20. Kushal Pal Singh, 80
Because DLF's monopoly as India's largest real estate behemoth with a land bank of 240 million sq ft of developed area is unchallenged despite a debt burden of Rs 27,000 crore.
Because the DLF chairman and CEOâ€™S ambitious aim of realising over Rs 7,000 crore from the sale of non-core businesses by 2013 could be the silver bullet to end his company's debt woes.
Because his birthday celebrations in Udaipur in 2011 created a logjam of private jets at the airport, with guests including Sunil Bharti Mittal, Pawan Munjal, U2's Bono, David and Victoria Beckham, and Shakira
21. Subramanian Swamy, 72
The Lone Ranger
Because he led the charge that exposed the 2G spectrum scam.
Because he appeared before the 2G spectrum trial court and gave evidence to establish that Home Minister P. Chidambaram was prima facie guilty of allowing the scam.
Because with almost 60,000 followers on Twitter, the Janata Party president has carved out a virtual electorate.
After office address: Home. Never attends cocktail parties.
Power guru: The only person he has bowed his head to is Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi.
Court king: Has fought 40 serious cases in the last four decades. If he wins a case, he celebrates by cleaning up his basement office.
Food for thought:
Because the release of his autobiography Whatever the Odds, by long-time friend and GE's former chairman Jack Welch via satellite in 2011, was one of the grandest book launches Delhi ever has seen.
Vegetarian by choice but loves sea food.His gadgets:
iPhone and iPad.Did you know?
He has two birth dates, November, 19, 1929, in his horoscope and August 15, 1931, in municipal records. He suspects the earlier one to be true but has retained the 1931 date.
22. Aamir Khan, 46
Because he is India's most innovative actor-producer, powering tiny films like the Rs 10-crore Dhobi Ghat and Rs 25-crore Delhi Belly to a cumulative box office gross of Rs 112 crore.
Because he is going to anchor India's most ambitious and expensive talk show titledSatyameva Jayate, to be aired on Star TV in June 2012.
Because when it comes to pushing causes, no one does it better, whether as national brand ambassador of UNICEF for child nutrition or even being a catalyst in spreading awareness on IVF surrogacy in India after the birth of his son, Azad Rao Khan, through the same procedure.
Reference point: He is a follower of spiritual leader J.P. Vaswani.
Loves to drive: His Rolls-Royce Ghost Phantom, Bentley Continental, BMW 6 Series and a Range Rover.
Food for thought: He is fond of the egg-white masala omelette and orders it every time he is at Frangipani at Trident. Also likes to eat at India Jones, Mumbai.
23. Pawan Munjal, 58
Hero No. 1
Because he indigenised the two-wheeler market by severing ties with Honda and taking motorcycles to rural India.
Because he proved naysayers wrong by notching up a record six million-plus unit sales despite an economic slowdown.
Because he increased his share in the domestic motorcycle market to 60 per cent from 55 per cent in 2010-11 and retained his number one position, even without Honda's technological backing.
Because his was the first Indian brand to debut at the highly competitive AMA SuperBike racing championship this year.
Operates from his Greater Kailash I home or Vasant Vihar office in Delhi.
Loves to drive his Jaguar. Has a Range Rover and an Alpha Romeo in his garage.
Time out: Usually goes on cruises to Alaska and Scandinavia. Often visits golfing destinations.
Power icon: Tiger Woods. When Woods won his first major in over two years in March, his BBM status read: "Tiger's Back.''
24. Shah Rukh Khan, 46
The Shah of Blah
Because he set out to break records with the Rs 150-croreRa.One and did just that with every conceivable marketing gimmick, ensuring 25 brand tie-ups and 3,500 visual effect shots, fetching the movie Rs 240 crore worldwide.
Because even after the excessive promotion of Ra.One, everything he does is still news, be it assaulting former friends, his absence at power parties or the absence of others at his star soirees.
Because he struck box office gold again two months after Ra.One inDon 2 that collected Rs 210 crore worldwide.
Usually to be found at his Bandstand home Mannat in Mumbai, Park Lane in central London or Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
Food for thought: Royal China in Mumbai, Buddha Bar in New York, Nobu in London.
Reference point: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
25. Rahul Bhatia, 49
Because in a year that the Indian airline industry bled and asked the Government for a tourniquet, IndiGo stood on its feet and made money (Rs 650 crore in 2011).
