Baba Ramdev, 56 years old, Ayurveda guru, Acharya Balkrishna, 49 years old
Raman and MD, Patanjali Ayurved
Because in the business of toothpaste for shampoo and desi ghee for detergent, Patanjali is now the largest consumer goods company of Indian origin.
In fiscal year 20 it recorded an annual turnover of around Rs 30 billion. Ramdev says he will remove HUL from the top and get it ‘Shirshashan’ in five years.
Because Patanjali has also become a big player in edible oil with the acquisition of the bankrupt Ruchi Soya. The producer of the soy food brand Nutrela has pledged Rs 4,350 crore. Ruchi Gold was also delivered to Patanjali Soya Bean Oil brand after sale in
Because Patanjali and Baba Ramdev, the biggest spenders on advertising, feature prominently in the headlines. Ramdev is one of the most influential people in the country with 20 million followers on social media and the Patanjali network of 1.5 million active members.
When he wakes up, Ramdev tells Balakrishna to get up late because he gets up at 4.30 in the morning (while the yoga guru gets up at 3 am). Ramdev owns an Indian phone brand, but Balkrishna likes Apple products.
29. Dilip Shanghvi, 66, MD, Sun Pharma, Effective Pills
As India’s largest pharmaceutical company Sun Pharma expanded access to new drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 in May this year with a global business of Rs 34,333 crore in 2020-21. The edible drug Molnupiravir supplied to more than 100 countries
Because Sun Pharma has launched a ‘Sankalp’ initiative for the well-being of doctors, their families and the medical fraternity in July this year and has committed Rs 100 million for it.
This includes mental health support for physicians and their families, sponsorship for postdoctoral education for medical students, and educational support for children of physicians who died in COVID-19.
Because Sun Pharma Consumer Healthcare has entered the nutrition bar segment with the launch of the Revital NXT health supplement. It also launched its first innovative product, Illumia, in Japan to treat plaque psoriasis.
Research Emphasis Sun Pharma spent Rs 2,150 crore on R&D and was awarded the Best Innovative Company of 2021 at the Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards.