India boasts of some of the richest men in the world; some who have inherited long-time family businesses, while others are self-made. These people own a few of the most successful companies in the world, be it HCL, Infosys, Reliance or Godrej. There was a time, when only men ventured into the world of enterprises. However, these elite families decided to deviate from the norms, and educate their daughters as well as they would for their sons. The end result is a group of young, dynamic, strong-willed, independent women, who have the capability of controlling their family establishments. In fact, these competent, young ladies have brought about the essence of their beliefs in each firm, striving to make their enterprises shine in the world. Innovation, creativity and long-term vision are what define these daughters. These women are confident and successful in their own right, proving to the world that they don’t need to be sheltered by their parents to make a name. So, here are some of the top billionaire daughters in India who stand out because of who they are.
1. Roshni Nadar
Roshni Nadar is the daughter of Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL, and currently holds the position of CEO as well as the Executive Director of the $5 billion worth IT Company. An alumna of the Vasant Valley School, New Delhi, Northwestern University, and Kellogg School of Management, USA, she is also interested in the activities pursued by the Shiv Nadar Foundation. Roshni also serves as the Trustee of the educational organization, and believes that passion, global approach and a strategic vision are the key elements for success in any field. This multifaceted billionaire daughter not only works towards the welfare of rural children through the VidyaGyan Schools in Uttar Pradesh, but also dabbles in classical music, yoga and exploring the world. She is married to Shikhar Malhotra, CEO of Shiv Nadar Schools.
2. Akshata Murthy
Akshata Murthy is the daughter of Narayan Murthy, the man behind Infosys. Having completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University, Akshata worked for some time for a firm called Siderian Ventures. However, she soon quit the job after a brief stint, in order to pursue her dreams in the field of fashion. Though she has only a minor role to play in the family business, Akshata does hold almost Rupees 2000 crores in the famous IT firm. She is married to her classmate from university, Rishi Sunak, who has previously served as the MP for Richmond, USA, and the couple has two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
3. Ashni Biyani
CEO of Future Group, Kishore Biyani’s daughter, Ashni, is the first woman in the family to have ventured into the field of retail business. She is a textile designing and business graduate from the Parsons School of Design, New York and the Summer Institute of General Management at Graduate School of Business, Stanford. She insists that the designation she holds in her father’s company doesn’t matter. Instead, she is busy bringing about a revolutionary change by incorporating design into everyday planning and implementation in the firm. Ashni is the face behind the consultancy firm, Future Ideas. She is married to Viraj Didwania, founder of the Vinayaga Marine Petro Ltd. Shipyard.
4. Pia Singh
Pia Singh is the head of DT Cinema, a venture of DLF entertainment. This thirty-nine year old strong-willed woman is also the daughter of Kushal Pal Singh, owner and chairman of DLF Realty. She holds a degree in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Pia is also a trained filmmaker, having graduated from New York University. She is also the chairman of DLF Retail Developers. She is married to Timmy Sarna, Managing Director of DLF Brands.
5. Nisaba Godrej
Harvard MBA graduate, Nisaba is the daughter of Adi Godrej, whose family has wealth amassing to 5.2 billion dollars. She holds a BS degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and serves as the Executive Director of Godrej Consumer Products, and the President of Human Capital and Innovation. Nisaba was the Executive Vice President of Business Development at Godrej Industries Ltd and is also the Director of Godrej Agrovet Limited and Godrej Household Products Limited. She is married to Kalpesh Mehta, Managing Partner of Tribeca Developers, and the couple has a son, Zoran. She also manages the activities of the social welfare organization, Dasra.
6. Tanya Dubash
Tanya Dubash, the elder daughter of Adi Godrej, plays a major role in the business activities of the Godrej Group. She is an alumna of the Brown University and Harvard Business School. Tanya serves as the Chief Brand Officer and Executive Director of the Godrej Group. She is also the Chairperson of Nature’s Basket, apart from holding top positions at Godrej Agrovet Limited, Godrej Consumer Products Limited and Godrej Industries Limited. In 2007, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Apart from managing multifarious ventures belonging to the Godrej Group, Tanya is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bhartiya Mahila Bank, which caters to the financial needs of women. Tanya, who is married to Arvind Dubash, Board Member, DBC Port Logistics has two sons, Azaar and Aryan.
