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Meet Neha Narkhede, Self-Taught Newbie on Hurun’s Richest Women List

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Neha Narkhede, co-founder of Silicon Valley-based data streaming platform Confluent, became the newest entrant to the 2021 Hurun Leading Wealthy Women List. The 38-year-old is the eighth richest on the list , ahead of Vandana Lal of Dr Lal PathLabs and behind Anu Aga and Meher Pudumjee of Thermax, at a net worth of Rs 13,380 crore. Narkhede is a self-taught entrepreneur.

Lal and Narkhede were the only two new faces in the list of richest women in India. The list, in its third annual iteration, is compiled by Kotak Private Banking, a division of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, and Hurun India, and contains the names of India’s richest women.

Raised in Pune, Narkhede studied her BSc in Engineering at the Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT), University of Pune. She received her master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Joining Oracle and then LinkedIn as a Principal Software Engineer, Narkhede co-created the Apache Kafka open-source platform, which she used to co-create Confluent. Narkhede served as both chief technology officer and chief product officer at Confluent until 2020, and is now a member of the company’s board of directors.

Confluent currently has a market capitalization of $7 billion, having raised $880 million in its IPO last year. Narkhede was listed as one of the Innovators Under 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2017, one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Technology in 2018, and one of the American autodidacts in 2022 by Forbes.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra, president of HCL Technologies, topped the list for the second consecutive year with a net worth of Rs 84,330 crore. Nykaa founder Falguni Nayar was the second richest on the list and the richest self-made woman, overtaking Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw for both titles.

(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)

First post: STI