Are you hunting for the best entrepreneurs in India?
Do you want to know who is the richest person in India?
If your answer to the above two questions is yes, then read this blog post till the end. It covers 46 best Indian entrepreneurs and their top Indian companies.
List Of Best Entrepreneurs In India
1. Mukesh Ambani
When it comes to the best entrepreneurs in India, Mukesh Ambani will always be on top of my list. He is the second richest person in India and 11th in the world with a net worth of US$74 billion as of January 2021.
He holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology and an MBA from Stanford but later on, he dropped out to help his father in building Reliance.
Company; Reliance Industries and Jio
Net worth; US$74 billion.
2. Gautam Adani
Next to Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani is the next top-rated Indian entrepreneur. He is a self-made billionaire and founder of Adani Group, a conglomerate that is involved in businesses like energy, resources, logistics, agribusiness, real estate, financial services, and a lot more.
Currently, he is the second richest person in India and in 2018, India today named him as the 3rd most powerful man in India.
Company; Adani Group
Net worth; US$28.5 billion (with family)
3. Shiv Nadar
When talking about Indian top entrepreneurs, Shiv Nadar has to be in this list. He is the founder of HCL Technologies, a top-rated IT company in India. Currently, he is the 3rd richest person in India.
In the year 2008, he was awarded Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution in the field of the Indian IT industry.
Shiv Nadat also likes to talk about Indian entrepreneurship at various forums and events.
Company; HCL Technologies
Net worth; US$26 billion.
4. Radhakishan Damani
You might have heard the name D-Mart, a chain of hypermarkets in India.
Wondering who is the founder or it?
It’s none other than Radhakishan Damani.
His entrepreneurship story is inspiring and motivating. During the initial days of his career, Radhakishan worked as a stock broker at Dalal Street and made money out of short-selling.
He made huge profits when the famous Harshad Mehta scam came into the picture.
In 2000, he took an exit from the stock market and started D-Mart.
Net worth; US$15.4 billion.
5. Hinduja brothers
Hinduja brothers or Srichand Parmanand Hinduja and Akshok Hinduja are other Indian famous entrepreneurs and billionaires. They are the owners of Hinduja group, an Anglo-Indian transnational conglomerate that is involved in a range of businesses including IT & ITeS, Cyber Security, Healthcare, Trading, finance, transport and a lot more.
The Hinduja Group was founded by Parmanand Deepchand Hinduja in the early 1900s.
Currently, this group is run and managed by Srichand Parmanand Hinduja and Ashok Hinduja.
Company; Hinduja Group.
Net worth; US$50 billion entire families.
6. Cyrus Poonawalla
Cyrus Poonawalla needs no introduction. He is called as “vaccine king of India” and is surely one of the top 10 Indian entrepreneurs. He is the chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes Serum Institute of India, a biotech company that manufactures vaccines in India.
Poonawalla is awarded Padma Shri in the year 2005.
Company; Poonawalla Group.
Net worth; US$11.5 billion.
7. Pallonji Mistry
Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry is an Indian born Irish billionaire and chairman of Shapoorji Pallonji Group and also the largest individual shareholder in India’s largest private conglomerate which Tata Group.
Currently, he holds 18.4% stake in Tata Group.
In January 2016, Pallonji Mistry was awarded Padma Bhushan for his immense contribution in the field of trade and industry
Company; Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
Net worth; US$25.7 Billion.
8. Uday Kotak
When it comes to the best Indian entrepreneurs, this list can’t get over without mentioning Uday Kotak. He is the Indian banker and founder and CEO of Kotak Mahindra bank.
Uday Kotak started his Indian entrepreneurship journey in the 1980s by refusing lucrative job offers from various multination companies.
In the year 2003, his bank, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. became the first company in India’s corporate history to receive a banking license from RBI.
Company; Kotak Mahindra Bank.
Net worth; US$16.0 billion.
9. Adi Godrej
With a net worth of US$2.3 billion, Adi Godrej is yet another Indian entrepreneur who is the current head of the Godrej family and chairman of the Godrej industries.
