Smitha V. Crishna is India’s richest woman

Her wealth is at ₹37,570 crore; 25 out of 100 women on list are from city

Updated - August 14, 2018 07:50 am IST

Published - August 14, 2018 01:22 am IST

 Smitha V. Crishna

Smitha V. Crishna

Mumbai: Smitha V. Crishna, third-generation heir of the Godrej Empire, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun — Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of ₹37,570 crore. Ms. Crishna owns one-fifth of the Godrej Group, along with her brothers. In 2014, she purchased a bungalow belonging to the late atomic physicist, Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, for ₹371 crore.

Maharashtra tops the list, with 27 of the top 100 women belonging to the State. Altogether 25 women are from Mumbai while two are from Pune.

Roshni Nadar, CEO and Executive Director at HCL, ranks second in the list, with her wealth at an estimated Rs. 30,200 crore. Ms. Nadar, who joined HCL in 2013 at the age of 28, is the daughter of Shiv Nadar, the founder of the information technology behemoth. She also heads the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

“The women in the Hurun India Rich List have increased from 4% in 2012 to 9% in 2017. With India’s thriving consumer spending and a maturing tech ecosystem, we expect more women to lead the entrepreneurship story in India,” said Anas Rahman Junaid, MD and Chief Researcher, Hurun Report India.

Chairperson of the Times Group, Indu Jain, ranks third in the list with her wealth estimated to be ₹26,240 crore.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder & MD of Biocon, ranks fourth, with her wealth at an estimated ₹24,790 crore. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon in 1978 and has led the biopharmaceutical company in the field of complexactive pharmaceutical ingredients and molecular biology.

Kiran Nadar, wife of the HCL founder, ranks fifth in the list with her wealth estimated at ₹20,120 crore.

Leena Gandhi Tewari ranks sixth in the list, with her wealth estimated to be ₹10,730 crore. Ms. Tewari chairs the privately-held USV Pharma, the pioneer of diabetic and cardiovascular medicines in India.

Sangita Jindal ranks seventh in the list, with her wealth estimated at ₹10,450 crore. Ms. Jindal shares her wealth with her husband Sajjan Jindal, heir of the JSW Empire.

Jayshree Ullal ranks eighth in the list, with her wealth estimated to be ₹9,490 crore. The London-born, New Delhi-bred Ms. Ullal is the CEO of the fastest-growing cloud-networking company, Arista Networks, valued at $19 billion.

Anu Aga, former Chairperson of Thermax, ranks ninth in the list with her wealth estimated to be ₹8,550 crore. She took over the reins of the company after the death of her husband and founder, Rohinton Aga.

Shradha Agarwal ranks tenth in the list, with her wealth estimated at ₹8,200 crore. In 2006, she co-founded Outcome Health, a healthcare technology and services company, formerly known as ContextMedia.

The pharmaceutical industry leads the list with 22 women, followed by software and services with 12 women and food and beverages with eight women. City-wise, with 25 women each, Mumbai and New Delhi have the most super-rich women, followed by Bengaluru (14).

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