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first_imgRank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of,Rank 1- MUKESH AMBANI59 | IndustrialistMR BIG BUSINESSBecause with the audacious capture of 12 per cent of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months through Reliance Jio, the owner of India’s largest private sector company and the 24th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $29.7 billion (Rs 1.93 lakh crore), has started another revolution, this time in telecommunicationsBecause with revenues of $44.7 billion (nearly Rs 3 lakh crore) in 2015-16 and a net profit of Rs 27, 630 crore, its highest ever, the Reliance Industries behemoth encompasses the world’s largest petroleum refinery processing capacity, retail chain Reliance Fresh, with 3,300 stores, and the world’s largest integrated production facility of polyester fibreBecause he pumped in huge investments into his various businesses in 2016, taking the total investments announced in 2015-16 to Rs 1.12 lakh crore, the highest ever by a corporate in IndiaBecause he is a visionary. After becoming the czar of petrochemicals, he now aspires to be emperor of data with his humongous investmentMASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOMENTWhen 77 million of Jio’s 100 million subscribers signed up for Jio Prime, the paid service, after the end of the free offer period.WINDING DOWNReads late into the night, sometimes till 2 am. Devours spiritual as well as science and technology books. Orders them online.ART OF GIVINGWas third on the India philanthropy list with donations of Rs 303 crore in 2016, according to the March 2017 Hurun India Philanthropy List.FAVOURITE FOODIdli-sambar from the Mysore Cafe in Matunga, Mumbai. Also relishes street food.advertisementGENERATION NEXTAkash, 25, a graduate of Brown University, US, is chief of strategy at Jio, and is on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. His twin Isha, is a Yale University graduate, and is also on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. Anant, 22, studies at Brown University.Rank 2 – RATAN TATA79 | IndustrialistRex features: AFPRETURN OF THE JEDIBecause as chairman of Tata Trusts, which holds over 60 per cent stake in group holding company Tata Sons, he came out of retirement to effect a coup in September 2016, dramatically ousting then chairman Cyrus Mistry, first from the group’s helm and later from group companies on charges of non-performance.Because he has weathered all allegations levelled by Mistry and continues to be India’s most admired industrialist, advising Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a member on his Council on Trade and Industry, and top MNCs such as Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce and Temasek Holdings as a member on their international advisory boards.Because his trusted lieutenant N. Chandrasekaran is now at the helm of Tata Sons, which controls the $103 billion Tata business empire.Because he has been a champion of innovation, investing in 29 start-ups in less than two years after retirement, in areas as diverse as retail, transportation, finance and baby products, and is in talks with US-based Falcon Edge Capital to together put in Rs 650 crore into taxi aggregator Ola.FAN CLUBThough not a frequent tweeter, has 6.7 million followers on Twitter.FRIEND TO FOENusli Wadia, chairman of Bombay Dyeing and one-time friend, turned foe after he supported Mistry on the boards of two group companies.OLD BUDDYR. Venkataramanan, managing trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.FAVOURITE CARHis red Ferrari California. Also has a Land Rover Freelander, Maserati Quattroporte, Cadillac XLR, Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Chrysler Sebring.Rank 3-  KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA49 | IndustrialistPhoto: Rachit GoswamiIDEA NO. 1Because by leading the merger of Idea, his telecom business, with Vodafone India in a $23.2 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) deal, he has created India’s largest mobile telephony company with over 395 million subscribers, 35 per cent market share, and 41 per cent slice of revenue.Because in the 22 years at the top, he has transformed the Aditya Birla Group into a formidable global conglomerate, with revenues of $41 billion (Rs 2.66 lakh crore) and a leading presence in aluminium, cement, viscose staple fibre, textiles, financial services and telecom.Because he paid $2.4 billion (Rs 15,600 crore) for the acquisition of Jaypee Group’s cement units in 2016, taking Aditya Birla Group’s cement business UltraTech closer to its target of 100 MT capacity, the largest in India.Because he merged Aditya Birla Nuvo with the cash-rich Grasim Industries to create an entity with Rs 60,000 crore in revenues, mixing conventional and new-age businesses-cement, chemicals and viscose staple fibre on the one hand and telecom, textiles and fertilisers on the other.MENTORING THE FUTUREWas named chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in October 2016.NEVER A DULL DAYComes to office on most Sundays to complete pending work.advertisementCAPTAIN COOLCalm demeanour in office, says has lost temper just three times at work.BEST HOLIDAY SPOTLondon, where the family travels together.GENERATION NEXTAnanya, 22, an Oxford University alumna, founded Svatantra Microfinance, which provides microfinance to rural women; Aryaman Vikram, 19, an avid cricketer and painter, donates money collected from his exhibitions to charity; Advaitesha, 13, is in school.Rank 4 GAUTAM ADANI54 | IndustrialistPhoto: Shailesh RavalPORT OF CALLBecause he is one of India’s most astute businessmen with an appetite for big risks. His latest, an audacious push in the global markets when companies are turning more conservative, is expanding one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia at $21.7 billion (Rs 1.4 lakh crore), and building a greenfield multi-purpose port near Kuala Lumpur.Because he’s still bullish on India when many private entrepreneurs are shying away, pledging Rs 49,000 crore investments in Gujarat in January 2017.RAGS TO RICHESCollege dropout, was diamond sorter in Mumbai before starting own brokerage.GREEN PUSHIndia’s largest power producer with over 11,000 MW capacity, plans to add 10,000 MW of renewable power, with solar projects in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan.GENERATION NEXTKaran, 29, is CEO of Adani Port & SEZ; Jeet, 19, is studying at University of Pennsylvania.Rank 5 – BABA RAMDEV51 | Power yogiPhoto: Bandeep SinghBecause he presides over the fastest-growing FMCG empire in the country, with revenues expected to spike from Rs 5,000 crore in 2015-2016. Over a thousand Patanjali products now reach millions of Indian households through 47,000 stores nationwide.Because he is one of India’s top advertisers in the TV/digital media space. In 2016, Patanjali ads averaged close to 20 hours of ad time every day.Because his proximity to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP has helped his Patanjali empire grow, with party chief ministers allotting land for his factories, research labs and educational institutes.Because in 2016, despite opposition from the bureaucracy and Opposition parties, the Maharashtra government allotted land to Baba Ramdev’s food park at 75 per cent discount.BLACK MONEY WARRIORAn early demonetisation advocate, the PM granted his wish in November 2016.OLD FAVOURITEStill has the Bajaj scooter he had as an Ayurveda products salesman.FIGHTING FITBeat Beijing Olympic silver medallist Andrey Stadnik 12-0 in a show bout, played football at an MPs vs actors match, exhibited yoga skills on TV show.GENERATION NEXT”At our acharyakulams, we are creating hundreds of Ramdevs,” he says Yoga guru.Rank 6-  ANAND MAHINDRA61 | IndustrialistWHEEL OF FORTUNEBecause India’s most non-controversial and articulate businessman with 4.47 million Twitter followers overcame the Supreme Court ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi and fierce competition from MNCs in the SUV segment to launch 14 models in 2016.Because his Rs 1.15 lakh crore Mahindra Group has signed up with France’s Segnere to make airframes, will launch its eCitySmart car, the e2oPlus, and has invested in agriculture start-up MeraKisan.Because the maker of the Reva electric car plans to develop up to four affordable e-vehicles in India, an e-SUV and even e-buses by 2018 in line with the government’s alternative energy push.advertisementROLE MODELUS financial media firm Benzinga put him in top 10 global CEOs to follow on Twitter.CROWNING GLORYAppointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour in March 2016.TURNAROUND MOMENTIn 2016, SsangYong Motor, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, reported its first annual net profit in a decade of 58.1 billion Korean won.