Forbes releases ‘Most Powerful Women for 2023’, four of them are India

Forbes has released its much awaited annual list of powerful women as World’s Most Powerful Women for 2023, and the good news is that it features four Indians. These women have not just broken the patriarchal system but have also marked their names on the global stage. To determine the ranks, Forbes had four metrics: money, impact, media and spheres of influence.

The world is celebrating their achievements as these four Indian women stand as the powerful symbols of leadership, integrity and resilience. Let us have a look at these four women-

Nirmala Sitharaman (ranked 32)
Nirmala Sitharaman, 64, is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and she has been India’s Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs since 2019. Ms Sitharaman has also served as the 28th Defence Minister from the time period of 2017 to 2019, making her India’s second female defence minister after Indira Gandhi. While she was also featured in the Forbes list of 2022 and was in the 36th position in the category of most powerful women and this year she has been ranked at 32nd position.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra (ranked 60)
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 42, is an Indian billionaire and philanthropist. She is presently the chairperson of HCL Technologies. She also happens to be the first woman to lead a listed IT company in India. She is the only child of HCL founder Shiv Nadar and has been recognised as the richest woman in India, according to the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List (2019). Ms Malhotra also has a consistent position marked by Forbes, holding the 54th position in 2019, 55th in 2020 and 60th in 2023.

Soma Mondal (ranked 70)
Soma Mondal, 60, is the current Chairperson of the Steel Authority of India. She has also made history by becoming the first woman in this role since January 2021. Mondal was born in Bhubaneswar and graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1984. She has over 35 years of experience in the metal industry, she started her job at NALCO and rose to become Director (Commercial) before joining SAIL in 2017. Ms Mondal’s career milestones also includes being the first woman Chairman and also the Functional Director at SAIL.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (ranked 76)
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, 70, is a prominent Indian billionaire entrepreneur. Biocon Limited and Biocon Biologics Limited has been founded by her and she leads this business in Bangalore, India. Besides her job in the biotechnology companies, she also happens to be the former chairperson of the prestigious institution of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

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