Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs And Leaders Of India

By Bhavita Kukreja:

Women Entrepreneurs may be defined as the women or group of women who initiate,organise and co-operate a business enterprise. Government of India has defined women entrepreneurs as an enterprise owned and controlled by a woman having a minimum financial interest of 51% of the capital and giving atleast 51% of employment generated in the enterprise to women.

The Indian women are no longer treated as show pieces to be kept at home.They are also enjoying the impact of globalisation and making an influence not only on domestic but also on international sphere.Women are doing a wonderful job striking a balance between their house and career. Here are a few: (The lists consists of no political figure and concentrates only on business leaders and organizational heads).

Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

1.Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd., who became India’s richest woman in 2004, was educated at the Bishop Cotton Girls School and Mount Carmel College in Bangalore. She founded Biocon India with a capital of Rs.10,000 in her garage in 1978 – the initial operation was to extract an enzyme from papaya. Her application for loans were turned down by banks then – on three counts – biotechnology was then a new word, thecompany lacked assets, women entrepreneurs were still a rarity. Today, her company is the bigget biopharmaceutical firm in the country.

Ekta Kapoor

2.Ekta Kapoor, creative head of Balaji Telefilms, is the daughter of Jeetendra and sister of Tushar Kapoor. She has been synonymous with the rage of soap operas in Indian TV, after her most famous venture ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ which was aired in 2000 on Star plus. Ekta dominates Indian Television.At the 6th Indian Telly Awards 2006,she bagged the Hall Of Fame award for her contributions.

Neelam Dhawan

3. Neelam Dhawan, Managing Director, Microsoft India, leads Microsoft India. She is a graduate from St. Stephens College in 1980,and also passed out from Delhis Faculty Of Management studies in 1982. Then she was keen on joining FMCG majors like Hindustan Lever and Asian Paints, both companies rejected Dhawan, as they didnot wish to appoint women for marketing and sales.

Naina Lal Kidwai

4. Naina Lal Kidwai, was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School. Fortune magazine listed Kidwai among the worlds top 50 Corporate Women from 2000 to 2003. According to the Economic times, she is the first woman to head the operations of a foreign bank in India. ( HSBC)

Indu Jain

5. Indu Jain, the multi-faceted lady used to be the Chairman of the Times Group-The most powerful and largest Media house India has known. Indu Jain is known by many different identities such as that of spiritualist,humanist,entrepreneur,an educationalist but most prominently she played the role of the Chairman of Times Group. Indu Jain is the perfect picture of the successful Indian Woman entrepreneur.

Priya Paul

6.Priya Paul, she has a bachelor’s degree specialising in Economics from Wellesley College, USA. She entered her family business and is currently the Chairperson of Park Hotels.

Simone Tata

7. Simone Tata, has been instrumental in changing a small subsidary of Tata Oil Mills into the largest cosmetic brand in India – LAKME, synonymous today with Indian Fashion. She became a part of Lakme during 1961 and has been responsible for turning the company into one of the biggest brands of fashion in India. At present she is the Chairperson of Trent Limited, a subsidary of Tata Group.

Mallika Srinivasan

8.Mallika Srinivasan, currently the Director of TAFE- Tractors and Farm Equipment, India , was honoured with the title of Businesswoman of the Year during 2006 by the Economic Times. She joined the company in 1986 and has since been responsible for accelerating turnover from 85 crores to 2900 crores within a span of 2 decades.

Preetha Reddy

9. Preetha Reddy, Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, one of the largest healthcare conglomerates of India, is one of the pioneer businesswoman of India in the segment of Health Care Industry.

Ranjana Kumar

10. Ranjana Kumar, currently Vigilance Commissioner in Central Vigilance Commission, after her retirement as the Chairperson of NABARD- National Bank For Agricultural and Rural Development, is a prominent Indian Banker. When the Government of India appointed her as the Chairperson and Managing Director of The Indian Bank, she became the first woman to become head of a public sector bank in India. At that time of her appointment, The Indian Bank was saddled with huge losses and during her tenure she ensured the turn around of The Indian Bank.

Women like these are an inspiration for all other women who strive to achieve great heights in their lives. Taking them as our role models each one of us can be there where they are right now. All we need have is faith in ourselves, confidence and above all a fixed aim that we need work towards.

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i want to be a good enterpreneur in the world........... my best wishers to all top enterpreneurs............


hai....i am doing electrical engineering. now, am in final year. my aim is to become a good entrepreneur. its nice to see the top women entrepreneurs


my dream is to be worlds youngest and toppest business women.

'' world is big and beautifull if u want to move ahead be like a air, where ur presence can be felt in all t place '' be a symbol of victory and i am one of it.


Do you have a dream? Only people who have dreams and are passionate about their dreams will be successfull in life.

I have dreams and I have found the key to achieve my dreams.


i got inspired by looking the women entrepreneurs and i want to become a women entrepreneurs. and i want to be a job providers




i am an entrepreneur (women) with high hopes of going global.give me some ideas to go global like our top women entrepreneurs. :)


hello......i m doing my engineering now.......and even i have dreams of becoming a global and successful enterpreneur.......and i will definitely make my dreams come true........thanks for writing about these inspirational women......they really inspires us.......


you are doing eng... and want to become entre.. that's not a bad idea. go for it


i am doing my mba in st joseph's institute of management in trichy

i am very proud of my indian's women

surly i can say women becomes good position in society today

i really congratulation for sucessful women


Truly inspiring...women in our society can really make a difference if they work hard to achieve their dream. Perseverance, i believe is the key to sucess, to win in this male dominated society. I hope we have more women entrepreneurs and leaders in the near future.