(Rs 329 crore)GENERATION NEXTAalika, 34, is a freelance writer; Divya, 30, is the creative director of Verve magazine.Rank 7- UDAY KOTAK58 | IndustrialistPhoto: Mandar DeodharSAFE DEPOSITBecause he picked up a 19.9 per cent stake in Airtel M-Commerce in February 2016, grew his company’s life insurance business over 50 per cent compared to a year ago, and has assets under management to over Rs 1 lakh.Because he made Kotak Mahindra the fourth largest private sector bank by acquiring ING Vysya in 2014, with revenues of Rs 9,513 crore in 2015-16.PROFITABLE MOVESold 1.5 per cent of his 30.3 per cent stake in his bank to two Canadian pension funds for around Rs 3,355 crore to comply with an RBI directive.FAMILY MATTERWas raised in a Gujarati Lohana joint family with 60 people sharing one kitchen-capitalism at work and socialism at home, as he’d call it.SOUND OF MUSICLoved playing the sitar until work robbed him of the time to do so..GENERATION NEXTJay, 27, is pursuing an MBA at Harvard University; Dhawal, 24, works on the mid-day meal programme at Kotak Education Foundation.Rank 8 – DILIP SHANGHVI61 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersRIGHT PRESCRIPTIONBecause his aggressive overseas acquisitions continue even as cross-border M&As are drying up, acquiring skin cancer drug Odomzo from Swiss giant Novartis for $175 million (nearly Rs 1,200 crore) in December 2016.Because he is the second-richest Indian after Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of $14.7 billion (Rs 95,550 crore), according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index March 2017, and his Sun Pharma is the world’s fifth-largest generics company.Because his perspectives on macroeconomic fundamentals are much sought after by the government and media alike.EXPANDING THE HORIZONHis Sun Oil and Natural Gas bought 33.3 per cent stake in the Hazira oil and gas field from Canada’s Niko Resources.REVERSE GEARWithdrew plans to launch a payments bank in May 2016, despite getting in-principle approval.GENERATION NEXTSon Aalok, 31, is a molecular biology graduate from the University of Michigan and heads the emerging markets division of the Sun-Ranbaxy combine; Daughter Vidhi, a Wharton graduate, works at Sun Pharma in the marketing division.Rank 9 –  AZIM PREMJI71 | IndustrialistPhoto: ReutersA MIGHTY HEARTBecause India’s eighth richest Indian, with a net worth of $13.8 billion (Rs 89,700 crore), was at his most generous in 2016, donating Rs 27,514 crore through Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and the Azim Premji Trust.Because under him Wipro had a busy 2016, acquiring Florida tech insurance firm HealthPlan Services for $460 million (Rs 2,990 crore) and Brazilian firm InfoServer for $8.7 million (Rs 56 crore).MENTOR-IN-CHIEFFunds firms through Premji Invest; infused Rs 162 crore into Bengaluru venture ID Fresh Foods in January 2017.SMART SAVERFlies economy. Traded his modest Toyota for a second-hand Mercedes Benz from an employee.SWEATING IT OUTJogs daily, plays golf occasionally.GENERATION NEXTRishad, 40, is Wipro’s Chief Strategy Officer and member of the board; younger son Tariq is also at Wipro.Rank 10- N. CHANDRASEKARAN NEW53 | Chairman, Tata SonsPhoto: Vivan MehraTHE CHOSEN ONEBecause this Tata veteran with a 30-year-long stint was anointed seventh Chairman of the $103 billion (over Rs 7 lakh crore) Tata Group after Cyrus Mistry’s ouster, making him the first professional executive as well as the first non-Parsi to head the conglomerate.Because his seven years as chief executive of TCS took the company to its number one position, with a market capitalisation (value of the company’s traded shares) of over $70 billion (Rs 4.5 lakh crore) in March 2016, more than half the m-cap of the 29 publicly listed Tata companies put together.FIRST OFF THE BLOCKReached settlement with NTT Docomo for enforcement of $1.17 billion arbitration award.CHILDHOOD LESSONSBorn in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, used to walk three kilometres to school every day.FAST TRACKTook up running in mid-40s due to history of diabetes in family; is now an avid marathoner.Rank 11- VIRAT KOHLI28 | Indian Cricket CaptainPhoto: Rohit ChawlaWARRIOR PRINCEBecause his ability to assess situations and win matches for India, almost at will, makes him the most valuable player of the team. In 2016, Kohli averaged more than any other Indian batsman-75 in Tests, 92 in ODIs and a phenomenal 106 in T20s.Because he is the only Indian captain to win six consecutive Test series, the first batsman to slam four double hundreds in successive series. Between August 2015 and February 2017, Kohli was without a defeat in 19 Tests, the longest streak for any Indian captain.MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOVERs 110 crore endorsement deal with Puma. Endorsement fee Rs 5 crore a day is highest among Indian celebrities.FIRST CRUSHKarisma Kapoor; he is dating actor Anushka Sharma.THINK INKHe sports seven tattoos: a monastery, Lord Shiva in meditation, Test cap number 269, ODI cap number 175, parents’ name in Hindi, a Samurai and the zodiac sign of Scorpio.Rank 12- NANDAN NILEKANI/ NEW61 | Former chairman, UIDAINilotpal BaruahCHANGE AGENTBecause the government has made his brainchild, the Aadhaar card, mandatory for PAN cards and filing of income tax returns.Because the Narendra Modi government has made him a special invitee in the 13-member committee set up to promote digital payment systems.Because he is one of India’s most prolific angel investors, giving over $50 million to a dozen start-ups in just one year and committing to invest $25 million more.DID YOU KNOW?When Infosys went public in 1993, no one picked up the stock. Among the first people Nilekani tried to sell the Infy stock to was his IIT Bombay senior Jairam Ramesh.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Jahnavi, 27, is a trustee of Arghyam, a foundation providing grants with a focus on groundwater and sanitation, and a PhD student in public policy at Harvard University; son Nihar, 26, is a Yale University graduate.Rank 13- AMIT AGARWAL/NEW42 | Country Manager, Amazon IndiaPhoto: Twitter/@jonas1hrSHOPPING MASTERBecause he adopted a policy of lower costs, higher sales and fewer defects at Amazon India, selling through his platform 26 per cent of the $10.2 billion (over Rs 65,000 crore) worth of goods sold across all online platforms in India by May 2016.Because he was promoted to global senior vice-president just a year after being included in the senior leadership at Amazon.TWIST OF FATEWanted to become a primary school teacher and start his own school.HIGH POINTMountaineering, one reason he chose to join Amazon in Seattle in 1999.LOW POINTHad to apologise to Sushma Swaraj for Indian flag doormats being on sale on the portal.Rank 14 -SUNIL MITTAL59 | Founder-Chairman, Bharti EnterprisesRuben Sprich / ReutersSTILL IN THE RINGBecause he is the telecom czar of India, the chairman of what was till recently India’s largest mobile operator with a subscriber base of 270 million.Because he clearly wants to lead the big data revolution in India and give Reliance Jio stiff competition. A series of strategic acquisitions, such as Tikona Digital Networks, Telenor and Augere Wireless, have made Airtel the second company after Reliance Jio to have pan-India presence in the 2,300 Mhz band, which has the second-largest ecosystem of 4G devices.Because not only does he head the world’s third-largest telephony company but is also the first Indian to be elected the chairman of GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.NUMBERS GAMEAll his cars have the same number plate, 0023, after his date of birth, October 23.GENERATION NEXTEiesha, 33, runs a fashion investment fund; Kavin, 29, is founder and CEO of Hike Messenger, the world’s sixth largest mobile messaging application; twin Shravin works on an independent business venture.Rank 15-  AMITABH BACHCHAN74 | ActorPhoto by: Bandeep SinghTHE GOLD STANDARDBecause he continues to command the screens for his talent, with scripts written around him. After his National Award-winning performance in Piku, Bachchan followed it up with another power-packed show in Pink.Because at 74, he is still courted by advertisers and trusted by audiences and is the face of over 10 brands.Because with 26.1 million followers on Twitter, second only to PM Modi, he cuts across as a positive figure who uses the platform to reminisce, congratulate and recommend rather than lament and create controversy.Because he has the government’s seal of approval. Whether it is promoting the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, family planning, polio vaccination or a tuberculosis-free India, he is the go-to face for the Centre’s welfare schemes, which he does pro bono.COMING SOONWorking with Aamir Khan for the first time in Thugs of Hindostan.GENERATION NEXTGrand-daughter Navya Naveli Nanda, 19, is a social media star in her own right for her busy Instagram feed; Agastya Nanda, 16, is studying in London; Aaradhya Bachchan, 5, the youngest of the Bachchans, is a student at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Rank 16- SHIV NADAR71 | Founder-chairman, HCL & Shiv Nadar FoundationTHE BENEFACTORBecause with total donations of Rs 630 crore in 2016, the Hurun Research Institute named him the most philanthropic Indian for 2016. Nadar, worth Rs 73,000 crore, gave away 27 per cent of his wealth, and was at number 5 in generosity in 2015.Because HCL, the country’s fourth largest software services firm, has grown beyond an IT company and represents excellence in education, nurtures artists and is a key driver for skilling and job creation at the grassroots.Because he has begun the reinvention of the struggling IT services sector and is creating high quality jobs for youth through an agreement with Andhra Pradesh-HCL will invest Rs 500 crore in the project.QUICK LEARNERPicked up English watching English films.