Top 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-2

first_imgTop 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-2The India Today Power List 2019 takes a look at the titans of business and society at the vanguard of Indiaadvertisement India Today Magazine New Delhi July 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 5, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 15:36 IST Photo: Danesh Jassawala15. Uday Shankar57, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and Chairman, Star and Disney IndiaScreen Raja Because after Disney’s $71.3 billion (Rs 4.9 lakh crore) buyout of the Twenty First Century Fox group, he now leads one of the world’s biggest media and entertainment conglomerates, reaching more than 79015. Uday Shankar57, President, The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and Chairman, Star and Disney IndiaScreen RajaBecause after Disney’s $71.3 billion (Rs 4.9 lakh crore) buyout of the Twenty First Century Fox group, he now leads one of the world’s biggest media and entertainment conglomerates, reaching more than 790 million viewers a month in over 100 countries with a bouquet of 60-plus TV channelsBecause with 300 million active monthly users and 30 per cent of the digital video advertising share, Hotstar, a subsidiary of Star India, is one of the biggest in the streaming space worldwideBecause the group sets the benchmark in sports, with the Indian Premier League and Pro Kabaddi League and coverage in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada, giving Star India 65 per cent share of sports viewership in IndiaCelebrating inclusivity In a step forward for gender rights, from July 2019, partners of the company’s LGBT employees can avail health insurance cover, including maternity/ paternity and IVF benefits16. Amit Agarwal 45, Senior V-P & CountryManager, Amazon IndiaTop Seller Photo: Vivan MehraBecause he has made Amazon India the country’s No.1 online retailer, clocking gross sales of $7.5 billion (Rs 51,735 crore) in the year ended March 31, 2018, against rival Flipkart’s sales worth $6.2 billion, according to a Barclays report published in November 2018Because Amazon’s Great Indian Festival 2018, with three dedicated sale events, emerged as the most visited and most transacted shopping ‘destination’ in IndiaBecause its Global Selling programme has crossed $1 billion in e-commerce exports sales from India in the three years since its launch in this countryadvertisementDe-Stress MantraHe likes to go for long runs while listening to music, takes time off to tinker with projects with his children and heads to the mountains for trekking vacations17. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar63, Founder, The Art of LivingPeace Maker Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he was appointed by the Supreme Court to be part of a three-member committee to mediate the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute, given his track record with conflict resolutionBecause he launched the national Drug Free India campaign, which saw the participation of over 10 million students and the support of 90 eminent personalitiesBecause according to the Limca Book of Records, at least, he has helped save and rejuvenate 41 rivers, which in turn saved the livelihoods of 50 million people in over 5,055 villagesThe Messenger He spends approximately 180 days a year travelling across the globe for his mission of peace building. He is proficient in seven languages and is a classical music connoisseur who also plays the veena18. Sanjiv Goenka58, Chairman, RP – SanjivGoenka GroupInnovation Incorporated Photo: Subir HalderBecause at a time when big businesses are under fire over poor corporate governance and enormous debt, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group is growing on the basis of internal accruals with a debt ratio of 1:1. Overall, the group posted 28 per cent growth in profit after tax, driven by a turnaround in Spencer’s Retail, the growth of its power companies and profitability in Phillips Carbon Black Ltd and SaregamaBecause he has cracked the code for guilt-free snacking, producing healthy avatars of traditional snacks under the Guiltfree Industries portfolio. The company has also recently acquired Nature’s Basket and ayurvedic FMCG brand Dr Vaidya’sKeeping The Faith He is a deeply spiritual and religious man, devoting about 45 minutes each day to chanting mantras19. Harish Salve64, LawyerLegal Eagle Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause the UK-based lawyer is the man the Indian government turns to when it needs to fight a case overseas-from arguing against a lawsuit filed by the inhabitants of the Marshall Islands to stalling the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav through an appeal at the International Court of JusticeBecause the chartered accountant-turned-lawyer, with one of the highest strike rates, is willing to waive his appearance fee to fight the good fight-he charged the Indian government one rupee in the Jadhav caseBecause he remains the topmost Indian corporate