NEW YORK, NY – Apart from the 84 Indians who were part of the Forbes rich list, seven Indian Americans were also named among the 1,810 individuals on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List released on Mar 1..Topping this list was Romesh T. Wadhwani, Symphony Technology Group founder and chairman who had the highest net worth among Indian-Americans, ranking at No. 612 overall, Wadhwani boasts a total net worth of $2.8 billion.
Bharat Desai and his wife Neerja Sethi Desai who founded the IT company Syntel in their apartment in Troy, Mich., in 1980 ,now have a net worth of $2.6 billion and are No. 688 on the list. John Kapoor with his $2.1 billion net worth is at No. 906 . The 72-year-old made his wealth in healthcare and is the chairman and majority owner at drug companies Akorn and Insys Therapeutics. Rakesh Gangwal, India airline IndiGo co-founder made his first appearance on the list. The 63-year-old Miami, Florida, resident has a net worth of $1.9 billion and is at No. 959t. Kavitark Ram Shriram made his $1.85 billion with Google and as a venture capitalist. The 59-year-old has been investing in early-stage tech firms and remains on Google’s board since 1998 when it was founded. He is No. 1011 on the list. Vinod Khosla, 61, partner at Khosla Ventures comes in at No. 1198 on the world’s richest list. The Indian American has raked in his $1.51 billion as a venture capitalist for two decades, first at VC firm Kleiner Perkins before starting his own firm in 2004. Brian Sheth, 40, of Austin, Texas, co-founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s president. Since then, Sheth has racked up a net worth of $1.1 billion and slides in at No. 1577 on the list. Additionally, he helped boost is net worth by buying and fixing up a less-than glamorous collection of enterprise software companies.