10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India
“Woman” is not just a word, it’s a complete book containing almost everything. Nowadays I can’t think of a single field where women haven’t taken their steps into. There was a time when women were deprived of their rights and had to do what men would dictate. But, women getting success in various fields made me think of the change that has come over the years in the mindsets of people and confidence that women of our society have got to lead from the front. If I see around, in India, one of the largest public sector banks and one of the largest private banks have women as their CEOs and many women entrepreneurs have founded their own companies and running them successfully for the past couple of decades. So, let’s take a look at 10 of the most successful women entrepreneurs in India.
1) Kiran Mzumdar-Shaw
Currently working as : Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited.
Bishop Cottons Girls School(1968)
Mount Carmel College(1969)
Bangalore University[B.Sc. in Zoology](1973)
University of Melbourne[Master Brewer](1975)
Ballarat University[Honorary Doctorate of Science](2004)
Othmer Gold Medal (2014)
Economic Times Award for ‘Businesswoman of the Year'(2004)
About – Kiran was born in Bangalore. Currently, she is the Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of her own-founded company Biocon Limited. Her company is one the most leading pharmaceutical firms which is focusing on diabetes and oncology. She is also a member of the board of governors of IIT, Hyderabad and Indian School of Business.
2) Shahnaz Husain
Currently working as : CEO at Shahnaz Herbals Inc.
Studied beauty and cosmetology from institutes like
Lean of Copenhagen etc.
Success Magazine’s “World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur” award(1996)
A civilian award by the Government of India(2006)
About – The “Queen of Herbal Beauty Care” is the owner of the company named after herself having 400 franchise clinics across the world covering 138 countries. Her company is famous for her herbal cosmetics and skin care products “without animal testing”. Even though she was married off at the age of 16, she wasn’t afraid to peruse her dreams and her interest in beauty and cosmetics.
3) Vandana Luthra
Currently working as : Entrepreur and Founder of VLCC
Polytechnic for Women in New Delhi
Expertise in beauty, fitness, food and nutrition and skin care from Germany, UK and France.
The Asian Business Leaders Forum Trailblazer Award(2012)
The Enterprise Asia Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award(2010)
About – A beauty and wellness giant, VLCC, has reached to 11 countries across Asia, Africa which made possible just because of Vandana Luthra. Vandana started her journey as a homemaker in 1989 when first of her two daughters was 3 years old only. The women from Kolkata used her expertise in beauty, food and nutrition, fitness and skin care when she started VLCC in 1989. She was honored with Padma Shri in the year of 2013 and was also listed as the 33rd most powerful woman in business in India by Fortune India.
4) Ekta Kapoor
Currently working as : Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
Mithibai College, Mumbai
Asia’s Social Empowerment Award- Freedom Through Education(2012)
“Hall of Fame Award” at the 6th Indian Telly Awards(2006)
About – The women who brought revolution to the Indian Television Industry and created a whole new era of Indian tv serials. Even though she was belonging to the mainstream Bollywood family, she opted her career in business and founded Balaji Telefilms single-handedly at very young age. For her contribution to the Indian television industry, She has won the “Hall of Fame Award” at the 6th Indian Telly Awards. She is known for her strong business acumen and her professionalism.
5) Suchi Mukherjee
Currently working as : CEO at Limeroad.com
St. Stephen’s College,Delhi
University of Cambridge[B.A. in Economics with Maths](1994)
London School of Economics [MSc in Finance & Economics](1997)
Woman of the Year – Digital Business(2015)
NDTV Unicorn Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award(2016)
About – In the year of 2012, Suchi Mukherjee started Limeroad, a portal for women (then, now for both) to share and shop lifestyle products. Before getting her hands on entrepreneurship, she has worked for giant companies like Virgin Media, Skype, eBay and Gumtree at significant positions. She has always been passionate about building and growing businesses that are focused on simple yet powerful consumer products.
