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Top 10 most popular NRIs from India Everyone Should Know

Indians have left a long-lasting mark everywhere in the world with their exceptional talent in various fields. These Indians not only succeeded in their professional career but also brought recognition to their motherland. In this article, we are going to describe the 10 most popular NRIs who have made Indian proud with their exceptional skills in various fields like Business, Arts, Science, Technology, etc.

1. Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is one of the most popular economists and philosophers from India who has worked in both US and the UK since 1972. His field of work includes Welfare Economics, Social choice theory, Economic and Social Justice, Decision Theory, Development Economics, Public Health, and Metrics of the country’s well-being. Amartya Sen was in a position of Master of Trinity College in the past. Currently, he is a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University as well as a Thomas W Lamont University Professor. Amartya Sen was also the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and the Bharat Ratna from India in 1999.

2. Indra Nooyi 

Indra Nooyi 
Indra Nooyi 

Indra Nooyi is an Indian American business executive who was the former chair and chief executive officer of Pepsico. According to the report, Indra Nooyi earned a whopping 31 million dollars at Pepsico in the financial year 2017. She was listed as the 13th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2014 and was listed as the second most powerful woman by Fortune in the year 2015 and 2017. Apart from her previous work experience in Pepsico, she is also a member of the board for the International Cricket Council and Amazon. 

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3. Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla
Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla is one of the most famous Indian Americans who is a venture capitalist and a billionaire businessman. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures and co-founder of sun microsystems. Some of his early venture capital investments include networking software and alternative energy technology industries.

4. Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is another popular economist India has produced. Abhijit Banerjee is presently the Ford Foundation International professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Abhijit Banerjee was the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for the experimental approach to alleviating global poverty along with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Abhijit Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo are the sixth married couple in the world to share a Nobel Prize together.

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5. Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash
Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash was born in Meerut in India is a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University. Some of his well-known works in Science are Foldoscope and Paperfudge. Manu Prakash was awarded the MacArthur fellowship in September, 2016. Most of his work primarily revolves around the effective innovation that expands Global access to microscopy, computers, and Technology. Presently he and his team are developing a computer powered by water droplets at Stamford University.

6. Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai is a well-known Indian American worldwide as the CEO of Google and Alphabet companies. Sundar Pichai was born in Madurai in India and graduated with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Later he did his higher studies in the United States in Material science and engineering at Stanford University. Later he did his master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

7. Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella is an Indian American who took over as Microsoft executive chairman and CEO in 2014 after John W. With his deep knowledge in the development and management of Microsoft computing platforms, he has grown from the position of Executive Vice President to the CEO of the company.

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8. S Chandrashekhar

S Chandrashekhar
S Chandrashekhar

S Chandrashekhar was born in Lahore in British India and is one of the popular NRIs for his mathematical theory of black holes for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in the year 1983. Some of his works revolve around the radiation of energy from stars particularly white dwarf stars which are the dying fragments of stars. 

9. Har Gobind Khorana

Har Gobind Khorana
Har Gobind Khorana

Har Gobind Khorana is an American Biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for Physiology and Medicine for cracking the genetic code along with two other scientists. His immense contribution to the time gave him International recognition and he was the first scientist to chemically synthesized oligonucleotides.

10. Anita Desai and Kiran Desai

Anita Desai and Kiran Desai
Anita Desai and Kiran Desai

The mother-daughter duo is famous for exceptional writing skills internationally. Kiran Desai‘s novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’ won the Booker prize in the year 2006 and the National Book critics circle fiction award. Kiran Desai’s mother Anita Desai also has been shortlisted for The Booker prize thrice.

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