Savitri Jindal, the matriarch of the Jindal group, is the richest woman in India. Since her entry into the world of business after her husband’s death, she also charted a successful journey as a politician and a social activist.
Interesting facts about Savitri Jindal’s life.
In March 2019, Forbes placed Savitri Jindal & family at 14th position in terms of personal wealth in India, making Savitri the richest woman in the country. She held a fortune of $12.2billion in 2010, which declined to $5.9 in 2019.
She was the world’s fourth-richest mother and the only billionaire to have nine children.
Chairperson of Jindal Group and Emeritus, Savitri Jindal shares her fortune with her sons who operate four divisions of the group’s company. Her real-time net worth was estimated to be $6.5 billion.
The biggest assets of the group are overseen by her Mumbai-based son Sajjan Jindal, who runs JSW Steel, among much else. Jindal‘s younger son Naveen’s Jindal Power & Steel, once a high-flier, is weighed down by $6 billion in debt.
She didn’t step out or had any career for 36 years before becoming the chairperson of Jindal Group.
Savitri is not a self-made billionaire however she has been chairing India’s highest valued steel producer, the Jindal Group for 14 years. This was after her husband O.P Jindal who died in a helicopter crash in 2005.
She never even went attended college. In typical style, she never even knew how much her billionaire husband made, mostly because she never even asked.
Soon after venturing into the business world, she entered politics by joining the Haryana government, representing the Indian National Congress party. In 2006, she became the minister of state for revenue, disaster management, rehabilitation, and housing.
Her wealth is also equivalent to 469% of the total wealth of the top 500 wealthiest people around the world.