Truly inspiring…women in our society can really make a difference if they work hard to achieve their dream. Perseverance, i believe is the key to sucess, to win in this male dominated society. I hope we have more women entrepreneurs and leaders in the near future.


really its pleasure 2 c women entrepreneurs

they stood as motivators 4 us




I came to know these womens after knowing their products and achievements.

Now, I agree that

Behind every success there is a women (entrepreneurs).

All the best ladies:-)


proud to b an woman....

madhuri malawant

i m very much influenced by our top women entreprenuers because they had proved that a lady is not merely for care taking of family but they can also handle the official works with balancing their best wishes are with them.....


thanku to all my indian enterpreneurships its very proud of to me and also its very inspire to all thanku and all d the best


In the comlpciated world we live in, it's good to find simple solutions.

Nisschala Evangeline Choppala

Its really nIce to know about these lovely & wonderful women of India and ofcourse proud to be a woman & Indian !!! :)


i want to be an entrepreneur its really pleasure for me to being an women entrepreneur of my country like all of them above.


oh its a proud previlage to read about these women who have made their life worth living and showing to the world that they are no less than men! wish to be there very soon!


my most amazing dream is to become a big big lady entrepreneur in this world


behind every successful man is a women,,... whereas behind every successful woman is her own fire to achieve!


I am proud of you top 10 entreprenuers..........


i wnt and i'll become the top entrepreneur of the world..

seeing all this i've also gained encouragement fr becoming an great entrepreneur


Inspired a lot....I feel happy to c al these entrpr


i feel happy by reading this top stories nd i suggest people to have big dream to full fill desires like these entrepreneurs


i feel so proud to be an Indian!!!!!!!!1


be proud to be indian


i feel so proud to be an Indian@


Realy I feel very happy to see,one day my name also enter this place................OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


realy i am very feel to day my name also enter this place


I feel so proud to be indian.


really am proud to be an Indian for having such a good and the best woman entrepreneurs in our country......


it is rightly said dat its nt possible 4 a bird to fly vid 1 wing bt our country s trng to do so by denyng women as 2nd wing. bt nw dey all hve 2 acpt dt nobody cn rule d country vidout women.


gr8 2 see women entrpr.....


i really wonder to the world bcz............very powerfull to role playing in women enterpreneurs..............All is well to do something in higher acheivment..................


i really lucky for taking in Business life................!


i feel so proud to be ind


wt about sudha murthy????? she is the most multifaceted lady n pioneer for narayan murthy in establishment of infosys...


One question, How many of these nice ladies have made a living on their own.. I mean without inheriting their family business.. Entrepreneurship is someone who takes an innovative business also with risk of it.
Also would like add am not discrediting the ladies with what they have achieved in life.. just that this is an askew list.


What happened to patricia nary patricia sandeepha for details.

Simranjeet Kaur

I am gonna join list soon :)
Wish me luck..!!! :)


i hope i'll be in this list after few years..... wish me luck!!!!


AMAZING...i m inspired


.thnks for the information about women business acievers .please record the business achievements of shehnaz hussain too who spread her business of herbal cosmetis in th world


nice to hear these names but where are people like Sudha Murthy and Indira Nooyi.. ???


An increasing number of women entrepreneurs is meant as a healthy sign of social progress in India.. I am quite optimistic of the future of India ,should the entrepreneurship be further augmented for potential womankind. Greetings from TOKYO!


hello sir plz tell me the weekly income of these powerfull womens........????????


i also want to become like these women.they give inspiration to achieve my goal.


i want to be one among these............i try to achieve till death................i need to serve my MOTHER INDIA and her CHILDRENS....................


AMM... umm... i need to get infomartion about the entreprenuers of india..:-/.... need help..


go girls goooooo... will join you soon :)


feel great and you are to be known by every woman


I agree with you!


ye sabhi top 10 ki mahila bhart ki hone k baad bhi bharat ki mahilao ko is desh k purush-pradhan samaj ki mansik gulami se mukt karnae me kya kisi bhi tarah ka koi yogdaan kar rahi h........asli .education to vo h jo aapko gyan de...sahi-galat ki pahchan karne ki eyes de.....kewal top degree k base p competition beat kar k top post ko achive karna is not progress.....q ki is desh ki education is desh ki dharmik-sanskritik bhavna ko kabhi b graceup anhi kar sakti....balki high-educated person utna hi jyada andh-bhakti ka shikar paya ja raha h...utna hi jyada sadio purani sadi-gali Sanskriti-manyatao ka gulam paya ja raha h.....utna hi jayada sadio purne dharmik grantho ka unki manyatao ka adig paya ja raha h........jub tak desh ki educated top p mansik gulami or sdio ki bedio k khilaf awaz nahi desh ko dharm-jativad-riti-rivaj-parampara ka danav isi tarah desh ko gareeb-gulam-ilitrate-kuposhit-lachar banay pls.....give a hand in real progress,which start from the door of mahila........................namo buddhay.


impressive and i had learnt more from these people


very inspiring me


Bas bhi karo! Do you think by chanting you will become entrepreneurs?


It is very inspiring to see these women from our own country doing so well independently !


All they are very inspiring" rel="nofollow">young political leaders of India


Hello mam Miss.Ranjana Kumar I am VENKATESAN MBA IN FINANCE SECTOR. Has have good business women in IndIa. I so happy to see your success and my wishs. In my future has become a business men in india. so i need an idea and information for choosing the business. To send Mail ID.


i am surprised to see this i have just came this web for project but when i read this see how the women are SO BE COURAGES




In future i will also be a good entrepreneur


Nice comment :)

All the best.


Nice ..........................:)


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