Ever since its December 2021 launch, Shark Tank India has gone on to become one of the most successful reality shows in the country, drawing in legions of fans with its very first season.

 

Shark Tank India features a panel of seven big-name investors or ‘Sharks’ —each of whom has redefined the meaning of entrepreneurship and business in today’s India. Hosted by Rannvijay Singha, the show filtered out a massive 62,000 applicants, giving 198 businesses the chance to pitch their ideas to the Sharks, in hopes of securing funding that’ll help them realize their dreams. Like its American counterpart, much of the show’s appeal rides on the unique insights and personalities of the Sharks themselves. That said, this is a show where money talks. So who’s voice is the loudest? Let’s find out!

7. Ghazal Alagh

 Mamaearth Co-founder Ghazal Alagh
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Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Mamaearth

Total Amount Invested: Rs 0.4 crore in two deals

Net Worth: Rs 148 crore

At 33, Ghazal Alagh is the youngest Shark of all, boasting an impressive resume as one of the key minds behind Mamaearth and TheDermaCo. Her goal of creating safe, all-natural skincare products stemmed from her own experiences as a parent—leading her to massive success in the field since Mamaearth’s launch in 2016. She also received the coveted Super StartUps Asia Award in 2019.

6. Vineeta Singh

SUGAR Cosmetics CEO Vineeta Singh
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Co-Founder and CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics

Total Amount Invested: Rs 2.33 crore in nine deals

Net Worth: Rs 59 Crore

An IIT Madras and IIM Ahmedabad alum, Vineeta Singh made a powerful entrepreneurial statement right after graduating— by turning down a tempting Rs 1-crore placement in favour of launching her own business. Apart from launching the hugely successful SUGAR cosmetics in 2015, Singh co-founded FAB BAG in 2012, one of India’s largest and most-established beauty subscription companies.

5. Namita Thapar

Emcure Pharmaceuticals Director Namita Thapar
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Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals

Total Amount Invested: Rs 4.68 crore in 16 deals

Net Worth: Rs 600 crore

With GSK, Guidant, and other massive MNCs in her portfolio, Namita Thapar has been amassing a wealth of finance and marketing expertise for over 20 years. As one of India’s most influential businesswomen, Thapar’s eye for talent and focus on women-centric startups has made her a fan favourite on the show.

4. Anupam Mittal

Shaadi.com CEO Anuupam Mittal
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Founder and CEO of Shaadi.com and People Group

Total Amount Invested: Rs 4.78 crore in 21 deals

Net Worth: Rs 185 crore

One of the show’s savviest investors and original Internet disruptors, Mittal’s story is quite fascinating. Going from a US-based software developer role to being India’s first matchmaking entrepreneur, he’s even produced films and become a major investor in successful companies such as Ola.

3. Ashneer Grover

BharatPe Managing Director Ashneer Grover
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Co-Founder and Managing Director of BharatPe

Total Amount Invested: Rs 5.14 crore in 18 deals

Net Worth: Rs 700 crore

Grover’s tough persona has become one of the show’s major highlights, often playing ‘bad cop’ to the participating entrepreneurs. Another IIT grad Shark, the 40-year-old businessman has one of the show’s most impressive resumes, with key roles at Kotak Investment Banking, American Express and Grofers.

2. Peyush Bansal

Lenskart CEO Peyush Bansal
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Co-founder and CEO of Lenskart

Total Amount Invested: Rs 5.34 crore in 21 deals

Net Worth: Rs 600 crore

One of India’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, 36-year-old Bansal’s ‘visionary’ startup is just the latest in a long series of career triumphs. Initially part of Microsoft, the ambitious engineer went on to create SearchMyCampus in 2007, following it up with multiple masterstrokes in the eyewear segment while simultaneously supporting innovative new startups.

1. Aman Gupta

boAt CMO Aman Gupta
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Co-founder and CMO of boAt

Total Amount Invested: Rs 7.25 crore in 25 deals

Net Worth: Rs 700 crore

With a plethora of shares across many exciting startups, this tech entrepreneur’s brand has been making audio and peripheral equipment since 2015, and has seen it become a massive success story. As the show’s most prolific investor, he’s always on the lookout for new ideas—taking risks on quirky and interesting startups that aim to break the mould.

 

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