Because after beating back domestic competition, IndiGo is now giving international airlines a run for their money, commencing operations to Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu and Muscat in 2011.
Because he is making a big splash in the mid-price range hotel industry with the launch of seven hotels under the Ibis brand in 2011.
Power friends: Rakesh Gangwal, former CEO and chairman of US Airways Group, a 50 per cent partner in IndiGo.
Early start: His first business idea was in 1984, to make digital telephone switches.
26. N. Srinivasan, 67
Master of the Game
Because he is the big boss of BCCI and helped double the earnings of the world's richest cricket board from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 2,000 crore in 2011.
Because he had the power to stymie International Cricket Council, cricket's controlling body, that tried hard to push the Umpire Decision Review System as demanded by other major cricketing nations.
Because he convinced the market there's nothing beyond cricket in India and garnered a record Rs 3,851 crore from Star TV for a six-year broadcast deal for domestic matches.
Chill out zone: Vacations are a must at Kodaikanal, where he has a bungalow. Once a week, he loves a game at the TNGF Golf Course or a coffee at Madras Boat Club, Chennai.
In his garage: Volkswagen Beetle, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Rolls-Royce, Range Rover and Land Cruiser.
Brand loyalty: Rolex watch, Mont Blanc pen and Bally shoes.
Food for thought: Masala dosa from Woodlands or Saravana Bhavan in Chennai.
Inspirational bestseller: The Godfather by Mario Puzo.
27. Malvinder Mohan & Shivinder Mohan Singh, 39 and 36
Health is Wealth
Because in the last one year, the brothers have bought seven overseas healthcare entities for more than Rs 2,100 crore.
Because in 2011 they created Fortis Healthcare, a Rs 5,000-crore behemoth with 78 hospitals in 10 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Because they have 200 day care speciality clinics, 200 pathology laboratories, 600 primary health care centres, 23,000 employees, 4,000 doctors and 12,000 beds.
Because they have built the tiny brokerage Religare into a Rs 2,700-crore financial company with a footprint across 10 countries.
Because more than half of their $1 billion (Rs 5,000 crore) revenue now comes from the global market.
Reference point: Both are devoted followers of the Radhasoami Satsang Beas, vegetarians and teetotallers.
28. Shashikant & Ravi Ruia, 68 and 62
Because despite being embroiled in the 2G scam, they have kept their kith and kin out of jail.
Because in a year when growth took a backseat, the brothers increased their steel production capacity from 4.6 million tonnes per annum (MPTA) to 10 MPTA to become the world's fourth largest flat steel producer.
Because the group's port capacity was enhanced from 76 to 88 MPTA in Hazira, making them India's second largest port operator after Gautam Adani.
Because the brothers increased crude refining capacity from 14 to 18 MPTA to become India's second largest private crude refiner after Reliance Industries.
Operate from: Shashi Ruia from Mumbai's Mahalaxmi headquarters, while Ravi Ruia shuttles between Essar's Emaar Business Park office in Dubai and the Berkeley Square office in London.
Food for thought: Ravi frequents eateries such as Berkeley and Zetter in London. For Shashi, it's quality south Indian food.
29. Sajjan Jindal, 52
Because despite the setback to his steel business after the Supreme Court ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka, his company Jindal South West remains the third biggest steel producer in India.
Because the chairman and MD of JSW Steel consolidated his control over steel company Ispat in which he bought a 49 per cent share in December 2010, after Vinod Mittal, former promoter of Ispat and brother of steel czar Lakshmi Mittal, stepped down as vice-chairman in March 2012.
Because he is an influential voice of Indian industry having only recently completed his term as president of apex industry chamber ASSOCHAM.
Power acquisition: His three-storeyed bungalow on Napean Sea Road, Mumbai, that he reportedly bought for Rs 400 crore in July 2011.
Family: Wife Sangita Jindal chairs the JSW Foundation, which manages the group's social development initiatives.
Adventure seeker: He goes skiing in France or to the base camp of Mount Everest annually.
30. Manoj & Sameer Gaur, 47 and 40
Fast and Furious
Because the brothers spent $400 million (Rs 2,000 crore) to host India's first Formula1 Grand Prix and proved that India can organise a glitch-free, glitzy, mega sporting event.
Because the Paddock Club parties and LAP lounge bashes became the high point of Delhi's social calendar over the Formula 1 weekend.
