Here are the most powerful Indians in 2013, according to The Indian Express. What is most interesting about this list is the fact about the personalities that hardly anyone would know. Read the unknown and explored facts about these 100 most powerful Indians in 2013:
#1: Rahul Gandhi (Congress Vice-President)
He turned into a pure vegetarian lately.
#2: Narendra Modi (CM, Gujarat)
Conscious of his hair, he often carries a comb at the public events.
#3: Sonia Gandhi (Congress president)
Apart from Italian, English and Hindi, she is well-versed in Portuguese too.
#4: Manmohan Singh (PM of India)
Breakfast hour is when he is most relaxed. That is when he meets most of his non-political guests.
#5: P. Chidambaram (Minister of Finance)
After his 8th budget in 2013, he became the top budget maker in India after Morarji Desai, who presented 10 budgets.
#6: Sushma Swaraj (Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha)
She is an ardent follower of Lord Krishna.
#7: Arun Jaitley (Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha)
He is the only meat-eater among the top six leaders of the BJP. His all-time favorite however is Amritsari chana kulcha.
#8: Pranab Mukherjee (President of India)
He has been writing a diary for the last three decades.
#9: Nitish Kumar (CM, Bihar)
He gets a head massage before he starts his day.
#10: Mulayam Singh Yadav (Chief of Samajwadi Party)
He regrets missing his appointment with socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia at Agra just before his death.
#11: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (Nehru-Gandhi Scion)
She often drives he mother Sonia Gandhi to Khan Market for shopping.
#12: Mukesh Ambani (Chairman, Reliance Industries)
For the last four years, his annual salary remains capped at Rs. 15 crore though shareholders have found him eligible for Rs. 38.82 crore.
#13: Kamal Nath (Minister of Parliamentary Affairs)
He beats a tattoo on the table while talking.
#14: Ahmed Patel (Political Secretary to Sonia Gandhi)
He sleeps late at night after listening to Mukesh songs and offering prayers.
#15: Digvijay Singh (Congress’ General Secretary)
His favourite snack is mangora, a fried savoury made of moong dal.
#16: Ratan Tata (Emeritus Chairman, Tata Group)
He spent his last day working as the chairman of Tata Sons with shop-floor colleague of Tata Motors in Pune.
#17: Altamas Kabir (Chief Justice of India)
He often visits children’s homes when travelling to states for official functions.
#18: Rajnath Singh (President of BJP)
One of the few members of Parliament to always wear dhoti, he stopped wearing pants and pyjamas in 1997.
#19: J. Jaylalithaa (CM, Tamil Nadu)
Last year, she wrote 52 letters to PM raising various issues concerning her state.
#20: Sharad Pawar (NCP President and Agriculture Minister)
When he returns from tours, he disposes of files before moving to the inner chambers of his residence.
#21: AK Antony (Minister of Defence)
He does not entertain any visitor after 9 PM.
#22: Mayawati (Chief of Bahujan Samaj Party)
She likes sprouts for breakfast.
#23: Azim Premji (Chairman, Wipro ltd.)
He exhorted Bangaloreans for a citizens’ movement against tones of garbage rotting on the streets.
#24: Shivraj Singh Chouhan (CM, Madhya Pradesh)
He fasts on all nine days of Navratri.
#25: Mamata Banerjee (CM, West Bengal)
She does not accept gifts, not even from the party workers.
#26: Sushil Kumar Shinde (Minister of Home Affairs)
He loves foreign jaunts and wanted to become the external affairs minister.
#27: Ganapathi (General Secretary, CPI Maoists)
His comrades all him GP.
#28: MS Dhoni (Captain, Indian Cricket Team)
He wants to serve full-time in the armed forces after he retires.
#29: Anil Ambani (Chairman, Reliance ADA Group)
He started 2013 by seeking divine help with a dip at the Mahakumbh.
#30: Sukhbir Singh Badal (Deputy CM, Punjab)
He is an accomplished sculptor.
#31: Naveen Patnaik (CM, Odisha)
His cook, Badal, is known for his excellent Italian, continental and French dishes.
#32: Mohan Bhagwat (Chief of the RSS)
He graduated in veterinary sciences.
#33: Salman Khurshid (Minister of External Affairs)
If he gets a hate message, he gives a befitting response.
#34: LK Advani (BJP Patriarch)
A frugal eater, he does not eat more than three rotis a day.
#35: Sheila Dikshit (CM, New Delhi)
A movie buff, Dikshit’s favorite is Shahid Kapoor.
