Friday, Sep 19, 2014

The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 41-50

See who is placed where this year. See who is placed where this year.
Express News Service | Posted: March 13, 2014 5:41 pm | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:47 am

RANK 41: Anand Mahindra, 58

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Chairman & MD, Mahindra & Mahindra

Rank (2013): 38

WHY
He is India Inc’s Mr Clean. Satyam Computers, which he acquired in 2009 and is now called Tech Mahindra, has become the country’s fifth largest IT company with annual revenue of $2.7 billion.

POWER PUNCH
Under him, South Korea’s Ssangyong, which M&M acquired in 2011, turned around in 2013 with record sales of 1.45 lakh units.

WHAT NEXT
After the roaring success of its SUVs, M&M is all set to launch an electric sports car. The latest Auto Expo showcased the new Formula E car. Electric version of Mahindra’s Verito and Maxximo would also be ready for commercialisation by the year-end.

BY THE WAY
He is among the most popular corporates on Twitter, with 1.1 million followers.

RANK 42: Omar Abdullah, 43

Omar

Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir

(New on the list)

WHY
Despite the rift with ally Congress, Omar has managed to cling to power and is likely to complete his term. Also, after a turbulent 2009 and 2010, he has managed to keep protesters away from the streets, even after the hanging of Afzal Guru.

POWER PUNCH
He threatened to walk out of the coalition if Congress continued to create hurdles in the creation of new administrative units. The Congress had to give in.

WHAT NEXT
With less than eight months for the assembly elections, Omar has a tough task in hand — to at least retain the assembly seats the party won in 2008.

BY THE WAY
On flights, he is usually immersed listening to music on ITunes.

RANK 43: MANISH SISODIA, 42

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Former Delhi Minister for Urban Development, Transport, Education, PWD and Revenue

(New on the list)

WHY
The virtual second-in-command of the Aam Aadmi Party played a crucial role with party chief Arvind Kejriwal consulting him on all important issues. He holds posts in all major AAP bodies.

POWER PUNCH
When Kejriwal spearheaded a two-day sit-in protest at the Rail Bhawan, bringing the government to a virtual standstill, all negotiation with Kejriwal to end the protest went through Sisodia.

WHAT NEXT
If Kejriwal contests and wins the Lok Sabha election, Sisodia may even get Delhi’s top job if the party wins the assembly polls.

BY THE WAY
He was a radio jockey with an FM station in Delhi.

RANK 44: RAHUL BHATIA, 52

bhatia

Chairman, IndiGo

Rank (2013): 69

WHY
At a time when other airlines in India are losing money, IndiGo has been making steady profits.

POWER PUNCH
IndiGo continues to maintain its lead over other carriers in being the largest carrier in terms of passenger carriage, which it achieved in July 2012. The company reported a net profit of Rs 787 crore during 2012-13.

WHAT NEXT
IndiGo has to tread cautiously to ensure that its profitability and market leadership remain intact since two new carriers are likely to start operations this continued…

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