Because though they were perceived to be close to former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, they are building bridges with Akhilesh Yadav, typical of how sensibly they run their projects across 11 states.
Because none of their many projects, including the five townships being built along the Yamuna Expressway over 450 million sq ft, is dogged by land acquisition issues like elsewhere in India.
You can find them at home in Greater Noida, where they shifted in 2011 from Delhi to be closer to their projects.
31. Mahendra Mohan, 72 & Sanjay Gupta, 49
Because their flagship Hindi dailyDainik Jagran is the No. 1 newspaper in India with 16.4 million readers, according to Indian Readership Survey Q2 2011.
Because the Guptas have acquired Indore-based Hindi dailyNai Duniya, making them number 1 across 11 states.
Because i-next, their youth-oriented daily, now has a readership of 22 lakh.
Operate from: Sanjay operates from Noida. Uncle Mahendra Mohan is based out of Kanpur but frequents Delhi.
Time out: Mahendra Mohan likes a game of cards with friends. Sanjay enjoys dancing at parties.
32. GVK & Sanjay Reddy, 75 and 47
Because they acquired another 13.5 per cent stake to become the majority owner of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.
Because their GVK group acquired Hancock Coal Mines and Infrastructure in Australia for Rs 6,300 crore.
Because they can produce at least 30 million tonnes of coal a year over the next 30 years.
Love to drive: GVK likes his Rolls-Royce. Sanjay prefers his BMW.
Brand loyalty: Canali for GVK; Zegna for Sanjay.
Tech toys: BlackBerry and iPad 2 for both.
Food for thought: Chinese for GVK and all cuisines for Sanjay.
Operate from: GVK from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Gurgaon; Mumbai, Brisbane and Hyderabad for Sanjay.
33. Naresh Trehan, 65
Because he set up the Rs 1,000-crore Medanta-The Medicity in Gurgaon, India's newest and largest medical facility built across 43 acres with 1,500 beds, 45 operation theatres, over 1,000 doctors, 68 specialities and Rs 300 crore worth of technology.
Because he is one of the most prominent heart surgeons in the country with almost all major leaders of politics and business among his patients.
Because he has the credibility to reassure the nation. During the Lokpal movement in 2011, when a fasting Anna Hazare lay supine at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Trehan and his team of 36 doctors kept the nation's hope alive.
Gadget guru: He religiously installs latest medical applications on his BlackBerry phone and iPad.
34. Rajinikanth, 61
Sultan of South
Because when Bollywood wants to anoint the next superstar, like Salman Khan, it calls him the Rajinikanth of the North.
Because when Rajinikanth fell ill and was hospitalised in Singapore in May 2011, the heartbeat of Tamil Nadu seemed to stop.
Because he will star in India's first motion capture technology movie, Kochadaiyaan.
Because the age of his heroines decreases as his increases-hisKochadaiyaan co-star Deepika Padukone is 26 to his 61.
Because the success ofEndhiran inspired Apple to launch an iPad application on the superstar.
Back in the game: He recently visited a recording studio after 20 years to sing a track forKochadaiyaan.
Next move: The definitive biography of the actor to be launched on 12.12.12, coinciding with his 62nd birthday, by Naman Ramachandran.
Big sale: The theatrical rights of the Telugu version ofKochadaiyaan went for a record Rs 30 crore.
35. Subhash Chandra, 61
Wellspring of Success
Because his Zee group is buying out Dainik Bhaskar Corp's stake in the Mumbai-based newspaper DNA.
Because Zee Entertainment Enterprises has obtained landing rights in the difficult China market, where he already runs a profitable syndication and sales business.
Because he has announced an additional $250 million (Rs 1,200 crore) investment in Veria Living, the health-and-wellness channel he launched in the US in 2007.
Brand loyalty: Apple products.
Early start: He dropped out of school in Class XII.
36. Harish Salve, 56
Because he ensured a landmark victory for Vodafone against CBDT, saving it $3 billion (Rs 15,000 crore) in tax and forcing the Government into unpopular retrospective legislation.
Because whichever litigation is making headlines, Salve plays a central role, from the 2G case representing the Tatas and Etisalat to the Talwars in the Aarushi murder case.
Because he is currently counsel to Mukesh Ambani versus the Government in KG Basin case.
Tech toys: Has two Apple phones and the iPad3. Must own a new Apple product within 48 hours.
