India Today lists the profile of top powerful people of 2004

first_imgShort takes on the people who make up the 2004 Power List. The fine print that makes big headlines. 1 Mukesh Ambani 46 and Anil Ambani 44Industrialists Mukesh is chairman and brother Anil vice-chairman of the Rs 80,000 crore Reliance Group, a petrochem and telecom giant. 2 Ratan Tata 67,Short takes on the people who make up the 2004 Power List. The fine print that makes big headlines.1 Mukesh Ambani 46 and Anil Ambani 44Industrialists Mukesh is chairman and brother Anil vice-chairman of the Rs 80,000 crore Reliance Group, a petrochem and telecom giant.2 Ratan Tata 67 IndustrialistChairman of Tata Sons, he is patriarch of the Rs 60,000 crore Tata Group, one of India’s most diversified business conglomerates.3 N.R. Narayana Murthy 57 IT tycoonCo-founder and chairman of the Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies, a Rs 3,600 crore firm, which is now largely synonymous with IT.4 Bal Thackeray 77 PoliticianFounder and chief of the Shiv Sena, one of Maharashtra’s biggest parties, he is the doyen of Hindu nationalist politics, can make Mumbai stop.5 Subrata Roy Sahara 56 BusinessmanManaging worker-chairman of Sahara India-assets at around Rs 20,000 crore-a group with interests in para-banking, housing, aviation, media.6 Amitabh Bachchan 62 ActorIndia’s top actor spanning three decades, he made a TV career as Kaun Banega Crorepati host. Still has 10 films and as many endorsements on hand.7 Nusli Wadia 59 IndustrialistHeads a Rs 3,000 crore group that includes Bombay Dyeing and Britannia. He is also the grandson of Mohammad Ali Jinnah.8 Subhash Chandra Goel 53 Media baronChairman of the Rs 1,300 crore Zee Telefilms Ltd, which launched Zee TV in 1992. Businesses range from packaging to lotteries to entertainment.9 Azim Premji 58 IndustrialistChairman of the Rs 4,300 crore Wipro Group, which began as a soap and oil maker and is now a major infotech player. Has interest in education.10 Rahul Bajaj 65 IndustrialistChairman and managing director of Bajaj Auto. His Rs 5,070 crore company was till recently India’s biggest two-wheeler maker.11 Sunil Mittal 48 Telecom tycoonHe is the chairman of the Rs 3,100 crore Bharati Tele-Ventures. It runs India’s widest cellular network, serving 6.5 million users.12 Amar Singh 48 PoliticianOf middle-class origins, he is now an MP from Uttar Pradesh and general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, which came to power in UP last year.13 Peter Mukerjea 48 BroadcasterCEO of Star TV, where he has worked for 10 years. Studied at Doon School, Dehradun. Turned Star TV from write-off to right-on.14 Samir Jain 49 and Vineet Jain 37 Media baronsSamir is vice-chairman of the Rs 1,200 crore Bennett Coleman, while Vineet is MD. They own The Times of India and several other publications.15 Deepak Parekh 59 Business executiveChairman of the Rs 5,300 crore Housing Development Finance Corporation Group. HDFC is India’s largest housing finance company.16 Sourav Ganguly 30 CricketerCurrent captain who has won more overseas Tests than his predecessors. Led India to the World Cup final and a 1-1 Test series draw in Australia.17 S. Gurumurthy 54 Swadeshi campaignerConvener of the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and founder of the Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai. Often acts as one-man veto on policy matters.18 Anand Mahindra 47 IndustrialistAlumnus of Harvard Business School, vicechairman and MD of the Rs 4,600 crore Mahindra & Mahindra Gr. One of the youngest CII presidents.19 Kumar Mangalam Birla 36 IndustrialistChairman of the Rs 27,000 crore Aditya Birla Group of companies which focuses on textiles, fertilisers, chemicals and cement.20 Naresh Goyal 55 Airline tycoonChairman of Jet Airways, India’s largest private airline. One of every two Indians who flies is a Jet passenger. But Jet can still not fly international.21 Ramoji Rao 67 Media baronOwner-editor of Eenadu, the largest-selling Telugu newspaper, he also runs regional TV channels and the Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.22 Kalanidhi Maran 38 Media baronChairman of the Chennai-based Sun TV, he owns nine satellite channels in four states, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.23 Manmohan Shetty 56 Businessman-film producerChairman of Adlabs, he is involved in every sphere of filmmaking, from exhibition to production. This year alone, he is producing 10 films.24 Jagmohan Dalmiya 63 Sports administratorPresident of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and construction magnate from Kolkata. Former chief of the International Cricket Council.25 Ramesh Aggarwal 61 Media BaronProprietor-chief editor of the Rs 800 crore Dainik Bhaskar, a Hindi newspaper based in Bhopal, which now has 25 editions.26 Naresh Trehan 57 DoctorA noted cardiac surgeon, he is executive director of the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Delhi. Is leading the changes in cardiac care.27 