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Rank 1- MUKESH AMBANI

59 | Industrialist

MR BIG BUSINESS

Because 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 telecommunications

Because 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 fibre

Because 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 India

Because he is a visionary. After becoming the czar of petrochemicals, he now aspires to be emperor of data with his humongous investment

MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOMENT

When 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 DOWN

Reads late into the night, sometimes till 2 am. Devours spiritual as well as science and technology books. Orders them online.

ART OF GIVING

Was third on the India philanthropy list with donations of Rs 303 crore in 2016, according to the March 2017 Hurun India Philanthropy List.

FAVOURITE FOOD

Idli-sambar from the Mysore Cafe in Matunga, Mumbai. Also relishes street food.

GENERATION NEXT

Akash, 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 TATA

79 | Industrialist

RETURN OF THE JEDI

Because 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 CLUB

Though not a frequent tweeter, has 6.7 million followers on Twitter.

FRIEND TO FOE

Nusli Wadia, chairman of Bombay Dyeing and one-time friend, turned foe after he supported Mistry on the boards of two group companies.

OLD BUDDY

R. Venkataramanan, managing trustee of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.

FAVOURITE CAR

His red Ferrari California. Also has a Land Rover Freelander, Maserati Quattroporte, Cadillac XLR, Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Chrysler Sebring.

Rank 3- KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA

49 | Industrialist

IDEA NO. 1

Because 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 FUTURE

Was named chairman of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in October 2016.

NEVER A DULL DAY

Comes to office on most Sundays to complete pending work.

CAPTAIN COOL

Calm demeanour in office, says has lost temper just three times at work.

BEST HOLIDAY SPOT

London, where the family travels together.

GENERATION NEXT

Ananya, 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 ADANI

54 | Industrialist

PORT OF CALL

Because 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 RICHES

College dropout, was diamond sorter in Mumbai before starting own brokerage.

GREEN PUSH

India'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 NEXT

Karan, 29, is CEO of Adani Port & SEZ; Jeet, 19, is studying at University of Pennsylvania.

Rank 5 - BABA RAMDEV

51 | Power yogi

Because 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 WARRIOR

An early demonetisation advocate, the PM granted his wish in November 2016.

OLD FAVOURITE

Still has the Bajaj scooter he had as an Ayurveda products salesman.

FIGHTING FIT

Beat 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 MAHINDRA

61 | Industrialist

WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Because 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.

ROLE MODEL

US financial media firm Benzinga put him in top 10 global CEOs to follow on Twitter.

CROWNING GLORY

Appointed Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour in March 2016.

TURNAROUND MOMENT

In 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 NEXT

Aalika, 34, is a freelance writer; Divya, 30, is the creative director of Verve magazine.

Rank 7- UDAY KOTAK

58 | Industrialist

SAFE DEPOSIT

Because 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 MOVE

Sold 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 MATTER

Was 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 MUSIC

Loved playing the sitar until work robbed him of the time to do so..

GENERATION NEXT

Jay, 27, is pursuing an MBA at Harvard University; Dhawal, 24, works on the mid-day meal programme at Kotak Education Foundation.

Rank 8 - DILIP SHANGHVI

61 | Industrialist

RIGHT PRESCRIPTION

Because 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 HORIZON

His Sun Oil and Natural Gas bought 33.3 per cent stake in the Hazira oil and gas field from Canada's Niko Resources.

REVERSE GEAR

Withdrew plans to launch a payments bank in May 2016, despite getting in-principle approval.

GENERATION NEXT

Son 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 PREMJI

71 | Industrialist

A MIGHTY HEART

Because 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-CHIEF

Funds firms through Premji Invest; infused Rs 162 crore into Bengaluru venture ID Fresh Foods in January 2017.

SMART SAVER

Flies economy. Traded his modest Toyota for a second-hand Mercedes Benz from an employee.

SWEATING IT OUT

Jogs daily, plays golf occasionally.

GENERATION NEXT

Rishad, 40, is Wipro's Chief Strategy Officer and member of the board; younger son Tariq is also at Wipro.

Rank 10- N. CHANDRASEKARAN NEW

53 | Chairman, Tata Sons

THE CHOSEN ONE

Because 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 BLOCK

Reached settlement with NTT Docomo for enforcement of $1.17 billion arbitration award.

CHILDHOOD LESSONS

Born in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, used to walk three kilometres to school every day.

FAST TRACK

Took up running in mid-40s due to history of diabetes in family; is now an avid marathoner.

Rank 11- VIRAT KOHLI

28 | Indian Cricket Captain

WARRIOR PRINCE

Because 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 MOVE

Rs 110 crore endorsement deal with Puma. Endorsement fee Rs 5 crore a day is highest among Indian celebrities.

FIRST CRUSH

Karisma Kapoor; he is dating actor Anushka Sharma.

THINK INK

He 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/ NEW

61 | Former chairman, UIDAI

CHANGE AGENT

Because 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 NEXT

Daughter 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/NEW

42 | Country Manager, Amazon India

SHOPPING MASTER

Because 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 FATE

Wanted to become a primary school teacher and start his own school.

