Professional managers in the list consist of individuals who joined business after it has been founded, helped it grow and these managers were given stock options from which they have created their wealth. “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.
With a wealth of Rs 11,300 crore, Thomas Kurian is the number one richest professional manager in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. An MBA graduate, Kurian began his career at McKinsey & Company in New York. Later, he joined Oracle, where his career spanned for more than two decades. Most of his wealth is attributed to his stake sale in Oracle. He now leads the Cloud division of Google.
With a wealth of Rs 9,100 crore, President and CEO of Arista Networks, Jayshree Ullal is the second richest professional manager Indian in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. In June 2014, Arista Networks filed for IPO under the leadership of Ullal.
Ajaypal Singh Banga
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 registered a wealth of Rs 7,200 crore – mainly on the back of his holdings and stake sale in Master Card.
The fourth richest professional manager Indian in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020 is Nikesh Arora who registered a wealth of Rs 6,500 crore. Arora is currently the CEO and Chairman of Palo Alto Networks. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he served in the leadership positions of SoftBank and Google. Most of his wealth is derived from stake sale in SoftBank.
With a wealth of Rs 5,900 crore, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella is the fifth richest professional manager Indian in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. Born and raised in Hyderabad, Nadella left for the US to pursue master’s in computer science. Since 1992, Nadella has been working with Microsoft and most of his wealth is derived from Microsoft stake sale.
With a wealth of Rs 5,900 crore, Sundar Pichai shares the fifth position with Satya Nadella in the ranking of richest professional manager Indians in the list. He joined Google in 2004 and was promoted to CEO in under a decade. Pichai is one of the highest paid CEOs in the world. Google Chrome’s development and Android’s acquisition by Google are two of the major milestones of his career.
With a wealth of Rs 4,500 crore, Shantanu Narayen, Chairman of Adobe is the seventh richest professional manager in IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. An Indian-origin techie, Shantanu’s began his career with Apple. Apart from his current role at Adobe, he also serves in leadership roles of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and Pfizer. In 2019, he was felicitated with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
Indra K Nooyi
With a wealth of Rs 3,500 crore, Former CEO and Chairperson of PepsiCo, Indra K Nooyi holds the eighth position amongst the richest professional manager Indians in IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. She became the first independent female director of ICC after joining the institution in 2018. Nooyi, whose career at PepsiCo spanned for 25 years, derived most of her wealth through stake sale in Pepsi.
Ignatius Navil Noronha
With a wealth of Rs 3,200 crore, Ignatius Navil Noronha is the ninth richest professional manager Indian in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020. He currently serves as the CEO of Avenue Supermarts, which is a parent organization of Indian hypermarket chain, DMart. He is the richest professional manager Indian serving on the board of an Indian company.
A new entrant to the ranking of wealthiest non-promoter Indians in the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2020, Aditya Puri, the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, registered a wealth of Rs 1,300 crore. Puri joined HDFC Bank in 1994, after working with Citibank for 2 years. In July 2020, he sold his 0.13 per cent stake in HDFC Bank valued at Rs 842 crore.