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Roshni, 35, is executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise.Rank 17- RAHUL BHATIA61 | Group MD, Interglobe Enterprises.Photo: Shekhar GhoshAIR KINGBecause a net worth of $3.65 billion makes him the 38th richest in India. His airline, Indigo, completed a decade in 2016 and at a valuation of Rs 35,000 crore is the largest and most profitable airline in India.Because Indigo notched a 40 per cent market share and a 28 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger volumes, and will get a new aircraft every nine days till 2027.Because he was the first to tell Indian fliers that he respected their time and made on-time performance a key metric at Indigo.DID YOU KNOW?Travel wasn’t his first career choice. He wanted to set up a telecom venture with Nortel in the 1980s.WORK MANTRADelegate authority and work.GENERATION NEXTMadhav, 18, and Sumita, 15, both students.Rank 18-  VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA43 | Founder-CEO, PaytmPhoto: Shekhar GhoshPAY AND PLAYBecause he is the pioneer of an idea that was once audacious but is today one of the defining pillars of the India growth story. The biggest beneficiary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetisation, his company name is almost a verb now, synonymous with digital payments. With over 200 million users, Paytm has the deepest penetration in India.Because he was quick to spot a vacuum in his business and fix it. Even as money added to Paytm accounts grew at over 1,000 per cent, he realised the untapped opportunity in offline payments and increased their share to nearly 40 per cent from 1 per cent in the past one year.Because he isn’t capping his ambition at India alone. Paytm took its global leap this year with services in Canada.STRIKING A CHORDWants to set up a Sanskrit rock band, is a big fan of Coldplay.FAVOURITE QUOTE”Someday you are the pigeon and someday you are the statue”.Rank 19- ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA/ NEW61 | Chairman, State Bank of IndiaPhoto: Rachit GoswamiCREDIT CZARINABecause as head of the country’s largest bank, with a 22 per cent market share, she led the State Bank of India through the tumultuous demonetisation exercise, beginning November 8 last year.Because she oversaw the merger of five of SBI’s subsidiaries and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself, taking the bank to the global league of Top 50 with a balance-sheet size of Rs 41 lakh crore, 500 million customers, more than 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs.Because she is positioning SBI as ‘the banker to digital India’ by focusing on technology to improve the outreach of the 211-year-old bank.BIGGEST CHALLENGEFighting bad loans worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore till December 2016.HELPING HANDHusband Pritimoy Bhatta-charya manages home to aid the busy banker.TOP HONOURAmong 50 greatest leaders in the world in Fortune magazine, March 2017.Rank 20- SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY77 | PoliticianPhoto by: Bandeep SinghMASTER BLASTERBecause his Rajya Sabha nomination in April 2016, despite the opposition of several senior party leaders, signalled his strong Sangh connect. With 4 million Twitter followers, he sets the social media agenda for the right wing.Because his firepower is as unpredictable as it is deadly. Opposes the party line and targets BJP leaders, including Arun Jaitley, with the same intensity as the Congress’s P. Chidambaram. Was the first to oppose a second term for Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor.SWAMY’S TARGETS 2016-17 AND HIS NICKNAMES FOR THEMFormer RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (R3)Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Shakuni)Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Shri 420)STUNNING U-TURNAIADMK chief V.K. Sasikala was jailed on February 14 this year based on a disproportionate assets case he had filed in 1996. But he supported her bid for chief minister after J. Jayalalithaa’s death.GENERATION NEXTDaughter Gitanjali Swamy, 46, is an IT professional; Suhasini Haidar, 44, is a journalist.Rank 21- VINOD RAI/ NEW68 | EnforcerPhoto: Rajwant RawatPRIME COUNSELBecause he’s the one-stop expert for both the political class and judiciary to enforce reforms. The Modi government made him chief of the Banks Board Bureau; the Supreme Court has him running the all-powerful cricket body, the BCCI, and the Indian Railways has made him member of its Kayakalp Council to recommend improvements.Because when the ex-CAG writes to the PM (in March) on the lack of action by banks on bad loans, even the finance ministry takes note of it.AT THE CREASEThe present BCCI chief was captain of his school cricket team.OLD SCHOOLFormer PM Manmohan Singh was one of his teachers at the Delhi School of Economics.DID YOU KNOW?After his wife died in 1990, he married the widow of a colleague. Rai has a son and two daughters.Rank 22 – UDAY SHANKAR55 | JournalistPhoto: Mandar DeodharHOT SHOTBecause he’s chairman and CEO of India’s largest entertainment network, Star India, which had a turnover of Rs 10,800 crore in 2015-16.Because Hotstar is the market leader among digital streaming platforms, with an estimated 200 million downloads of the app, and Star Sports, with its 10-channel bouquet, is the destination for the nation’s sporting needs.TECH CREDENTIALSHotstar is one of the first to embrace virtual reality (VR), with the Kabaddi World Cup games streamed in 360-degree perspective.PAST LIFETook time off to travel in eastern UP during the recent polls to gauge the mood of the people.FUTURE PERFECTNayi Soch, the new advertising campaign by Star India to usher in gender sensitivity, has Indian cricketers wearing their mother’s names on their jerseys and Aamir Khan as a shopkeeper who breaks gender stereotypes.Rank 23 – VINEET JAIN49 | Media TycoonPhoto: Mandar DeodharTIME OF HIS LIFEBecause notwithstanding the snub from the prime minister who pulled out of their global business summit, he heads the Times Group, India’s largest media house with the top-selling English daily, pink paper, the highest-rated English news channel, the biggest radio network and the most expansive digital network.Because despite losing their top anchor, news channel Times Now continues to be the leader in English news. They have also launched a second news channel, Mirror Now.Because he is the de facto boss of the Times Group, with brother Samir having mostly withdrawn from day-to-day activities.CRICKET WATCHTimes Internet has in-match digital video clip rights to all ICC events till 2019 for US, Canada.NON-CONFORMISTLives up to his profile, tweeting on controversial topics like demonetisation and the liquor ban.MILLENNIAL MOVEEntered into a partnership with Vice Media, the edgy US-Canadian company with a focus on youth content.OUT ON THE TOWNLikes to dine at Papaya, a pan-Asian restaurant in Mumbai; movie of the year: Lion.Rank 24 – ADITYA PURI66 | BankerPhoto: Rachit GoswamiNEW CURRENT ACCOUNTBecause this vocal commentator on financial matters runs India’s largest private sector bank, with income of Rs 41,589 crore in the nine months ended December 2016.Because he has headed HDFC Bank since 1994, overseen it reaching a nationwide distribution network of 4,555 branches in 2,597 cities/towns.Because HDFC Bank was adjudged India’s Most Valuable Brand for the third consecutive year in 2016 by WPP research agency Millward Brown. Rank 25 – ANIL AMBANI57 | IndustrialistPhoto: Reuters WIDE SPECTRUMBecause the merger of his Reliance Communication’s telecom business with rival Aircel will form the country’s fourth-largest mobile phone operator.Because he has buried the hatchet with brother Mukesh and collaborated on the latter’s Jio telecom venture by providing critical tower infrastructure.Because he is betting big on defence-Reliance Defence and Engineering has tied up with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to manufacture air-to-air missiles. He is targeting a business of Rs 2.85 lakh crore in the next 3-5 years.WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMMESold radio, TV businesses, power transmission assets, cements business to cut debt by Rs 7,000 