HIGH POINT

Mountaineering, one reason he chose to join Amazon in Seattle in 1999.

LOW POINT

Had to apologise to Sushma Swaraj for Indian flag doormats being on sale on the portal.

Rank 14 -SUNIL MITTAL

59 | Founder-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

STILL IN THE RING

Because 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 GAME

All his cars have the same number plate, 0023, after his date of birth, October 23.

GENERATION NEXT

Eiesha, 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 BACHCHAN

74 | Actor

THE GOLD STANDARD

Because 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 SOON

Working with Aamir Khan for the first time in Thugs of Hindostan.

GENERATION NEXT

Grand-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 NADAR

71 | Founder-chairman, HCL & Shiv Nadar Foundation

THE BENEFACTOR

Because 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 LEARNER

Picked up English watching English films.

GENERATION NEXT

Daughter Roshni, 35, is executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise.

Rank 17- RAHUL BHATIA

61 | Group MD, Interglobe Enterprises.

AIR KING

Because 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 MANTRA

Delegate authority and work.

GENERATION NEXT

Madhav, 18, and Sumita, 15, both students.

Rank 18- VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA

43 | Founder-CEO, Paytm

PAY AND PLAY

Because 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 CHORD

Wants 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/ NEW

61 | Chairman, State Bank of India

CREDIT CZARINA

Because 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 CHALLENGE

Fighting bad loans worth Rs 1.08 lakh crore till December 2016.

HELPING HAND

Husband Pritimoy Bhatta-charya manages home to aid the busy banker.

TOP HONOUR

Among 50 greatest leaders in the world in Fortune magazine, March 2017.

Rank 20- SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY

77 | Politician

MASTER BLASTER

Because 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 THEM

Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (R3)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Shakuni)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Shri 420)

STUNNING U-TURN

AIADMK 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 NEXT

Daughter Gitanjali Swamy, 46, is an IT professional; Suhasini Haidar, 44, is a journalist.

Rank 21- VINOD RAI/ NEW

68 | Enforcer

PRIME COUNSEL

Because 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 CREASE

The present BCCI chief was captain of his school cricket team.

OLD SCHOOL

Former PM Manmohan Singh was one of his teachers at the Delhi School of Economics.

FAMILY VALUES

After his wife died in 1990, he married the widow of a colleague. Rai has a son and two daughters. Son-in-law Rachit Raj is a Gujarat cadre IAS officer.

Rank 22 - UDAY SHANKAR

59 | Journalist

HOT SHOT

Because 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 CREDENTIALS

Hotstar is one of the first to embrace virtual reality (VR), with the Kabaddi World Cup games streamed in 360-degree perspective.

PAST LIFE

Took time off to travel in eastern UP during the recent polls to gauge the mood of the people.

FUTURE PERFECT

Nayi 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 JAIN

49 | Media Tycoon

TIME OF HIS LIFE

Because 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 WATCH

Times Internet has in-match digital video clip rights to all ICC events till 2019 for US, Canada.

NON-CONFORMIST

Lives up to his profile, tweeting on controversial topics like demonetisation and the liquor ban.

MILLENNIAL MOVE

Entered into a partnership with Vice Media, the edgy US-Canadian company with a focus on youth content.

OUT ON THE TOWN

Likes to dine at Papaya, a pan-Asian restaurant in Mumbai; movie of the year: Lion.

Rank 24 - ADITYA PURI

66 | Banker

NEW CURRENT ACCOUNT

Because 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 AMBANI

57 | Industrialist

WIDE SPECTRUM

Because 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 PROGRAMME

Sold radio, TV businesses, power transmission assets, cements business to cut debt by Rs 7,000 crore.

THINKING CAP

Inducted into advisory board of top global think-tank, The Atlantic Council, in March 2017.

GENERATION NEXT

Son 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 BANSAL

35 | Entrepreneurs

RIGHT CLICK

Because 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 BLEED

Curbing losses, which doubled to Rs 2,960 crore in 2015-16 is a challenge.

FIRST CAREER CHOICES

Sachin wanted to be a pro gamer; Binny wanted to build computer games.

FIRST INVESTMENT

Invested Rs 4 lakh in business, of which Rs 1 lakh was spent on buying computers.

Rank 27- SANJIV GOENKA / NEW

55 | Industrialist

IN A SWEET SPOT

Because 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 AMBANI

53 | Entrepreneur

SPORTING DIVA

Because 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 MOMENT

When over 205 million fans watched Indian Super League in its third season.

RURAL CONNECT

Reliance Foundation Youth Sports reached 2 million children across 1,800 schools/ colleges in 2016.

BOARD MATTERS

Is on the board of Reliance Industries and EIH Ltd, the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain.

