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Forbes' top philanthropists from India are all women

It's truly women on top as all four Indian corporate leaders featuring in Forbes' list of Asia Pacific's most generous business personalities this year are women, including biotech major Biocon's CEO Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Anu Aga of Thermax.

world Updated: Mar 05, 2010 19:58 IST

It's truly women on top as all four Indian corporate leaders featuring in Forbes' list of Asia Pacific's most generous business personalities this year are women, including biotech major Biocon's CEO Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Anu Aga of Thermax.

The two others making it to the business magazine's '48 Heroes of Philanthropy' list are Kiran Nadar, collector of contemporary Indian arts and wife of HCL Technologies co-founder Shiv Nadar, and Rohini Nilekani-- wife of IT major Infosys' co-founder Nandan Nilekani.

Nilekani, who supports many NGO activities, has featured in the list for the second consecutive year.

"Rohini has donated $40 million over the years to supporting causes such as education, microfinance, health care and environment," Forbes said.

The leaders were selected on the basis of their contribution to causes like disaster relief, education, health, culture and sciences.

Last year, the list included telecom czar Sunil Mittal, NRI businessman Anil Agarwal and HCL Technologies Chairman Shiv Nadar.

The list features 48 individuals, four each from India, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and Japan.