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Indian women have defied all odds and became successful in almost every industry. Read on for five such inspirational stories.

5 Billionaire Indian women we can draw inspiration from

We often hear about the difficulties women face in India. In a country where 80% of the population worships goddesses, it is ironic that the oppression of women is so widespread.

As per the 2019 census, the gender ratio in India is 943 women for every 1000 men. In a population of 1.38 billion, women usually find it difficult to express themselves and lack the opportunity to succeed, mostly because of the wide education gap between men and women. 

Even so, some women have defied all odds and became successful. Read on for five such inspirational stories.

Women to be inspired by 

Women love to see the empowerment and success stories of other women in every corner of the country. It gives them hope and an understanding of the journey towards financial independence. Are you one of them? 

Here are five real-life stories that will leave you speechless and inspired. These five women defied patriarchy to become real-life powerhouses in their respective industries. You can learn from their journeys and apply that knowledge to build your career. 

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1. Savitri Jindal

Savitri Jindal: $18.5 billion

(Source: https://starsunfolded.com/savitri-jindal/)

  • Age: 71 
  • Role: Chairperson of OP Jindal Group 
  • Net worth: $18.5 billion 
  • Education: Diploma

Savitri was born in a small town in Assam and had humble beginnings. This real-life example of the adage ‘age is just a number’ took over her husband's business when he suddenly passed away. Did you know when she started to execute her professional duties? She started her career as a businesswoman at the age of 55! Indeed, her journey is a success story as she stood her ground in this ‘man's world’ and built an empire. 

Inspiration: It is never too late to achieve something.

2. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: $3.7 billion

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiran_Mazumdar-Shaw)

  • Age: 68 
  • Role: Founder and Chairperson of Biocon
  • Net worth: $3.7 billion 
  • Education: Degree

Everyone in the Biotech industry considers Kiran a pioneer. Due to her sense of purpose, she built a company that is now India’s largest biopharmaceutical firm. Her initial dream was to become a brewer like her father. However, in her early life, she was rejected mainly because of her gender - nobody wanted to hire a woman. At the young age of 25, she took an investment risk with the determination to prove everyone wrong. She built her company from scratch and is today one of the richest women in India. 

Inspiration: Confidence and determination is the key to success.

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3. Smita V Crishna

Smita V Crishna: $2.8 billion

(Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/smitha-v-crishna-is-indias-richest-woman/article24683299.ece)

  • Age: 71 
  • Role: Heir and board member of Godrej 
  • Net worth: $2.8 billion 
  • Education: Unknown

Smita was born into a wealthy family, but holding a place in the company proved to be a tough job. However, her determination landed her a one-fifth stake in the Godrej assets. Today, she is a successful businesswoman who helped her family business reach new heights. She holds a position on the board, and her daughter is the executive director. Yes, she’s passed on her skills to her offspring, who will follow in her mother’s footsteps. 

Inspiration: Look at the journey and not at the result.

4. Leena Gandhi Tewari

Leena Gandhi Tiwari: $4.4 billion

(Source: https://networth.co.in/leena-tewari-net-worth/)

  • Age: 65 
  • Role: Chairperson of USV
  • Net worth: $4.4 billion 
  • Education: Degree 

Leena is not only a successful personality in the business world but also an author. She took over as the chairperson of USV, a biotechnology and pharmaceutical MNC. Being closely involved in humanitarian work, she understands the struggle of underprivileged women and spends considerable time educating them. Her book relates an incredibly inspiring story about her grandfather, who founded USV. 

Inspiration: Never forget your roots.

5. Mallika Srinivasan

Mallika Srinivasan: $2.89 billion

(Source: https://www.tafe.com/corporate/mallika-srinivasan.php)

  • Age: 62 
  • Role: CMD of TAFE
  • Net worth: $2.89 billion 
  • Education: Degree 

Mallika is an industrialist known for her entrepreneurial skills. Her contribution to the industrial and agricultural sector in India has gained wide recognition. Those close to her say her deceptively sweet smile masks a lioness-like personality. Her parents considered her to be the pride of the family. With support from her family, she managed to create an empire and effect a remarkable transformation. 

Inspiration: Power starts from home.

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Last words

All these billionaires have inspirational stories that can fascinate everyone. All of us can learn from their struggles and successes and incorporate that into our lives without feeling underappreciated. It is not about making money but about showcasing your talent and empowering yourself. Women can inspire other women to take a stand and be everything they dream of becoming.