10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India

In India women are mostly involved in some kind of small house hold business activities like preparing snacks, running a mess, taking tuitions etc. This shows that they are not only capable enough to earn income but are also ambitious. Despite of being a male dominant country, women in India have marked their existence. When an Indian woman climbs the ladder of success, then sky is the no limit for her.



According to a study, Indian women entrepreneurs are much more confident than the women of other foreign countries.

Top 10 Women entrepreneurs of India:

Indira Nooyi: Indira nooyi, the most renowned face amongst Women Entrepreneurs. She is an Indian born Tamil American business executive. She has completed her master’s in public management from Yale University and also masters in finance and marketing from IIM, Kolkata.  She is the honorable chairman and the CEO of one of the leading food and beverage brand, the Pepsi Co. Due to her strong and striving attitude; the company gained 30 billion dollars in just couple of years. Before joining PepsiCO she had worked in Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri in senior positions. She has been honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for her stupendous efforts in Commerce. She is a true inspiration for our nation.

Naina Lal Kidwa: She is one of the most triumphant women entrepreneurs in India. She is originally from North India. She is the first Indian woman to be graduated from the Harvard Business School. Naina serves as the global advisor in Harvard Business School. She was the head of the investment banking in ANZ Grindlays and later the vice- chairman of JP Morgan Stanley. She is currently the country head and group general manager, HSBC Group India. She received Padma Bhushan Award for her involvement in the segment of Trade and Industry.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw from Bangalore is one of the affluent women in India. She studied zoology from Bangalore University and brewery at Ballarat University. In her earlier days, Kiran had to struggle with many challenges and intricacies, but she strongly outweighed it. She made her dream of attaining heights come true. She became the chairperson of the Biocon, she stood her bio pharmaceutical company with a well balanced business portfolio and made herself worth $900 million. With her dedication and hard work, Biocon became one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies in India. She is a motivation for the young generation. She was privileged by many prestigious awards like Karnataka Rajyothsava Award, Nikkei Asia Prize etc.

Indu Jain:  She is one of the most ingenious and influential women. She was the former chairperson of the Times group, currently she is the chairperson of Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd which owns popular newspaper The Times of India and other such recognized newspapers. Under the direction of Indu Jain, the Times foundation governs social services like community services, Research Foundation and Times Relief Fund for natural disaster and epidemics. She is an ideal model of the Successful Woman Entrepreneur. Indu Jain also portrays distinguish personalities such as spiritualist, humanist and educationalist. She is also currently involved in supporting for women rights and encouragement of women entrepreneurship.

Simone Tata: Simone Tata formerly from France is the wife of late Naval Jehangir Tata Simone Tata formerly from France is the wife of late Naval Jehangir Tata and the step- mother of Ratan Tata. She is known as the most influential businesswomen. She came to India in 1955 and joined as the Managing Director in Lakme, which is one of the most popular cosmetic brands later she became the chairperson of Lakme in 1982. She has been attributed with the title ‘cosmetics czarina of India’. Currently she is the Chairperson of Trent Limited, a subordinate of the Tata group.

Priya Paul: With her degree in economics, Priya joined her father in their family business as marketing manager at the Park Hotel in Delhi. On the demise of her father, Surrendra Paul, in 1990, she succeeded him as a chairperson. Her input towards the Hospitality industry has been enormous. Park Hotel had been ranked as one of the finest 101 hotels worldwide in 2003 and she is esteemed with the prestigious Padma Shri award for her brilliance in the hospitality segment.

Ekta Kapoor: The most iconic personality of India is the creative head of the popular Balaji Telefilms. Balaji Telefilms serials are viewed by almost everyone. Her most famous daily soaps were ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’, currently ‘Bade Acchhe Lagte Hai’ and many more. Apart from T.V. serials, she also produces films under Balaji Telefilms banner. She won numerous awards like the Most Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur award by the Indo American Society. In the 6th Indian Tele Awards, 2006 she won Hall of Fame awards for her astonishing contribution to the Indian television industry. Ekta Kapoor is very professional and is known for her entrepreneurial skills.

Sulajja Firodia Motwani: She can be undoubtedly defined as the Woman who means business. She is the Joint Manager of Kinetic Motors and also holds the credit of being the Managing Director of Kinetic Finance. She has been felicitated by many awards. India Today honored her with the title of “The Face of the Millennium” and has also been chosen as “The Global Leader of Tomorrow” by the world Economic forum.

 Mallika Shrinivasan: Mallika Srinivasan, the present Director TAFE India has accomplished her MBA from Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania.In the year 2006, the Economic Times dignified her with the title of Businesswoman of the Year. From the time when she joined the firm, she is liable for drastically escalating turnover from 85 crores to 2900 crores within a span of two decades. She is one of the best and foremost entrepreneurs in India.

Neelam Dhavan:  She successfully completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and soon after she did MBA in Marketing. She made her profession in marketing sector and was willing to join Asian Paints and Hindustan Lever but she was rejected as these firms did not want to employ a woman to their sales and marketing unit. But this rejection opened new doors of success and now Neelam Dhavan leads the Microsoft India and has completely taken the marketing and sales sector to next level. She also left an impression in leading companies like HCL, IBM and HP. Neelam has come a long way with her entrepreneurial and marketing skills.

So every woman who wants to chase their entrepreneurial dreams can take a motivation from these famous Indian Business women and change their dream into reality.




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