#36: Jagan Mohan Reddy (President, YRS Congress Party)
He starts his day with a typical Rayalaseema dish, ragi sankat (a thick paste of millets), downed with a glass of butter milk.
#37: Nandan Nilekani (Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India)
On his first day as the UIDAI chief, he yanked off the towel covering the back of his office chair-a gesture interpreted as rejecting the sarkar mentality.
#38: Anand Mahindra (Vice Chairmanand MD, Mahindra & Mahindra)
He says people bursting crackers on morning after Diwali give him “homicidal inclinations.”
#39: Salman Khan (Actor)
He usually rides to film shoots on his Mercedes Benz cycle as part of his fitness.
#40: MK Stalin (General Treasurer, DMK)
Though he follows no religious rituals, he was worried that his wife might be termed unlucky as he was held under MISA during the Emergency just five months after their wedding.
#41: Omita Paul (Secretary to the President of India)
She recently started carrying a mobile for the first time.
#42: Deepak Parekh (Chairman, HDFC)
He never misses Warren Buffet’s annual speech to shareholders.
#43: Arnab Goswami (Editor-In-Chief, Times Now)
He loves to lecture young reporters on what makes a good journalist.
#44: Raj Thackeray (President, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena)
A movie buff, he watches one a day. He is particularly fond of Walt Disney movies.
#45: Kumar Mangalam Birla (Chairman, Aditya Birla Group)
He and Mukesh Ambani are neighbors on Altamount Road in Mumbai, possible the highest net-worth road in the city.
#46: BS Yeddyuarappa (Chief, Karnataka Janata Party)
While his anticipatory bail petition in a corruption case was being heard a few months ago, he took time out to watch the Hindi film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
#47: Pulok Chatterji (Principal Secretary to the PM)
He is probably the first principal secretary who issues instructions on e-mail as well.
#48: UK Sinha (Chairman, SEBI)
An IAS officer from the Bihar cadre, he was twice DM in the region that features Gangs of Wasseypur and says that the filmmaker got it about 50% right.
#49: Shivshankar Menon (National Secueity Advisor to the PM)
He can speak Chinese and German fluently.
#50: Cyrus Mistry (Chairman, tata Sons Ltd)
He drives to work in Tata Manza.
#51: Kanishka Singh (Political Aide to Rahul Gandhi)
A management grad, he is also a stickler for correct English.
#52: Ajit Singh (Minister of Civil Aviation)
He recently finished reading Jeffrey Archer’s Best Kept Secrets.
#53: Uddhav Thackeray (Chief, Shiv Sena)
A passionate photographer, he hired a copter a few years ago for an aerial photo shoot of the Pandharpur festival.
#54: Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission)
When he graduated in 1963 from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, he wanted to become a journalist.
#55: Raghuram Rajan (Chief Economic Adviser to the Finance Ministry)
Born into a Tamil family and having lived abroad, he is now trying to become more fluent in Hindi.
#56: Justice JS Verma (Former CJI of India)
He does not give his mobile number readily.
#57: Akhilesh Yadav (Chief Minsiter, UP)
He is called Tipu at home.
#58: Jayanthi Natarajan (Minister of Environment and Forests)
A prolific reader, she used to be associated with a book club in Chennai.
#59: Raman Singh (CM, Chhattisgarh)
He takes photographs and makes videos during his ground visits and circulates among his officers.
#60: Goolam E Vahanvati (Attorney General of India)
He has a huge collection of highlighters, post-its, markers, pencils and pens from all over the world.
#61: D Subbarao (Governor, RBI)
An M.SC. Physics from IIT Kanpur, he topped civil services examination in 1972.
#62: Aamir Khan (Actor)
In Dhoom 3, Aamir is playing the role of circus acrobat on the lines of Curque du Soleil.
#63: Fali S Nariman (Jurist and Constitutional Expert)
He has not missed a single James Bond movie.
#64: Anand Sharma (Commerce and Industry Minister)
He chaired the meeting on foreign policy at the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur.
#65: Ranjit Sinha (Director, CBI)
He is fond of Mukesh and Manna De songs and is a good swimmer.
#66: Aruna Roy (Social and political activist)
Aruna’s cotton sari wardrobe has as many colors as an artist’s palette. She loves Indian and western classical music.
#67: Pawan Munjal (MD and CEO, Hero Motocorp Ltd)
Munjal loves cars and has an Alfa Romeo in his collection.
#68: KV Kamath (Chairman, Infosys)
His love for Formula One stretches back to before the sport was even talked about in India.
