41 per cent in 2018-19, to Rs 1.16 lakh croreHis Father’s WordsKnown to be a family man, Sanjiv lives with his father, Rahul, in Pune. He follows his father’s core philosophy-to run the business with integrity, to be passionate and work hard. He loves Goa for its beaches and eateries38. Dilip Shanghvi63, Founder & MD, Sun PharmaThe Cure Photo: Kanishka Sonthalia/Getty ImagesBecause despite the challenges posed by the US Food and Drug Administration warning letters, Sun Pharma posted a 10 per cent growth in 2018-19 revenuesBecause his Sun Pharma launched Ilumya in the US, becoming the first Indian pharma company to launch a direct-to-customer campaign in the USBecause he is still on the prowl to acquire companies that are strategic fits, Pola Pharma Inc., a Japanese pharmaceutical company being one of the latestLine of CautionWhistle blowers’ letters alleging corporate governance lapses in the company regarding related party deals, caused its shares to tumble 13 per cent-a six-year low-on January 18 this year on the stock exchanges39. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw66, Chairman & MD, Biocon LtdThe Real Deal Because she is India’s richest self-made woman business leader. She founded India’s largest bio-pharmaceutical firm in 1978 and is a pioneer in the biotechnology space. Because she has constantly invested in research and development to drive innovation and has built a culture of deep research at the company instead of taking the generic drug-maker routeBecause she uses her voice to drive citizens of Bengaluru to make their city better through the B-PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee) initiative and is unafraid to speak out against government policyBecause through her initiative, the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Centre, she is building an affordable cancer-care modelHappy HourShe wanted to become a brewmaster like her father but didn’t get the job, which is when she decided to become an entrepreneurYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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