January 14, 2021

Top Indian Business Leaders In The Middle East 2021

The business relationship between India and the Arab world goes back centuries. Some gulf countries even used the Indian rupee as currency before they gained independence. Today the Indian diaspora is the largest expat population in the Middle East.

With so many Indians employed in the region, some have started their own businesses, and a few have made it big. There are eight billionaires of Indian origin based in the Middle East. Some of the largest homegrown brands in the region were started by Indian expats, including Lulu Hypermarket, which is owned by billionaire Yusuff Ali. Fellow Indian billionaire Ravi Pillai’s RP Group claims to employ 100,000 people, making it one of the largest private employers in the Middle East.

To highlight their achievements, here is a list of 30 business leaders of Indian origin who have achieved great success in business in the Middle East.


  • Net worth – taken from the Forbes billionaires list, assets, revenues, and other financial metrics.
  • Contribution and importance to their sector(s).
  • Growth and achievements in the last year.
  • Employment impact.
  • Social impact and other CSR activity.
Top Indian Business Leaders
Yusuff Ali M.A.
Renuka Jagtiani
Sunny Varkey
Sunil Vaswani
Ravi Pillai
Div Turakhia
Shamsheer Vayalil
Rizwan Sajan
K P Basheer
P.N.C. Menon
Thumbay Moideen
Adeeb Ahamed
Faizal Kottikollan
Ramesh Ramakrishnan
Paras Shahdadpuri
Ashok Bhawandas Awtani
Siddeek Ahmed
Kamal Puri
Shamlal Ahamed
Anil G Pillai
Naresh Bhawnani
Pradeep Kumar Handa
Birbal Singh Dana
Lalu Samuel
Dhananjay M. Datar
Harish Tahiliani
Bharat Bhatia
Kiran Asher
Hillary Pinto
Zulekha Daud
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