When it comes to influential people in business, Fortune annual list is one of the most reputed rankings globally. Five people of Indian origin have made us proud by making it to this year’s Fortune ’40 under 40′ list. This list ranks the most inspiring young people all over the world. Fortune described the 40 people as “disruptors, innovators, rebels and artists” who inspire others. At the top of the list is the 39-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron. The magazine termed him as “France’s youngest leader since Napoleon”. Macron deserves the zenith as he swept the presidential elections in France ‘obliterating the two-party system that had governed the country for generations.’ The list also includes Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on the second spot. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the Indian origin people who made it to this list.
1. Leo Varadkar, 38: The Prime Minister of Ireland has been ranked fifth on the list. His father was born in India. Fortune said that while Ireland has long defined mass immigration, “yet remarkably, its new prime minister is the son of a Hindu immigrant from Mumbai.” The former doctor is Ireland’s youngest leader in centuries as well as its first-ever openly gay one, “no small detail in his devoutly Catholic country.” Varadkar, however, dismisses all that as irrelevant. “Far more crucial is his ability to protect the Celtic Tiger against economic disaster when Britain exits the EU in 2019 and guarding Ireland’s low-tax deals with tech giants. Many are rooting for his success,” Fortune said.
2. Divya Nag, 26: Nag looks after special projects at Apple, including ambitious programs like ResearchKit and CareKit. These projects encourage developers to build mobile apps related to health. On Nag, who has been ranked 27th, Fortune said the Stanford dropout founded a stem-cell research startup and began a medical investment accelerator at the age of 23. Nag now oversees ResearchKit and CareKit programmes and if the company succeeds, it could transform clinical trials from isolated events at hospitals to ongoing studies that capture vital signs from omnipresent sensors, Fortune said. “I want to put people in charge of their health. It’s not about living with a specific disease or condition. It’s about living. Full stop,” Fortune quoted her as saying.
3 and 4: Rishi Shah, 31, and Shradha Agarwal, 32: At their helm, is an over 10-year-old health-tech firm Outcome Health. Shah and Agarwal have been ranked 38th on the list. Their company raised over USD 500 million at a valuation of more than USD 5 billion. Outcome says it has already outfitted more than 40,000 doctor’s offices with touchscreens and tablets that can deliver meditation apps, relevant medical information, and advertising to patients, Fortune said.
5. Leila Janah, 34: Janah is the CEO and founder of non-profit Samasource. She has been ranked 40th on the list. Fortune said Samasource is on track to pull in USD 15 million in revenue this year by setting up workers in India, Kenya, Uganda, and other underprivileged parts of the world as remote freelancers for the tech sector, an arrangement that boosts their average wages from less than USD 2.50 a day to more than USD 8. Janah, daughter of Indian immigrants who moved to the US, also founded a skincare line that employs women in Uganda. She “stresses the importance of work and not charity in fighting global poverty.”