Friday, March 7, 2008

3 Indian women in Forbes’ mega-rich list

Ahead of the International Women's Day, three Indian women have powered their way to the Forbes list of global billionaires.

The three Indian women include Savitri Jindal having a net worth of $8.2 billion, Bennett, Coleman & Co's chairperson Indu Jain at $4.4 billion and Anu Aga of the Thermax group with a net worth of $1.1 billion.

France's Lilince Bettencourt is the world's richest woman with a net worth of $22.9 billion, placing her at the 17th position on the list led by Warren Buffet, who is worth $62 billion.

However, the Indian women featuring on the list are way behind as compared to their male counterparts in terms of the ranking. Savitri Jindal ranks at the 110th place on Forbes Billionaires list that has 1,125 members.

Indu Jain, the 71-year-old chairperson of media powerhouse, has been placed 236th on the list, while Anu Aga ranks 1,014th.

Aga took over as chairperson of Thermax, the maker of energy, environment management systems, in 1996 after the death of her husband Rohinton, stepped down in 2004 in favour of daughter Meher, the magazine said, adding that she is still on board and is involved in social causes.

Besides, Savitri Jindal has been the chairperson of O P Jindal Group since husband Om Prakash's death in 2005.

“Her four sons, Prithviraj, Sajjan, Ratan and Naveen, run the $8 billion (sales) steel, power empire. Sajjan, the most ambitious, says he plans to invest $15 billion in aluminium, cement and infrastructure over the next three years. Youngest, Naveen, who last July inked a $2.1-billion deal to mine iron ore in Bolivia, is a Member of Parliament,” the Forbes magazine added.


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