Its raining money on three Indian women Vanisha Mittal daughter of Lakshmi Mittal, Isha Ambani daughter of Mukesh Ambani and Pia Singh daughter of K.P.Singh are the top three on the Forbes list of worlds wealthiest inheritors! That they happen to be women is only a happy coincidence..or is it pre ordained? Bravo to the fathers who discarded all bias of sons vs daughters thereby morally, legally, ethically proving a glaring point. On a lighter note..”kudiyon ka hai zamaana”..
An aside.. will this prove to be a deterrent for the female infanticide obsessed India ? Am I jumping the gun here in hoping that perhaps this is a sign from the Almighty to STOP this debauchery or will this have no telling on insouciant mindsets? Such Hypocrisy. While we worship Mother Goddess Lakshmi as the harbinger of wealth, prosperity, abundance, a female manifeststion as daughter or wife is reason to be aborted or charred to death. How can they imagine that the Goddess would shower here benevolence on such ignorant minds?
Breathing deeply…pause..Getting back on track..
No. 1 on the list of the US business magazine is Vanisha Mittal Bhatia, daughter of Lakshmi Mittal, the fourth-richest person in the world as of March last.
Perhaps best known for the $60 million wedding her father threw for her in 2004, she now serves as a director on the board of dad’s $103 billion (market cap) steel company, ArcelorMittal.
Second on the Forbes list is Isha Ambani, the only daughter of Mukesh Ambani, an Indian billionaire ranked fifth in the world. She is just a teenager but already has her own stake in the family’s Reliance Industries, worth about $80 million, notes the magazine.
Ranked third in the heiresses is Indian realty baron K.P. Singh’s daughter Pia Singh. She already holds a stake worth USD 400 million in the country’s biggest real estate firm.
Why do my instincts tell me that male readers are eying them (not necessarily lasciviously) but with a hope in their hearts and a smile on their lips. I dont blame ya fellas. Not only are these lasses pretty (btw the Mittal one is already taken) but maverick, dignified and wealthy to boot.
There was a time I luxuriated in reading Richie Rich comics, remember the poor little rich boy who was obscenely wealthy? I bemusedly , page after age soaked in the talent of the writers as they conjured up totally fantabulous ways in which to depict incalculable wealth, ( safe vault, brimming over, was so huge that it needed to be embedded in a mountain at the back of their home) simultaneously exposing his loneliness and lack of peers to enjoy it with. But try as I may, sympathy was one emotion that never ever made its presence felt. All I kept thinking was what would it mean to be this rich or in fact would it mean anything at all once you were!
Which is what fascinates me with this lot. They come across as those who have been blessed but definitely not spoilt. There is a certain down to earthed-ness at play here.No Paris Hilton airs or purrs. Thank God for that or rather must credit their parents for making them ‘real’ people.
Going by Bollywood stereotypes a decade or two ago, depiction usually amounted to caricatures where ostentatious display of jewellery, hoity toity bearings and snobbery overwpoweringly obvious from a mile away, was the signature classification of a ‘rich woman’. What has taken over today is a sense of self where personal achievement rules over any false artifice of grandeur.
Clearly wealth whispers,nouveau riche money.. shouts. This is so heartening. Imagine how terrible it might have been to be fed on media reports of any of them having gone awry, berserk in the luxuries that were their right but which lent only into meaningless lives, empty goals, bereft of higher thinking or value orientation. Indianness has truly I think delivered them from ruins. We are as yet a nation quite hopelessly impecunious,where riches/wealth for the ordinary citizen is a new phenomenon. Our spiritualistic groundings therefore providing the necessary mooring in tumultous seas of limitless opportunity preventing a drift ..soullessly.
You go girls!! Show the world what Indian women are all about..Exemplify the virtuosity of our scriptures, where wealth was at best a facilitator and enabler.. a means to an end not the end by itself, where family and its harmonious support paramount, love, grace dignity the embodiments of an Indian woman..hopefully erasing frightful memories of stories that link India with dowry deaths and female infanticide.
Meanwhile..lets just say.. Indians rock!!