The Kotak Wealth and Hurun report of Leading Wealthy Women 2018 revealed that the third generation heir of Godrej Industries, Smitha V. Crishna, is the richest woman in India. The total wealth estimated of the country’s richest woman is Rs.37,570 crore.
Smitha Crishna is a member of the Board of the Godrej group and owns one-fifth of the group along with her brothers. She was in the news in the year 2014 when she bought a bungalow worth Rs.371 crore from Dr. Homi Bhabha, the late atomic physicist.
Smitha Crishna is followed by Roshni Nadar and Indu Jain. Roshni Nadar, the CEO and executive director of HCL, has an estimated wealth amounting to Rs.30,200 crore. The third on Kotak Wealth and Hurun’s list is Indu Jain, Chairperson, Times Group. She is also the chairperson of Bennett and Coleman & Co., Times Foundation, and Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust.
The report noted that the maximum number of women in the list of 100 richest women are from the pharmaceutical sector – which included twenty-two women. Twelve women from the list are from the software and services sector and eight women are from the beverages sector.
The average estimated wealth of the women was found to be Rs.4,000 crore.
Company-wise, the maximum number of women from the list of India’s richest women were from Infosys and Avenue Supermarts.
While Maharashtra and Delhi, as states, have the highest number of women from the list of leading wealthy women of 2018, Mumbai and New Delhi, as cities, have 25 women each from the list.
Source: Money Control