Business: Sunil Bharti Mittal

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Business: Sunil Bharti Mittal

Age: 51
Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel

One of India's most successful entrepreneurs, Sunil Mittal controls the country's largest cellular operator and is now spreading his telecom network in rural India. Through Bharti, Mittal has partnerships with Axa for insurance and Wal-Mart for retail, although last year he was unsuccessful in his bid to take over South Africa's largest telecom company, MTN. Mittal is also active in promoting sports in India: Last year he tied up with the All India Football Federation to set up a training academy.