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India Rich List 2020: Sunil Bharti Mittal makes gains

The net worth of Bharti Airtel's chairman was up 34 percent to $10.2 billion

Published: Dec 14, 2020 11:55:19 AM IST
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 01:29:00 PM IST

Sunil Bharti Mittal
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As india’s second-largest telecom firm by subscribers, New Delhi-headquartered Bharti Airtel has seen its share price jump 42 percent  in the past year. The net worth of its chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal, was up 34 percent to $10.2 billion.

Increased data consumption by those stuck at home during the pandemic led to a 73 percent surge in Bharti Airtel’s data use in the quarter ended June, boosting revenue 15 percent in that quarter to $3.2 billion compared to a year ago. Average revenue per user, a key industry metric, increased 22 percent to 157 rupees. Mittal declined to comment.

It’s been four years since rival Jio, owned by Reliance Industries, unleashed a price offensive that thinned the privately owned telecom sector from ten companies to three. Fellow billionaire Kumar Birla’s Vi, formerly Vodafone Idea, got a crucial breather from a Supreme Court ruling in September that extends the time to pay $7.9 billion in government dues from a lump sum to a staggered payment over ten years.

(This story appears in the 20 November, 2020 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)