10 Most Powerful Indians of 2020Who’re Changing the Face of the Country

The year of 2020 was a period of dramatic changefor all Indians.While the pandemic brought with it several challenges and inconveniences, it also presented numerous growth opportunitiesto our countrymen. This was especiallytrue for some eminent personalities, who managed to grab the limelight owing to their exemplaryachievements amid uncertain times. Here’s a list of 10 such powerful Indians who’re sparking a wave of transformation in the nation this year.


CEO and Chairmanof Reliance Industries Ltd., Mr. MukeshAmbaniis on this list because of the massive increase in his wealth. Not only has he retained his tag as the richest Indian but also claimeda spot among the Top 10 Richest People in the world. Mr. Ambani’s Net Worth saw a staggering$18 Billion Increase this year, going from $60 Billion in January to $78. 3 Billion in October.

Kumar Mangalam Birla

The 4th generation Head of the Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birlahas claimed a spot on this list due to his immense contribution to the company. Currently, the revenues of the group touch $48.3 Billion. Also, this year,the group won the ATD Excellence in Practice Award and Mr.Birla was given the prestigious ABLF Global Asian Award.

Gautam Adani

Founder and Chairman of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani made waves this year after his company’s renewable energy wing bagged a $6 Billion Solar Power Project from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project being the largest of its type, is bound to generate 400,000 direct and indirect jobs and also position Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) as the top renewable player in the country.

Uday Kotak

The Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Mr. Uday Kotak hasearned a spot on the list owing to a list of accolades. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Magna Awards 2019 by Businessworld.Also, he ranked #2 in Best CEOs and his company ranked #4 in Best Managed Companies in a poll conducted by FinanceAsia Magazine. 

Shiv Nadar

Founder of HCL Technologies, Shiv Nadarwas yet another power player who came in the limelight afterHCL Technologies completed a $1.8 billion deal to purchase several intellectual properties (IPs) from IBM Corp. The deal with IBM,which is estimated to add $650 million in annual revenues to HCL Technologies, is saidto be game-changer for India’s tech scene.

Anand Mahindra

Mr.AnandMahindramade news after he transformed the Mahindra group,diversifyingit from  automotive into aerospace, defence, real estate, infrastructure andother domains, Also, in January 2020, he was given the esteemed Padma Bhushan Award.

Azim Premji

Founder Chairman of the Wipro Group, Mr. Azim Premjiis on the list because of his hefty Rs 1,125 crores donation towards battling the pandemic. The donation caused a global sensation since he was World’s 3rd Biggest Donor To COVID-19 Relief Efforts.

Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata,the Former Chairman of the Tata Group, hit the headlines this year after he shared his optimistic outlook onIndian industries and entrepreneurs amid the COVID-19 Crisis.He was alsopresentedthe lifetime achievement award byThe Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) in October this year.


One of the highest paid athletes in the world, ViratKohlimade history in IPL 2020 when he became the first Indian cricketer to score 9,000 runs in T20 in his match against Delhi Capitals.The milestone servesas theperfect complement to his earlier one last year–scoring 20,000 runs in a decade.

Akshay Kumar

In a time when Bollywood activity has gone lukewarm, Khiladi Kumar has managed to sustain the fame of the industry by being the only Indian in Forbes 2020 list of 10 highest paid male actors. According to the magazine, the actorearned most of his money throughendorsements. Furthermore, it stated that he’dbe getting $10 million forhis first television serieswhichis for a streaming platform. 

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