crore.THINKING CAPInducted into advisory board of top global think-tank, The Atlantic Council, in March 2017.GENERATION NEXTSon Jai Anmol, 25, who works in Reliance Capital, is now on the company board. Jai Anshul, 21, is studying in New York University. Rank 26-  BINNY BANSAL & SACHIN BANSAL35 | EntrepreneursSachin, left, and Binny Bansal (Photo: NILOTPAL BARUAH) RIGHT CLICKBecause e-tail giant Flipkart posted a 56 per cent growth in sales in 2015-16 despite the Amazon onslaught, at a time when other domestic firms such as Snapdeal struggled with soaring operational costs leading to massive layoffs.Because they bought rival eBay’s Indian operations as part of a Rs 9,000 crore deal that includes funds infusion from investors led by China’s Tencent.Because investors in Flipkart and rival Snapdeal are in talks for what could be the biggest merger in India’s $10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore) e-commerce sector.STEM THE BLEEDCurbing losses, which doubled to Rs 2,960 crore in 2015-16 is a challenge.FIRST CAREER CHOICESSachin wanted to be a pro gamer; Binny wanted to build computer games.FIRST INVESTMENTInvested Rs 4 lakh in business, of which Rs 1 lakh was spent on buying computers. Rank 27-  SANJIV GOENKA / NEW55 | IndustrialistSanjiv Goenka (Photo: SUBIR HALDER) IN A SWEET SPOTBecause 2016 was a year of turnarounds and expansion for the Rs 17,000 crore RP-Sanjiv Goenka group. Retail business (Spencers) is in the black and power utility business CESC has expanded from Kolkata to Bikaner, Greater Noida, Kota and Bharatpur.Because he is the bridge between the government in Delhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Always beside Banerjee at state meetings, he played a key role in her supporting the GST Bill. Rank 28-  NITA AMBANI53 | EntrepreneurNita Ambani (Photo: RACHIT GOSWAMI) SPORTING DIVABecause she wields enormous influence in the Indian sports arena as owner of an IPL cricket team, as chairperson of the Indian Super League football and as the first Indian woman to be elected member of the International Olympic Committee.Because she is the moving spirit behind all philanthropic activities of the Reliance Foundation.Because invitations to parties at her plush Mumbai home Antilla are considered proof of arrival in Mumbai society and every Diwali, recipients can grade their social status according to the lavishness of the gift given.SUPERWOMAN MOMENTWhen over 205 million fans watched Indian Super League in its third season.RURAL CONNECTReliance Foundation Youth Sports reached 2 million children across 1,800 schools/ colleges in 2016.BOARD MATTERSIs on the board of Reliance Industries and EIH Ltd, the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain. Rank 29- SALMAN KHAN51 | ActorSalman Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) BIG BROTHERBecause a Salman Khan release is now Bollywood’s most anticipated event. His sole release in 2016, Sultan, was the year’s biggest hit with Rs 300.6 crore in collections until Aamir Khan’s Dangal (December 23 release) surpassed it in January 2017.Because Khan paid Rs 44.5 crore in advance tax in 2016, the highest by any Bollywood actor.Because everybody wants a piece of him, literally, and can now buy it, with the Being Human apparel range growing to stores across 40 cities.Because he is everyone’s benefactor. His banner has the rights to remake the Korean film Ode to My Father, is producing an international film with Irrfan Khan and is collaborating with Karan Johar for a film with Akshay Kumar in the lead.COMING SOONTwo releases, Kabir Khan’s Tubelight and Ali A. Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai.FAVOURITE MEAL’Mixture’, a home-cooked dish that has rice, mutton, some salad, sweet and salty mango pickle all blended together.GENERATION NEXTHe doesn’t have a child of his own yet but his sister’s one-year-old, Ahil Sharma, is the apple of his uncle’s eye. Rank 30-  S. GURUMURTHY68 | Chartered Accountant; Co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran ManchS. Gurumurthy (Photo: JAISON G) SOUTHERN IMPACTBecause he endeared himself to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by being the first to welcome demonetisation unlike others in the RSS and Sangh parivar. BJP president Amit Shah is in constant touch to tap his thoughts on enlarging the party base across South India.Because the Chennai-based opinion-maker has taken charge of Thuglak as editor after Cho Ramaswamy’s death and is BJP’s advisor on Tamil Nadu politics. It is he who recommended that the party not interfere in the pro- and anti-Sasikala factional battle in the AIADMK. Rank 31- SUBHASH CHANDRA66 | Media tycoonSubash Chandra (Photo: CHANDRADEEP KUMAR) SHOW STOPPERBecause the Essel Group chief is the richest media baron in the country with a net worth of $2.7 billion (Rs 17,370 crore). In 2016, he also became a Rajya Sabha MP, with his influence extending beyond business to policy-making.Because in 2016, he acquired Anil Ambani’s radio and TV business for Rs 1,900 crore and merged his Dish TV with direct-to-home TV company Videocon d2h Ltd to create the largest Indian listed media firm by revenue. Rank 32- VISHAL SIKKA49 | Tech guruVishal Sikka THE DAREDEVILBecause he brought IT major Infosys back on its high growth trajectory from a period of slow growth and high attrition, with revenues up 17 per cent to Rs 62,441 crore in 2015-16; profits spiked to Rs 13,678 crore.Because he survived allegations of splurge and erosion in values from powerful co-founders such as N.R. Narayana Murthy, with the board supporting him. He has set a target of doubling revenues to $20 billion (Rs 1.3 lakh crore) by 2020.TOP DOLLARIndia’s highest paid IT executive’s annual salary is $11 million or Rs 74 crore.DIARY WRITERHis prolific blog, Timelessness, shares his views on a diverse range of topics.FAVOURITE BOOKHermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, as it had a big cultural impact in Germany, India and the US-“the three cultures that shaped who I am”. Rank 33- RAJAT SHARMA60 | Media tycoonRajat Sharma FRIENDLY CONNECTIONSBecause the chairman and editor-in-chief of popular news channel India TV has direct access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, thanks to his long friendship with the two. BJP president Amit Shah has him on speed dial.Because his talk show, Aap ki Adalat, running for 23 years now, is still one of the most watched programmes on Indian television.Because he is on the road to expansion with plans to enter the general entertainment genre. Negotiations are on with equity firm New Silk Route, which owns 9X MediaBecause from attending a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 to speaking at Harvard University and IIT Kanpur, he has emerged as an icon of inspiration.FIT FADA fitness fanatic, he rarely misses the gym, and doesn’t eat after 7 pm. Every year, he goes to an Austrian clinic to detox.RAGS TO RICHESHe used to live in a 100 square foot room in Delhi with nine relatives. There was no electricity and he would study at the Sabzi Mandi railway station under the lamplight.DID YOU KNOW?He became editor of the now-defunct Onlooker magazine at the age of 28.BUDDY-BUDDYNarendra Modi and Arun Jaitley address him as “Panditji”. Rank 34- RAJINIKANTH// NEW66 | ActorRajnikanth LEADER IN WAITINGBecause the BJP wants to tap his phenomenal popularity and fan base that steadily chants ‘thalaiva, thalaiva (leader, leader)’ every time he makes a public appearance and project him as a potential chief minister in Tamil Nadu post-Jayalalithaa.Because the prime minister requested that he shoot his next film, 2.0, in India in keeping with the Make in India campaign. The Enthiran sequel will release later this year.Because even a humanitarian exercise of him flagging off a housing scheme to rehabilitate Sri Lankan Tamils in Jaffna became political dynamite and had to be called off.GOLD STANDARDThis one-time Bengaluru bus conductor has eaten wafer-thin gold sheets with his meals given his faith in the Siddha system of medicine, yoga and meditation.GENERATION NEXTElder daughter Aishwarya, 35, is married to actor Dhanush; the younger, Soundarya, 32, is a director, producer and graphic designer in Tamil films. Rank 35-DR. NARESH TREHAN70 | Surgeon & entrepreneurDr. Naresh Trehan (Photo: YASIR IQBAL) THE GOOD DOCTORBecause as one of the most influential healthcare personalities, he is everywhere: from the Union health ministry’s Key Advisory Group to the National Skill Development Corporation; from the Export Promotion Council to the Healthcare Skill Sector Council and the Delhi government’s mohalla clinics.Because the serial institution-builder is determined to push high-end healthcare to areas that lack such facilities; creating Rs 1,000 crore hospitals along the lines of Medanta-The Medicity in Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Noida and Patna, apart from smaller facilities in Jharkhand and Indore.Because he has initiated the unique ‘One Heart Team’ concept at Medanta, a broad-based approach towards coronary artery disease management, built on consensus-a first in India.Because he is leading Medanta towards public service: from Mission TB Free Haryana to Mission Stop Dengue, the latter with active participation of Gurugram school students.