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Four Indian Women, Including Nirmala Sitharaman, Shine in Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List

Four Indian Women, Including Nirmala Sitharaman, Shine in Forbes’ Most Powerful Women List

Written by Sanjay Kumar

Highlights

  • India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, clinches the 32nd spot on Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list.
  • Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Soma Mondal, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw secure spots 60, 70, and 76 on Forbes’ prestigious rankings.
  • European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen tops Forbes’ list, highlighting the international influence of women leaders, including notable Indian figures.

In a notable recognition of global influence, four Indian women have secured positions on Forbes’ prestigious list of the world’s most powerful women. Topping the list is European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, with notable figures like Christine Lagarde and US Vice President Kamala Harris following closely.

Nirmala Sitharaman Emerges at 32nd Position:

India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has secured the 32nd position in Forbes’ rankings. Appointed as India’s first full-time Finance Minister in May 2019, Sitharaman also oversees the Corporate Affairs ministry. Prior to her political career, she held prominent roles at the UK’s Agricultural Engineers Association and the BBC World Service. Forbes acknowledges her multifaceted background, including her stint as a member of the National Commission for Women.

Indian Women Making Their Mark Globally:

Joining Sitharaman on the list are three other influential Indian women who have made remarkable strides in their respective fields:

Roshni Nadar Malhotra (Rank 60):

HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra, daughter of HCL founder Shiv Nadar, has taken strategic decisions for HCL Technologies since assuming the role in July 2020. Forbes recognizes her pivotal position in the company’s decision-making processes.

Soma Mondal (Rank 70):

Soma Mondal, the chairperson of the state-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL), has achieved significant financial growth for the company since her appointment in 2021. Forbes notes a threefold surge in profits during her first year of leadership.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Rank 76):

Described by Forbes as one of India’s richest self-made women, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw founded the biopharmaceutical firm Biocon in 1978. The company, which boasts Asia’s largest insulin factory in Malaysia’s Johor region, has been a testament to Mazumdar-Shaw’s entrepreneurial success.

Global Influencers Dominate the Top Ranks:

Forbes’ list showcases a diverse array of influential women, with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen securing the top position. European Central Bank boss Christine Lagarde follows closely at the second position, while US Vice President Kamala Harris takes the third spot.

The inclusion of these Indian women in the prestigious list highlights their global impact and the increasing recognition of India’s female leaders on the world stage.

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