Apart from entrepreneurship, Adi Godrej also acted as a president of several Indian trade and industries bodies in India.
He was also the chairman of the Indian School of Business from 2011 to 2018.
Company; Godrej Industries.
Net worth; US$2.3 billion.
10. Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal is an Indian billionaire and steel magnate who is the current CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturing company headquartered in Luxembourg.
He was also the first-ever Indian to be in the top 10 list of Forbes richest person in the world. In 2011, he was ranked 6th richest person in the world by Forbes.
Hence, it makes sense to include his name in the list of Indian entrepreneurs.
Net worth; US$18 billion.
11. Sunil Mittal
The next in this list of Indian entrepreneurs is Sunil Mittal who is the chairman and founder of Bharti Enterprise, a conglomerate involved in businesses of telecom, insurance, real estate, education, malls, hospitality, Agri and food.
Currently, Sunil is also the chairman of the International chamber of commerce and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in the year 2007.
Company; Bharti Enterprise.
Net worth; US$8.9 billion.
12. Dilip Shanghvi
Dilip Shanghvi is a self-made Indian billionaire that’s why I have included his name in the Indians entrepreneurs list. He is the founder of Sun Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company that manufactures medicinal drugs in India.
Dilip has also been awarded Padma Shri in 2016.
In the year 2019, Forbes ranked him 12th richest person in India with a net worth of US$8.7 billion.
Company; Sun Pharmaceuticals.
Net worth; US$8.7 billion.
13. Anand Burman
Anand Burman is the current chairman of a top-rated FMCG company in India which is Dabur. Currently, he has a net worth of $5.8 billion which makes him on the list of 20 richest people in India.
Anand joined Dabur as a manager in 1980. He becomes part of the board in 1986 and chairman in the year 2007.
Net worth; $5.8 billion.
14. Kumar Birla
With a degree of MBA from London School Of Business and CA from ICAI, Kumar Mangalam Birla is next in this list of top entrepreneurs in India.
He is the 4th generation member of the Birla family and current chairman of Aditya Birla group which is one of the largest conglomerates in India.
Apart from this, he is also the chancellor of BITS and chairman of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad.
Company; Aditya Birla Group.
Net worth; US$8.2 billion.
15. Azim Premji
Azim Premji is the 19th richest person in India. In fact, he is one of my personal favourite entrepreneurs in India. I’ll tell you why?
He is known as the Czar of the Indian IT industry and also contributes huge chunks of money for donation and charity. In 2020, he donated Rs 7,904 Crore.
That’s why I have included his name in this list of top entrepreneurs in India.
Net worth; US$7.3 billion.
16. Rahul Bajaj
Rahul Bajaj is the present chairman of Bajaj industries a conglomerate in India which is involved in a wide range of business including finance, automobiles, insurance and lot more.
In 2017, he was ranked at No. 722 in the Forbes list of the world’s richest person.
Apart from this, he is also a member of Indian political party, the Indian National Congress.
Company; Bajaj Group.
Net worth; US$5.6 billion.
17. Madhukar Parekh
With US$2.4 billion as his net worth, Madhukar Paresh occupies a sweet spot in this list of Indian entrepreneurs. He is the current chairman of Pidilite Industries, a company that is involved in the manufacturing of adhesives and sealants, construction chemicals, hobby colors and more.
In 2014, he ranked at 34th spot in the list of Forbes richest people in India.
Company; Pidilite Industries.
Net worth; US$2.4 billion.
18. Kuldip Singh Dhingra
Kuldip Singh Dhingra is an Indian entrepreneur, promoter and chairman of Berger Paints. He is also on the list of the top 100 richest people in India. In 1994, Kuldip along with brother Gurbachn purchased Berger paints from the UB group of Vijay Mallya.
Since then, Kuldip along with his brother has taken Burger paints to a new level of success.
Company; Berger Paints.
Net worth; NA
19. Omprakash Jindal
Omprakash Jindal is the 13th richest people in India. He is the founder and chairman of Jindal Steel And Power, a top-rated steel manufacturing company in India.
