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100 most powerful Indians in the GCC revealed
October 6, 2013, 10:34 am
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EMKE Group boss Yusuffali MA has topped the Arabian Business Indian Power List for the fourth successive year. Published on Sunday, the retail king behind the hugely successful Lulu Hypermarkets chain of stores took the top slot ahead of food giant Feroz Allana.

Standard Chartered banking boss V Shankar came third, ahead of healthcare boss Dr BR Shetty, with legendary investor Ragu Kataria completing the top five. Ashish Mehta was the highest placed lawyer at number seven, with Sunil John leading the way for entries from PR and Media, at number 14.

The list was propped up by Geebee Group boss GB Jethwani in 100th place.

This year’s list also featured a record 11 female entries, with 20th placed Zulekha Daud leading the way, ahead of Jumbo Group boss Vidya Chhabria ranked 39th. Diva Modelling founder Nicole Larsen made her first ever appearance in the list in 52nd place.

Arabian Business Editor Ed Attwood said: “The contribution of the Indian community to the growth of the GCC has been nothing short of spectacular, and everyone on this list has played and continues to play a major part in that story.”

A gala dinner is being held on October 28th at The Conrad Hotel  in Dubai to celebrate the list, with Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar appearing as the guest of honour.

Rank

Name

Occupation

Company

Industry

1

Yusuffali MA

Managing director

EMKE Group

Retail

2

Feroz Allana

Founder

IFFCO Group

Consumer Goods

3

V Shankar

CEO, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas

Standard Chartered

Banking & Finance

4

BR Shetty

Chairman

NMC Group

Healthcare

5

Raghuvinder Kataria

Chairman

Kataria Holdings

Telecoms

6

Ravi Pillai

Chairman

RP Group of Companies

Industry

7

Ashish Mehta

Founder

Ashish Mehta and Associates

Law

8

Dino Varkey

Chief operating officer

GEMS Education

Education

9

KV Shamsudheen

Chairman

Pravasi Bharatiya Welfare Trust

Philanthropy

10

PNC Menon

Chairman

Sobha Developers

Construction

11

Kabir Mulchandani

CEO

SKAI Holdings

Property

12

Harshad Mehta

Chairman

Rosy Blue Group

Retail

13

Tony Jashanmal

Executive director

Jashanmal Group

Retail

14

Sunil John

CEO

ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller

Media

15

Vipen Sethi

CEO

Landmark Group

Retail

16

Vasu Shroff

Chairman

Regal Group

Retail

17

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil

Managing director

Lifeline Hospital Group

Healthcare

18

K Kumar

Chairman

Indian Community Welfare Committee

Philanthropy

19

Dr Dhananjay Datar

Managing Director

Al Adil Group

Retail

20

Dr Zulekha Daud

Founder

Zulekha Healthcare Group

Healthcare

21

Rizwan Sajan

Chairman

Danube Group

Construction

22

Yogesh Mehta

Managing director

Petrochem ME

Energy

23

Aneez Haiyoom

Managing director

MediaVest UAE

Media

24

Joy Alukkas

Owner

Joyalukkas Group

Retail

25

P Mohamed Ali

Vice chairman

Galfar

Construction

26

Firoz Merchant

Chairman

Pure Gold

Retail

27

Avi Bhojani

Group CEO

Bates PanGulf

Media

28

Thumbay Moideen

President

Thumbay Group

Healthcare

29

Azad Moopen

Chairman

DM Group

Healthcare

30

Shaji Ul Mulk

Chairman

Mulk Holdings

Industry

31

Ashok Aram

CEO, MENA

Deutsche Bank

Banking & Finance

32

Yuvraj Narayan

Chief financial officer

DP World

Transport

33

Shashank Srivastava

CEO

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Banking & Finance

34

Mukund Cairae

CEO

Zee TV

Media

35

Dr Pramod Warhekar

Opthamologist

City Hospital

Healthcare

36

Tidu Maini

Executive chairman

Qatar Science & Technology Park

Science

37

Asgar Shakoor Patel

Group chairman

House of Patels

Transport

38