6) Radhika Ghai Aggarwal
Currently working as : Chief Business Officer of ShopClues.com
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
Maharaja Sayajirao University
Stanford University[Web 2.0 and Creative writing, Continung Ed](2008)
CEO of the Year Award(2016)
APAC Effie Gold(2016)
IAMAI 6th India Digital Award(2015)
Effie India Awards(2015)
Indian e-Retail Awards(2015)
Best E-Commerce Site of the Year’ at Social Media Summit & Awards(2013)
Business Today – India’s Coolest Start-Up of the Year(2015)
About – Radhika is the Chief Marketing Officer of ShopClues.com which she founded along with her husband Sandeep Aggarwal. Prior to that, she worked with Goldman Sachs, USA & Nordstrom, Seattle. Radhika has remarkable 14 years of experience in marketing and one of the major elements responsible behind the success of ShopClues.
7) Sabina Chopra
Currently working as : COO at Corporate Hotels(Yatra.com)
University of Delhi[BA]
Woman Leader in Travel and Tourism(2010)
Women in Leadership Excellence Award(2014)
India Inc’s Rising Women Leaders(2015)
10 notable women in the Indian Ecommerce Ecosystem(2015)
She the people Award (2016)
Linkedin Power Profile(2015)
About – Sabina Chopra is co-founder of one of the most successful travel portals in India, yatra.com. Initially, in her career, she got a job at Japan Airlines and then at eBookers (Europe’s leading Online Travel Company). Then she started Yatra.com with her two male colleagues. She prioritizes her work and home equally; she always refuses to go for drinks or party after work and instead used to go straight back to home to her kids. Under her guidance, the company has enhanced its customer base and earned recognition.
8) Rashmi Sinha
Currently working as : CEO of SlideShare
Allahabad University[B.A. and M.A. in Psychology]
Brown University[PhD in cognitive neuropsychology]
University of California, Berkeley [human-computer interaction]
Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs – Fortune(2012)
World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 – Fast Company
The 20 most influential global Indian women – Economic Times of India
Ten Indians who are heading top tech firms(2015)
About – Rashmi Sinha was born in Lucknow. She also founded SlideShare along with her husband Jonathan Boutelle in 2006. Prior to that, since she was enjoying practical problems more, she co-founded a company named Uzanto, a user experience consulting company. Then she launched her first product MindCanvas in November 2005. Simultaneously, she co-founded SlideShare. She was ranked 8th in the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list and named one of the World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company.
9) Swati Bhargava
Currently working as : CEO at Cashkaro.com
The London School of Economics and Political Science[BSc in Mathematics & Economics](2002)
National Junior College, Singapore [GCSE A Levels, Maths, Economics, Physics](1999)
Represented India at Blackbox Connect – Female Founders Edition(2015)
India’s first Digital Women Award – SheThePeople.Tv(2015)
About – In April 2013, Swati Bhargava started CashKaro in India with her husband. This successful cashback business owner has raised double fund than they have expected. Prior to that, she had also started a Cashback business called Pouring Pounds in the UK. The woman from Ambala loves Yoga and is amazingly talented with numbers. She started her career in investment banking, but her interest and passion in entrepreneurship made her take this path.
10) Shraddha Sharma
Currently working as : CEO and Chief Editor at YourStory Media
St. Stephen’s College[History, Morden India](1998)
St. Stephen’s College[Masters, History](2001)
MICA[DCM, Design Management](2004)
Villgro Journalist of the Year(2010)
Nasscom Ecosystem Evangelist Award(2010)
Loreal Paris Femina Online Influence Award(2015)
ET promising entrepreneurs of India Award(2015)
Fortune 40 under 40(2016)
About – Shraddha Sharma is one of the most aspiring women entrepreneurs and chief editor at a self-founded startup named YourStory.com which is a website consisting everything about entrepreneurs and startups. Before getting into entrepreneurship, she has worked in Times of India and CNBC TV18. In 2015, she was chosen among the 500 Linkedin influencers across the world.