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The 5 richest women in India

Last updated on: October 1, 2010 08:44 IST

Image: Savitri Jindal.
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As many as five women have made it to Forbes India magazine's list of the 100 richest Indians this year, including O P Jindal Group chairperson Savitri Jindal, who surpassed billionaire Anil Ambani to attain fifth position in the list.

1. Savitri Jindal

Jindal was the richest lady in India for the fourth consecutive year, with a net worth of $14.4 billion, says the annual India Rich List compiled by business the magazine.

While ADAG Chairman Ambani slipped from third position last year to sixth in the list this year, with a wealth of $13.3 billion, Jindal has moved up from the seventh slot to the fifth this time.

Jindal, who has been the chairperson of the O P Jindal Group since her husband Om Prakash's demise in 2005, saw her wealth growing by $2.4 billion since November, 2009, when Forbes had last published its annual India rich list.

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The 5 richest women in India

Image: Indu Jain.
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2. Indu Jain

Among the women billionaires, Jindal is followed by Bennett, Coleman & Co chairperson Indu Jain, who is ranked 21st, with a net worth of $3 billion.

Jain continues to see her fortune grow, with her kitty rising by $600 million this year in comparison to the previous year.

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The 5 richest women in India

Image: Anu Aga.
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3. Anu Aga

Anu Aga of Thermax group bagged 51st position in the list with a net worth of $1.24 billion.

She worked for the company from 1985, taking charge when her husband died in 1996.

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The 5 richest women in India

Image: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
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4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw  

Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been ranked 75th in the list, with a net worth of $900 million.

Notably, Vidya Murkumbi of Shree Renuka Sugars, who had featured at the 93rd spot in the list last year with a net worth of $490 million, did not find a place this year.

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The 5 richest women in India

Image: Shobhana Bhartia.
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5. Shobhana Bhartia  

Shobhana Bhartia of Hindustan Times, with a net worth of $895 million, is the fifth woman on the Richest Indians list. She is ranked 76th.

Interestingly, Bhartia had secured 44th place in another US magazine Fortune's list of the 50 most powerful women worldwide, excluding the US.

Besides Bhartia, three other Indian women -- ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, HP India's Neelam Dhawan and Apollo Hospital Group's Preetha Reddy -- featured in the Fortune list.

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