- The list contained renowned celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Rihanna.
- There are 4 Indians in the list from different backgrounds.
Bloomberg reporters and editors from around the world have found the influencing personalities for the third annual Bloomberg 50. They look at the people in business, entertainment, finance, politics, and science and technology whose 2019 accomplishments merit recognition, applause, and, maybe, extra pickles.
This year’s list includes 4 Indian names as well. These are:
Ankiti Bose (Founder & CEO- Zilingo)
Zilingo is one of the largest fashion & lifestyle marketplaces in Southeast Asia. According to Bloomberg, the latest financing valued Zilingo is at $970 million. Ankiti is among the youngest female chief executives to lead a multi-million-dollar startup in Asia.
Helming a large multinational start-up with offices in eight countries worldwide, with more than 550 direct employees and more than 500,000 indirectly working by their merchant network, Ankiti empowers its team to dream big, make smart bets and be undeniably good at what they do. She advocates gender equality and diversity in the workplace, having faced the challenges of being a female entrepreneur in a highly competitive, male-dominated environment.
The management team of Zilingo is made up of 50 percent women, and the company warmly embraces a team represented by people from over 20 countries. Ankiti spends her free time mentoring new entrepreneurs, especially women, and coaching them.
Gita Gopinath (Chief Economist, IMF)
She became the International Monetary Fund’s first female chief economist in January.
Born to a father running a farmer collective and mother running a preschool in Kolkata, Gopinath moved to the United States in 1994. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree, her second, followed by a PhD from Princeton, where Ben Bernanke was one of her advisers before becoming Chairman of the Federal Reserve. She has been teaching in the economics department of Harvard since 2005. Today, she notes, she’s leading work on “some of our time’s most critical and contentious policy debates.”
Ritesh Agarwal (OYO Rooms)
OYO Hotels & Homes, a young hotel startup from India, is today the world’s second-largest chain of hotels, homes, and spaces.
With over 23,000 hotels and 125,000 vacation homes, OYO is currently available in more than 800 cities in 80 countries, including the US, Europe, the UK, India, Malaysia, Middle East, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan.
Founder Ritesh Agarwal said in an interview a few months back that the company’s target was to be the world’s biggest hotel group by the year 2023. With a footprint in over 800 cities in 24 countries across the world and the exponential growth shown in a challenging market like China, one could say that they are well on track to achieve their founder’s vision.
Bhushan Kumar (T-Series)
T-Series, which owns the rights to approximately 70% of the Bollywood songbook recorded over the past three decades, flooded YouTube with music videos. His climb to the top of the site— it destroyed comedian-gamer-troll PewDiePie — was driven by an explosion of cheap mobile data in India that has helped bring about 300 million new users online since 2016.
After his uncle, the founder, was shot down by criminals linked to India’s most notorious gangster, Kumar took over the company in 1997. As chairman, Kumar turned T-Series from a seller of cheap cassette tapes into a formidable music industry force, a prolific film production house, and more recently, an entertainment giant partner crying out to break into the huge streaming market in India. In January, Spotify Technology SA signed an agreement with the company to give access to the 160,000 + songs in the label’s catalogue to global listeners.
Other renowned personalities in “The Bloomberg 50” were Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, Kevin Fiege among many others.