Top Successful Women in India

  • 11 Top Successful Indian women who deserve to be known for their achievements”


In a male-dominated world, where a business tycoon is often mistaken as a man who rules the industry, there are several Indian women who have carved a niche for themselves and are known to be equal, and sometimes more powerful than the male fraternity of business. By tracking the achievements of these successful Indian women, we have created this list of top 11 who presently reign the corporate world with their sharp & matchless business acumen.let’s have a look at successful women in India…

1.Indra Nooyi – Chairperson & CEO of PepsiCo

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Indra Nooyi is a name that needs no introduction. From Forbes to Fortune & Wall Street Journal, she has been named several times among the powerful women to watch. Indra completed her initial studies in India and is the alumnus of IIM Calcutta. She joined Yale School of Management in 1978 and Boston Consulting Group later.

After gaining experience as a strategist in Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri, she joined PepsiCo.
There have been major business deals in her name, be it the act of acquiring Tropicana or merging with Quaker Oats Company. A mother of two children and a US citizen (through naturalization), this woman is the biggest inspiration of several female entrepreneurs all over the world.

2.Kiran Mazumdar

-Managing director ,

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A graduate from Bangalore University, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw started Biocon India with the capital of Rs. 10,000. She was keen to study medical science after completing graduation but could not get a scholarship for that. She further enrolled for studying malting & brewing and worked as trainee brewer ahead. After coming back from Australia, looking for the position of brewmaster in India turned out to be a disappointment as people perceived it as a ‘man’s job’. But, nothing could deter her pursuit and she finally found the way to start a business.
After working briefly at Biocon Biochemicals Limited, of Cork, Ireland, Kiran started Biocon India in 1978. The company which initially struggled for funding today has the net income of $3.61 billion and ranks among top ventures in India. Kiran has also been featured among top entrepreneurs of TIME magazine & 100 powerful women of Forbes.


3.Chanda Kochhar

– CEO and MD, ICICI Bank

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A business tycoon, as she is known to be, Chanda Kochhar is among the top fifty powerful women of Forbes 2014 list. She started her career as a management trainee with ICICI and later played a key role in the expansion. Chanda was born in a family in Rajasthan and had a vast educational background as she did B.A, MBA, ICWA, MMS (Finance). Her journey as deputy managing director began in 2006. There onwards she handled various roles from corporate, retail to international business.
Chanda has been awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2011 i.e. the second highest civilian award of Republic India. As an MD of ICICI, she is currently taking care of a venture with $125 billion of assets and has been credited recently for 14% profit increase.

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4.Shikha Sharma

–Managing director, CEO of Axis Bank

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Shikha Sharma heads India’s third largest private bank and is a proud alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad. She was born and brought up in an army family and attended various schools in her childhood days. She started her career with ICICI and played a crucial role in the growth and development of one of India’s top private banks. A workaholic, as people knew her since then, Shikha Sharma took ICICI to new heights. She earned special mentions for handling insurance sector and setting up retail finance of ICICI.
Axis Bank was a challenge when she joined, as commercial banking was something new to her. Shikha accepted all challenges and paved way for Axis’ success. As of 2012, the bank reported having Rs. 340 billion revenue and net income of Rs. 52 billion. With a substantial work stint of almost three decades and several honours as a banker to her credit, she is the inspiration for new-age women who want to make a mark in the corporate world.

5.Ekta Kapoor

– Founder, Joint Managing Director & Creative Director Balaji Telefilms

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The queen of Indian television industry, this woman specializes in wearing many hats in one life, director, producer & capitalist. She is a businesswoman who added new heights to Indian television, that too at a very young age.

Ekta started her entrepreneurial journey with Balaji in November 1994 when she was just 19. Since then she has set a strong example by completing 15,000 hours of television content. Followed by the success of many serials & hit movies, this power woman ranks among the top business tycoons of India.

After the immediate success of a show in 2000, Ekta expanded wings and Balaji became a public limited company and merged with Nine Network Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd. Today Balaji owns three more subsidiaries- Motion Pictures, ALT Entertainment & BOLT Media Limited and has net income of US$1.6 million.

Academic excellence, awe-inspiring decision making, determination and faith in dreams, is what made these Indian women successful and capable of proving their grit. Their life tales not only act as motivating success stories but also puts forward a picture of evolved India.

 6.Kirron Kher

-Actress,  Member of Indian parliament

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Apart from being a National Award winning actress, Kirron Kher is a Member of the Indian Parliament, and a leader for several non-profit movements including Laadi (a campaign against female infanticide) and Roko Cancer (a campaign for cancer awareness.) But this is not only why she’s a badass. She’s also a badass because she speaks about what is right, in front of the government.

She has spoken about consent (an important concept that not a lot of Indian men seem to be aware of), women’s rights, honour killings, and against unjust censorship of valid documentary.

