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People in the headlines: Pioneering spirits and Global Indians

Who gained, lost, made the front page, set new trends, departed- portraits from 1st decade and a half of 21st century

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Vikram Akula, SKS Microfinance
Vikram Akula: His market-based microfinance model made SKS Microfinance employees millionaires when it listed; he lost control in an internal battle

Gorur Ramaswamy Gopinath
Gorur Ramaswamy Gopinath- Launched India’s first budget airline, Air Deccan, in 2003; sold to Kingfisher in 2007; launched first cargo express airline, Deccan 360; closed in 2011

Lalit Modi
Lalit Modi- Once king of the Indian Premier League, now a fugitive as Indian investigative agencies scrutinise questionable financial deals

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm
Vijay Shekhar Sharma- The creator of mobile-based payments in India is getting ready to launch a payments bank by March 2016

Tulsi Tanti
Tulsi Tanti- Global headwinds made India’s wind energy pioneer default on debt raised to buy REPower; asset sales and equity from Dilip Shanghvi breathed life into Suzlon

Kishore Biyani
Kishore Biyani- Founder of the Future Group, he is considered India’s Sam Walton. Often dismissive of internet-led business, he is focusing on an omni-channel to tackle online and offline competition

Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani- The Infosys co-founder’s success with the government’s mammoth unique identification programme is changing the dynamics of subsidy delivery

K Radhakrishnan- As chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation from 2009 to 2014, he made India a leading provider of low-cost satellite launch technology
K Radhakrishnan- As chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation from 2009 to 2014, he made India a leading provider of low-cost satellite launch technology

Sachin Bansal
Sachin Bansal- The poster-boy of Indian e-commerce, the chief executive of Flipkart, co-founded in 2007, has been at the top of the sector for eight years


Global Indians

Satya Nadella, Surface Pro 4
Satya Nadella- In 2014, he became the first Indian to be appointed CEO of Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker

Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a news conference in New Delhi on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 PTI
Sundar Pichai- Handpicked by Larry Page to head Google, the first Indian to head the search engine giant took charge in August 2015 as part of an organisational restructuring

Vikram Pandit
Vikram Pandit- The first India-born CEO of Citigroup, he took charge of the crisis-ridden bank in 2007; resigned in 2012 after a boardroom putsch

Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi- The first India-born CEO of PepsiCo. Her stewardship since 2006 has seen steady revenue growth and Pepsi’s stock price rising after several flat years


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First Published: Tue, December 29 2015. 15:56 IST
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