lawyer in high-profile cases, from the Ambanis’ battle against the government over the KG Basin gas dispute to the Vodafone tax dispute caseFitness FreakHe hits the gym twice a day for 40-minute sessions of weights and cardio, six days a week20. Sunil Bharti Mittal61 , Founder & Chair, Bharti EnterprisesMobile Warrior Photo: Charles Platiau/REUTERSBecause he is the original telecom czar of India, has been at the forefront of the country’s communication revolution and is now putting up a brave fight in the ongoing telecom tariff war. Bharti Airtel is India’s second-largest mobile phone operator by subscriber base, with 400 million customers across 16 countries. Airtel Africa was listed on the London Stock Exchange in JuneadvertisementBecause at a time when India Inc. is lying low, he is riding the next wave of business. With his payments bank, in partnership with Kotak Mahindra, he is hoping to be at the cutting edge of making India more financially inclusiveBecause his influence in the telecom world extends beyond India. In 2017, he was the first businessman from any emerging market to chair the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association, a global body of 750-plus mobile operators and 350 other firmsFood FundaHe goes vegetarian while working on important projects21. Akshay Kumar51, ActorBlazing Star Photo: Sujit Jaiswal /Getty ImagesBecause with earnings of $65 million (Rs 448 crore), he was the only Indian actor to feature in the Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers’ list 2019Because he is the spokesperson for the government’s social causes, be it the Bharat Ke Veer assistance to families of martyred CRPF personnel, the road transport ministry’s #SadakSurakshaJeevanRaksha campaign or the Swachhata Hi Seva sanitation driveBecause despite his Canadian citizenship, his roster of nationalistic films suggests that the actor consciously seeks subjects that highlight ‘achche din’Mango Move His apolitical interview with Narendra Modi in April 2019, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, inspired many memes for softball questions such as asking how the prime minister likes to eat his mangoesBeach Bum Enjoys an early morning game of beach volleyball at Juhu beach22. Aditya Puri69, MD, HDFC BankBoss of Banking Photo: Rachit GoswamiBecause he steered India’s largest private bank, with 5,103 outlets and 13,160 ATMs, to a net profit of Rs 21,078 crore in 2018-19, 21 per cent higher than the previous yearBecause the bank’s retail deposits grew by 22.3 per cent to Rs 709,085 crore year-on-year, while retail advances rose by 15 per cent to Rs 432,687 crore and the personal loan business surged to nearly Rs 93,000 crore on the back of strong products and speedy disbursalBecause with over 50 per cent of its branches in rural/ semi-urban areas, the bank picked up a 9.11 per cent stake in CSC e-Governance Services India for Rs 14.6 crore for delivery of public utility services and social welfare schemesWork-Life BalanceHe doesn’t carry a cell phone and is very particular about family time-he is the first to reach office and also the first to leave. He loves to cook, and to watch Bollywood movies with his family23. Nita Ambani55, Chairperson,Reliance FoundationThe Diva Photo: Manjunath Kiran /AFP/Getty ImagesBecause her foundation has touched the lives of 26 million through rural transformation, health, education, disaster relief and urban renewal. In 2018-19, it helped 244 gram panchayats prepare development plans and made nearly 50,000 families food-secureBecause the foundation provided 600,000 health consultations through Reliance-managed hospitals and medical units, including cataract surgeries, knee replacements, paediatric cardiovascular surgeries and bone marrow and renal transplantsBecause she owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians, is chairperson of the Indian Super League (football) and was a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2016-its first Indian woman memberadvertisementCatching Them YoungThe Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship programme supported 504 students for higher education in 2018-19; 162 government schools were provided digital classroomsHostess With A Big HeartShe holds Mumbai’s most lavish parties at her home Antilia, be it to celebrate Mumbai Indians’ IPL win or on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi24. Ajay SinghChairman , SpiceJetHigh-Flyer Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause he scripted a rare turnaround story in India’s civil aviation segment. SpiceJet’s net losses of Rs 1,003 crore in 2014-15 came down to Rs 351 crore in 2018-19Because SpiceJet is now India’s second-largest private sector airline and is expanding by vying for lucrative airport slots vacated by a grounded Jet Airways and a stagnant Air India. Singh is also expanding the fleet by adding 30 Boeing 737 NG planes, with plans for another 35 planes in the next fiscalBecause he is among the few corporate personalities who have direct access to Prime Minister Narendra ModiSpicing It UpIn his first