On average, the wealth of Hurun India Rich Listers have increased by 11% compared to that of last year. At least, 16 people saw their wealth double year on year. The number of dollar billionaires has increased to 136 from 126 last year. However, 100 individuals saw their wealth decline, said Hurun India Rich List 2017 report.
“Demonetization, GST implementation and so on have not impacted wealth creation in organized sector. In fact, going by the trend in the list, these factors seem to have positively impacted the mega rich and their companies. Despite a solid performance of the corporates, a declining trend in national GDP growth points to impact of such schemes on the unorganized sectors”, said Anas Rahman Junaid, MD and Chief Researcher, Hurun Report India.
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex went up by 16.1% as on July 31, 2016 to 32,514 on July 31, 2017. For the year under review, BSE Mid Cap (16.4%) and BSE Small Cap Index (2.72%) outperformed the benchmark index. Sensex also outperformed compared to Global indices NYSE (10.5%) and DAX (13.7%). Currently, Indian stock market seems to be trading at an expensive valuation of 23.3x compared to last year’s 19.6x. Indian currency depreciated by 3% versus USD during the period under review.
“The market capitalization of all listed companies is now equivalent to 84% of India’s nominal GDP which is the highest in emerging markets. This year, we have expanded the list to highlight the success stories of some of the emerging entrepreneurs” says Anas Rahman Junaid, Hurun Report India, Managing Director and Chief Researcher.
Business magnate, Mukesh Ambani (60), with net worth of Rs 257,900 crore is ranked first in the list for the sixth consecutive year. Share price of Reliance industries hit nine year high in July 2017. Over the last one year, Reliance Industries shares have gained over 1% every seven days, rising by 56% in 52 weeks. His wealth is 50% more than the GDP of the country of his birth – Yemen.
“It is rare to find a country with such a dominant richest person (Mukesh Ambani) whose wealth is thrice more than that of the no.2 in the list. We have never seen such a wide margin between the richest and the second richest in big countries that include USA, China, UK, Russia and so on”, said Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman and Chief Researcher, Hurun Report Global.
Haridwar-based Acharya Balkrishna (45) of Patanjali rose to 8th position, from 25th last year, after seeing his wealth grow by 173% to Rs 70,000 Cr Patanjali, with a turnover of Rs 10,561 crore in 2016-2017 has been a close competition to major international brands.
The biggest gain registered was a 321% increase by Radhakishan Damani (62), Chairman of Avenue Supermarts followed by Anurang Jain (55) & family, the Managing Director of Endurance Technologies with a wealth increase of 286%.
The top three in the biggest gainers list are backed by the IPO performance of their companies. Radhakishan Damani’s wealth increase was backed by the IPO of Avenue Supermarts, which runs the D-Mart brand of stores in the supermarket chain. The shares of Avenue Supermarts were listed at a premium of 102% and rallied further 43% as on 31 July.
Another notable performer was Kishore Biyani of Future Retail who registered a 259% wealth increase. Merger of Future Retail and Bharti Retail created the biggest supermarket chain with a turnover of Rs 15,000 crore and its subsequent relisting resulted in significant wealth creation for Biyani.
Eklavya Juneja (24) of Mankind Pharma is the youngest person in the list. He owns 12% of Mankind Pharma which was founded by father Rajeev Juneja.
All the under 40 entrepreneurs in Hurun India Rich List 2017 derive their wealth from innovative technological ventures. Divyank Turakhia (34) of Media.net is the youngest self-made billionaire in the list. Divyank Turakhia bootstrapped his company Media Net without external funding. Rest of the entrepreneurs raised money from some of the top international funds.
Kushal Pal Singh (86) of DLF is the richest real estate billionaire in the list with a wealth of Rs 27,400 crore. Mangal Prabhat Lodha (61), founder of Lodha Group is the richest private real estate developer in the list with a wealth of Rs 15,700 crore followed by Jithendra Virwani (51) of Embassy Property Developments with Rs 8,800 crore.
Mumbai registered an increase of 78 individuals in the rich list and Delhi added 52. With 182 individuals, Mumbai is the capital for India’s super-rich, followed by New Delhi (117) and Bengaluru (51). With 26 new entrants, Ahmedabad breaks into top 5. With 22 and 11 India Rich Listers, Chennai and Kanpur respectively breaks into top 10 cities of residence for Hurun India Rich Listers.
There are 18 new cities in this year’s list compared to last year. Chennai and Kanpur have performed well this year with a 35% and 27% increase in number of India Rich Listers respectively and have reserved spot amongst the Top 10 cities this year. Interestingly, Udaipur has 3 Indian Rich Listers, Vadodara has 2, and Kanchipuram and Faridabad has 1 Indian Rich Lister in Hurun India Rich List 2017.