Vani Kola, 55
Managing director, Kalaari Capital
Previous Rank : 34
Managing one of India’s most successful early-stage venture capital firms with $650 million in assets under management is no mean feat. But Kola has done it with aplomb. It has been a busy year for the Bengalurubased venture capitalist who led a $120-million funding round of equity and debt in healthcare and wellness startup Cure.fit, along with Chiratae Ventures, Accel, and Oaktree Capital. She was also a lead investor in a Series A funding round of $7 million in milk and grocery delivery startup Milkbasket.