MOBILE WAR­RIOR

India Today - - 50 POWER PEOPLE -

Be­cause he is the orig­i­nal tele­com czar of In­dia, has been at the fore­front of the coun­try’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion rev­o­lu­tion and is now putting up a brave fight in the on­go­ing tele­com tar­iff war. Bharti Air­tel is In­dia’s sec­ond-largest mobile phone op­er­a­tor by sub­scriber base, with 400 mil­lion cus­tomers across 16 coun­tries. Air­tel Africa was listed on the Lon­don Stock Ex­change in June

Be­cause at a time when In­dia Inc. is ly­ing low, he is rid­ing the next wave of busi­ness. With his pay­ments bank, in part­ner­ship with Ko­tak Mahin­dra, he is hop­ing to be at the cut­ting edge of mak­ing In­dia more fi­nan­cially in­clu­sive

Be­cause his in­flu­ence in the tele­com world ex­tends be­yond In­dia. In 2017, he was the first busi­ness­man from any emerg­ing mar­ket to chair the Groupe Spe­ciale Mobile As­so­ci­a­tion, a global body of 750-plus mobile operators and 350 other firms

FOOD FUNDA

He goes vege­tar­ian while work­ing on im­por­tant projects

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