In 2004, the Bengal Chamber Of Commerce awarded him a lifetime achievement award for his tremendous contribution to Indian steel industry.
He was also the minister of power in the government of Haryana in the year 2005.
Company; Jindal Steel And Power.
Net worth; US$6.3 billion.
20. Murali Divi
Murli Divi is the founder of Rs 2000 Crore Pharma company called Divis Laboratories. In the past few years, the stock prices of his company have risen by 75% making him the 45th richest person in India.
His pharma company is apart from other pharmaceuticals companies in India. His company is involved in contract manufacturing of raw material for drugs
Company; Divis Laboratories.
Net worth; Rs 2000 Crore.
21. Anand Mahindra
When talking about the best entrepreneurs in India, how can we forget about Anand Mahindra?
He is the chairman of Mahindra Group, a business conglomerate based in Mumbai and involved in the business of automotive, components, construction equipment, defence, energy, farm equipment, finance and IT.
He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
Company; Mahindra Group.
Net worth; US$1.6 billion.
22. Ratan Tata
Ratan Tata needs no introduction. He is the Indian industrialist, philanthropist and former chairman of Tata Sons and Tata Group. He is known for his business ethics and simplicity.
He is also the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
He also contributes a huge chunk of his wealth towards charity, donation and development.
Company; Former Chairman of Tata Group.
Net worth; $1 billion
23. Ashwin Dani
Ashwin Suryakant Dani is the non-executive chairman of India’s largest painting company which is Asian paints. He was the vice-chairman and MD of Asian Paints from 1998 to March 2009.
Ashwin is also considered in the top 50 richest people in India with a combined net worth of US$5.6 billion.
Company; Asian Paints.
Net worth; US$5.6 billion.
24. Sudhir & Samir Mehta
Sudhir & Samir Mehta are Indian billionaire brothers who run Torrent Group of Companies in India. The business of this company involves gas, pharmaceuticals and power.
The combined net worth of Sudhir and Samir Mehta is US$5.1 billion.
Company; Torrent Group Of Companies.
Net worth; US$5.1 billion.
List Of Indian Youngest Entrepreneurs
25. Ritesh Agarwal
When it comes to the best youngest entrepreneurs in India, Ritesh Agarwal has to be on this list. He is not only the youngest entrepreneur in India but also the youngest billionaire in the world.
He has also received the Business World Young Entrepreneur Award.
Ritesh is just 27 years old and his current net worth is around US$1.1 billion as of 2020. He is also the second youngest self-made billionaire in the world.
Company; OYO Rooms.
Net worth; US$1.1 billion.
26. Bhavish Agarwal
Next to Ritesh Agrawal, Bhavish Agarwal is the next young entrepreneur in India. He is the co-founder and CEO of Ola Cabs and is also considered to be 100 Most Influential People of 2018.
Bhavish along with Ankit Bhati started Ola Cabs in 2010. Within four years the duo became the richest people in India.
In 2020, Ola Cab announced huge layoffs of 500 employees because of Covid-19.
Company; Ola Cabs.
Net worth; Rs 3,500 crores.
27. Bhavin Thurakia
Bhavin Turakhia is another youngest entrepreneur in India and also the youngest billionaire in India. He is a serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of multiple companies including Flock, Radix, CodeChef and Zeta.
He has a current net worth of US$1.3 billion which also makes him one of the richest people in India.
Bhavin started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 18 along with his brother by starting their first company Directi.
Company; Flock, Radix, CodeChef, Zeta, BigRock, ResellerClub and Directi.
Net worth; US$1.3 billion.
28. Divyank Turakhia
Divyank Turakhia is the brother of Bhavin and is also one of the youngest entrepreneurs in India. He is a multi-talented person and computer-programmer, businessman, billionaire, serial entrepreneur and investor.
His current net worth is around $1.76 billion which also makes him one of the richest people in India.
He is best known for founding media.net, a contextual advertising company and competitor of Google Adsense. In 2016, Divyank sold media.net to a Chinese consortium for $900 million.
