MUMBAI: Four Indian women led by Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairman of the county’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), have been ranked in the latest Forbes list of 100 most powerful people in the world.
While Bhattacharya has been ranked 25th, others are Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank (40th), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon (77th), and Shobhana Bhartia of HT Media, which publishes the Hindustan Times (93rd). “Bhattacharya is at the helm of the nation’s largest lender, while Kochhar leads the country’s largest private sector bank,” the magazine said.
“Mazumdar-Shaw’s Biocon is a pioneer in the field of biopharmaceuticals and clinical research, and Bhartia’s HT Media is a media house with interests ranging from newspapers and radio stations to online job portals and education.”
The list represents seven categories or power bases: Billionaires, business, finance, media, politics, philanthropists and NGOs, and technology, the magazine said in a statement. Also on the list is the US-based Indian-origin Indra Nooyi, chief executive officer of PepsiCo.
“While the highlight of 2015 may have been Pepsi’s 50th anniversary celebration, PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi is greeting a new era by pronouncing that Pepsi is no longer a soda company,” said the magazine.