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The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 51-60

See who is placed where this year. See who is placed where this year.
Express News Service | Posted: March 13, 2014 5:40 pm | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:54 am

RANK 51: SAMIR JAIN, 58 (Vice Chairman, Bennett and Coleman and Co. Ltd)

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RANK 51: VINEET JAIN, 46 (Managing Director, BCCL)

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RANK (2013): 74

WHY

Their media conglomerate is one of the biggest in the world.

POWER PUNCH
Not only have they captured the English newspaper industry but also have left competition far behind in the English TV news arena with Times Now.

WHAT NEXT
Looking at other sectors such as vocational education.

BY THE WAY

Last year, as part of their cost-cutting initiatives, they launched what they called Operation Rajnikant and Op Dark Knight in which they set such impossible targets for employees that only a Rajnikanth or a Dark Knight was likely to achieve them.

RANK 52: M M GUPTA, 72  and SANJAY GUPTA, 45

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CMD/CEO and Editor, Jagran Prakashan

Rank (2013): 75

WHY
Dainik Jagran wields tremendous influence in the Hindi heartland; it topped the Indian Readership Survey 2013. The group claims readership of about 41 lakh. Its newspaper operations alone comprise nine titles in five different languages, sweeping across 15 states with over 100 editions

POWER PUNCH
Rivals like Dainik Bhaskar have been unable to beat Dainik Jagran despite entering new markets.

WHAT NEXT
The big plan includes expanding readership of the recently acquired Nai Duniya in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – considered the bastions of Dainik Bhaskar.

BY THE WAY
Their annual chaat parties are a hit, something to look forward to.

RANK 53: SHAH RUKH KHAN, 48

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Actor, producer, IPL team owner

Rank (2013): 91

WHY
Before one could say Ready, Steady, Po, his Chennai Express had raced past Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots and with a booty of Rs 227.13 crore it became SRK’s first ever 200+ film. 2013 will always be a memorable year for King Khan who stunned the world with his secret baby AbRam. His theme park business venture, Kidzania, also opened to thriving business in Mumbai.

POWER PUNCH
The television premiere of Chennai Express fetched Zee TV the highest TRP of the year at 9.5.

WHAT NEXT
Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, Rahul Dholakia’s Raaes, Maneesh Sharma’s Fan.

BY THE WAY
He can quote Sufi poet Rumi’s verses verbatim.

RANK 54: PRAKASH KARAT, 66

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General Secretary, CPI(M)

(New on the list)

WHY
In what is possibly his last term as general secretary of the CPM, Karat wields tremendous authority within the party.

POWER PUNCH
Has rallied regional parties under the umbrella of the Third Front.

WHAT NEXT
In the event of a fractured verdict, the Third Front and Karat will play a major role. But a further dip in the Left’s numbers in Parliament could erode his party’s standing at the national level.

BY THE WAY
A 30-minute exercise regime in the morning is a must for him.

RANK 55: AAMIR KHAN, 48

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