Indian business leader and investor Ambiga Subramanian secured the third spot in the ranking of India’s wealthiest self-made women in Bengaluru’s Silicon Valley, trailing only behind Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Byju’s co-founder Divya Gokulnath. The latest Kotak Private Banking Hurun Leading Wealthy Women List for India valued her net worth at Rs 1,830 crore.
Notably, Subramanian holds the distinction of being the pioneer Indian woman to helm a startup valued at over a billion dollars. She completed her bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Chennai’s Anna University and further pursued her master’s in Computer Engineering from Michigan, USA.
Her professional journey commenced in 1998 with the renowned communications giant Motorola. Progressing in her career, she joined Mu Sigma in 2004, a firm established by her former spouse, Dhiraj Rajaram. Assuming various roles within the company, she ascended to the positions of COO and subsequently CEO of the prominent data analytics enterprise. In the year 2017, she secured the distinction of being the youngest among India’s top eight self-made individuals according to the Hurun rich list.
Following her separation from her ex-husband, Ambiga chose to depart from her role at Mu Sigma. Rajaram acquired her 24 percent stake in the company, thereby gaining controlling ownership. Ambiga Subramanian then embarked on her next entrepreneurial journey by launching hyphen.social in 2018, a social networking platform. Displaying her prowess as an astute investor, she ventured into supporting emerging enterprises such as Innov8, Piper Biosciences, Box8, ICE Creative Excellence, and CarterX.