Business Families: How Daughters Differ from Fathers

These ladies may have been born with the proverbial silver spoon but they want to shine on their own

Published: Jul 13, 2013 06:20:15 AM IST
Updated: Jul 19, 2013 01:23:33 PM IST

Legacy can be limiting. But the daughters of India’s largest business aren’t allowing themselves to be bound by any pre-conceived notions. With no intent of rebellion but, rather, as a sign of individuality, they have set out on their own journeys. Ananyashree Birla, 18, was recently in the news as the latest entrant to the next-gen brigade, having set up a microfinance company catering to the needs of rural women. Through this venture, the daughter of Kumar Mangalam Birla, the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, may well be helping the group with the knowhow of rural lending. This kind of enterprise has been exemplified by others before her.

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Akshata Murty
Akshata, 33, does not only spell the surname she inherited from her father differently. While brother Rohan Murthy helps their father, Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, resurrect the software giant, she is busy expanding the reach of her fashion label. Launched in 2010, ‘Akshata’ uses “indigenous crafts as the basis for a fashion label”, the entrepreneur says on her website.

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Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Slated to succeed her father Shiv Nadar as chairman of HCL Corporation, Roshni, 31, will continue to focus on managing her family’s wealth through the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which straddles K-12 schools, universities and engineering colleges. Closest to her heart are the VidyaGyan schools that provide education to underprivileged children.

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Shruti Shibulal
The daughter of Infosys co-founder SD Shibulal, Shruti, 28, gave the corporate world a shot and worked in Merrill Lynch before quitting within a year. She, instead, opened two fine dining restaurants with a partner Abhijit Saha. She also has started a luxury resort called The Tamara Coorg in the middle of a coffee plantation. She is now set to launch Organic World, a boutique store for organic products.

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Ambika Hinduja
Her family has long been associated with the film world but Ambika, 34, is the first Hinduja to fully dive into the business. Her Serendipity Films has produced the acclaimed Being Cyrus and Teen Patti, which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley. She has also trained at the London Film School and assisted filmmakers like Subhash Ghai and Farhan Akhtar.


Images: Akshata Murty, Shruti Shibulal: indiatodayimages.com; Ambika Hinduja: Ganesh Lad / Fotocorp

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Correction: The article has been updated with a correction. Shruti Shibulal's luxury resort is not in partnership with Abhijit Saha as stated earlier. He is a partner only for the two fine dining restaurants.

(This story appears in the 26 July, 2013 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Asha Shah

    Just a thought: I am surprise that after being born with a silver spoon in your mouth, none of you are in community service or charity work. Your family has made ample money and fame, may be it is a time to give back to something to community.

    on Jul 26, 2013
  • Lara

    Really? One is in fashion (can anything even be more stereotypical than a woman in fashion), the other in pre-school, the other one in restaurants / cooking my favorite recipe, ..., seriously dude, this is not-really-work. It\'s like I wanna be busy so let\'s turn my little hobby into something abit more than that. And hopefully, the press spins it as a business.

    on Jul 19, 2013
  • Ravi Deshmukh

    i am proud of all my sisters who shown the indian womens are special talant

    on Jul 14, 2013