Roshni Nadar

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Roshni Nadar
Roshni Nadar.jpg
Born1980/1981 (age 40–41)[1]
EducationNorthwestern University
Kellogg School of Management
OccupationChairperson, HCL Technologies
Years active2008-present
Spouse(s)Shikhar Malhotra
Parent(s)Shiv Nadar
Kiran Nadar
Shri Shiv Nadar and Ms Roshni Nadar presenting a cheque of Rs. 4 crore to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, towards the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund in New Delhi on January 17, 2005.jpg

Roshni Nadar Malhotra (born 1980/81) is an Indian businesswoman, the chairperson of HCL Technologies and the first woman to lead a listed IT company in India.[2][3] She is the only child of HCL's founder, Shiv Nadar.[4] In 2019, she is ranked 54th on the Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.[5] According to IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List (2019), Nadar is the richest woman in India.[6] In 2020, she is ranked 55th on the Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

Early life[edit]

Roshni Nadar grew up in Delhi, studied in Vasant Valley School and graduated from Northwestern University majoring in Communication with a focus on Radio/TV/Film. She earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.[7]


She worked in various companies as a producer before joining HCL.[8] Within a year of her joining HCL, she was elevated as executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation.[9][10] She subsequently became the chairperson of HCL Technologies, after her father Shiv Nadar stepped down.[11]

Humanitarian initiatives[edit]

Prior to becoming CEO of the HCL Corporation, Roshni Nadar was a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, which runs the not-for-profit Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai.[12] She had also been involved in brand building across the HCL Group. Nadar is chairperson of VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, a leadership academy for the economically underprivileged. [13][14] She set up 'The Habitats' trust that aims at protecting India's natural habitats and indigenous species in a bid to create and conserve sustainable ecosystems.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nadar is a trained classical musician.[15] In 2010, she married Shikhar Malhotra, vice chairman of HCL Healthcare. They have two sons, Armaan (born 2013) and Jahaan (born 2017).[16]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2014: NDTV Young philanthropist of the Year.[17]
  • 2017: Vogue India Philanthropist of the Year[18]
  • 2015: Conferred "The World's Most Innovative People Award" for Philanthropic Innovation by The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WSIE)[19]


  1. "Forbes profile: Roshni Nadar Malhotra". Forbes. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  2. "HCL Tech's Roshni Nadar Is First Woman To Lead A Listed IT Company In India". Bloomberg Quint. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Roshni Nadar Malhotra, India's Wealthiest Woman, New Chief Of HCL Tech". Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  4. "HCL gen-next Roshni Nadar appointed vice-chairman of HCL Tech - Times of India". The Times of India.
  5. "World's Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  6. Nair Anand, Shilpa (25 September 2019). "Mukesh Ambani is richest Indian; Roshni Nadar tops list for women: Report". Business Standard.
  7. "Roshni Nadar made CEO of HCL Corp". The Hindu. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  8. Singh, S. Ronendra. "The rise of an heiress: Roshni Nadar". @businessline. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  9. "5 young guns who will take over top indian companies". Rediff.
  10. " | Netticasinoiden tasavalta – Markkinoiden hallitsija".
  11. "Shiv Nadar Steps Down As HCL Tech Chairman, His Daughter Roshni Nadar Malhotra To Succeed Him". Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  12. "Roshni Nadar, Kiran Mazumdar among Forbes' 100 most powerful women of the world". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  13. Admin, India Education Diary Bureau (22 July 2017). "VidyaGyan Hosts its 2nd Graduation Ceremony". India Education Diary. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. Sil, Sreerupa. "Successfully Juggling Roles, Roshni Nadar Malhotra Is A True Woman". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  15. "Roshni Nadar Takes Over As CEO Of HCL Corp". 2 July 2009. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  16. Sil, Sreerupa. "Successfully Juggling Roles, Roshni Nadar Malhotra Is A True Woman". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  17. "Roshni Nadar honored with NDTV Young philanthropist of the Year Award". IANS. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  18. "Vogue celebrates 10th anniversary with 1st Vogue Women of the Year Awards". Everything Experiential. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  19. "BW Most Influential Woman Of India: Roshni Nadar Malhotra, CEO, HCL". Businessworld. 7 March 2019.

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