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50 Most Powerful Businesswomen In Asia, 2016

Nita Ambani, director on the board of Reliance Industries and founder-chairperson, Reliance Foundation has topped the Forbes list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia, 2016. Nita Ambani is joined by the State Bank of India Chairman and Managing Director Arundhati Bhattacharya comes in at second spot.

China and Hong Kong dominate with 14 women, followed by India with 8, Thailand with 5, and Japan with 4.

Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, and Vietnam each have 3, while South Korea and the Philippines each have two. Macau, Taiwan, and New Zealand have one each

The Power Businesswomen ranking 2016 acknowledges the inroads women are making in the business world, in spite of gender inequalities. To qualify, magazien said women have to be active in the upper echelons of business in Asia, wield significant power, and have access to robust financial resources.

Here’s the complete list of the 50 most powerful businesswomen in Asia, 2016:

1Nita AmbaniDirector/Chairman at Reliance Industries/Reliance FoundationIndia
2Arundhati BhattacharyaChairman & Managing Director at the State Bank of IndiaIndia
3Cao Thi Ngoc DungChairman & CEO at the Phu Nhuan JewelryVietnam
4Somruedee ChaimongkolCEO at Banpu Thailand
5Sabrina Sih Ming ChaoChairman at the Wah Kwong Maritime Transport HoldingsHong Kong

Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings
Cofounder at the Horizons VenturesHong Kong
7Eva Yi-Hwa ChenCEO at Trend MicroJapan
8Sonia ChengCEO at the Rosewood Hotel Group /New World DevelopmentHong Kong
9Chew Gek KhimExecutive Chairman at the Straits TradingSingapore
10Yuwadee ChirathivatCEO at Central Department Store GroupThailand
11Pollyanna ChuCEO at Kingston Financial GroupHong Kong
12Chadatip ChutrakulCEo at Siam PiwatThailand
13Lorna Jane ClarksonFounder & Chief Creative Officer at the Lorna JaneAustralia
14Ambiga DhirajCEO at the Mu SigmaIndia
15Dong MingzhuChairman & President at the Gree Electric AppliancesChina
16Dipali GoenkaCEO at the Welspun IndiaIndia
17Robina Gokongwei-PeCOO at Robinsons Retail HoldingsPhilippines
18Vinita GuptaCEO at LupinIndia
19Ho ChingCEO at the TemasekSingapore
20Tina JuFounder & Managing Partner at the KPCB China, TDF CapitalChina
21Shinta Widjaja KamdaniCEO at Sintesa GroupIndonesia
22Chanda KochharCEO at the ICICI BankIndia
23Lee Boo-jin CEO Hotel ShillaSouth Korea
24Angela LeongManaging Director/Chairman at the SJM Holdings/ L’Avenue International HoldingsMacau
25Susan Lloyd Hurwitz CEo at the MirvacAustralia
26Vandana LuthraFounder & vice chairman at the VLCC Health CareIndia
27Ma XiuhuiCEo at the Opple LightingChina
28Kiran Mazumdar-ShawManaging Director at the BioconIndia
29Mou JinxiangCofounder & Chairman at the Lianhe Chemical TechnologyChina
30Tomoko NambaFounder at the DeNAJapan
31May NgCEO at the Pan-UnitedSingapore
32Nguyen Thi Phuong ThaoCofounder & chairman at the Sovico HoldingsVietnam
33Kumiko OtsukaPresident at the Otsuka Kagu

34Nalinee PaiboonFounder & President at the Skyline UnityThailand
35Sky ParkVice President at E-LandSouth Korea
36Lucy PengCEO at Ant Financial China
37Wendy PyeCEO at the Wendy Pye Publishing GroupNew Zealand
38Gina RinehartExecutive Chair at the Hancock ProspectingAustralia
39Kathryn ShihPresident at the UBS Asia PacificHong Kong
40Parwati SurjaudajaCEO ate the Bank OCBC NISPIndonesia
41Teresita SyChairman at the SM Investments/Banco de Oro Universal Bank Philippines
42PhilippinesCofounder & President at the Art Corp.Japan
43Thai HuongChairman at TH Group/Bac A BankVietnam
44Patty Pei-Chun Tsai CEO at Pou Chen GroupTaiwan
45Supaluck Umpujh Vice Chairwoman/Chairman at the Mall Group/Emporium GroupThailand
46Jane YanFounder and Chairman at the Beijing VenustechChina
47Wendy Sui Cheng YapCEO at Nippon IndosariIndonesia
48Zhou QunfeiFounder and Chairman at Lens technologyChina
49Zhou XiaoguangChairman at the Neoglory Holdings GroupChina

Note: Asia’s Power Businesswomen ranking 2016 list is not a ranking list, and that Nita Ambani is not No. 1 on the list. The 50 women are listed in alphabetical order on the website.

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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