Net worth; $1.76 Billion.
29. Sachin and Binny Bansal
Sachin and Binny Bansal need no introduction. Both of them popularized the e-commerce culture in India by creating Flipkart. Both founded Flipkart in the year 2007 with an initial capital of Rs 4,00,000.
Currently, Flipkart is valued at $24.9 billion and was acquired by Walmart (77 per cent stake) at $16 billion in 2018.
Current, Sachin is Managing Director of Navi Technologies and Binny is working as an anchor investor in the venture firm.
30. Vijay Shekhar Sharma
The next in this list of young Indian entrepreneurs is Vijay Shekhar Sharma founder of Paytm, India’s first digital e-commerce payment system with a valuation of $1 billion-plus.
Vijay is also the youngest billionaire in India with a current net worth of $2.1 billion.
In 2017, Forbes ranked him the youngest billionaire in India.
Net worth; $2.1 billion.
31. Mukesh Bansal
Mukesh Bansal is best known for founding India’s largest fashion e-commerce company called Myntra. Apart from Myntra, Mukesh is also the founder of a popular fitness app in India called Cure Fit.
He was also listed best entrepreneurs under 40 by Fortune Magazine. That’s why I Have included his name in this list of young Indian entrepreneurs.
Net worth; NA
32. Praveen Sinha
Praveen Sinha is best known for founding an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal called Jabong. The company was founded in 2011 and was sold to Flipkart for about $70 million.
Currently, Praveen Sinha is working as a Managing Director of PinCap, a lending platform focused on bridging the debt financing gap for MSMEs.
Net worth; NA
33. Byju Raveendran
With a net worth of 1.9 Billion, Byju Raveendran is another young Indian entrepreneur and also one of the richest people in India. He is currently ranked as the 72nd richest people in India.
He is also in the list of Fortune Magazines 40 under 40 under the technology category.
He also cleared the CAT exam twice with 100 percentile. Later he started offering tuitions for CAT examinations and founded BYJU’S in the year 2011.
Net worth; $1.9 Billion
34. Nithin Kamath
The next top-rated young entrepreneur in India is Nithin Kamath. He is best known for founding a discount brokerage called Zerodha, an Indian financial service company with more than a $1 billion market valuation.
Nithin started trading in the stock market at 17 years of age. Later he completed his engineering at Bangalore Institute of Technology.
After his graduation, he started trading and doing the same for other people. In 2021, Nithin along with his brother founded Zerodha.
Net worth; ₹ 6600 crores.
35. Kunal Shah
The next in this list of Indian entrepreneurs is Kunal Shah founder of CRED and FreeCharge. Kunal holds a degree in arts from Wilson college and MBA from NMIMS Mumbai.
In 2015, Snapdeal acquired FreeCharge for $500 million in cash and stock. The deal was the second-largest takeover in the Indian e-commerce industry market.
Company; Freecharge and CRED.
Net worth; $806 million.
36. Deepak Garg
Deepak Garg is the founder of a unicorn startup in India called Rivigo, a business that changed the way trucks ply across Indian with its relay business model.
Currently, the company is having 3,000 customers across 20 sectors and is planning to further expand its business.
Prior to setting up Rivigo, Deepak worked for McKinsey and Co for more than 10 years.
Net worth; ₹3,200 crore.
37. Herman Narula
With a net worth of £450 million, Herman Narula is yet another British-Indian entrepreneur who is the founder and CEO of Improbable Worlds Limited, a technology company in the UK that makes simulation softwares for gaming and business purposes.
Apart from this, the company is also involved in Cloud computing, Information technology and Video games.
Company; Improbable Worlds Limited.
Net worth; £450 million.
38. Deepinder Goyal
Deepinder Goyal is also one of the youngest entrepreneurs in India and he is the founder of India’s largest food aggregator service company called Zomato.
Prior to starting Zomato, Deepinder was working with Bain and Co. as a management consultant in New Delhi. Later he realized the growing demand for food menu among his office colleagues and then the idea of Zomato came into his mind.
