Women today are breaking the age-old patriarchal principles. They have edged out male bastions. All over the globe women are shining in various fields and performing best services. From Ghazal Alagh, co-founder of Honasa Consumer, to Soma Mondal, the first woman to chair the state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd, they are among 20 women entrepreneurs in Asia who are leading their own companies, according to Forbes Asia. Here we bring you list of Top 5 Most Powerful Women In India.
1. Namita Thapar
Namita Thapar is the third Indian to be named in Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen 2022 list. Namita Thapar is a well-known face in the business world but came into limelight through Sony TV’s popular business reality show Shark Tank India. A Chartered Accountant by profession, Namita Thapar serves as the Executive Director of Pune-based Emcure Pharma, a $730 million business. She joined the company founded by her father Satish Mehta in 2007 as Chief Financial Officer. Namita Thapar is passionate about improving women’s health in India and promoting youth entrepreneurship.
2. Soma Mondal
The second Indian businesswoman in the 2022 Asia’s Power Businesswomen list is Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) chairperson Soma Mondal, the first to head a state-run company. Soma Mandal has the distinction of not only being the first woman functional director of SAIL, but also the first woman chairperson of the company. A graduate in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 1984, she has over 35 years of experience in the metallurgical industry.
3. Ghazal Alagh
The first Indian businesswoman in the 2022 Asia’s Power Businesswomen list is 34-year-old Ghazal Alagh, co-founder of Honasa Consumer, which hosts the popular brand Mamaearth. Ghazal Alagh’s company became a unicorn in January after it closed a $52 million funding round led by Sequoia Capital India, valuing it at $1.2 billion. Ghazal Alagh started a Gurgaon-based company in 2016 with her husband Varun Singh, who is the CEO. The company Honasa Consumer recently doubled its revenue to $121 million (about Rs 10 billion) in the last fiscal year through online and in-store sales. Know more about Ghazal Alagh.
4. Divya Gokulnath
Divya Gokulnath was featured in Forbes Asia’s 2020 Powerful Businesswomen list. She is the co-founder of Byju’s. She and her husband run this ed-tech startup together. Byju Raveendran’s total assets have crossed $3 billion.
5. Ankiti Bose
Ankiti Bose became the first woman co-founder of a $1 billion startup. She was given the title of Self Made Woman 2020 in Forbes India. She is the CEO of Zilingo.
Here ends our list of Top 5 Most Powerful Women In India