From giving credit of the success to their partner to taking business decisions together, there a few characteristics common between the powerful business couples in our economy.
On this occasion of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at the country’s businessmen and businesswomen who are making a significant impact in pairs.
1. Mukesh and Nita Ambani
India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Managing Director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has the ardent support and confidence of his equally powerful wife, Nita Ambani. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and is popularly known for her contribution to education, human resources, and disaster relief. She is also the co-owner of RIL, co-owner of the Indian Premier League team, Mumbai Indians and essentially his co-everything! As the wealthiest family of India, they top the list of power couples.
2. Narayana and Sudha Murthy
These two are India’s “IT” couple in more ways than one. Called the Father of Indian IT sector by Time magazine, Narayana Murthy is an Indian industrialist and the Co-Founder of Infosys. He has been listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune magazine. His wife, Sudha Murthy, is equally popular because of her social work and numerous philanthropic achievements. She is also an established writer in the Kannada and English languages, Chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She is a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation as well.
3. Lakshmi and Usha Mittal
Celebrated businesswoman, Usha Mittal has worked in the steel business for 15 years, running a plant in Indonesia. She is the namesake of the Usha Mittal Institute of Technology, a university that promotes the women’s education in India. She is also responsible for “stealing” the heart of her husband Lakshmi Mittal, who is the Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal, owner of Karrick Limited and co-owner of the Queens Park Rangers Football Club. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2008 and is a big philanthropist, but he gives the credit for all his success to his partner. There is no doubt that their bond is stronger than steel, considering they jointly own the world’s largest steelmaking company.
4. Azim and Yasmeen Premji
Known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry, Azim Premji is the Chairman of Wipro Limited. He is among the 100 most influential people according to Time Magazine. He is the third richest man in India with a net worth of $15.9 billion. Meanwhile his wife, Yasmeen Premji is on the board of the Wipro Foundation and the Azim Premji University. She is also the author of two popular novels. Together they pledged to donate $2 billion towards improving school education in India, the largest of its kind. They are constantly on their toes when it comes to humanitarian activities, making them the most big-hearted power couple on our list.
5. Anil and Tina Ambani
He is the Chairman of Reliance Group and one of the largest producers of Bollywood. She is a former actress and popular for her philanthropic activities. Tina Ambani currently runs an NGO, a hospital and is involved with the Harmony Foundation, Harmony Art Foundation, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Nursing College. They are probably the most glamorous power couple on this list.
6. Swati and Ajay Piramal
As one of India’s leading scientists and industrialists, Swati Piramal is involved in healthcare, public health, and innovation. She is the Vice Chairperson of Piramal Enterprises. Her other half, Ajay Piramal, has a net worth of US $1.0 billion. This makes him one of India’s Top 50 Richest People. He leads the Piramal Group (pharmaceuticals, packaging, financial services, and real estate). As a couple, they both are risk-takers and that’s what helped them become successful.
7. Sajjan and Sangita Jindal
Sajjan Jindal is the Chairman and Managing Director of JSW Steel. His wife, Sangita Jindal, is the Chairman of the JSW Foundation, which drives social development projects, and leads Jindal Arts Centre. They often shy away from the limelight but their work and dedication speak for itself.