Jio effect gets Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, on listing of world's top 100 thinkers

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 16, 2019 18:21 hrs
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The World's richest Indian and Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is on a listing of the top 100 thinkers of the World.

ForeignPolicy, a magazine which publishes six issues every year, announced a part of the World's Top 100 thinkers on its website on Wednesday.

About Ambani, the website reads "With a fortune of USD 44.3 billion, Mukesh Ambani displaced Jack Ma in 2018 as Asia's richest man. Ambani's fortune comes from his holdings in the oil, gas, and retail sectors, but he's likely to make his biggest impact on India through his new telecom venture Jio," it said.

"Offering cellular data and voice free for the first six months after Jio's launch, he got more than 100 million to sign up -- accelerating a smartphone internet revolution in the world's largest democracy," it said. "The next stage of Ambani's plan is to use the digital airwaves to sell content and lifestyle products, eventually competing with Google and Facebook."

Ambani is listed in the Top 10 Technology Thinkers list. The other names that the website reveals are Yuval Noah Harari [Author of Sapiens a brief history of humankind], and Kai-Fu Lee [Venture Capitalist and Writer]. Seven more thinkers from the technology domain will be revealed after Jan 22.

Foreign Policy 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Thinkers listing. On the eve of the ten-year celebrations, the magazine announced its decision to split the list into 10 categories of 10.

"The first group comprises thinkers who have had an enormous impact on the world in the past decade. The other groups are for people who have been influential in the past year: thinkers and doers 40 and under, as well as those in defense and security, energy and climate, technology, economics and business, science and health, and activism and the arts," the agency said adding the full list of 100 will be released on January 22 - the day its Global Thinkers special edition magazine goes live.

The listing, which is yet to publicize the full results announced popular celebrities and icons such as Jack Ma [Alibaba], Christine Lagarde [International Monetary Fund], Fareed Zakaria [Author & TV Host], Bill & Melinda Gates [Gates Foundation], Jeff Bezos [Amazon]. Fresh names also included Bobi Wine [American Singer and Politician], Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [US Representative from New York], Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo [Reuters Journalists who have been jailed in Myanmar], Carlo Roveli [Theoretical Physicist and Writer], Amitav Ghosh [Author of The Great Derangement].

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern finds a mention in the 40 & Under list.

The 2017 edition included popular profiles such as Hasan Minhaj, Moon Jae-in, and Kamala Harris.

Those who are questioning whether the listing did a brain-mapping or conduct an IQ test, do give us a holler if you find that answer. Meanwhile, the website of ForeignPolicy is yet to update the methodology used in its assessment. We hope they update that too after revealing the final announcements.

In the meanwhile, we are happy to see Mr Ambani on that listing. Do drop in your thoughts in the comments section below to share your thoughts.