Deepinder started Foodiebay in 2008 and renamed it as Zomato in 2010.
Net worth; ₹2,200 crore.
39. Sriharsha Majety
Sriharsha Majety is an award-winning Indian entrepreneur who is best known for founding Swiggy, a food aggregator company and competitor of Zomato and FoodPanda in India.
Sriharsha holds a BE degree in electrical and electronics and an MSc degree in physics from BITS Pilani.
Prior to starting Swiggy, he was working with an associate at Nomura International in London.
Net worth; 1,400 crores.
40. Devita Saraf
When talking about the best young entrepreneurs in India, how can we forget about Devita Saraf? She is a self-made millionaire and women entrepreneur in India.
After completing bachelors in business administration at the age of 24, Devita Saraf founded VU Technologies, a luxury television brand company whose current valuation is $150 million.
Company; VU Technologies.
Net worth; $150 million.
41. Rahul Yadav
Known as the bad boy of Indian startups, Rahul Yadav is yet another youngest entrepreneur in India. He is best known for starting housing.com, a real estate search portal.
He is often compared with Steve Job because of his product skills and brash behaviour with investors and media.
In fact, he also distributed his Rs 200cr worth personal equality shares among all the employees of housing.com
Net worth; Rs 200cr+
42. Kunal Bahl
You might have heard the name of the Indian e-commerce platform Snapdeal, Kunal Bahl is the founder and CEO of this platform. In the year 2010, Kunal along with his school friend Rohit Bansal started Snapdeal.
He was also awarded the BMA entrepreneur of the year award in 2014 and he is also one of the youngest entrepreneurs in India.
Net worth; $1 Million – $5 Million.
43. Yash Bhanage
This genius guy is on the list of Forbes India 30 under 30. Hence, it makes sense to include Yash in this list of young entrepreneurs in India. A hardcore Manchester United fan, Yash is the founder and COO of The Bombay Canteen, a restaurant that is known for Indian with emphasis on the seasonal product in a fun way.
Prior to starting his own venture, Yash was working as Team Leader, Food and Beverage for Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai, India.
Company; The Bombay Canteen
Net worth; NA
44. Gagan Biyani
Udemy is my favourite platform for learning anything online. This platform has a plethora of courses related to various categories like business, marketing, website development and a lot more.
Gagan Biyani is the co-founder of this amazing platform. Apart from this, Gagan was also the co-founder and CEO of Sprig, a food delivery company.
Company; Udemy and Sprig.
Net worth; $1 Million – $5 Million.
45. Azhar Iqbal
Azhar Iqbal is a dropout from prestigious IIT Delhi and he is the co-founder and CEO of Inshorts, a news and current affairs application that gives news facts.
The key USP of this application is that it gives news and facts in less then 60 or 60 words.
Net worth; NA
46. Radha Vembu
The last in this list of Indian Entrepreneurs in Radha Vembu, Indian billionaire women and owner and majority stockholder of Zoho Corporation, a software development company in India.
Radha holds a degree in industrial management from prestigious IIT madras.
Net worth; US$1.2 billion
FAQs about Indian Entrepreneurs
Ritesh Agarwal is the youngest entrepreneur and billionaire in India. He is the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms, a hospitality chain and franchised hotels, rooms and rental spaces in India and abroad.
Ritesh Agrawal is the youngest billionaire in India with a net worth of US$1.1 billion (February 2020). In fact, he is also the second youngest billionaire in the world.
Ritesh Agrawal is the youngest CEO, billionaire and entrepreneur in India. He was born on 16 November 1993 and is 27 years old as of 2021.
The reliance industry is the no 1 business in India with a valuation of billions $USD 126.4. In 2020, Reliance industries made revenue of 6.59 lakh crores INR (US$92 billion, 2020)
Ritesh Agrawal, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Gautam Adani, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Uday Kotak, Anand Mahindra, Pallonji Mistry, Cyrus Poonawala, Gautam Singhinai are some of the famous entrepreneurs in India.