Ayesha Thapar, belonging to the prominent business conglomerate Thapar Group, is married to Nikesh Arora, one of the wealthiest Indian CEOs globally, with a net worth of Rs 8,500 crore.
Ayesha Thapar, once considered one of Delhi’s top style icons, has transitioned into a thriving United States restaurant. She is also part of a power couple, as her husband Nikesh Arora is the CEO of Palo Alto Networks, a multi-billion dollar cybersecurity giant. Thapar comes from a prominent Indian business family, the Thapar Group. At the same time, Nikesh holds the distinction of being one of the wealthiest Indian CEOs globally, with a net worth of Rs 8,500 crore.
Ayesha Thapar completed her schooling at Modern School in Delhi before obtaining a degree in economics from Wellesley College. She currently holds the position of Managing Director at Indian City Properties Limited, a prominent real estate company. Ayesha Thapar hails from a prestigious business lineage that traces back to her legendary grandfather, Karam Chand Thapar, a renowned business tycoon.
The Thapar family’s business endeavors, which originated with coal trading, have amassed immense wealth through diverse interests in textiles (JCT Limited), real estate (Indian City Properties), education, and trading. They also had ownership of the Oriental Bank of Commerce at one point. Presently, Ayesha’s father, Vikram Thapar, and her brother, Varun Thapar, are leading the KCT Group.
Ayesha Thapar is not only an inheritor of a business legacy but also a highly accomplished businesswoman in her own right. She has shared that her aspiration to become an entrepreneur started as early as the age of 12. Before venturing into business, Ayesha had a stint as a model. In her entrepreneurial journey, she has successfully launched several fashion labels, such as Sansaar, and established her own jewelry line. Additionally, she has had experience running a telecommunications company in Miami.
Ayesha was previously married to Turkish business tycoon Engin Yesil. In California, she is the owner of the restaurants Ettan and Copra, which she operates in partnership with celebrity chef Srijith Gopinathan. Ayesha and Nikesh tied the knot in 2014 in a grand wedding held in Italy, graced by the presence of Hollywood stars including Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.