The big American dream might not be for all. But it surely is a reason for many to aspire and aim high. And in this story, we are talking about five women of Indian origin who are being counted among the richest women entrepreneurs in the US.
Jayshree Ullal, Neerja Sethi, Neha Narkhede, Indra Nooyi, and Reshma Shetty feature in Forbes’ eight annual lists by roofing and building supply billionaire Diane Hendricks. Their names feature in the Forbes eighth annual list of 100 ‘super successful entrepreneurs, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Jayshree Ullal happens to be the CEO of Artista Networks in California; Neerja Sethi is the co-founder of Syntel; Neha Narkhede, co-founder and former CTO of Confluent; former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Reshma Shetty, co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks.
Jayshree Ullal’s Arista happens to be a computer networking firm set up in 2008 and made a revenue of $2.3 billion in 2020.
Neerja Sethi, 67, founded the IT consulting and outsourcing firm Syntel along the lines of Tata Consultancy Services with her husband Bharat Desai in 1980. The company was bought by French IT firm Atos SE for $3.4 billion, and Neerja got a whopping $510 million for her stake.
Pune-born Neha Narkhede, 37, is the co-founder of cloud company Confluent. The company helps organizations process large amounts of data on the open-source messaging system Apache and Kafka. Her family owns 8% of the stake in the company.
One woman who has made many headlines among the top five is surely Indra Nooyi, 66. She grew up in India and got an MBA from Yale before she became one of corporate America’s few CEOs.
Ginkgo is the name of a plant from the dinosaur era, and Reshma Shetty, 41, is the co-founder of the synthetic biotechnology company. During the pandemic, the company spread its roots to Boston to research coronavirus.