7. Vanisha Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal’s daughter, Vanisha is one of the top billionaire daughters in India. True, her claim to fame was her ultra-lavish wedding which took place at France’s Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, but she has more to her credit than just being an heiress. Vanisha is a graduate from the European Business School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in South Asian studies. She serves as a director for several ventures owned by her father, including Arcelor Mittal, LNM Holdings, Temirtau JSC and Mittal Steel. Vanisha is married to investment banker, Amit Bhatia. Bhatia is presently the Chairman of Hope Construction Materials, a top dealer of concrete and cement in the United Kingdom.
8. Nandini Piramal
If most of the medicines you purchase are manufactured by the Piramal Group, then you should know that the founder of this leading pharmaceutical firm is Ajay Piramal. His daughter, Nandini serves as the Executive Director of Piramal Enterprises Ltd. She also manages Over-The-Counter Business of the company, as well as the Human Resources department. Nandini also plays a major role in the social welfare activities of the Piramal Foundation. This organization deals with issues ranging from education to health, youth empowerment and providing job opportunities in rural areas. After completing her Bachelor’s from Hertford College, Oxford University, Nandini studied MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In between the two courses, she briefly worked for McKisney & Company in the position of a Business Analyst. Later she served the Piramal Enterprises as the General Manager of Strategic Marketing, before getting a promotion.
9. Isha Ambani
Isha Ambani is the daughter of billionaire couple, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, who head the Reliance Group. At the age of eighteen, she featured in the Forbes Magazine list of top 10 billionaire heiresses. Isha currently owns a huge stake at her father’s company. Not only that, she also has property, amounting to 80-million dollars in her name.
10. Ananyashree Birla
The daughter of the famous couple, Kumar Mangalam and Neerja Birla, Ananyashree is still a student at the Oxford Univerity. She is the symbol of aspirations, and though not a regular face at business conferences and events, she has already started an organization that provides micro loans to rural women. Ananya has named this startup division of her father’s company, Svatantra, and hopes to open the doors of independence for women in villages, so they can earn money for the skills they sell.
11. Shruti Shibulal
Shruti is the daughter of SD Shibulal, the co-founder of Infosys. Having obtained a degree in BS from Haverford College and then graduated in MBA from the Columbia Business School, Shruti started working with Merrill Lynch in 2006. Soon she realized that the corporate world wasn’t her cup of tea. Instead, she collaborated with restaurateur Abhijit Saha, to establish two fine dining eateries called ‘Caperberry’ and ‘Fava’ in Bangalore. In 2009, the Global Marketing Forum presented her with the Star Youth Achiever Award. She later founded a resort known as ‘The Tamara Coorg’ in the coffee plantations of Karnataka. Other than being the Promoter and Director, she also heads the Corporate Strategy division at the resort. Shruti is passionate about promoting eco-tourism in India and is planning to establish a store dealing in organic products, known as Organic World.
12. Ambika Hinduja
Ambika, daughter of Ashok Hinduja, studied filmmaking from the London International Film School, and did a course in designing at the The New School for Design in Parsons. Initially, she assisted Bollywood director Subhash Ghai, when he was making Yaadein. Later she worked with Farhan Akhtar on Lakshya. Eventually, in 2005, Ambika established her own production company, Serendipity Films. This banner produced big films such as the critically acclaimed Being Cyrus and the Amitabh Bachchan-Ben Kingsley starrer, Teen Patti.
13. Zahabiya Khorakiwala
Wockhardt Hospitals’ CEO, Habil Khorakiwala is a billionaire no doubt, but he’s not the only reason why his daughter Zahabiya has earned recognition. Initially, she worked for Wockhardt, before going ahead and pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from the Indian School of Business. Upon graduation, she was absorbed by her father’s company. Zahabiya believes that hard work is the only force behind her success as the current Managing Director of Wockhardt Hospitals. Other than that, she gives credit to her father for being her inspirational factor.