REVEALED: The Gulf’s 100 most powerful Indians

Lulu Hypermarkets boss Yusuffali tops the region's most comprehensive guide to Indian success for second year running

Abu Dhabi-based businessman Yousuffali MA.

Abu Dhabi-based businessman Yousuffali MA.

Lulu Hypermarkets boss Yusuffali MA has topped the Arabian Business Indian Power List for the second successive year. However, the retailer was one of the few rankings not to change in the 2012 list.

The founding shareholder of Bharti Airtel, Raghuvinder Kataria, was ranked second, with IFFCO Group’s Feroz Allana in third place. Saudi Arabia-based construction mogul Ravi Pillai took fourth place, ahead of Landmark Group founder Micky Jagtiani.

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The 2012 list is dominated by retailers, who account for 26 places on the list, ahead of bankers and industrialists with 24 spots. The healthcare industry is also well represented with eight positions, the same number as construction and real estate.

Ed Attwood, editor of Arabian Business, said: "This list is the most comprehensive guide to Indian success in the region. With close to 4m Indians living in the GCC, it is clear that they have made a huge contribution to the growth of the region’s economies. But our list is not just full of business leaders – it includes scientists, doctors, artists and sports stars."

The list is being officially launched at a gala dinner held at Dubai's Madinat Jumeriah Hotel on Tuesday 16 October, hosted by the Consul General of India HE Sanjay Verma. All 100 individuals on the list are invited to the event, along with 300 other VIPs.

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Posted by: A. S. Mathew

In philanthropy, the richest people of China and India are far behind when compared with the rich people of the western world.

But, thank GOD for a few like Mr. Azim Premji of Wipro and Mr. Tata etc, very few to be counted.

Posted by: Joh

Whats powerful? How do these people become powerful, what were the parameters to check their power? Congratulations to those listed here for their success. Good luck and keep doing better.

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Look up Ratan Tata

Posted by: Juliet Lopez

The rich Indians are extremely rich but where Philanthropy is concerned they are very poor. Have you come across any Indian who is a generous philanthropist?

Posted by: Camillus Shanthakumar

Our Hearty Congratulation to Respected Mr. Mohan Valrani, of Al Shirawi Group in this Golden List. We from the Al Shirawi Group are very very Proud.

Posted by: jaleel ramanthali

keep up the excellent work in future .
i wish all the best to our beloved padmashree yousaffali saheb.

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