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Sheyl and Shonan. Sheyl studied law at the Columbia Law School, US, and is a registered attorney; her husband Pankaj Sahni is COO, Medanta-The Medicity; Shonan did a master’s in architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, and is the founder and principal architect of the firm, Labwerk. Rank 36- P.V. SINDHU/NEW21 | Badminton playerPV Sindhu A BIG HITBecause she has proved that her Olympic silver at Rio was no flash in the pan. She has risen to No. 2 in the World Badminton Federation rankings.Because she has emerged as the most rewarded sportswoman, bagging a Rs 50-crore, three-year deal with sports management firm Baseline.Because the post-Olympic incentives she was offered include direct appointment to the state as an officer in the government after her playing years.IN THE FAMILYParents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya represented Andhra Pradesh in volleyball.BEYOND BADMINTONSwimming is the only thing she likes, that too at the Gopichand Academy.THREE-TIME LUCKYShe has won the Macau Open three times in a row from 2013.HER OWN TALISMANUnlike many successful sportspersons, she does not believe in any talisman. Rank 37- AMIT JAIN/NEW40 | President, Uber India & South AsiaAmit Jain (Photo: VIVAN MEHRA) UBER COOLBecause he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.Because he leads growth for the world’s most valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide, with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200,000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016.Because the $70 billion start-up chose Bengaluru as one of the two areas for R&D, as well as its first engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Research on mapping and self-driving technologies is being driven out of India. He is also making a host of India-specific solutions.TAXI, TAXI!Jain Ubers his way across town for meetings. Has a car for his family.TOTAL CONTROLIs obsessively organised and plays the santoor.COMRADE-IN-ARMSWife Priyanka, a PhD in social theory. His father, the hardest working person he knows, is his inspiration.FAVOURITE QUOTE”The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Rank 38- PRIYANKA CHOPRA34 | ActorPriyanka Chopra SERIAL WINNERBecause she is now a bona fide Hollywood star. From red carpet appearances to being cover girl of leading glossies; from hanging out with Meryl Streep backstage at the Golden Globes to winning two People’s Choice awards for Quantico, Chopra has in just two years become the eighth highest-paid TV actress in the world, with earnings of $11 million.Because from silencing her trolls with a picture of her armpits on Twitter (16 million followers) to sharing pictures of her Quantico co-stars and celebrities like Mick Jagger on Instagram (16.1 million), she is a social media queen.TALK CENTRALBeloved of US talk show hosts, she’s a hit with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.COMING SOONHollywood debut as baddie Victoria Leeds in summer release Baywatch.PRIZED POSSESSIONA healing charms necklace belonging to her late father, Ashok Chopra. Rank 39-MAHENDRA MOHAN, SANJAY & SHAILESH GUPTA75,53,45 | Media ownersMahendra Mohan HINDI BARONSBecause as the owners of the largest-selling daily in India, Dainik Jagran, with a circulation of 4 million, they can reach Indians across the country. Little wonder that Prime Minister Modi often quotes their newspaper in Mann ki Baat.Because their company, Jagran Prakashan, registered operating revenues of Rs 2,106.5 crore in 2016, up by 19 per cent from Rs 1,769.7 crore in 2015-despite a stagnant market. Their music broadcast arm, under the Radio City brand, also had a successful initial public offering.THE PATRIARCHKanpur-based Mahendra Mohan is no longer a member of the Rajya Sabha but he still maintains a keen interest in parliamentary affairs.THE NEPHEWSanjay, based in Delhi, is the editor-in-chief of Dainik Jagran.Sanjay Gupta THE SONShailesh, based in Mumbai, is responsible for directing the group to new businesses.Shailesh Gupta Rank 40- SHAH RUKH KHAN51 | ActorShah Rukh Khan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) MULTI STARBecause he is the superstar who risks it all, whether it is taking on a supporting role in his home production Dear Zindagi, sharing the spotlight with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raees or exploring the complex fan-star relationship in the underappreciated drama Fan.Because he gives back to the movie industry. Khan’s studio, Red Chillies Entertainment, is one of the leading visual effects providers in India, and is producing films which go beyond formulaic fare-from Dear Zindagi to the forthcoming Ittefaq.Because he is King Khan when it comes to public speaking. Is sought after for his oratory skills-the latest being Oxford University which wants him to deliver a speech offering his trademark mix of wise words and self-deprecating humour and charm overload.Because he is the highest-earning star in Bollywood. With $33 million (Rs 212 crore) earnings in 2016, Khan was the eighth highest-paid actor in the world.COMING SOONAn avid reader, Khan landed himself a guest appearance in sci-fi drama Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, based on the Douglas Adams novels; returns to the small screen to host TED Talks India: Nayi Soch, a new series on Star India; and next stars with Anushka Sharma in the Imtiaz Ali-directed globe-trotting romance.GENERATION NEXTThat Aryan, 19, is a future Bollywood actor is a foregone conclusion. Currently, Khan’s oldest child is studying filmmaking at the University of Southern California; Suhana, 16, recently caught eyeballs for giving a ditzy, melodramatic twist to Cinderella in a school play; AbRam, 3, makes sure he keeps his father’s fans entertained and awww-ed with his antics when he isn’t giving his father company at Mehboob Studios during promotions. Rank 41- RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR/NEW52 | EntrepreneurRajeev Chandrasekhar (Photo: M ZHAZO) ONE-MAN ARMYBecause he is among a handful of MPs who actively pursue causes to their conclusion, from armed forces pensions to mobilising citizens against Bengaluru’s steel flyover (now scrapped). His 943 Rajya Sabha questions over 11 years are twice the parliamentary average.Because the tie-up of his media firm Asianet News with Arnab Goswami’s forthcoming news channel Republic News is the talk of Lutyens’ Delhi.Because his September 2016 appointment as vice-chairman of the NDA’s Kerala unit acknowledges his key role in the BJP’s 2019 southern thrust.DEBT OF HONOURBought and refurbished a vintage Douglas DC3 ‘Dakota’ in the UK. Plans to gift the aircraft, the type his air force officer father once flew, to the IAF’s vintage squadron.GENERATION NEXTSon Ved, 18, and daughter Devika, 17. Rank 42- RAJIV BAJAJ/ NEW50 | IndustrialistRajiv Bajaj (Photo: Tsering Topgyal / AP) TOP GEARBecause he continues to give rivals Honda and Hero MotoCorp a good fight by focusing on the high-margin, premium two-wheeler segment with new launches and features, clocking a profit of Rs 3,930 crore on revenues of Rs 23,883 crore for the year ended 2015-16Because like his forthright father Rahul Bajaj, he likes to speak his mind, be it blaming demonetisation for affecting the sale of two-wheelers, saying the Supreme Court ban on BS-III vehicles was a blessing for the auto sector, or warning that ‘Made in India’ could turn ‘Mad in India’, going by the hurdles in launching a quadricycle in India.HEALING TOUCHBelieves in homeopathy and is a practitioner of Iyengar yoga, propagated by B.K.S. Iyengar.BEST BUDDIESChief technology officer Abraham Joseph, head of engineering Pradeep Shrivastava and president, business development, S. Ravikumar. Rank 43 – HARISH SALVE60 | LawyerHarish Salve (Photo:Bandeep Singh) MASTER OF STRATEGYBecause, at Rs 30 lakh a day, he is not just the highest-charging advocate in the country, but also among the top 10 most expensive lawyers in the world.Because with formidable expertise and experience in a range of jurisprudence-constitutional, commercial, taxation-and big-ticket arbitrations, he is the lead counsel on most significant and polarising legal debates of the day, be it Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry, Centre vs NDTV, Daiichi vs Ranbaxy, Prashant Bhushan vs Reliance Jio Infocomm or interstate disputes on water or pollution.Because he was part of the team that successfully argued at the United Nations’ highest court against a bid by the Marshall Islands to sue India for violating nuclear disarmament obligations. Rank 44- AKSHAY KUMAR/ NEW49 | ActorAkshay Kumar (Photo: Milind Shelte) CITIZEN STARBecause he is the only actor