Top Indian business leaders 2009

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Indian business leaders help in taking India to new heights and place it in the league of business leadership. MNCs joining the bandwagon of business in the year 2009 were remarkable and all the credit goes to the Indian business leaders of 2009.

Business leaders in India not only helps spelling out the biggest names in global business, but also provides a platform that helps taking Indian business to global standards. Citing out the names of the top Indian business leaders 2009 helps building a symposium for investment in business in India. The top business leaders of India acts at the perfect gateway to and within the Indian economy.

It takes immense thought process, analysis and apt strategies to list the top Indian business leaders of 2009. It should be focused on a common parameter that states that the multifarious challenges of Indian business can be taken forward to a new level by these leaders. They should also be the ultimate medium of implementing growth ideas such that the Indian business scenario becomes a deep-rooted success in the near future.

List of top Indian business leaders 2009

Anil Ambani (Chairman, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group)

The younger of the two Ambani brothers, Anil received the then-smaller half of the Dhirubhai Ambani domain in a court-negotiated settlement that his mother was overlooking. Right from then, Reliance Communications and Reliance Infrastructure have been the cynosure in the Indian bourses with RCom taking the top slot in the telecom sector in India. Other than this, he had in his pocket the chance of signing deals with Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg and Julia Roberts for his group company Reliance Big Entertainment.

Mukesh Ambani (Chairman, Reliance Industries)

Mukesh Ambani, the first Trillionaire in India, also happens to be the chairman of $34 billion Reliance Industries. The second-largest private sector conglomerate's pursuits range from oil and gas to synthetic fiber. He also has in his kitty ownership of several jets and has been in the limelight for his personal life as well with building a 60-story apartment for his family in Mumbai. Retail, being the latest craze of his business group, Mukesh has decided to open 940 stores across 16 formats in the next two years.

Shanker Annaswamy (Managing Director, IBM India)

Shanker Annaswamy has been the head of IBM India and has been able to make Big Blue one of the largest IT services outsourcers in India. He has made it possible to strike deals that most outsourcers would die for. All kudos to the head. The two big telecom clients that he boasts of are Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. With no IT background, it wasn't that difficult for him to strike deals in the IT arena.

Kishore Biyani (Group Chief Executive Officer, Future Group)

Biyani has had a long journey and he is still unstoppable. Starting of with working in the family textile business, he emerged as India's largest retailer. Future Group's flagship Pantaloon Retail operates via various formats like hypermarkets, supermarkets and department stores, with the customer perception remaining on the top. For success in retail, there need to be a brain which studies the buying habits of the customers. All the formats that he has launched intermingles the look, touch and feel of Indian bazaars.

K.V. Kamath (Non-executive Chairman of ICICI Bank)

Kundapur Vaman Kamath has made it big till now and has been all responsible to put India's largest private sector bank on a blazing growth path in the domestic as well as global market. Boasting of highest exposure globally among all other Indian banks, 25% of ICICI Bank's consolidated assets is vested in international business. The banking major had faced immense pressure in the year 2008 in the month of October, all owing to the marginal exposure to the global sub-prime crisis. The Kamath had steered the bank into the positive zone with great conviction.

Anand Mahindra (Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra)

Anand Mahindra can boast of taking his $7 billion group in the global market. He boasts of making the Scorpio in 2002, India's first indigenously built SUV. Teaming up with Renault in 2007 for launching Logan was another strategic step to gather overseas acclamations. Not to worry, despite losing out to Tata Motors in the bid for Ford's Jaguar and Land Rover, he soon was proud of his IT services company, Tech Mahindra being the biggest bidder for Satyam Computer Services on Apr 23, 2009.

Vijay Mallya (Chairman of the United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines)

Talk of style, elegance and flamboyance – Vijay Mallya is the apt name. Even though Kingfisher Airlines might be incurring losses every quarter, Vijay Mallya has always been in the limelight for every other reason. His Kingfisher beer is omnipresent in India, and also after purchasing the Whyte and Mackay in 2007 for $1.2 billion, he gathered the chance to sell premium scotch to the world's largest whiskey market.

Sunil Bharti Mittal (Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharti group)

One of most successful entrepreneurs in India, Sunil Mittal's empire comprises of the largest cellular operations, now moving toward rural India as well. For the insurance business, Mittal has partnered with Axa and for the retail business the best partner is Wal-Mart.

Azim Premji (Chairman, Wipro)

Premji's empire spans from technology to cooking oil and soaps, by owing more than 80% of Wipro. He also happens to be the richest businessmen of India. Spanning its operations all across the globe, Premji's Wipro was one of the first IT companies to set up operations in Japan, China, and Australia.

Ratan Tata (Chairman, Tata Group)

He has always been soft-spoken and media-shy but the most admired business leader in India. Steel, telecom, autos, and mining – interests of his group are diverse. More recognition was meted out to the group by the multibillion-dollar takeovers of steelmaker Corus and automakers Jaguar and Land Rover. New craze with the launch of the small car in India, Ratan Tata has made it really big in the Indian business environment.