Forbes India

  • Narayana Health: Providing world-class treatment to the poor December 23, 2013

    Award: Good Company Narayana Health Age: 60 Why He Won: For setting up a 6,000-bed multi-specialty hospital chain across India that provides world-class treatment based on a cross-subsidised model. His Trigger: Most Indians cannot afford tertiary and specialty health care. One of the biggest reasons for them falling below the poverty...
  • Forbes India celebrity 100 list is an inflated fantasy: Nagarjuna December 15, 2013

    Chennai: Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, who was ranked 34 on earnings for the year 2013 in the 2nd edition of Forbes India's celebrity 100 list released Friday, said that the survey is an inflated fantasy for inaccurately portraying his income. "Despite my repeated requests and email, my name appeared with non-validated...
  • Shah Rukh Khan is India's most powerful celebrity, tops Forbes 100 list second time in a row December 13, 2013

    Mumbai: Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan retained his No. 1 spot in the 2nd edition of Forbes India's Celebrity 100 List, a ranking of India's most powerful celebrities. Shah Rukh continues to be on the top on the back of his earnings, even though star cricketers scored above him on...
  • Mukesh Ambani tops the Forbes India rich list yet again October 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani has retained the top spot in the Forbes India this year as well with a wealth of $21 billion. The Forbes India rich list shows modest gains for India's richest due to a stumbling economy. Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal also retains his...
  • Shah Rukh: I have the guts because of repeated failures February 12, 2013

    He ambled in trailing charm and cigarette smoke. An assistant placed a glass of whiskey in his hand. And we began to talk. Or rather, he did. "I can do a line in a minute. I can memorise 20 pages and deliver it. I go for these rehearsals because in...
  • Salman Khan: The hit machine February 7, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No.2 Saat Rasta, known earlier as the Jacob Circle, is the vortex that joins five different areas of Mumbai. On that junction lies New Shirin Talkies, a non-descript theatre. Normally, the traffic on Saat Rasta roundabout is messy, but a week before Eid in 2010, at least...
  • A different stroke from Jeev Milka Singh February 6, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No. 70 At the play-off hole of the 2012 Scottish Open, his position on the penultimate shot wasn't great and his fingers and wrists were hurting. His opponent Francesco Molinari, the Italian Ryder Cup star, who had led the European Tour event for the first three days,...
  • Gul Panag: Does marriage still tie an actress's career in knots? February 6, 2013

    In the last few months, two of Indian cinema's leading ladies got married. They're both talented, in great health, very attractive and at the peak of their careers. Will they fall prey to the accepted wisdom that marriage deals a death blow to the career of an Indian actress? People...
  • Who will inherit Rajinikanth's throne? February 5, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No. 28 Vijay Age: 38 Nickname Ilayathalapathi (young commander) Biggest hits Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, Ghilli, Nanban, and Thuppakki What makes him click Complete package: Comedy, dance, fights Why producers are betting on him A mass hero, with a fan base across age and gender Fast facts Son of director/producer SA Chandrasekhar, campaigned for AIADMK Punch line "Oru Vatti Mudivu...
  • MS Dhoni: Past perfect, future tense? February 2, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No. 3 Watch any TV channel for an hour, at most, and you're sure to see at least a couple of suave cricketers in custom-made suits, hair styled, seasoned models with an attitude to match-nothing like their sweaty, muddy facades on the field-telling you why they prefer...
  • Notables not on Celebrity 100 February 1, 2013

    Javed Akhtar He was hailed in creative circles for his efforts in getting the Copyright Act amended in May 2012. He also penned the lyrics for 'Ekk Deewana Tha'. But he doesn't feature in the Celebrity 100 because there was no specific category for lyricists. Irrfan Khan Despite all the accolades he...
  • Anurag Kashyap's return to direction January 31, 2013

    Forbes India Celebrity 100 No. 55 "I just can't work anymore. I have no time," exclaims Anurag Kashyap as he walks into his Yari Road office in Mumbai on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I ask him how long can he spare for the interview. "Honestly, I just have three minutes for you,"...
  • Fine tuning: Pick of best and quirkiest that money can buy January 29, 2013

    1. Smart Driving Parrot's Minikit Smart is a multifunctional Bluetooth car smart cradle designed to work like a universal car mount: It can be attached on to your car windshield or dashboard and can cradle your smart phone horizontally. It hooks up with the phone over Bluetooth. The cradle makes it...
  • Letter from the editor: The magic of entertainment January 29, 2013

    First, a statutory warning: This special edition won't give you an inside track on the secret lives of India's best known celebrities or the shallow entertainment derived from the wall-to-wall coverage of page three parties. Instead, at its core, this Celebrity 100 special edition is about decoding what lies behind the...
  • Forbes India Celebrity 100: What the stars earned January 24, 2013

