Leaders don’t hesitate to take on seemingly impossible goals and then inspire everyone else around them to help achieve goals.
CEO of inconclusive India - Nachiket Mor Nachiket Mor gave up a dream career at ICICI Bank to try and make a difference to the lives of the poor.
Arvind Kejriwal: The clean-up crusader He wants to upend the governance system so that power returns to where it belongs: the people.
God of small credit - Vikram Akula By giving small loans to poor people, this entrepreneur is transforming rural India like never before.
The great enabler - Jignesh Shah Jignesh Shah is using technology to deliver the benefits of globalisation to the masses.
Sights on the sun - Ratul Puri He has shown what he could do with CDs, but his biggest bet yet is on solar power.
Mister hospitality - Vikram Oberoi Vikram Oberoi wants to set the global benchmark in luxury hospitality. Few think he won’t succeed.
Master of the fifth estate - Vineet Jain Vineet Jain is coming into his own. He’s taking the Old Lady of Boribunder to places she’s never seen before.
Private equity pasha - Ashish Dhawan He has got investors who love him and a marketplace that’s red hot. Private equity’s poster boy is on a roll.
Cruise control - Kumar Mangalam Birla He is the flagbearer of the Birla name, and also a commodities czar on the rise.
The badshah of Bollywood - Shah Rukh Khan The most recognisable face of Indian cinema worldwide, SRK rules the entertainment industry.
Dot-com's poster boy - Sanjeev Bikhchandani India’s most successful net entrepreneur has many more tricks up his sleeve.
India's healthcare heiress - Sangita Reddy She is writing the precise prognosis for her business.
Urban reformer - Ramesh Ramanathan Like much of Bangalore, Kadugondanahalli is in transition, moving from an anonymous location on a once small town’s periphery into a rapidly mushrooming suburb suffering the range of problems associated with rapid, unplanned development.
The liberator of Kumaoni women - Mukti Dutta Datta decided to devote her life to social causes, and particularly those related to empowerment of women and the underprivileged, in the backward district of Kumaon.
Still the boy next door - M. S. Dhoni In many ways, Dhoni is like Kapil Dev. Both hail from small towns not known for producing cricketing talent till their arrival. Both burst on the international cricket scene and immediately set the stands on fire with their explosive batting.
Her mother's daughter - Kiran Desai For a long time, she was known as the talented daughter of noted novelist Anita Desai. Kiran Desai’s first book, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, published in 1998, won critical acclaim across the world and even won the Betty Trask Award.
Solar crusader - Harish Hande I have some bad news and some good news for you. The bad news is you are totally dead and the good news is you are still young—This is what Denis Hayes, leading environmental activist and founder of the Earth Day told Harish Hande.
Medicine man - Glenn Saldanha On the fringes of Mumbai, in what’s known as Navi or New Mumbai, lies Mahape. One of the 226-odd functional industrial areas chalked out by the Maharashtra Industrial Corporation (MIDC) in the state is sprawled over this suburb.
Steel czar - Aditya Mittal At 31, Aditya Mittal already helps run the world's biggest steel empire. But his best is yet to come.