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Richest Indian CEOs: These Bosses Beat Google Head Pichai, Nadella; 2 Woman Among Top 10

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Born Rich
1/11

Born Rich

Famous last names are a constant feature on rich lists. But in this age of the superstar CEO, even non-promoter names can be spotted on the list of the wealthiest. The IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2019 has compiled the names of the ‘richest non-promoter Indians.’

In this top 10 list, only one name totes resident Indian tag. The other nine are CEOs of Indian-origin, heading companies in the US.

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All The Money In The World
2/11

All The Money In The World

Thomas Kurian
Wealth = Rs 10,600 crore

Kurian joined Google in November 2018 as the CEO for Google Cloud. But the source of his wealth may well be the 22-year long stint at Oracle. His academic background is just as impressive with a bachelors from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University in his kitty.

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Wonder Woman
3/11

Wonder Woman

Jayshree Ullal
Wealth = Rs 9,800 crore

Ullal is the president and CEO of US-based cloud-networking company Arista Networks, of which she owns about 5 per cent as per the wealth report. Before Arista, this tech CEO served various roles at Cisco Systems in a career spanning 15 years.

(Image: LinkedIn/Jayshree Ullal)

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Richie Rich
4/11

Richie Rich

Nikesh Arora
Wealth = Rs 6,000 crore

Arora may well be remembered as the former blue-eyed boy of Softbank founder Masayoshi Son. His high profile entry and exit into the Japanese company is a well documented one. In another high powered move, Arora joined Palo Alto Networks last year, and once again made headlines with his $128 million pay packet.

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Crazy Rich Asian
5/11

Crazy Rich Asian

Ajay Banga
Wealth = Rs 5,200 crore

This year Banga completes a decade at Mastercard, having joined the payments technology and financial services company back in 2009. Banga, a Delhi University and IIM-A graduate, worked at Citibank, Nestle, and PepsiCo before joining Mastercard.

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For The Love of Money
6/11

For The Love of Money

Satya Nadella
Wealth = Rs 5,100 crore

Hyderabad-born Nadella became Microsoft’s third CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. Nadella completed his bachelors from MIT, Karnataka and pursued MS from the University of Wisconsin. Nadella worked at Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft.

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Happy Gilmore
7/11

Happy Gilmore

Shantanu Narayen
Wealth = Rs 4,500 crore

Like Nadella, the CEO of Adobe is also originally from Hyderabad, India. Narayen has an undergraduate degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. And as per his bio on the company website, if not at Adobe, he would have been a professional golfer.

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Here To Stay
8/11

Here To Stay

Sundar Pichai
Wealth = Rs 3,300 crore

The Indian-born Google CEO enjoys rockstar status every time he visits a campus in India, or pretty much wherever he goes really. A recent post on a professional networking portal, appeared to seek applications for Pichai’s role, sending all in a tizzy. Millions apparently applied, only to be disappointed later when the post was found to be fake. Pichai is here to stay.

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Girl Boss
9/11

Girl Boss

Indra Nooyi
Wealth = Rs 3,200 crore

The former CEO of PepsiCo has been hailed as one of the most powerful business executives. One of Nooyi’s most famous moments came when she weighed in on the work-life balance issue at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and said, “I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all.”

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Life In The Grocery Store
10/11

Life In The Grocery Store

Ignatius Navil Noronha
Wealth = Rs 2,200 crore

Noronha is the only ‘resident Indian’ CEO to feature on this list. The 44-year old has been the CEO of Avenue Supermarts since 2006. He was hired by D-Mart's promoter Radhakishan Damani from Hindustan Unilever, while Noronha was still in his 20s.

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Cashback Party
11/11

Cashback Party

Robin Raina
Wealth = Rs 1,700 crore

The chairman & CEO of Ebix, the Atlanta-headquartered software company, Raina joined the company in 2000 as vice president He has led the firm’s acquisition of travel solutions provider Zillious, travel firm Via.com as well as the acquisition of digital payments platform ItzCash. Among Raina’s favourite reads is Munshi Premchand’s ‘Nirmala.’

(Image: Facebook/Robin Raina)

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