Shah Rukh Khan 38 ActorOne of India’s hottest filmstars, he is now beginning to take his role as liberal Muslim seriously. Is an enormous draw in the rest of the world as well.28 Sachin Tendulkar 30 CricketerIs the best batsman in the world with 22,186 international runs and 68 centuries. His annual income is estimated at Rs 25 crore.29 Allah Rakha Rahman 37 MusicianA child prodigy, he went to Trinity College of Music at Oxford and has worked with big names in the industry, doing Bombay Dreams for Broadway.30 Nand Kishore Singh 63 BureaucratBihar cadre IAS officer. Nandu to his friends, the member, Planning Commission, was secretary to the prime minister between 1998-2001.31 Sunita Narain 42 ActivistBrought giant cola companies to their knees without having a lab to bank upon. Is director of Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi.32 K.V. Kamath 56 Business executiveRuns the Rs 12,526 crore ICICI which has changed the face of banking in India. Has used technology to spur the retail credit boom.33 Naresh Chandra 69 BureaucratFormer cabinet secretary, he became Indian ambassador to the US, and is now part of every committee related to better governance.34 N. Ram 59 JournalistThe Columbia University-educated journalist returned to The Hindu for the first time in 13 years as editor-in-chief. Is known for Bofors reportage.35 E. Sreedharan 72 EngineerHeads the Delhi Metro Rail, one of the largest rail projects in the nation. Is renowned for keeping costs under control. Built the Konkan Railway.36 Radhika Roy 54 and Prannoy Roy 54Media entrepreneurs Both run the English news channel NDTV 24×7 and NDTV India in Hindi. He is president, she is MD.37 R. Chidambaram 67 ScientistIs principal scientific adviser to the Government, Former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, he is a key voice on nuclear research.38 Suresh Kalmadi 59 Sports administratorPresident of the Indian Olympic Association and Asian Athletics Association. Has business interests in petrol pumps and hotels, is also an MP.39 Arundhati Roy 42 Writer-activistShot to fame after her Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, she is now known more for her crusade against globalisation.40 Parmeshwar Godrej 58 Social arbiterThe wife of Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, she is well-known in Mumbai party circles and associated with a variety of causes.41 Vijay Mallya 48 Liquor tycoonChairman of the Rs 4,800 crore United Breweries Group, he is also a Rajya Sabha member and national working president of the Janata Party.42 Aishwarya Rai 30 ActorHas not had a big hit since Devdas but has made her presence felt because of the international work on the anvil. Is a highly paid endorser.43 Hafeez Contractor 52 ArchitectThis Mumbai-based architect’s influence on the Indian landscape has been likened to that of Le Corbusier and Charles Correa.44 Lalit Suri 58 BusinessmanAs chairman of Bharat Hotels, he runs seven hotels across the country. Was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Also has interests in telecom and media.45 Kapil Sibal 56 Politician-lawyerIs one of the nation’s highest paid and busiest legal brains. His powers of persuasion are best used by Congress in Parliament and as party spokesman.46 Shekhar Gupta 46 JournalistAs group CEO and editor of The Indian Express, he leads from the front. Also research associate, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London.47 Javed Akhtar 59 Lyricist-activistHighly regarded poet, is founder president of Muslims for Social Democracy, an organisation that speaks for a cross-section of Muslims.48 Aveek Sarkar 58 Media baronProprietor-editor of Anand Bazaar Patrika Group, the largest media house in West Bengal. Has made a successful foray into TV with Star News.49 Chiranjeevi 49 ActorThe most expensive star in the Telugu film industry, he also runs a charitable trust. Faces constant speculation about entry into politics.50 Raian Karanjawala 48 LawyerHas clients ranging from Star TV to the Tatas to Nusli Wadia. Is the first port of call for several powerful people in legal trouble.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementThe Displaced The list of people who didn’t make it this time.2* Satya Sai Baba 77 Spiritual preceptor6 Shankaracharya of Kanchi 69 Spiritual preceptor13 Nanaji Deshmukh 87 Social worker18 Chandra Shekhar 76 Politician22 Murli Deora 67 Politician23 P. R. S. ‘Bikki’ Oberoi 74 Hotelier26 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 47 Spiritual preceptor28 Pratap Reddy 72 Hospital tycoon29 R.P. Goenka 73 Industrialist30 Shekhar Kapur 58 Film director32 Medha Patkar 49 Activist34 Rajnikant 54 Actor35 Fali Nariman 75 Lawyer37 Subramanian Swamy 64 Politician40 M.F. Husain 89 Artist42 Shobhaa De 55 Socialite-writer44 Ram Jethmalani 80 Lawyer45 Gaj Singh 56 Hotelier46 David Davidar 45 Publisher48 R.K. Pachauri 63 Scientist49 Vandana Shiva 51 Activistlast_img

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