after the three Khans to be a safe bet at the box office, and has also evolved as a spokesman for all the right causes. It doesn’t hurt that he has just received a National Award for his lead act in courtroom drama Rustom.Because Mr Prolific had three Rs 100 crore-plus hits in 2016 and is now placing his clout behind new filmmakers, from Raja Krishna Menon (Airlift) to Shree Narayan Singh (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha).Because he is one half of a most interesting couple in Bollywood-wife Twinkle being a force in her own right with her columns/books.LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR Stays in the same Juhu Beach-facing building as Hrithik Roshan and Sajid Nadiadwala.COMING SOONSouthern debut, taking on Thalaivar in 2.0, and a role in Padman, wife Twinkle’s debut as producer.GENERATION NEXTAarav, 14, shares his father’s passion for martial arts, has a black belt in Kudo; Nitara, 4, has mum’s funnybones. Rank 45- KAMAL HAASAN/NEW62 | ActorKamal Hasan (Photo: Bandeep Singh) ACTOR WITH A MINDBecause unlike most movie stars, he’s not afraid to speak his mind, whether in favour of jallikattu ahead of Sankranti which culminated in the protests at Marina Beach, or using social media-where he has a legion of followers-to rail against politicians, especially after all the upheaval following J. Jayalalithaa’s death, leading Rajinikanth to call him the “angriest man I’ve ever met”.Because he has not allowed disruptions in his personal life, be it a multiple fracture and then a split with his long-term partner Gautami in the space of a year, to deter him.Because his 58-year-long association with the industry as actor, screenwriter, director and producer enables him today to experiment and innovate with remarkable ease.NO GODSA Tamil Brahmin by birth, he is a self-declared atheist.GENERATION NEXTDaughters Shruti, 31, and Akshara, 25, born to him and second wife Sarika. Both are actors. Rank 46- MANISH SABHARWAL/ NEW 47 | Chairman, TeamLease ServicesManish Sabharwal (Photo: Nilotpal Baruah) THE THINKERBecause he is a member of the National Skill Development Mission, the Central Advisory Board on Education and a state nominee on the Reserve Bank of India board. He is the only individual from the private sector whose article Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted.Because TeamLease, a Fortune 500 company, is on an acquisition spree, taking over firms such as ASAP Info Systems, Keystone Business Solutions and NichePro Technologies in the past year.Because the Centre consults him on labour reforms. He was the brain behind Rajasthan’s labour reforms under Vasundhara Raje.BOOK WORMHe reads a book every week and organises a two-hour-long authors’ evening at home every month.GENERATION NEXTSon Dhruv, 15, and daughter Noor, 12, both in school. Rank 47-AAMIR KHAN52 | ActorAamir Khan (Photo: Rachit Goswami) MASS APPEALBecause Dangal beat both demonetisation and #BoycottDangal on Twitter to emerge as Bollywood’s biggest film to date with a collection of Rs 386 crore, breaking the record set by another Aamir starrer, PK.Because his not-for-profit initiative Paani Foundation has been working with the Maharashtra government to educate villagers on watershed management.Because everybody loves Aamir. Be it his birthday bash or the success party for Dangal, the who’s who of Bollywood turns up to celebrate.ON BOARDAn avid collector of board games, his latest obsession is The Settlers of Catan.PARTY ANIMALThank Kunal Kapoor for telling us about Aamir having the drinking “capacity of a whale” and throwing the longest parties.GENERATION NEXTJunaid, 24, all set to follow papa into show business; Ira, 19, working with an ad film production house; and Azad, 5, studying at Dhirubhai Ambani International School. Rank 48- PRATHAP C. REDDY/ NEW84 | EntrepreneurPrathap C Reddy (Photo:Social mediaTwitter) DOCTOR YESBecause the founding patriarch and chairman of the four-decades-old Rs 6,000 crore Apollo Hospital Group was whom everyone in Tamil Nadu turned to as they prayed for the recovery of AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa.Because he has made it clear that the entry of the third generation into the family business will be based on merit than by virtue of inheritance. In February 2017, he set up a family constitution to avoid ambiguity on succession and structure at the group.FOREIGN STINTHe spent a decade as a doctor in the US and then another on his return in 1970 before launching Apollo as a 150-bed hospital in Chennai in 1983.GENERATION NEXTThe eldest, 59-year-old Preetha, will be the next executive chairperson, as per the family constitution, while she is currently, like the remaining three daughters, Suneeta, 57, Shobana, 55, and Sangita, 53, managing distinct divisions and business entities. Rank 49- PAWAN MUNJAL61 | CMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpPawan Munjal (Photo: Yasir Iqbal) RIDING HIGHBecause Hero MotoCorp sold 600,000 units in March alone, over double what its competitors sold. It also added Argentina to its global footprint in 35 countries, even as its global manufacturing facility in Colombia became operational in 2016.Because in the age of disruption, he has invested heavily in the future of technology. A Rs 850 crore state-of-the-art R&D centre in Jaipur employs over 500 engineers from India and across the world. He has also invested in e-mobility start-up Ather Energy and is exploring the two-wheeler taxi market through a possible alliance with Uber.THE OTHER DRIVEMakes it a point to play golf in the very early hours, irrespective of where in the world he is. Has appointed his golfing hero, Tiger Woods, as Hero’s Global Corporate Partner.GENERATION NEXTVasudha, 36, has built India’s premium chocolate brand, Choko-la; Supriya, 27, has her own fashion line; son Annuvrat, 22, is studying in the US. Rank 50- DEEPIKA PADUKONE31 | ActorDeepika Padukone (Photo: Bandeep Singh) LEADING LADYBecause she is now a global celebrity, beating contemporary Priyanka Chopra by making her Hollywood debut early this year in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. With $346.3 million worldwide collections, the action thriller is so far the fifth-highest grossing film of the year.Because she is the most coveted face among movie-makers and advertisers, currently endorsing 18 brands. No wonder she was recognised as the world’s 10th highest-paid actress of 2016 and paid the highest advance tax of Rs 10.25 crore among actresses.Because with 18 million followers on Twitter-more than POTUS-she is currently the most followed woman in India, ranking sixth overall, behind only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and the three Khans of Bollywood.NO STRESSWhile shooting her Hollywood debut in Toronto, she learned to do her own laundry, even made her own scrambled eggs.FAVOURITE FOODBenne masala dosa and south Indian filter coffee.BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONHer parents’ home in Bengaluru.LAST TV SERIES WATCHEDThe Crown on Netflix.last_img read more

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Making The Perfect Playlist With GRAMMY U Members

first_imgFrom setting the mood to choosing the right artists, we ask college students around the country how they create their perfect playlistJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 1, 2018 – 9:19 am Making the perfect playlist is an art. The mood has to be right, the songs have to flow and the name has to encapsulate it all. After all, a playlist is the soundtrack before a test, during a gym session or a on cross-country trip. Song to song, it needs to keep you in the moment.But what makes a perfect playlist? How to pick from so many artists to capture one kind of feeling? It’s clear music streaming companies have also put some thought into how to make the perfect playlist. As Spotify puts it, “Playlists are no longer just simple collections of songs. They’ve grown to become cultural epicenters, complete with their own communities.”As a group who engages with music the most, we asked some GRAMMY U members from different colleges across the country to figure out what constitutes a good playlist and how they put it all together.”Playlists are able to tell the world what collection of music defines your reality,” Chicago GRAMMY U Representative, Becca Zagorski, shares. “This becomes an artistic expression because it promotes expression through self-reflection for the creator and intrigue and discovery from the listener.”For Becca, it’s all about capturing a mood. Her “Fallish” playlist mood is a mix of pop hits and more obscure tracks that fit her theme. From Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE” to Parquet Courts’ “Tenderness,” her playlist captures her own personal musical touch for songs with mass appeal at the time that she can eventually look back nostalgically.  “I create a playlist for each season that has songs that fit the mood of the time period combined with current popular songs,” she said. “That way when I go back and listen to those playlists, I can reminisce on the music that encapsulated that period of time in my life.”Florida GRAMMY U Rep Melanie McGrath uses artists from the past and present in her playlist, {h o w t o b e a woman}, to make a soundtrack that inspires her to be better in the present and future. Songs on her playlist include Maggie Rogers’ “Alaska,” Lorde’s “Greenlight” and girl band The Aces’ “Stuck.””It’s a playlist full of indie women artists who inspire me to be the best version of myself!” says Melanie. “Anytime I find an indie pop/folk/electronic song that makes me feel empowered as a young woman and a young songwriter, I add it.”To create her perfect playlist, GRAMMY U Rep Tristin from New Orleans, La., whose playlist includes everything from Kurt Vile’s “Pretty Pimpin” to Fleetwood Mac’s classic “Rhiannon,” envisions herself in the mood she wants to capture.”Once I got into that frame of mind, I was able to create what I feel like matched the mood and the setting of that scene, which for me is filled with folk, indie and alternative music,” Tristin says. “In order to make it more of an artistic expression, you have to really know what type of feeling you want the playlist to convey.”Whatever your goal, combining nostalgic songs with current viral favorites or bringing together specific artists before and during your time, or by focusing your thoughts on the feeling you want to create, your perfect playlist can be something that is truly only yours.Which Women Musicians Do You Think Are The Most Influential Of This Century?Read more How To Make The Perfect Playlist making-perfect-playlist-grammy-u-members News Making The Perfect Playlist With GRAMMY U Members Facebook Email Twitter last_img read more

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Midengine Corvette new Toyotas prototype tests and more Roadshows week in review

first_img4:54 More From Roadshow 2020 Chevy Silverado Diesel first drive: A smooth and torquey operator 2020 Toyota Tacoma gets a new face, tech Top newsLittle red Corvette: Chevy’s new, mid-engine C8 Corvette is finally, finally here. It’s a bargain, too: Even more amazing than the new Corvette’s performance is the fact that it’ll start around $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year.Solar Sonata: Hyundai’s swoopy new sedan gets a hybrid version complete with solar panels on its roof.Electric ‘Slade: New reports suggest Cadillac’s next Escalade SUV could be offered with a electric powertrain.Super-efficient Silverado: Chevy confirms its diesel-powered Silverado 1500 is the most fuel-efficient fullsize pickup in the US.Lotus flowers: Say hello to the 2020 Evora GT, the company’s latest US offering.Kia wants a truck: A report out of Australia suggests Korean automaker Kia might launch a small pickup in 2022 or 2023. 2019 Chevy Silverado 2.7T review: Turbo tradeoffs Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe PrototypeBMW’s new 2 Series sedan — or Gran Coupe, in the company’s parlance — will make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ahead of that premiere, we take a spin in a colorful, camouflaged prototype in Germany to see if the 2GC’s front-wheel-drive platform hinders its performance. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.Click here to read our 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe prototype first-drive review. Post a comment 0 The best trucks for towing 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 73 Photos 6:29 2019 Honda CR-VHonda’s new CR-V is a couple years old, but it’s still a top contender in the compact SUV class. It offers solid driving dynamics, great infotainment tech, and a usable and refined interior.Click here to read our 2019 Honda CR-V in-depth review. 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport goes to Death Valley Tags 2:24 2020 Toyota TacomaOK, so maybe the Toyota Tacoma isn’t the freshest truck on the block. We still love it for its rugged capability and handsome good looks. For 2020, Toyota gives the Tacoma a big infotainment and driver assistance tech upgrade, and we test the truck’s off-road prowess on the trails of Colorado and Utah. We even take the updated 2020 Toyota 4Runner SUV for a spin, as well.Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Tacoma first drive review.center_img NASA astronaut Scott Kelly on Corvettes, manual transmissions… 55 Photos 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport in the desertVolkswagen will introduce a five-passenger version of its Atlas SUV next year. Ahead of that, we tag along while VW engineers complete hot-weather testing of the new SUV in California’s Death Valley. Click here to read the full story. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Top videos Share your voice Astronaut Scott Kelly talks CorvettesIs there really any comparison to launching a car and launching a rocket? Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says yes, and he sat down with editor-in-chief Tim Stevens to explain.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 SportbackThe Audi RS5 Sportback is an amazing car. In fact, its only flaw might be that it doesn’t have any. Is this four-door sports car too good for its own good? Associate editor Andrew Krok explains.Click here to read the full story. 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes 22 Photos Roadshow 2019 Honda CR-V: A can’t-miss small SUV option The 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe hides in plain sight 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 33 Photos Enlarge ImageAll eyes are on Chevy’s mid-engine C8 Corvette. Steve Fecht/Chevrolet Welcome to Roadshow’s week in review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. While Chevy’s new mid-engine Corvette technically debuted last week, we’ve had plenty of followup information to report, and it’s proved to be one of the hottest items from the past seven days. Toyota’s new Tacoma and 4Runner kicked off a week of hot reviews, and we drove a pair of prototypes previewing some soon-to-be-revealed new cars.Here’s a look at our most important stories from July 21 to 27, 2019.Top reviews Now playing: Watch this: BMW Cadillac Chevrolet Honda Toyotalast_img read more

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Twin Taliban blasts near Afghan parliament kill 21

first_imgTwin Taliban blasts struck near the Afghan parliament in Kabul Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and wounding 45 others in the rush-hour attack that shattered a relative lull in violence in the capital.Taliban insurgents immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, which struck as employees were exiting the parliament complex.”The first explosion happened outside the parliament… a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot,” Zabi, an injured parliament security guard, told AFP.”The second one was a car bomb. It was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated,” he said.The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees, a security official told AFP, requesting anonymity.Another security official said the explosions had left “dozens of people dead”.Around 70 wounded people had been rushed to hospitals, a health ministry spokesman told AFP.The blasts went off near a parliament annexe, which houses offices of some lawmakers.But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the explosions targeted a vehicle belonging to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.The Taliban are pressing ahead with nationwide attacks despite the onset of winter, when fighting usually ebbs, as international efforts to jumpstart peace talks falter.Repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed, with a fierce new fighting season expected to kick off in the spring.Earlier on Tuesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the volatile southern province of Helmand, killing seven people, the local police chief said.The attacks underline concerns over growing insecurity in Afghanistan, where around 10,000 US troops are assisting struggling Afghan forces to combat a resilient Taliban insurgency along with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants.Afghanistan last week welcomed the Pentagon’s decision to deploy some 300 US Marines to Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014.The Marines will head to the poppy-growing province this spring to assist a NATO-led mission to train Afghan forces, in the latest sign that foreign forces are increasingly being drawn back into the worsening conflict.Afghanistan got scarcely a passing mention in the bitterly contested US presidential election — even though the situation in the conflict-torn country will be an urgent matter for the new president.President-elect Donald Trump has given few details on his expected foreign policy, with even fewer specifics on how he will tackle the war in Afghanistan.last_img read more

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State Lawmakers Houston Officials Weigh Measures To Curb School Shootings