Rank 29- SALMAN KHAN

51 | Actor

BIG BROTHER

Because 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 SOON

Two 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 NEXT

He 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. GURUMURTHY

68 | Chartered Accountant; Co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran Manch

SOUTHERN IMPACT

Because 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 CHANDRA

66 | Media tycoon

SHOW STOPPER

Because 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 SIKKA

49 | Tech guru

THE DAREDEVIL

Because 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 DOLLAR

India's highest paid IT executive's annual salary is $11 million or Rs 74 crore.

DIARY WRITER

His prolific blog, Timelessness, shares his views on a diverse range of topics.

FAVOURITE BOOK

Hermann 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 SHARMA

60 | Media tycoon

FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS

Because 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 FAD

A 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 RICHES

He 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-BUDDY

Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley address him as "Panditji".

Rank 34- RAJINIKANTH// NEW

66 | Actor

LEADER IN WAITING

Because 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 STANDARD

This 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 NEXT

Elder 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 TREHAN

70 | Surgeon & entrepreneur

THE GOOD DOCTOR

Because 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 NEXT

Daughters 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/NEW

21 | Badminton player

A BIG HIT

Because 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 FAMILY

Parents P.V. Ramana and P. Vijaya represented Andhra Pradesh in volleyball.

BEYOND BADMINTON

Swimming is the only thing she likes, that too at the Gopichand Academy.

THREE-TIME LUCKY

She has won the Macau Open three times in a row from 2013.

HER OWN TALISMAN

Unlike many successful sportspersons, she does not believe in any talisman.

Rank 37- AMIT JAIN/NEW

40 | President, Uber India & South Asia

UBER COOL

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.

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 CONTROL

Is obsessively organised and plays the santoor.

COMRADE-IN-ARMS

Wife 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 CHOPRA

34 | Actor

SERIAL WINNER

Because 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 CENTRAL

Beloved of US talk show hosts, she's a hit with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.

COMING SOON

Hollywood debut as baddie Victoria Leeds in summer release Baywatch.

PRIZED POSSESSION

A healing charms necklace belonging to her late father, Ashok Chopra.

Rank 39-MAHENDRA MOHAN, SANJAY & SHAILESH GUPTA

75,53,45 | Media owners

HINDI BARONS

Because 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 PATRIARCH

Kanpur-based Mahendra Mohan is no longer a member of the Rajya Sabha but he still maintains a keen interest in parliamentary affairs.

THE NEPHEW

Sanjay, based in Delhi, leads the editorial.

THE SON

Shailesh, based in Mumbai, is responsible for directing the group to new businesses.

Rank 40- SHAH RUKH KHAN

51 | Actor

MULTI STAR

Because 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 SOON

An 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 NEXT

That 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/NEW

52 | Entrepreneur

ONE-MAN ARMY

Because 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 HONOUR

Bought 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 NEXT

Son Ved, 18, and daughter Devika, 17.

Rank 42- RAJIV BAJAJ/ NEW

50 | Industrialist

TOP GEAR

Because 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 2015-16

Because 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 TOUCH

Believes in homeopathy and is a practitioner of Iyengar yoga, propagated by B.K.S. Iyengar.

BEST BUDDIES

Chief technology officer Abraham Joseph, head of engineering Pradeep Shrivastava and president, business development, S. Ravikumar.

Rank 43 - HARISH SALVE

60 | Lawyer

MASTER OF STRATEGY

Because, 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/ NEW

49 | Actor

CITIZEN STAR

Because 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 SOON

Southern debut, taking on Thalaivar in 2.0, and a role in Padman, wife Twinkle's debut as producer.

GENERATION NEXT

Aarav, 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/NEW

62 | Actor

ACTOR WITH A MIND

Because 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 GODS

A Tamil Brahmin by birth, he is a self-declared atheist.

GENERATION NEXT

Daughters Shruti, 31, and Akshara, 25, born to him and second wife Sarika. Both are actors.

Rank 46- MANISH SABHARWAL/ NEW

47 | Chairman, TeamLease Services

THE THINKER

Because 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 WORM

He reads a book every week and organises a two-hour-long authors' evening at home every month.

GENERATION NEXT

Son Dhruv, 15, and daughter Noor, 12, both in school.

Rank 47-AAMIR KHAN

52 | Actor

MASS APPEAL

Because 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 BOARD

An avid collector of board games, his latest obsession is The Settlers of Catan.

PARTY ANIMAL

Thank Kunal Kapoor for telling us about Aamir having the drinking "capacity of a whale" and throwing the longest parties.

GENERATION NEXT

Junaid, 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/ NEW

84 | Entrepreneur

DOCTOR YES

Because 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 STINT

He 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 NEXT

The 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 MUNJAL

61 | CMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp

RIDING HIGH

Because 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 DRIVE

Makes 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 NEXT

Vasudha, 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 PADUKONE

31 | Actor

LEADING LADY

Because 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 STRESS

While shooting her Hollywood debut in Toronto, she learned to do her own laundry, even made her own scrambled eggs.

FAVOURITE FOOD

Benne masala dosa and south Indian filter coffee.

BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Her parents' home in Bengaluru.

LAST TV SERIES WATCHED

The Crown on Netflix.