This list contains the most powerful and influential people of India, and we tried to limit our approach only to authentic data. Politicians, bureaucrats, etc., were not considered to shortlist these 15 people.
Here are the top 15 most powerful people in India:
1. Mukesh Ambani
No doubt why this guy’s name is on the top of the list. The richest Asian, owner of India’s most valuable company, and as per the latest reports, Mukesh Ambani, is the 8th richest man in the world. Mukesh Ambani not only operates in big business ventures but also supports small startups and companies.
2. Kumar Mangalam Birla
Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, IIT-Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad, Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist and is the 10th richest Indian with a net worth of more than $8 billion. He has his foot in many big deals and profit-oriented ventures.
3. Gautam Shantilal Adani
He is the second richest Indian with a net worth of over $13.5 billion, founder of the Adani group, and chairman of India’s largest electricity producer group.
4. Uday Kotak
Managing director and executive vice-chairman of India’s 3rd largest private bank, Uday Kotak, makes it to the list in fourth place. His bank is known to be one of the most successful private banks to have made it really big. The bank is known for its quick services and plans.
5. Anand Mahindra
Padma Bhushan-2020 Awardee, Chairman of Mahindra Group, he is the coolest Indian billionaire active on Twitter. His company deals in almost every major business, from aerospace to automobiles, from defense to real estate, Mahindra & Mahindra covers almost all the fields.
6. Ratan Tata
Ratan Tata is a name loved and respected by all. He is a Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee and is often regarded as the most humble and down-to-earth person. He is open to funding several new businesses and promotes youth-led startups. He is an investor in almost twenty startups and several other philanthropic works. He appreciates normal people’s work and assists his social media handles.
7. Virat Kohli
Virat is another great player who made it on his own. His dedication towards his sport and love for his profession made him the most loved cricketer in the world, a holder of all the top awards of ICC in a calendar year, an investor, the most-followed Indian on Instagram and has a contract with a total of 24 world-class top brands. Virat charges approximately 5-6 crore rupees for a single post on his Instagram handle.
He’s the current chairman of Tata Sons, COO and executive director of TCS, IIM-Lucknow board member, etc., making Natarajan Chandrasekaran the 8th most powerful person in India. He had always aspired to make it big, and his company stands tall among other multinational corporations.
9. Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is one name who made Bollywood and Indian cinema what it is today. He has given several hit films, and his excellent acting skills have made him an icon loved and respected nationwide. He has a brand value of more than 284 crores, 22 companies’ contracts in his pocket, and a massive fan following in the world that helped Mr. Big B to make it to the list in 9th position.
10. Ajay Piramal
Ajay Piramal is the chairman of Piramal Group and a well-known philanthropist and industrialist. Mr. Ajay Piramal is the 10th most influential person in India. He generates his revenue from his investments in pharmaceuticals, real estate, financial services, and glass packing fields.
11. Shiv Nadar
Did you know that HCL is an Indian company? If not, you might be surprised that it is not an Indian-only but the 3rd largest software service company in the country. Shiv Nadar is a well-known name in the IT business.
12. Azim H. Premji
He’s known as the king of the IT Industry. Premji was awarded Padma Bhushan. He is an engineer cum businessman cum investor cum philanthropist and also the founder of the Azim Premji Foundation. He also heads as the managing director of the Wipro group. Ajim Hasham Premji is the 17th richest Indian and the twelfth most powerful person in India.
13. Sajjan Jindal
In 2019, JSW Steels of JSW Group generates the highest revenue and net profit. His innovative ideas for business expansion and recent deals with the world’s largest steelmakers helped him secure a place on this list.
14. Anil Agarwal
Vedanta Resources’ founder, chairman, social worker, philanthropist, and Indian business tycoon Anil Agarwal is the 14th most powerful and 38th richest Indian.
15. Uday Shankar
President of The Walt Disney Company-Asia Pacific, chairman of The Walt Disney Company- India, and chairman of Star India, Uday Shankar is a journalist cum businessman cum Indian media executive. Uday Shankar owns around thirty percent shares of digital video advertising.
These people are not only the pride of India but also our representatives in the world economy and power. They have secured a place for themselves on this list and have been flashing in the news headlines due to their human deeds.