Forbes Most Powerful Women 2023: Soma Mondal, Roshni Nadar Among Other Indians On List

Forbes Most Powerful Women 2023

Forbes has once again unveiled its annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Women for 2023, recognizing women who have not only broken barriers but have also left an indelible mark on the global stage. In a significant acknowledgment, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman emerged as the highest-ranking Indian woman, surpassing global icons like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Donna Langley.


Nirmala Sitharaman: India’s Finance Maestro

Nirmala Sitharaman Budget 2023

Nirmala Sitharaman, currently serving as India’s Finance Minister, secured an impressive 32nd position on Forbes’ prestigious list. The ranking places her ahead of renowned figures such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Donna Langley, emphasizing her influence in India and on the global economic stage.

Appointed as India’s finance minister in May 2019, Sitharaman is India’s first full-time female finance minister. Before entering politics, she contributed to the U.K.-based Agricultural Engineers Association and BBC World Service. Her recognition by Forbes underscores her strategic role in steering India’s economic policies and her impactful presence on the international financial landscape.


Roshni Nadar Malhotra: Tech Visionary and Philanthropist

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra secured the 60th position on Forbes’ list, reaffirming her status as a key player in the global technology sector. As the chairperson for HCLTech, a multinational IT services and consulting firm, Roshni Nadar is responsible for steering strategic decisions for the $12 billion technology giant.

Founded by her father, Shiv Nadar, in 1976, HCL has played a pivotal role in India’s ascent as an IT hub. Roshni, taking over as chairperson in July 2020, has continued to propel the company’s success. Beyond the corporate realm, she serves as a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, contributing to education and establishing some of India’s top colleges and schools.


Soma Mondal: Breaking Steel Ceilings

Soma Mondal

Soma Mondal, the chairperson of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), made history as the first woman to lead the state-run steel company. Securing the 70th spot on Forbes’ list, Mondal’s impactful leadership has steered SAIL to record financial growth. With over three decades of experience in the metals industry, she initiated an 80,000 million effort to expand production capacity, showcasing her commitment to innovation and growth.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Biocon’s Visionary Leader

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, ranked 76th on Forbes’ list, is celebrated as one of India’s richest self-made women. Founding the biopharmaceutical firm in 1978, she has propelled Biocon into the global spotlight, successfully entering the lucrative U.S. market. The company’s largest insulin factory in Asia, Malaysia’s Johor region, stands testament to her visionary leadership.

Despite recent challenges, including legal scrutiny, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw’s commitment to advancing Biocon’s impact remains unwavering. Forbes’ recognition acknowledges her pioneering role in the biopharmaceutical industry.


Forbes’ Top 10 Most Powerful Women

Kamala Harris

The list of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women is a celebration of female leaders across diverse fields, highlighting their contributions and impact. The top 10 rankings include Ursula von der Leyen, Christine Lagarde, Kamala Harris, Giorgia Meloni, Taylor Swift, Karen Lynch, Jane Fraser, Abigail Johnson, Mary Barra, and Melinda French Gates.

As we celebrate the achievements of Nirmala Sitharaman, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Soma Mondal, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, their presence on the global stage serves as an inspiration for aspiring women leaders in India and beyond. Beyond individual accomplishments, their recognition emphasizes the need for continued efforts to promote gender diversity and inclusivity in leadership roles globally. The success of these Indian women is a testament to the nation’s commitment to fostering talent and empowering women to reach new heights.

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Praneet Samaiya
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