The big win: His most cherished legal victory was out of court in 2010 when he settled a six-year-old property dispute with the Maharishi Trust over his house in Golf Links, Delhi.
Power loss: Shed 37 kg in three years.
37. Venu & Mallika Srinivasan, 59 and 52
Because together they are a manufacturing powerhouse, with Venu Srinivasan heading the $4 billion (Rs 20,000 crore) TVS group, India's second largest twowheeler maker, and Mallika heading the $1.3 billion (Rs 6,500 crore) tractor major TAFE, India's second largest tractor manufacturer.
Because the TVS group's new entity, TVS Europe Distribution Limited, has acquired Universal Components UK, the second acquisition there in three years, taking the group's turnover in UK to more than Rs 1,000 crore.
Because TAFE is all set to break into the sub-20 hp segment post a strategic alliance with Captain Tractors, Rajkot.
Power moment: When their daughter Lakshmi married Rohan Murthy, son of the Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy, at her maternal grandfather A. Sivasailam's home in Chennai-where Venu and Mallika got married in 1982.
Did you know? Mallika can drive a tractor apart from being able to sell one.
Power statement: For her, being voted into the Forbes list of 50 Power Businesswomen in Asia 2012. For him, a reported Rs 1,800 crore investment in wind energy farms over the next three years.
Common mantra: They are staunch devotees of Puttaparthi Sai Baba.
38. Uday Kotak, 52
Because he was the most vocal industry advocate of an increase in import duty on gold to discourage 'unproductive' saving, a suggestion accepted by the finance minister in his March 16 Budget speech.
Because in 2011, at the end of a tough year for Indian banking, Kotak Mahindra Bank reported a net interest margin of 4.7 per cent, highest in the Indian banking industry and well above the 3.3 per cent industry average.
Because he owns a newspaper, Business Standard, which is closely read by India's economic policy elite and is reported to be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's favourite daily.
Tech toys: BlackBerry and iPad 2. His sons are pushing him to use an iPhone.
39. Ram Jethmalani, 88
MP and Lawyer
Because he is the attorney of any VIP, from Kanimozhi in the 2G spectrum case to B.S. Yeddyurappa in the illegal mining scam, from Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in the illegal money laundering case to Baba Ramdev on the use of force on his followers by Delhi Police at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan on June 4.
Because at 88, although a highly paid and sought-after lawyer, he does successful pro bono work for activists such as Binayak Sen and was instrumental in getting him bail.
Because of his crusade against black money stashed abroad.
Stalled move: He put up a signboard outside his house seven years ago saying he had stopped taking fresh cases. But his clients said he was too young to retire.
40. Ekta Kapoor, 36
TV and Film Producer
Because through her TV serials and films, she's put women at the centre of entertainment, from the independent 30-year-old girl romancing a middle-aged man on TV's Bade Acche Lagte Hai to the item girl in 2011's blockbusterThe Dirty Picture.
Because she is a game-changer, whether it is transforming the battered beti discourse on general entertainment channels or bringing sexy back to mainstream movies through her hit movies LSD, Ragini MMS andThe Dirty Picture.
Because she has over a 100 shows across 20 channels in six languages.
Loves to drive: Jaguar XJR.
Cool buddies: Tanu Dasgupta, creative head of Balaji shows, and Mushtaq Sheikh, writer of the film Om Shanti Om.
Obsessed about: Her weight. The first thing she does when she lands anywhere is ask for a weighing machine.
Star tribute: A chapter is devoted to her in Meenal Baghel's Death in Mumbai where she's called "TV's most famous backroom girl".
41. A.R. Rahman, 46
Because he has become India's first music star invited to the Oscars even when he's not nominated.
Because he is India's best known music ambassador, collaborating with Dido, Florence and the Machine and German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.
Because he has formed India's first cross-cultural band, SuperHeavy, with musical greats like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart as well as singers Joss Stone and Damien Marley.
Brand loyalty: His suits are stitched by Syed Bawkher, who runs a 90-year-old tailoring house in Chennai.
Operates from: Chennai but has studios in Mumbai, London and Los Angeles.
42. Vidya Balan, 34
Because when she's in a movie, the men are wallflowers for a change.
Because her last three moviesNo One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, with a cumulative budget of Rs 38 crore, have grossed Rs 228 crore worldwide at the box office.
Because as the world clamours for her attention, she's gone on a three-month break to avoid becoming a "mad woman".
Price of power: Had health complications after gaining 12 kg for The Dirty Picture.