    Shah Rukh Khan has topped the inaugural Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, a ranking of India's biggest entertainers based on their income and popularity. Salman Khan and MS Dhoni, who closely followed SRK in the ranking, might be more famous, but King Khan landed at No 1 in the Celebrity...
  • Shah Rukh tops Forbes India's 'Celebrity 100' list January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Shah Rukh Khan has topped the inaugural Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, a ranking of India's biggest entertainers based on their income and popularity. Salman Khan and MS Dhoni, who closely followed SRK in the ranking, might be more famous, but King Khan landed at No 1 in...
  • Rural consumers will hold the key to stocks' success January 22, 2013

    From a macroeconomic perspective, 2012 for India was close to the worst that could have been forecasted in late 2011. Back then, it was called sensationalist to forecast a 5 percent GDP growth, a mid-50s steady-state value for the rupee against the US dollar, a sticky 7 percent-plus wholesale price...
  • GVK's big Australian bet January 19, 2013

    The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, is one of Australia's greatest natural gifts. The coral reef system stretches for 2,600 km and can be seen from outer space. But, head inland into Queensland and into the outback and the contrast cannot get sharper: Giant excavators, three stories high...
  • 13 books to add to your reading list January 31, 2013

    1. Dharavi, [multiple authors], HarperCollins Dharavi is arguably Mumbai's largest problem and its greatest opportunity. This collection demands attention as much for its topic as its contributors, who include Jerry Pinto, Sonia Faleiro, Hussain Zaidi and Anne Zaidi. 2. Voices of Dissent, Soli Sorabjee, Roli Soli Sorabjee has been a regular voice of...
  • Seven hottest emerging markets to live and work in January 15, 2013

    1. Chile Encircled by the imposing snow-capped Andes, it is the first South American country to sign up as an OECD member. Its government has invested in arts and entrepreneurship; in 2011, The New York Times called it the No. 1 destination to visit. Chile is stable and forward-thinking. The Start-Up...
  • Will Unique Identification start to deliver? January 14, 2013

    The PMO has announced that the government will start UID-based cash transfers in 51 districts from January 1, 2013, and it will be expanded to 18 states from April 1, 2013. However, given the practical problems involved, as well as the time required to put in place the requisite infrastructure,...
  • Five sustainable practices India must make mandatory January 14, 2013

    1. Fishing Fishing stocks around the globe started dropping in 1988. In India, data on the availability of fish stocks and yield is poor, but given the prevalent ocean fishing practices, sustainable methods need to be implemented not only for the survival of marine biodiversity but the fishing industry as well....
  • Five game-changing ideas from academics January 10, 2013

    1. Dumping the 'junk' DNA theory From the time the final draft of the human genome was published in 2003, it was believed that 98 per cent of our genetic material inside each cell was 'junk', with no known function. The rest, about 2 per cent of our DNA that make...
  • 3 regulatory changes that you should take note of January 2, 2013

    1. Frank-Dodd Act The legislation is the US' response to the global financial crisis of 2008. The Act was signed into law in July 2010 by President Barack Obama. Some of the major aspects of the Act include regulation of mortgages, loans and credit cards, overseeing Wall Street and systemic risks...
  • Will the capex cycle return in 2013? January 2, 2013

    Excluding the possibility of any cataclysmic event, I believe 2013 will see some revival in the capex cycle given that investment spending is so low. In the past few years, consumption spending has been the main driver of growth. This is unlike that of 2003-2007 when investment spending was a major...
  • A lean production system is bad for workers September 7, 2012

    In 1936, Charlie Chaplin released his movie 'Modern Times'. The film starts with the shot of a herd of jostling pigs followed by a frame that captures a swarm of workers entering a steel factory. It makes a telling statement on the similarity in the behaviour of animals and humans....
  • Miele India's head on the art of selling high-end goods July 25, 2012

    Name: Dhananjay Chaturvedi Age: 48 Designation: Managing Director, Miele India The challenge: To define and create a market that didn't exist, and to convince customers who had the money to buy a luxury product but questioned spending it on something that would be hidden inside the kitchen How he Did It: Chaturvedi unlearned practices...
  • London doesn't have enough security for the Olympics July 25, 2012

    For the record, I had no problems at immigration. The officer was pleasant, chatty, wanting to know if that five-time women's world champion boxer, MC Mary Kom, was as good as they say she is. I breezed through customs and then the Airport Olympic Accreditation centre, all in 25 minutes...
  • Letter from the editor: Surviving the perfect storm June 23, 2012

    In the last edition, I had raised the issue of how we, as a nation, need to nurture many more first-generation entrepreneurs. There is an absolute dearth of such role models in India. Which is why Flipkart, founded by two friends from IIT-D — Sachin and Binny Bansal — is...
  • 'Licence Raj still exists in education sector' June 23, 2012

    Anand Sudarshan Age: 52 years Designation: Vice chairman and managing director, Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE). Education: BE in E&C, NIT Trichy and PGDM IIM, Calcutta Career: Started with Nelco, then moved to a computer retail chain called Computer Point for four years; later co-founded Microland group and ran Planetasia.com as its CEO and...