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:37 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Via Texas TribunePolice tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.Texas lawmakers are meeting today in Austin to consider how to protect schools against gun violence. The hearing comes three weeks after the shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen others. Efforts to curtail school shootings are also moving ahead in Houston.Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence is working to come up with safety measures that can be put in place before the next school year starts.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is on the mayor’s commission. “This was already in the making for some time, so it wasn’t simply a response to Santa Fe,” Gonzalez says. “He’s concerned a lot about just everyday gun violence as well.”The commission held its first meeting at the end of May. Sheriff Gonzalez says Mayor Turner has also directed the group to come up with a second round of recommendations by year end, in time to propose them to state lawmakers before the Legislature convenes in January. Sharelast_img read more

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Comedy history class

first_imgGet ready for a laughter dose as Behroopiya Entertainers in association with Comedy Central brings the standup comedy show – India 3D – Last Three Decades of Change. The show features comedians – Amit Tandon and Appurv Gupta.India 3D – Last three Decades of Change highlights how life and lifestyle has changed in India over the last three decades. As tablet moved from being medicine to mobile, smartness moved from people to phones, hobby moved from books to Facebook, our world has changed more than ever before. A woman’s role has changed in the household and expectations from an Indian man have evolved. Between the two of them they present views of a youngster and a conventional ‘well settled’ middle aged man. From technology to lifestyle to relationships, the artistes will talk about all aspects of a middle class Indian.  So book your tickets soon.Where:  Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House When: 10 October Timing:  8 pmlast_img read more

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5 Tips for Getting Started With Mobile Advertising

first_img Mobile advertising is becoming more popular as people use mobile devices to access websites, shop and make purchases. For business owners, now can be a good time to start experimenting with mobile advertising — especially while it’s still highly affordable.If you’re on the fence about whether advertising on mobile might be right for you, consider some new research from Williamsburg, Va.-based research firm Borrell Associates: nearly half of small-business owners are somewhat or very likely to purchase mobile advertising in the next year, while more than one in four expect to increase mobile ad spending.How can you figure out how mobile advertising might best benefit your business? Here are five tips to help you determine its value and to get started on the right foot:1. Determine where your customers are. Most mobile ad networks allow geo-targeting so that only mobile users in a defined area see the ads. But narrow targeting to only a zip code or two will likely yield few prospects and little new business.Mobile ads offer the best return on investment for businesses that can serve clients who are located anywhere, or at least throughout a major metropolitan area. A jewelry designer who ships anywhere or a motel owner near a popular tourist destination might be a great match for mobile advertising. But a massage therapist who relies mainly on local customers probably should spend her ad dollars elsewhere for now.In a couple of years, however, that may change as technologies improve and mobile users begin to outpace computer users in conducting local internet searches.Related: Building a Successful Google Campaign from Scratch2. Define your conversion points. If you develop a mobile advertising strategy, you not only want to tell mobile users your business exists, but also encourage them to take action.What can people do on their smartphones or tablets that can help your business? Plenty. They can call or email you, submit their contact information via an online form, make an appointment or reservation, follow you on social media, sign up for your email newsletter or text alerts, register for your events, or buy something from you online.These actions are measurable “conversion points.” Tracking your conversion rate (number of mobile site visitors divided by the number of actions taken) is how you’ll discover which kinds of mobile ads work best.3. Build a mobile landing page. Your existing website, even if it’s mobile friendly, might not be the most effective destination for your mobile ad. You need a useful landing page designed to convert mobile visitors into customers.Your mobile landing page should link to your main website, of course. But it’s even more important that it display your address on a map, list your phone number and hours, indicate the region you serve, and offer features, such as online appointment scheduling, that are directly relevant to the pitch you made in your mobile ad.If you can build a mobile landing page in your existing website platform, that’s great. If not, your mobile landing page doesn’t need to be part of your main site.You can build a simple mobile landing page with Google Sites (free the first year) and access analytics data about traffic to the page and users’ activity on it. DudaMobile also offers free mobile landing pages with analytics, but for $9 a month you can get more pages and features such as click-to-call and integrated maps and directions. You may want to set up more than one mobile landing page if you’re running multiple campaigns targeting different market segments or making different pitches or offers.Related: Common Google AdWords Mistakes and How to Avoid Them4. Start with Google AdWords. Search ads are currently the biggest part of the mobile ad market, and Google’s AdWords offers a variety of services for mobile advertising. Plus, these are text ads, so you don’t need to create an ad banner to get started.You can set up a mobile-specific AdWords campaign that targets only mobile devices with full web browsers. You also can set AdWords bids for mobile searches only.Control costs by setting your own maximum daily spend, starting at, say, $30 to $50 a month. Then, track your AdWords mobile performance and stay focused on conversion rates.5. Explore other mobile ad networks. You’ll need to supply a mobile banner ad for other networks, most of which deliver ads to apps and some mobile websites. AdWords users can use Google’s display ad builder, but you also can create a mobile banner with any design software.The cost, reach, targeting and other features of these networks vary widely. Most allow you to specify your maximum daily spend. The MobiThinking “Guide to Mobile Advertising Networks” offers useful overviews of the different types of networks and detailed reviews. Related: Mobile Advertising Platform Delivers Real Leads 5 min read October 3, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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No Canadian passport Dont try flying back into Canada as of Sept

first_imgNo Canadian passport? Don’t try flying back into Canada as of Sept. 30 Tags: Canadian TORONTO — If you have clients who are dual citizens, take note: starting Sept. 30 these travellers will need a Canadian passport to fly back into Canada, reflecting new policy from the federal government.Currently dual citizens flying back into Canada only need to show their passport from one country. A traveller who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, for example, can right now use their U.S. passport to gain entry back into Canada, as long as they also show proof of residency in Canada (like a driver’s license).According to reports in the Toronto Star, that will all change on Sept. 30, when dual citizens must have a Canadian passport to get back into the country. The new policy is part of Canada’s new electronic screening system, and so far only applies to air travel.Some are calling the move a cash grab, and discriminatory. But Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada spokesperson Lindsay Wemp told the Star that a valid Canadian passport is the only acceptable travel document for the purpose of air travel. “As the government does not want Canadians to face travel-related delays, we strongly encourage all Canadian citizens to travel using a valid Canadian passport.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIt’s estimated that close to one million Canadians have citizenship for more than one country. Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 18, 2016 last_img read more

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