#69: Rahul Bhatia (Chairman, Indigo)
An avid golfer, he has been chairman of the Delhi Golf Club.
#70: Ghulam Nabi Azad (Health Minister)
He commissioned a tulip garden when he was J&K CM.
#71: Lakhmi Niwas Mittal (Chairman, Arcelor Mittal)
His residence at Kensingtom palance gardens has marble from the same quarry that supplied for the Taj Mahal.
#72: Aditya Puri (MD & CEO, HDFC Bank)
His daughter, Amrita Puri, a rising new talent played the female lead in Kai Po Che!
#73: N Srinivasan (President, BCCI)
Golf player Jack Nicklaus is his favorite. He is also a voracious reader of fiction and history.
#74: Samir Jain (Vice Chhairman, Bennett, Coleman & Co ltd), Vineet Jain (MD, BCCL)
Samir reads a lot of English literature and holidays in England. Vineet is a supporter of gay rights.
#75: Sanjay Gupta (CEO, Jagram Prakashan & Editor, Dainik Jagran), MM Gupta (Chairman & MD, Jagran Prakashan)
Sanjay is passionate about music and films. MM Gupta loves spreading time with his grandchildren.
#76: C Ranarajan (Chairman, PM’s Economic Advisory Council)
He is an atheist, but his wife rarely lets any religious occasion slip by without the mandatory puja.
#77: Shobhana Bhartia (Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Group)
She wont make anybody wait nor does she take it kindly if she is made to wait.
#78: Uday Shankar (Chief Executive, Star India)
He brings bagfuls of carrots for his dog on trips back from London.
#79: Arvind Kejriwal (Leader, Aam Aadmi Party)
A film buff, he rarely missed a new release, Bollywood or Hollywood, before 2010.
#80: Sunial Bharti Mittal (Executive Chairman, Bharti Airtel)
He plays the tanpura to relax.
#81: Kapil Sibal (Minister of Telecommunication)
He has written songs for a film titled Bandook.
#82: M Veerappa moily (Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas)
His wife, Malathi is a well-known Kannada poet.
#83: Pratip Chaudhuri (Chairman, SBI)
He is a vegetarian on Thursday. His wife insists on it.
#84: Virat Kohli (Cricketer)
He keeps a strict eye on his calorie count and prefers black coffee to soft drinks or tea.
#85: Aveek Sarkar (Chief Editor, ABP Group)
He is the captain of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.
#86: Kalanithi Maran (Chairman & MD, Sun Group)
He drives a Bentley, which nears his favourite number 1515.
#87: Aditya Chopra (Film Director & Producer)
He doesn’t give interviews and never missed the Friday release at Bandra’s Gaiety Galaxy cinemas.
#88: Uday Kotak (MD, Kotak Mahindra Bank)
He likes to watch cricket and play the sitar.
#89: Rajiv Shukla (MOS for Parliamentary Affairs and IPL Chairman)
He never misses balushahi when visiting Vrindawan.
#90: Karan Johar (Film Director & Producer)
He can speak French fluently.
#91: Shah Rukh Khan (Actor)
He usually sticks to one memento for a movie but for DDLJ he had two: the Harley Davidson jacket and the sunglasses.
#92: Ekta Kapoor (Film & TV Producer)
She has given up chocolates.
#93: Sushil Modi (Deputy CM, Bihar)
A frugal eater, his favorite is green salad.
#94: General Bikram Singh (chief of Indian Army)
A Shiva devotee, he has been observing a fast on Monday for the past four decades.
#95: Ranbir Kapoor (Actor)
Mum Neetu thinks he is a perfect man, so she calls him Raymond, after the man in the well-known advertisement.
#96: Jyotiraditya Scindia (MOS, Independent Charge, Ministry of Power)
He swears by the “dashboard approach”- an excel sheet of agenda items with priorities and timelines.
#97: Jairam Ramesh (Minister of Rural Development)
There are more than 300 CDs on his desk in the office. Carnatic music plays in the background when he works.
#98: Sachin Tendulkar (Cricketer)
On the menu at Goa’s famous eating joint Martin’s Corner is Sachin’s King Crab. The foodie cricketer never misses a chance to be at the Martin’s.
#99: Justice Markandey Katju (Chairman, Press Council of India)
His house is a regular haunt of Urdu poetry lovers.
#100: Sri Sri Ravishankar (Spiritual Leader)
He has honorary degree from 13 universities from around the world.
Source: The Indian Express