10 Richest Indians

I was trying out a cool new R package forbesListR, which lets you download lists from Forbes website. The package still needs a lot of work but I could download data on India’s 100 richest people from 2012 to 2015. As I was playing around with the data, I decided to plot it out using the following ggplot2 code



ggplot(a, aes(x=reorder(name,rank),y=net_worth.millions,fill=year2)) +
  geom_bar(stat="identity",position = position_dodge(width=0.9)) +
  geom_text(aes(label=scales::comma(net_worth.millions), angle=90),
            position = position_dodge(width=0.9),vjust=0.2,hjust= 1.2,color="white") +
  theme_fivethirtyeight() +
  scale_y_continuous(labels = scales::comma) +
  xlab("Name") + ylab("Net Worth in Million $") +
  guides(fill=guide_legend(title=NULL)) +
  ggtitle("Net Worth in Million $")

In my code, “a” was the edited list of 10 richest Indians.

I deleted Hinduja family and Godrej family from the data although they were in the top 10 and instead decided to focus on individuals. You can download the data from here.

India top 10

Mukesh Ambani is still the richest Indian although Dilip Shangvi is a close second. I thought that Gautam Adani’s rise in 2014 and 2015 is quite interesting. Similarly, Cyrus Poonawalla has increased its net worth substantially in these two years. On the other hand, Laxmi Mittal lost more than $ 4.5 billion due to falling steel prices.

Finally, Shiv Nadar of HCL increased his worth from $5.6 billion in 2012 to a staggering $12.9 billion in 2015. I think he has been a clear winner.


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