Food for thought: Paranthas at home and cracked wheat ragu at Basilico in Mumbai.
Powerspeak: "Being powerful means being who you are."
43. Rajiv Bajaj, 45
In the Driver's Seat
Because he spearheaded a turnaround at Bajaj Auto, making it the most profitable two-wheeler manufacturer in India with operating margins of almost 20 per cent.
Because he has a bike for every market category: Pulsar, a sports motorcycle, Discover, for the sporty commuter, and Boxer, a utility bike.
Because he forged an entry into Africa and plans to enter Brazil.
Reference point: He was so inspired by the book Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind written by strategists Al Reese and Jack Trout that in 2010 he convinced Trout to be a consultant to Bajaj Auto and spend quality time with the teams every quarter.
44. Raghav Bahl, 52
Colour of Money
Because one of the biggest media deals in recent times with Mukesh Ambani's RIL will help him settle the company's debts and expand in the important southern market.
Because Network18, with channels like CNN-IBN and Colors, is one of India's biggest media companies with a market capitalisation under Rs 2,000 crore.
Because the group's Viacom18 Motion Pictures has got the superhit formula worked out. After the success of Tanu Weds Manuin early 2011, Shaitan and more recently Kahaani have been runaway successes.
Loves to drive: Toyota Camry.
45. Parmeshwar Godrej, 66
Because she hosts the best and brightest stars who visit Mumbai, from talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey to English actress-model Elizabeth Hurley to Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
Because at 66, she can still pull off a body-hugging Herve Leger.
Food for thought: Sarson da saag, street food, caviar with champagne.
Next move: Raising awareness about the lung disorder Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which she suffers from.
46. Arnab Goswami, 39
Middle Class Voice
Because he articulates what the angry middle class Indian feels about corruption, misgovernance and terror, five nights a week in Newshour, one of most watched shows on English news channels.
Because even though he is the only TV news editor to be based in Mumbai, away from the nerve centre of news, he has his finger on the pulse of the people.
Because he has kept Times Now one among the top news channels in a competitive news environment consistently for over four years now.
Because he is loved as much as he is loathed, but never ignored.
He avoids: Twitter. "I get enough feedback, negative and positive, on my show," he says.
Did you know? He is usually mistaken for a Bengali though he is from Guwahati, Assam.
47. Arvind Kejriwal, 43
The Conscience Keeper
Because he is the man Anna Hazare listens to when the nation stops to listen to Hazare.
Because the social activist decides the length of Hazare's campaign, the venues of his fasts, when he breaks them and what he says when doing so.
Because even as the Government reels from the Jan Lokpal onslaught, he is planning his next big campaign, Swaraj, which envisages giving direct control of funds, functions and functionaries to people's assemblies.
Simple living: Travels by Delhi Metro. Uses his wife's Maruti Alto only if there is an emergency.
Off the record: Kejriwal's NGO Parivartan has never been officially registered.
48. Aruna Roy, 65
Because she speaks her mind despite being a member of the powerful National Advisory Council.
Because she slammed the Government's decision to peg NREGA wages lower than minimum wages.
Because of her initiative, the Government approved the Whistleblowers' Bill.
Power Friend: Sonia Gandhi, who seeks her advice routinely whether on the judicial accountability legislation or the Citizen's Charter.
49. Kalanidhi Maran, 46
Because despite allegations that his brother, former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, may have favoured Aircel for a quid pro quo in family enterprise Sun Network, and despite DMK's loss of power in Tamil Nadu, he remains a major presence in the media space.
Because at a time when airlines are struggling for money, he infused Rs 100 crore into SpiceJet, in which he now owns a 48 per cent stake, in March 2012.
Did you know? Wife Kaveri, JMD of Sun Network, is the highest paid woman executive in India with an annual package of Rs 65 crore.
50. Vijay Mallya, 56
King of Past Times
Because he used all his powers of persuasion and political networking to nudge a consortium of 13 banks led by SBI and ICICI to take the most unusual step of converting a sinking Kingfisher Airlines' debt into equity.
Because he is hanging on to his airline investment by the skin of his teeth, having sold 42.5 per cent stake in his under-performing Formula 1 team to Sahara Group.
Best buy: Chris Gayle for his IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took them to the semi-finals in 2011.
High point: Mallya's United Breweries saw a 34 per cent rise in the stock price in just two trading sessions in March.