Nykaa’s chairperson Falguni Nayar debuted on the list for the first time ever—at rank 44—with a net worth of $4.08 billion. However, the most notable drop out was Vijay Shekhar Sharma who was on rank 92 with a net worth of $2.35 billion in 2021. Image: Falguni Nayar - Mexy Xavier. Vijay Shekhar Sharma - Amit VermaA
nother year and another record is set by the members of the Forbes list of India’s 100 Richest. The billionaires of the country grew their collective wealth by $25 billion and are cumulatively worth a record $800 billion. This rise in wealth comes as companies are riding on the post-pandemic demand revival wave, and in defiance of a weakening rupee. Nykaa’s chairperson Falguni Nayar debuted on the list for the first time ever—at rank 44—with a net worth of $4.08 billion. However, the most notable drop out was Vijay Shekhar Sharma who was on rank 92 with a net worth of $2.35 billion in 2021.
India’s post-pandemic demand revival has powered its economy to become the fifth-largest in the world, surpassing the UK.
Gautam Adani, the chairperson of Adani Group, doubled his net worth this year to $150 billion to become the richest Indian in 2022. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd, who held the top spot since 2013, ranks on the second spot on the list with a net worth of $88 billion, down from $92.7 billion last year.
The top 10 spots on the list have had some shuffle. Savitri Jindal and family have moved up a spot at rank 6 ($16.4 billion). Dilip Shanghvi and family (No. 7, $15.5 billion) Hinduja Brothers (No. 8, $15.2 billion) and the Bajaj family (No. 10, $14.6 billion) have entered the Top-10 club. Ranked No 8 last year, Uday Kotak, CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, is now at rank 12 ($14.3 billion). Also read: Entrepreneur at 49, billionaire at 58: How Falguni Nayar built success with Nykaa
There are nine new faces this year including three from IPOs: Falguni Nayar (No. 44, $4.08 billion), a former banker who became India’s richest self-made woman after listing her beauty and fashion retailer Nykaa; ethnic garments retailer Ravi Modi (No. 50, $3.75 billion), and shoemaker Rafique Malik (No. 89, $2.22 billion) who listed Metro Brands last December.
Once a poster boy of India's fintech revolution, Vijay Shekhar Sharma
saw shares of his One97 Communications, the parent company of fintech Paytm, fall amid the global tech rout.
“India's post-pandemic recovery story is one of the opportunities created by a resurgence in domestic demand amid challenges from external factors. Gautam Adani's remarkable ascendancy to the top spot and the addition of so many newcomers to the 100 richest ranks this year, epitomize the country's entrepreneurial spirit,” said Naazneen Karmali, Asia Wealth Editor and India Editor of Forbes Asia.Also read: Dasari Uday Kumar Reddy—the billionaire founder who swears by his 4 am regime
Three prominent list members passed away this year: Rahul Bajaj, the ailing patriarch of the Bajaj family (No. 10, $14.6 billion); Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
, often referred to as India’s Warren Buffet, who died shortly after launching his new airline Akasa Air in August and whose wife, Rekha Jhunjhunwala (No. 30, $5.9 billion) takes his place on the list; and construction magnate Pallonji Mistry, whose death in June was followed by that of his son 54-year-old son Cyrus Mistry in a fatal car crash in September, leaving the patriarch’s older son Shapoor Mistry (No.13) at the helm of the family’s $14.2 billion fortune.
Among the four returnees to the ranks is Anand Mahindra (No. 91, $2.2 billion), whose Mahindra & Mahindra created a buzz by launching an electric SUV. The gainers on the list were outnumbered by the majority—60 in all—who saw their wealth decline from a year ago.
The minimum amount required to make this year’s list was $1.9 billion, close to last year’s $1.94 billion.
The top 10 richest people in India in 2022 are:
1) Gautam Adani; US$150 billion
2) Mukesh Ambani; $88 billion
3) Radhakishan Damani: $27.6 billion
4) Cyrus Poonawalla; $21.5 billion
5) Shiv Nadar; $21.4 billion
6) Savitri Jindal; $16.4 billion
7) Dilip Shanghvi; $15.5 billion
8) Hinduja brothers; $15.2 billion
9) Kumar Birla; $15 billion
10) Bajaj family; $14.6 billionCheck out the complete list here - Forbes India Rich List
This list was compiled using shareholding and financial information obtained from families and individuals, stock exchanges, analysts and India’s regulatory agencies. The ranking lists family fortunes, including those shared among extended families such as the Bajaj and Godrej families. Public fortunes were calculated based on stock prices and exchange rates as of September 23. Private companies were valued based on similar companies that are publicly traded. The list can also include foreign citizens with business, residential or other ties to the country, or citizens who don’t reside in the country but have significant business or other ties to the country.Disclaimer: Reliance Industries owns Network 18, the publisher of Forbes India.