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Revealed: Indian leaders in the GCC

Indian Leaders 2020

Millions of Indians call one of the six Gulf countries home. Some have established prominent global conglomerates in the region, while others have migrated here to lead international companies. The GCC has also attracted Indians who are keen to tap into its booming startup ecosystem, while second-generation business leaders have now established strong roots in the region. Lauding the achievements of this diverse diaspora, we reveal the influential business tycoons, executives and entrepreneurs who have helped shape the GCC’s economic landscape.

Rich List

Wealth isn’t everything, but it’s hard to ignore the financial clout of these business figures. Along with being the wealthiest Indians in the Gulf, these individuals are also among the most philanthropic*.

Yusuff Ali M.A.


LuLu Group

Ravi Pillai


RP Group

Micky Jagtiani


Landmark Group

Sunny Varkey


GEMS Education

Sunil Vaswani


Stallion Group

Shamsheer Vayalil


VPS Healthcare



The company founders and veteran business leaders who have had an unquestionable impact on the Gulf’s economic and social landscape in recent decades

Dr. Zulekha Daud

Zulekha Healthcare Group

Yogesh Mehta

Petrochem Middle East

Firoz Merchant

Pure Gold Jewellers

Rajen Kilachand

Dodsal Group

Azad Moopen

Aster DM Healthcare

Tony Jashanmal

Jashanmal Group

Joy Alukkas

Joyalukkas Jewellery

Adeeb Ahamed

LuLu Financial Group

Dhananjay Datar

Chairman and managing director Al Adil Trading

Rizwan Sajan

Danube Group

PNC Menon

Sobha Group

Sima Ved

Apparel Group

Shaji Ul Mulk

Mulk Holdings

Ramesh Prabhakar

Rivoli Group

Ram Buxani

ITL Cosmos Group

L.T. Pagarani

T. Choithram & Sons

Surender Kandhari

Al Dobowi Group

Sohan Roy

CEO and founder Aries Group

Shyam Bhatia

Alam Steel Group

Vasu Shroff

Regal Group of Companies

Dr. Thumbay Moideen

Thumbay Group

Vidya Chhabria

Jumbo Group

Mohan Valrani

Al Shirawi Group



Indians who have made their mark in the GCC by rising up the corporate ladder and company owners who hold top leadership positions

K. Rajaram

CEO, Al Nabooda Automobiles

Dr. Adnan Chilwan

Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank

Sanjiv Kakkar

Executive VP, MENAT, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Unilever

Ram Kumar Thota

Founder, CEO and managing director, SRR Building Materials

Raghu Malhotra

President, Middle East and Africa, Mastercard

Sunil Kaushal

Regional CEO, MEA, Standard Chartered

Atif Rahman

Director and partner, Danube Properties

Amit Jain

Emaar Properties

Rishi Kapoor

Co-CEO, Investcorp

Sunil John

President, Middle East, BCW

Anil Pillai

Chairman, Airolink group

Bal Krishen

Chairman, Century Financial

Rohit and Sharad Bachani

Co-founders, Merlin Digital

Raju Ramesh and Sunil Paul

Co-founders, Finesse


Ones to watch

The young Indians expanding their influence in the Gulf, either as entrepreneurs or as heirs to family businesses

Ayesha Depala

Founder, Ayesha Depala fashion brand

John Paul Joy Alukkas

Executive director, Joyalukkas Group

Geet Bhalla, Digvijay Pratap

Founders, HolidayMe

Snehal and Sunita Hadani

Founders, Hadani Group

Kunal Kapoor

Founder, The Luxury Closet

Nisha Jagtiani

Group director, Landmark Group

Dino Varkey

CEO, GEMS Education

Ashish Panjabi

COO, Jacky’s Group


*SOURCE: Rich list figures taken from Forbes Billionaires list mid-July


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