|Real Name||Shobhana Bhartia|
|Famous As||Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 130 lbs
|Hair Colour||Light Ash Blonde|
|Political Party||Indian National Congress
|Date of Birth||4 January 1957|
|Age (as in 2018)||61 Years|
|Birthplace||Kolkata , West Bengal|
|Hometown||Kolkata , West Bengal|
|School||Loreto House, Kolkata|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||1992: National Press India Award
1996: Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum
2001: Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by Ph.D. Chamber of Commerce & Industry
2005: Padma Shri for Journalism
2007: Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence
2013: Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Award from the ASSOCHAM Ladies League for her Excellence in Nation Building through Media & Leadership
2016: Officier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s Highest Civilian Award)
|Controversies||• In 2006, when she was nominated as the member of Rajya Sabha, which was challenged in the Supreme Court of India, as the nomination was reserved for the people from the field of social service, science, art, and literature. Whereas, she was considered a "media baron" and not a journalist. However, the Supreme Court at the admission stage itself dismissed the appeal stating that she was included as per her contribution in social service
• In 2017, Shobhana Bhartia announced that Bobby Ghosh, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper had exited her company. It came as an abrupt exit to the readers after he left in a very brief stint. Since a few initiatives were taken by Ghosh such as ‘Hate Tracker’ and ‘Let’s talk about troll’ made Modi Government a bit upset as it appeared the campaigns were being aimed at the supporters of BJP. 'The Wire' website revealed that just before the announcement of Ghosh's exit, Shobhana held a closed-door meeting with Modi Government where objections were put by the party members and top-level government on the editorial decisions taken during the tenure of Ghosh in HT. Although Shobhana denied the allegations stating that no pressure was created by the Modi Government on Ghosh to leave.
|Boys, Affairs and More|
|Marriage Date||Not Known|
|Husband/Spouse||Shyam Sunder Bhartia (Chairman of Jubilant LifeScience Limited, a ₹14-billion pharmaceutical firm)
|Children||Son- Shamit Bhartia (Entrepreneur)
Priyavrat Bhartia (Entrepreneur)
|Parents||Father- KK Birla (Entrepreneur, Politician)
Mother- Manorma Devi Birla
Sister(s)- Jyotsna Poddar (Entrepreneur)
Nandini Nopany (Entrepreneur)
|Net Worth (approx.)||₹14,500 Crore|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shobhana Bhartia
- Does Shobhana Bhartia smoke?: Not Known
- She was the grand-daughter of GD Birla, an eminent businessman of Birla family, who built the Birla empire in the area: media houses, textiles, sugar mills, and fertilizers.
- Her father, KK Birla distributed the areas of responsibilities of fertilizers and sugar mills among her daughters, Jyotsna Poddar and Nandini Nopany respectively. The obvious choice for the media arm was his third daughter, Shobhana Bhartia as she was already actively involved with the newspaper.
- While she was pursuing her graduation, she got married to Shyam Sunder Bhartia and completed rest of her studies through correspondence.
- When she was 29, she first stepped into the Hindustan Times as the director of the company in 1986. She was the first women to become the chief executive of a national newspaper. By 1991, she also took the charge as newspaper’s executive director.
- Till the year 2004, Birla family held 75.36% stake in Hindustan Times Media.
- She sold 20% of her company’s stake to the London-based ‘Henderson Global Investors in 2005,’ it was for the first time that, an Indian newspaper industry was receiving the first ever foreign direct investment.
- In 2005, she raised an amount of 400 Crore via public equity launch by her company.
- In 2006, she was nominated to Rajya Sabha by Congress Party-led government.
- Just in a month of being in Rajya Sabha, she introduced the Child Marriage (Abolition) and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill (2006), replacing the existing Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929. In 2007, it became an act.
- In 2015, Hindustan Times was the 13th largest media company in India and owns ‘Mint’ (a business newspaper), radio channel Fever 104 with Virgin radio and Hindi newspaper Hindustan.
- She became the first of Birla family to be on “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list by the Forbes magazine. Specifically, she was ranked 93rd most powerful women in the world in 2016.
- She also took up the charge of the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) as its pro-chancellor.
- Her son, Shamit Bhartia is not just a member of Hindustan Times media but also operates lifestyle businesses such as Domino’s Pizza franchise and a chain of a convenience store ‘Monday to Friday’ in Bangalore city. He got married to Nayantara Kothari (eldest grandchild of Dhirubhai Ambani) in 2013.
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