Reliance Industries Director Nita Ambani has debuted in Forbes’ list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen 2016, released on Thursday. Ambani and seven other Indians were among of the top 50 women leaders from the region, including State Bank of India Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya. The list includes women from 14 countries, including China, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
The other Indians in the top 50 are Mu Sigma CEO Ambiga Dhiraj, Welspun India CEO Dipali Goenka, Lupin CEO Vinita Gupta, ICICI Bank Managing Director Chanda Kochhar, VLCC Health Care Founder Vandana Luthra and Biocon Founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. The women were listed in alphabetical order.
Forbes said this was the first time Ambani, 52, had made it to the list. It credited her for "playing an active role in various aspects of the $57-billion conglomerate over the years" and "driving changes in the way the conglomerate approaches its relatively new consumer-focused businesses".
Corrections and clarifications:This article was first published under the headline: 'Nita Ambani is the most powerful businesswoman in Asia, according to Forbes'. It was based on and linked to an article by Forbes India under the headline: 'Eight Indians on Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen 2016 list; Nita Ambani tops'. Our headline – and article – was amended to reflect Forbes Asia's clarification to us by email that their “Power Businesswomen List is not a ranking list, and that Nita Ambani is not No. 1 on the list. The 50 women are listed in alphabetical order on the website.”