While being rich might not have been a priority for them, but it is for sure an excellent byproduct of being super successful that these 9 Indian tech honchos are currently enjoying.
Forbes recently announced its annual list of World’s Billionaires, which is a well-known guide to the richest people on planet Earth. The list which has seen Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates sitting comfortably at the numero uno position for several years now, saw 9 Indians making the cut this year.
Here are the Indians who made India shine on the Forbes World’s Billionaires 2016 Annual list.
Ranking on the list- 55
Net worth – $15 billion
The first Indian visible on the list. He is the man behind India’s third-largest software exporter, Wipro. Premji Invest, his family office, has made strategic investment in some of the biggest companies like PolicyBazaar, Cyanogen, Snapdeal and Myntra, to name a few.
Ranking on the list- 88
Net worth – $11.1 billion
Acquiring the 88th global position, the 2nd Indian on the list is Shiv Nadar, the founder and chairman of India’s fourth-largest software services exporter, HCL. Nadar also doubles up as a philanthropist with his much famous Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Ranking on the list- 959
Net worth – $1.9 billion
The 3rd Indian on the Forbes list is Narayana Murthy, the man who co-founded India’s second-largest software services exporter, Infosys. He served as Infosys’ CEO from the year 1981 to 2002 and as its chairman from the year 2002 to 2011. Apart from being the brains behind the conception of Infosys, Mr. Murthy has a private investment firm Catamaran Ventures, which has invested in companies like Coverfox, Hector Beverages, Innoviti and Yebhi etc. The firm has also launched a joint venture with e-commerce giant Amazon called Cloudtail, which has been acknowledged as the largest seller on Amazon India.
Ranking on the list- 1121
Net worth – $1.6 billion
Following the footsteps of his Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy is, Kris Gopalakrishnan. The co-founder of Infosys served at the company as its chief executive for four years from the year 2007 to 2011. He has reportedly contributed a whopping amount of Rs 225 crore for the setting up of the Centre for Brain Research at the IISc in Bengaluru city.
Another Infosys co-founder has made the cut. Nilekani who is currently the chairman of EkStep, was Infosys chief executive for five years from the year 2002 to 2007 and chairman of UIAI until March 2014. He’s said to have backed companies like Juggernaut, Systemantics, Team Indus, Power2SME, Fortigo and Mubble, to name a few.
Ranking on the list- 1476
Net Worth- $1.2 billion
The sixth Indian making waves on the list is the co-founder of India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart. Binny was recently appointed as Flipkart’s chief executive in January this year after his co-founder Sachin Bansal gave up the position. As a CEO, he’s overlooks all of the company’s business areas and is responsible for taking care of its operations.
Sachin Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce startup, gave up his role as the company’s chief executive in January this year. Since then he’s providing his services to the company as its executive chairman. Along with Binny Bansal, Sachin has made some major investments in startups with huge potential like InShorts, Ather Energy, Tinystep and Tracxn, to name a few.
Another Infosys legend on the list, K Dinesh is the co-founder of the software company and was its board member from the year 1981 to 2011. In 2011, he decided to retire from Infosys as its head of quality, Information Systems and the Communication Design Group.
Ranking on the list- 1577
Net Worth- $1.1 billion
The last Indian on the list, Shibulal also owes his fortune to Infosys, India’s second-largest software services exporter. A co-founder of the company, he worked as its chief executive for a period of three years from 2011 to 2014. Post that, he launched a startup incubator Axilor Ventures along with Kris Gopalakrishnan, another Infosys co-founder.
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