Nonresident Indians: Indra Nooyi

Nonresident Indians: Indra Nooyi

Age: 53
Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo

Since 2006, Nooyi has been the CEO of PepsiCo, the largest U.S. company to be headed by a woman. Since then, she has become a celebrity in India, especially for women aspiring for business success. In India, where Coke has managed to close in on Pepsi's decades-long lead, Pepsi has diversified its product line-up. And in an on-again, off-again controversy about pesticide content in bottled soft drinks in India, having an Indian CEO to plead its case gives Pepsi a slight edge over its archrival.