LT Pagarani

Chairman

Choithrams

Retail

39

Vidya Chhabria

Chairperson

Jumbo Group

Retail

40

K Rajaram

CEO

Al Naboodah Motors

Transport

41

Gulu Waney

Trustee

Savitri Waney Charitable Trust

Hospitality

42

Vishal Tikku

ME managing director

Mondelez International

Consumer Goods

43

The Khimji Family

Founders

Khimji Ramdas

Industry

44

Ashok Khanna

CEO

Al Tayer Motors

Transport

45

Hitesh Bodani

Chairman

Bond Investment Group

Real Estate

46

Faisal Kottikollon

CEO

KEF Holdings

Industry

47

Gaurav Sinha

Co-founder

Harmony House

Philanthropy

48

Mushtaq Shaikh

Managing director

Lobo Tailors

Retail

49

Mohan Valrani

Vice chairman

Al Shirawi Group

Industry

50

Surya Subramanian

Group chief financial officer

Emirates NBD

Banking

51

Sanjeev Mehta

Chairman

Unilever — North Africa and Middle East

Consumer Goods

52

Nicole Larsen

Owner and managing director

Diva Modelling and Events

Culture & Society

53

Majid-Uddin Kazi

Former director

Royal Clinic

Healthcare

54

Paras Shahdadpuri

Chairman

Nikai Group

Retail

55

Pankaj Agrawal

Chairman

Signature Group

Banking & Finance

56

Vijay Malhotra

Chairman and CEO

KPMG Lower Gulf

Banking & Finance

57

Ram Buxani

Director

ITL Cosmos Group

Retail

58

Maghanmal Pancholia

Chairman

Arabian Trading Agency

Retail

59

Nilesh Ved

Founder

Apparel Group

Retail

60

Sara Belhasa

Vice chairperson

Belhasa Group

Retail

61

Deepak Babani

CEO

Eros Group

Retail

62

Jayshree Gupta

Senior advisor

DLA Piper

Law

63

Prashant Gulati

CEO

Optimistix Ventures

Banking & Finance

64

Lachmandas Pagarani

Chairman

Al Maya Group

Retail

65

CV Suvi

Managing director

Newcast MENA

Media

66

Nilesh Khalkho

CEO

Sharaf DG

Retail

67

Talib Majwal

Heart surgeon

City Hospital

Healthcare

68

Khurshid Vakil

Founder

Marina Homes Interiors

Retail

69

JR Gangaramani

President

Al Faraa

Construction

70

Ayesha Depala

Fashion designer

 

Retail

71

Jacky Panjabi

Founder

Jacky’s Electronics

Retail

72

R Seetharaman

CEO

Doha Bank

Banking & Finance

73

Surender Singh Kandhari

Founder

Al Dobowi Group

Industry

74

Suresh Subberwal

Chairman

Al Kabeer Group

Consumer Goods

75

Poonam Bhojani

CEO

Innoventures Education

Education

76

Mohamed Dadabhai

Chairman

Dabadhai Group

Construction

77

CK Menon

Chairman

Behzad Group

Industry

78

Mustafa Vazayil

Managing director

Gargash Insurance

Insurance

79

SK Pathak

Founder

Al Basti & Muktha Group

Industry

80

Rajeev Kakar

CEO

Dunia Finance

Banking & Finance

81

Deepak Arora

CEO

City Diamond Contracting

Construction

82

Raju Menon

Founder

Morison Menon

Banking & Finance

83

Dilip Rahulan

Executive chairman

Pacific Controls

Industry

84

Gulshan Kavarana

Founder

Special Families Support Group

Philanthropy

85

K Venkata Rama Moorthy

GM and chief executive

Bank of Baroda

Banking & Finance

86

Malini Gulrajani

Founder

1x1 Art Gallery

Arts

87

Kamal Puri

President

Skyline University College

Education

88

Shefali Munshi

Founder

Unimode Event PR and Consulting

Media

89

Abdullah Ajmal

General manager

Ajmal Perfumes

Retail

90

Padma Coram

Managing partner

Talent Brokers

Media

91

Ramesh Ramakrishnan

Chairman

Transworld

Transport

92

Bharat Butaney

President

Indian Business & Professional Council

Healthcare

93

Ajay Bhatia

Chairman

Bhatia Brothers

Industry

94

Mohan Nambiar

CEO

MEC MENA

Media

95

Suddesh Aggarwal

Chairman

Giant Group

Industry

96

Hassan Chougle

Chairman

Emad Group of Companies

Retail

97

Jayant Ganwani

Director

Lal’s Group

Retail

98

KM Noordeen

General manager

Ocean Rubber

Industry

99

Mahendra Patel

Group managing director

GEAP International

Industry

100

GB Jethwani

Chairman

Geebee Group

Industry

 

 

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