Smitha V. Crishna tops list of India’s wealthiest women

Smitha V. Crishna, a third-generation heir of the Godrej family, ranks first in the Kotak Wealth Hurun-Leading Wealthy Women 2018 list with an estimated wealth of ₹ 37,570 crores. Ms. Smitha owns one-fifth of the Godrej Group. In 2014, she made news with the purchase of a bungalow that belonged to Dr. Homi J. Bhabha for ₹ 371 crores.

Roshni Nadar, the CEO and executive director at HCL, ranks second in the list with an estimated wealth of ₹30,200 crore. Ms. Roshni, who joined HCL in 2013 at the age of 28, is the daughter of Shiv Nadar, the founder of the IT behemoth. She also heads the Shiv Nadar Foundation. The chairperson of the Times Group, Indu Jain, ranks third in the list. Her wealth is estimated at ₹26,240 crore.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder, and MD of Biocon ranks fourth in the list with ₹24,790 crore. Ms. Mazumdar started Biocon in 1978 and has led the biopharmaceutical company in the field of complex APIs and molecular biology. Kiran Nadar, the wife of HCL founder Shiv Nadar, ranks fifth in the list with ₹20,120 crore.

Leena Gandhi Tewari ranks sixth in the list with her wealth estimated at ₹10,730 crore. Ms. Leena chairs the privately held USV Pharma, a pioneer in diabetic and cardiovascular medicines in India. Sangita Jindal ranks seventh in the list with ₹10,450 crore. Ms. Jindal shares her wealth with her husband Sajjan Jindal, heir of the JSW Group.

Shradha Agarwal ranks tenth in the list with ₹ 8,200 crores. In 2006, she co-founded Outcome Health, a healthcare technology, and services company, formerly known as ContextMedia. Industry-wise, pharmaceuticals leads with 22 women from that sector on the list. It is followed by Software & Services with 12 individuals, and Food & Beverages with 8 individuals featured in the list. City wise, with 25 women each, Mumbai and New Delhi are the leading cities for India’s super-rich women, followed by Bengaluru (14).

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