Four Indian women have been listed in Forbes magazine's list of 100 richest business tycoons in the world in 2014, having wealth worth billions.
Savitri Jindal and her family have become the 12th richest Indian having wealth of $6.4 billion, while Indu Jain has been ranked 31st with a net wealth of $2.6 billion. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw follows them at the 81st position with a total wealth of $1.2 billion and Anu Aga is in the 94th position with a net wealth of $1.1 billion, according to Forbes.
Jindal became one of the India's influential industrialists after she took charge of the Jindal Group in 2005, after the death of her husband, OP Jindal, founder of the group. She is said to have initiated several business programmes and social initiatives based on the ideas of her husband. She is the non-executive chairperson of the group and is also a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly, representing Congress party.
Jain, 78, is the chairperson of India's major mass media organisation Times Group and its parent company Bennett, Coleman $ Co. Ltd. She is a member of the Sahu Jain family that owns the Times group, the biggest sellers of India's two major newspapers - The Times of India and The Economic Times.
Jain founded The Times Foundation that has three branches running with different motives; one provides Community Services, other is a Research Foundation and The Times Relief Fund that supplies relief aids to people hit by natural disasters and epidemics.
Another entrepreneur, Shaw, 61, is the chairman and Managing Director of Bangalore based biopharmaceutical company Biocon Limited, who is also the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore. She has successfully expanded her business and developed marketing relations with the United States and Europe, where her company sells generic active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Aga, 72, who was the chairperson of her father's energy and environment engineering business company Thermax India Pvt Ltd. in 1980, has stepped into social work. Thermax was earlier a very small business initiative started by her father AS Bhathena, who made small boilers to provide steam needed in hospitals. When the company started to manufacture vapour absorption machines, its name was changed to Thermax. The roots of this company are not only based in India but also in Britain.