Media Owners rise, professionals fall in Indian Express powerful Indians ranking

13 Mar,2014

By A Correspondent


The Indian Express list of the Most Powerful Indians has been released with today’s edition of the paper (Thursday, March 13) and while there are no omissions from the list, the media owners see a dramatic rise in ranking. Samir and Vineet Jain of Bennett, Coleman and Company Limited have moved up from #74 last year to #51 this year. Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta of Jagran Prakashan are up from #75 to #52. HT Media’s Shobhaha Bhartia is up from #77 to #68 while the ABP Group’s Aveek Sarkar is up from #85 to #72.


Arnab Goswami though has had a huge fall – from #43 to #80 and Uday Shankar three ranks down from #78 to #81.


The report curiously misses out on some other biggies in the business: Subhash Chandra and son Punit, Kalanidhi Maran – the most profitable television media empires, Raghav Bahl of Network/TV/Viacom 18, the Agarwals of Dainik Bhaskar, the Kotharis of Rajasthan Patrika and given that they control the fortunes of most media companies: CVL Srinivas of GroupM and Sam Balsara of Madison. The list of omissions could go on, but it must be mentioned that in one of the side lists of Top 10 in sports, Star India CEO Uday Shankar at #4 is ahead of a certain Sachin Tendulkar at #5.


We have of course not factored in the fact that the likes of Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Shah Rukhi Khan, Salman Khan, Cyrus Mistry, Sunil Bharti Mittal are also on the list, but, of course, media is not their mainstay business.



Rank Name  Organisation Rank 2013


Samir and Vineet Jain Bennet, Coleman & Co Ltd



MM Gupta and Sanjay Gupta

Jagran Prakashan



Shobhana Bhartia Hindustan Times



Aveek Sarkar Ananda Bazar Patrika



Arnab Goswami Times Now



Uday Shankar Star India



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