Mukesh Ambani may have cashed in the biggest pay cheque this year, but Indians from across the globe, working in different leadership roles have also emerged as some of the richest individuals in the world – in the 2020 edition of the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List.
The list has ranked the ‘Richest Indian Professional Managers’ from India and beyond in a special category. These managers have either founded a business or helped it grow, and were given stock options from which they have created their wealth, states the list. Take a look at the top five richest men and women from this special category of persons below and bookmark for inspiration. “These Indian executives have been the cornerstones in wealth creation of some of the most valuable and respectable companies in the world. Their stories are truly inspirational for young Indian professionals, India being home to the youngest professional work force in the world”, said Anas Rahman Junaid, MD and Chief Researcher, Hurun India.
From Sundar Pichai to Satya Nadella, these are the 5 richest Indian employees from around the world
1. Thomas Kurian
CEO, Google Cloud, USA
Wealth: Rs 11,300 crore
Thomas Kurian is the richest Indian professional manager in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020, and also a force to reckon with in the tech space. He began his career at McKinsey & Company in New York and then went on to become the President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation (from 1996 to 2018) before taking the lead at Google Cloud. Notably, Kurian completed his bachelors from Princeton University and also holds an MBA from Stanford University.
2. Jayshree Ullal
President & CEO, Arista Networks, USA
Wealth: Rs 9100 crore
Jayshree Ullal is an Indian-origin billionaire in the States, who has been president and CEO of Arista Networks, a computer networking firm, since 2008. It is a publicly-traded company that recorded revenues of $2.4 billion in 2019, a 12% increase from 2018, per Forbes. According to the magazine, she is also one of America's wealthiest female executives.
3. Ajaypal Singh Banga
President & CEO, Mastercard, USA
Wealth: Rs 7200 crore
A 2016 Padma Shri awardee, Ajaypal Singh Banga holds the third position in the ranking of richest non-promoter Indians in the list. He is the President and CEO of Mastercard and prior to it, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific and also supervised the company’s efforts in micro-finance.
4. Nikesh Arora
CEO & Chairman of Palo Alto Networks, USA
Wealth: Rs 6,500 crore
Born in Uttar Pradesh, Nikesh Arora started his career as a Google Executive and ended up becoming one of the highest-paid employees there in a leadership role. After which he also held a leadership position in SoftBank. Currently, he is the CEO and Chairman of Palo Alto Networks an American multinational cybersecurity company. According to the list, most of his wealth is derived from the sale of his stake in SoftBank.
5. Satya Nadella
CEO, Microsoft, USA
Wealth: Rs 5,900 crore
Satya Nadella is among the most easily recognisable faces in the corporate and tech economy. Originally from Hyderabad, he joined Microsoft in 1992 and held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company before being named the CEO in 2014.
6. Sundar Pichai
CEO, Alphabet, USA
Wealth: Rs 5,900 crore
Madurai-born Sundar Pichai needs no introduction, he’s Google’s face and an inspiration to millions of people. Pichai shares the fifth position with Nadella in the ranking of richest professional manager Indians in the list. He began his career at Google as a Management Executive in 2004 and rose to subsequent ranks via his innovative ideas and sharp tact.