tenure with SpiceJet, Singh had named the company’s airplanes after spices, such as cinnamon, pepper, etc. The tradition continues25. Baba Ramdev53 , Yoga Guru & EntrepreneurPower Yogi Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause despite the faltering growth of Patanjali products of late, he continues to ride the wave of success in the yoga world. He recently staged the ‘biggest annual yoga show in the universe’ on June 21, the International Day of YogaBecause he will head the country’s first government-recognised board for vedic education, based on a combination of the ancient gurukul system and modern educationBecause the over 1.5 million active members from the five organisations of his Patanjali network played a pivotal role in the BJP campaign this Lok Sabha electionMoney mattersDoesn’t have a bank account. Proceeds from the sale of Patanjali products or ayurveda products of Divya Pharmacy are invested back into the business to help it growYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Mens Basketball Ohio State returns from worst loss of season to face

Ohio State senior guard C.J. Jackson attempts to drive to the basket against Illinois on Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. Photo: Cori Wade | For The LanternA lot has changed since the last time Ohio State took on Michigan State.The Buckeyes were 12-1, and the No. 14 team in the country. After the 86-77 loss to the Spartans on Jan. 5, there was a lot of optimism that this team, like junior forward Andre Wesson said after that game, could stick with the likes of a team like Michigan State.Now, as Ohio State prepares for its second matchup against Michigan State, this time in East Lansing, Michigan, things have changed.On Jan. 5, the Spartans were ranked No. 4 on KenPom, Ohio State was No. 22. Michigan State comes into the matchup on Sunday still at No. 4, while the Buckeyes have dropped to No. 37.Ohio State had won 12 of its first 13 games. It has now lost six of its past 10. The Spartans are tied for No. 1 in the Big Ten.It will take a turnaround in East Lansing for the Buckeyes to pull off a similar miracle to a season ago, when they took down the No. 1 Spartans 80-64 in Columbus.Projected StartersOhio State (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.3 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 11 Michigan State (20-5 ,11-3 Big Ten)G — Cassius Winston — Junior, 18.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 7.4 apgG — Matt McQuaid — Senior, 8.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Aaron Henry — Freshman, 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Kenny Goins — Redshirt senior, 7.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Nick Ward — Junior, 15.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.9 apgOhio State is not the only team in the matchup to struggle against Illinois.On Feb. 5, Michigan State went down 79-74 to Illinois, the final defeat of a three-game losing streak for the Spartans. Since then, Michigan State has a 24-point win against Minnesota and a 67-59 road victory against No. 20 Wisconsin.Junior guard Cassius Winston was the key to the Spartans’ road victory against Ohio State a month ago, and continues to be their major scorer.Winston is averaging 18.8 points per game, No. 4 in the Big Ten, on 47.7 shooting, shooting 45.1 percent from 3. But the major difference comes from his playmaking, where he averages 7.4 assists per game, best in the conference and No. 4 in the NCAA.In the Big Ten, Michigan State ranks No. 2 in scoring, averaging 81.3 points per game, No. 1 in field goal percentage at 49.3 percent and No. 2 in shooting from deep, hitting on 38.6 percent of attempts from 3.Defensively, the Spartans don’t take much of a step back. They are holding teams to 37.3 percent shooting from the field, best in the Big Ten.Michigan State’s 49.3 shooting percentage is No. 7 in the NCAA, and its 37.3 opponent shooting percentage is No. 3.The biggest advantage the Spartans may hold over Ohio State is on the glass. Michigan State earns the most rebounds per game in the Big Ten, and has the No. 5 rebound margin in the NCAA with a plus-9.2 advantage on the boards per game.Ohio State is third-worst in the conference with 32.3 rebounds per game.If there is a weakness to be found on the Spartans, it is with forcing turnovers. Michigan State forces 10.6 turnovers per game, second fewest in the Big Ten. In Ohio State’s past game against Illinois, the No. 1 team at forcing turnovers in the conference, the Buckeyes committed 18 turnovers, which the Fighting Illini turned into 14 points on the other end.Ohio State needs momentum. A season ago, a win against the top-ranked Spartans did exactly that. The Buckeyes won their next five games and nine of their next 10.After facing its worst loss of the season, a momentum shifter may have to come sooner rather than later to keep Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive.Ohio State travels to East Lansing to take on No. 11 Michigan State at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more