100 most powerful Indians in the GCC
EMKE Group boss Yusuffali MA has topped the Arabian Business Indian Power List for the fourth successive year. Published on Sunday, the retail king behind the hugely successful Lulu Hypermarkets chain of stores took the top slot ahead of food giant Feroz Allana.
Standard Chartered banking boss V Shankar came third, ahead of healthcare boss Dr BR Shetty, with legendary investor Ragu Kataria completing the top five. Ashish Mehta was the highest placed lawyer at number seven, with Sunil John leading the way for entries from PR and Media, at number 14.
The list was propped up by Geebee Group boss GB Jethwani in 100th place.
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This year’s list also featured a record 11 female entries, with 20th placed Zulekha Daud leading the way, ahead of Jumbo Group boss Vidya Chhabria ranked 39th. Diva Modelling founder Nicole Larsen made her first ever appearance in the list in 52nd place.
Arabian Business Editor Ed Attwood said: “The contribution of the Indian community to the growth of the GCC has been nothing short of spectacular, and everyone on this list has played and continues to play a major part in that story.”
A gala dinner is being held on October 28th at The Conrad Hotel in Dubai to celebrate the list, with Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar appearing as the guest of honour.