7. Mary Kom

-Badass Boxer

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This badass boxer, Mary Kom, won the Olympic Bronze Medal for India, the Gold for National Women’s Boxing India, Gold in Asian women’s Championship, and about 20 other medals including five World Championship titles that I can’t possibly list here. She isn’t just a boxer though, this woman took a two-year break after a few years as a boxer because she got married and gave birth to two beautiful sons. When she became a mother, the whole world, including her coach was disappointed that she didn’t pursue her dreams and instead became an Indian housewife.

But with the support of her husband, Mary Kom decided that she would compete as a boxer again. After vigorous training, Mary Kom came back with a bang and won the silver medal for the Asian Women’s Boxing 2008. And later went on to win the bronze in London Olympics 2012. Unfortunately, due to shock from her previous injury, the IAC did not let her participate in 2016’s Olympics. Regardless, she’s training hard – fighting on. With three little boys tugging behind.

This woman showcases that being a mother doesn’t stop a woman from achieving her dreams. Motherhood shouldn’t handicap you, it should make you stronger. Mary Kom is a perfect example for all mothers out there waiting to fulfil their dreams.

8. Dr Tessy Thomas

-India’s Missile Women

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India’s Missile Woman, Dr Thomas is the first woman to lead a missile operation in India. Apart from leading many missile projects, she was also honoured for breaking the barriers and being successful in a predominately male occupation. She is a mother of a son, and a wife – she has managed to balance her life as a researcher and a mother beautifully.

The media loves to call her Agni Putri, or one born from fire, after the missiles she has helped develop. Click To Tweet
In January 2012, the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh told the Indian Science Congress that Tessy is an example of a “woman making her mark in a traditionally male bastion and decisively breaking the glass ceiling.” The media loves to call her Agni Putri, or one born from fire, after the missiles she has helped develop.

Another excellent example for the girls of India to pursue their dreams.

9.Sania Mirza

-Professional Tennis player

Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player, both in singles and doubles. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.

Sania Mirza is a professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s doubles rankings.
Besides being an exceptional tennis player, Sania faced a lot of controversy for her tennis attire – of wearing shorts while being an Indian Muslim. But she stood up for herself and still stands by her decision to wear the right attire for her sport career.she is one of the successful women’s in India

10. Sampat Pal Devi

-Social Activist

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Sampat Pal Devi as a social activist who saves, empowers women and kicks men’s asses. She is the founder of the Gulabi Gang, a badass Uttar Pradesh-based social organization, works for women welfare and empowerment. At the age of 16, she took a stand against abusive husbands, when her neighbour was a victim of domestic violence. Devi was enraged, and she encouraged women to step out and beat the neighbour’s husband – to a point where he publicly had to apologize to his wife.

The women carry around bamboo sticks just in case they need to beat yo’ ass.
Since then, Devi has encouraged many women (270,000 to be exact) of the district to join her Gulabi Gang. It got its name because of the colour of sari the women of this gang wear – a bright pink (Gulabi in Hindi is pink). The women carry around bamboo sticks just in case they need to beat yo’ ass (if you’re an abusive man). Despite being an all-woman team, this team doesn’t discriminate against gender – they’ve spoken up against human rights and male oppression.

These women have addressed all kinds of issues from, dowry, dowry death, rape, child marriages, domestic abuse, desertion, deprived of education, to child molestation and sexual harassment. If you’re an abusive human being taking advantage of another human being in their district – make sure you hide yo’ ass cause they might just come beat your bum out. Seriously.

11.Arunima Sinha-Volleyball player

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Have you ever thought about climbing the Everest? But you’re too afraid because people lose their lives almost every day trying to achieve it? Well, this badass Arunima, climbed the Everest, and five other peaks around the world – all with just one leg.

That’s right, she’s the first female amputee in the world to climb the Everest, and the first Indian amputee todoo the same. Arunima was a national level volleyball player before she lost her leg. During a train robbery incident, she resisted against the thieves and waspushedhed out of the train while another train was passing. The other train, unfortunately, ly, damaged her leg, where the only way out was to amputate.

But this didn’t stop her from achieving her dreams, Arunima has now conquered the highest peaks around the world including the Everest. Here’s a decorated list of all her climbs: 1. Everest in Asia, 2. Kilimanjaro in Africa, 3. Elbrus in Europe, 4. Kosciuszko, Australia and 5. Aconcagua in Argentina.

If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing an unachievable peak, hopefully,y, this inspires you to go forth and fulfil your dream.

These influential women have not only outdone their counterparts in their industry but also inspired many millennials to take a stand and speak up. Some have demanded their rights where needed.
Others protested against injustice. Some broke barriers by taking up roles despite their genders. Others have crossed borders to become one of the World’s Most people.

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