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Indian's Highest Paid Executives. (Issue dated March 2, 2013).

The New Lakhpatis

The Dharuhera industrial estate is located on both sides of National Highway viii in the Rewari district of Haryana, 70 km from Delhi. Once an agrarian town,it is now emerging as one of the growth corridors of Haryana. Of late, real estate developers have gobbled up large tracts of its agricultural land, as urbanisation extends from the saturated Gurgaon to Rewari. Already, it has the makings of the next big satellite city in the national capital region. Several big brands have set up shop in the industrial estate, led by Hero MotoCorp and Delphi Automotive Systems.

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Businessman of the Year 2013. (Issue dated January 6, 2013).

Road Warrior

Would you go bananas if you had to spend the rest of your life growing bananas? You’re in good company. That was the ordained career choice for Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the $11.57 billion Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Business India’s Businessman of the Year 2013.

“It wasn’t literally growing bananas,” says the 50-year-old Chandra. His father wanted him to manage his extensive estates in Tamil Nadu. But presiding over plantains (and rice and sugarcane) wasn’t his idea of professional achievement. Farming may have been in his blood, but it was not in his soul. He has, however, ended up growing something much more important – people.

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Best Bank 2014. (Issue dated October 27, 2014).

Smart Money

Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Uday Kotak is India’s extraordinary banker for more than one reason. Inspired by the Morgan Stanleys and J.P. Morgans of the world, the 55-year-old executive Vice-Chairman & Managing Director has built a bank from scratch –and put his family name on the line, while doing it.

There are only a handful like him who recognise the value of capital and the virtues of patience. Over 29 years, he has offered a huge, compounded 48 per cent return to the bank’s shareholders. The bank’s price/book value, at 6.69, is the highest of any bank in the world. Incidental to that wealth creation is the roughly `30,000 crore valuation of Kotak’s own 40 per cent stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank. That makes Kotak the richest individual promoter of any Indian bank.

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Best B-Schools 2014. (Issue dated December 8, 2014).


In the nerdy corners of the Net, there is a debate going on that would seem Double Dutch to most of us. Visiolibriphobia vs Prosopobibliophobia. One is Latin, the other Greek. Translated, they both mean the same thing: fear of Facebook.

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