March / April  2006




March/April Contents 

 Real Issues
 Malnourishment in
 South Asia


 South Asian issues
 Getting to know the
 past better



 News from elsewhere
 New animal species
 found in Indonesia

 Veggie chemical
 repairs DNA damage


 Bhera - the town that
 time forgot
- Part II

 World Bank in
 South Asia
 Grant to Afghanistan

Land management in

Urban services in


 Tollinton Market



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South Asian Billionaires

Twenty six South Asians - all from India or of Indian origin - have figured in the Forbes list of billionaires. Top among them - Lakshmi Mittal - is also the fifth richest man in the world. Indu Jain is the only woman among the South Asian billionaire club. A look at these people and what they do for a living - and what they do for others.

Over 10 Billion

Lakshmi Mittal

Age: 55
Bachelor's Degree from
St Xavier's College, Calcutta
Industry: Steel manufacturing
Net Worth: 23.5 b

Owns the world's largest steel company, Mittal Steel.



Aziz Premji

Age: 60
Bachelor's Degree, Stanford University
Industry: Technology
Net Worth: 13.3 b

Owns 82% of Wipro, India's third-largest software exporter.

5 - 10 billion

Mukesh Ambani

Age: 48
Bachelor's Degree,
University of  
                  MBA, Stanford University
Industry: Petrochemicals
Net Worth: 8.5 b

Controls petrochemicals giant Reliance Industries


Anil Ambani

Age: 46
Bachelor's Degree,
University of  
                  MBA, Wharton School, Univ. of
Industry: Diversified
Net Worth: 5.7b

Controls Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group, with interests in telecom, energy and financial services.


Kushal Pal Singh

Age: 74
Real Estate
Net Worth: 5 b

Controls DLF India's biggest real estate developer

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