Top Indian Leaders 2017: The Next Generation

Ganesh and Ravi Pillai

Most of our Top Indian Leaders had humble beginnings and built their empires over decades of hard work and successful expansion. One of their biggest motivations was to provide a better life for their families, and many of their businesses were built to support and pass on to the next generation of Indians. With this in mind, FORBES MIDDLE EAST would like to recognize some of the new guard carrying on their family legacy.

Most of our next generation leaders have dived right in, with 22 of them joining the family business straight after graduation. Some, like John Paul Alukkas of Joy Alukkas and Nitin Anand of Skyline University, started working part time while they were completing their education. Only six of the 28 individuals worked elsewhere before joining the family business. All of them have a Bachelor’s Degree, seven of them have a Master’s Degree and two of them are chartered accountants.

Working in a family business may sound easy, but it comes with challenges. Our next generation leaders have told us that at times they have found it difficult to separate their personal lives from business. And with a legacy to continue, it can be tough to find your own style of functioning. On the other hand, they tell us that entering a family business means you already have a brand name to bank on, you can make quick decisions and you can work in multiple functions rather than specializing in one particular area.

Ganesh Ravi PillaiGroup Vice PresidentRP GroupReal Estate and Construction
Dino VarkeyCEOGEMS EducationEducation
John Paul AlukkasExecutive DirectorJoyalukkas GroupJewelry
Adnan Ul MulkVice-ChairmanMulk HoldingsDiversified
Adel SajanDirector, Danube HomeDanube GroupDiversified
Alisha MoopenExecutive Director & CEO - Clinics and Hospitals GCCAster DM HealthcareHealthcare
Ravi MenonChairman, Sobha Group, IndiaSobha GroupReal Estate and Construction
Akbar MoideenDirector & Vice-President of the Healthcare DivisionThumbay GroupHealthcare
Karim MerchantGroup CEOPure Gold GroupJewelry
Aditya AwtaniMarketing Head, GarmentsNeelkamal Group of CompaniesDiversified
Sumeet ValraniCEO, Al Shirawi Equipment Company and Arabian Oasis IndustriesAl Shirawi Group of CompaniesDiversified
Navin ValraniCEO, Engineering Services Cluster, Al Shirawi Group of CompaniesAl Shirawi Group of CompaniesDiversified
Kabir ValraniCEO, Aswan International Engineering, Modern Plastic Industry and Oasis WeartechAl Shirawi Group of CompaniesDiversified
Prerit GoyelGroup DirectorGulf Petrochem GroupOil and Natural Resources
Ritesh RamakrishnanExecutive DirectorTransworld GroupTransportation and Logistics
Ankur DanaCEO, Dana Group of CompaniesDANA GroupIndustrials, Retail
Ruchi DanaCEO, Dana Mart HypermarketDANA GroupIndustrials, Retail
Ranveer HandaBusiness Development DirectorKAPICO Group HoldingDiversified
Talib DarveshVice PresidentDARVESHDiversified
Jesal Asher RajdaExecutive DirectorAl Ansari Group of CompaniesDiversified
Ashish PanjabiChief Operating OfficerJacky's Group of CompaniesRetail
Areef PatelVice-ChairmanPatel RoadwaysTransportation and Logistics
Nitin AnandExecutive Director, Skyline UniversitySkyline Group and Skyline University CollegeEducation
Raju ShroffManaging DirectorRegal GroupDiversified
Rihen MehtaChairman7Cs GroupJewelry
Vivek BhatiaManager Corporate AffairsConares SteelIndustrials
Taher ShamsManaging DirectorZulekha Hospital and Healthcare GroupHealthcare
Meher MirchandaniManaging DirectorPalmon GroupDiversified


Ahmed Mabrouk, Ranju Warrier, Jason Lasrado