Father: Yogesh Gupta
Husband: Nalin Monzi
Age: 39 Years
|Famous For||Being the CEO of Edelweiss Group|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Young Global Leader Award by World Economic Forum (2022)
• Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today (2021)
• Impact Creator Award by Governor of Maharashtra (2021)
• The Next 100 Indians of India Tomorrow by India Today (2021)
|Date of Birth||14 September 1983 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||39 Years|
|Birthplace||Indian Consulate, Islamabad, Pakistan|
|Hometown||Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India|
|School||• Delhi Public School
• American International School of Abuja (AISA)
• Marymount International School of Rome
|College/University||Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania|
|Educational Qualification(s)||BSE (Computer Science Engineering) and B.Sc. (Economics) under Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology LinkedIn|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Nalin Moniz (Chief Investment Officer of Alternative Equity at Edelweiss)|
|Marriage Date||15 January 2008|
|Husband/Spouse||Nalin Moniz (Chief Investment Officer of Alternative Equity at Edelweiss)|
Father– Yogesh Gupta (ex-IFS officer)
Mother– Arti Gupta (teacher)
|Siblings||Brother– Neelesh Gupta (a coder)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Radhika Gupta
- Radhika Gupta is an Indian business executive. She is well-known for being the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Edelweiss Asset Management Limited.
- Since Radhika Gupta’s father was an Indian Foreign Services (IFS) official, she completed her schooling at different schools in different countries.
- Radhika Gupta was brilliant in academics. She passed her intermediate from Marymount International School of Rome with a gold medal in English, Maths, Physics, Biology, and Economics, and for securing the highest grades in school, she was chosen to be a valedictorian. LinkedIn
Radhika Gupta during her school’s graduation speech
- In 2001, after joining Pennsylvania University, Radhika Gupta began working in the university itself to look after her expenses. In an interview, she stated,
Back then it was very costly to survive without having an income. A book on economics costed roughly around $300. It was a relief that I was studying on educational grant, given to me by the US government.”
- In the 1st year of her graduation, Radhika worked as a computer lab assistant, and in the 2nd year, owing to her good grades, she was appointed as a Teaching Assistant at the university.
- From 2004 to 2005, Radhika Gupta, as an Intern, worked with the software company named, Microsoft.
- After completing her graduation in 2005, Radhika Gupta was presented the university’s highest honour of Summa cum laude; an honour given to a student whose’s grade point is between 3.80 and 4.00.
A photograph of Radhika Gupta holding her graduation degree after graduating from the Wharton School
- After completing her formal education in 2005, Radhika Gupta kickstarted her corporate career with an American firm named McKinsey and Company. There she worked as a Business Analyst. As a Business Analyst, she was entrusted with making strategies for the company’s clients, who were dealing in the technology, pharmacy and retail sectors. There she worked as a Business Analyst till 2006.
- Before being hired by McKinsey, Radhika Gupta, at the age of 22, was rejected by seven companies because of which she began to have suicidal thoughts and had even told a friend of her that she would commit suicide by jumping from the 19th floor of the girls’ dormitory itself. In an interview, she stated,
I was rejected, one by one, by seven companies. This shattered me mentally. I began to have severe doubts about my capabilities as I had no idea where was I going wrong. Sitting in my room on the 19th floor, I said to my friend, that enough is enough, I will commit suicide by jumping right out of the window. My friend immediately rushed to the authorities and I was admitted to the psychiatric ward. I was only released when I pleaded them to let me go as I had an interview with McKinsey, the company in which I was finally hired.”
- From 2006 to 2009, Radhika Gupta worked with AQR Capital Management as a Portfolio Manager.
- Amidst the 2009 recession, she decided to move back to India, to start her own business. In 2009, Radhika Gupta, along with her husband, Nalin Moniz and a friend from AQR Capital Management founded a capital investment and management company named Forefront Capital Management in Mumbai, Maharashtra. When asked about the reasons for leaving the United States and moving to India, Radhika, in an interview, stated,
I love change, in fact, I thrive in chaos. Becoming an entrepreneur, and being on my own, has been the biggest shift. Entrepreneurship not only helps your perspectives change but also teaches you to be more resourceful. It teaches you grit. Also, India for me is a far more exciting market because the degree of impact you can make here is large.”
The founders of Forefront Capital Management
- After working for almost 4 years in the company, Radhika Gupta and her two business partners decided to sell their company to another financial services company named Edelweiss Group. In 2014, the operations of Forefront Capital Management were acquired and merged with Edelweiss Group, and in 2014, Radhika Gupta took a job in Edelweiss itself.
- From 2014 to 2017, Radhika Gupta worked as a Business Head of the Edelweiss Group. In 2017, she was promoted to the post of Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Edelweiss Group. She replaced Vikaas Sachdeva, as the CEO of the company. As of June 2022, she is still presiding over the company as its MD and CEO. In an interview, Radhika stated,
I began climbing the corporate ladder. I became a saree in a room full of suits, but I didn’t want to let that stop me from raising my hand for opportunities.”
- Before becoming the CEO of Edelweiss Group, in 2017, Radhika Gupta was heading the Edelweiss Multi-Strategy Funds Management Pvt. Ltd.
- On 1 October 2017, Radhika Gupta was invited by TEDx to deliver a speech on her life experiences.
- In 2021, an article on Radhika Gupta was featured in the Business Today Magazine.
An article on Radhika Gupta published in the Business Today magazine
- In 2021, Radhika Gupta gave a presentation on mutual funds investments at the Naval War College in Goa.
Radhika Gupta during a presentation at Naval War College, Goa
- Radhika Gupta in the same year was invited by LinkedIn to give a speech in its Influencer Program.
Radhika Gupta during the LinkedIn Influencer Program
- In 2021, Radhika Gupta was honoured by the State Bank of India (SBI) for addressing more than 60,000 women employees of the bank and educating them more on the measures through which they can increase their income and savings by investing.
Radhika Gupta being honoured by SBI
- In 2022, another article on Radhika Gupta was featured in the renowned India Today magazine.
An article on Radhika Gupta published in the India Today magazine
- In the same year, Rahdikha Gupta published her first book titled, Limitless: The Power of Unlocking Your True Potential.
Radhika Gupta’s book titled Limitless: The Power of Unlocking Your True Potential
- As a child, Radhika Gupta was extensively bullied by her schoolmates for her tilted neck and heavy Indian accent. In an interview, Radhika said,
I was born with a twisted neck, and If that was not enough, I was constantly the new kid, shifting nations in every three years. In seventh grade, I was the awkward new kid, surrounded by peers who mocked my heavy Indian accent. They called me ‘Apu,’ after the Simpsons character. They even gave me derogatory names such as Torticollis, or crooked neck.”
- In 2017, after being appointed as the MD and CEO of Edelweiss Group, Radhika Gupta, at the age of 33, became India’s youngest CEO. Hindustan Times
- In 2019, under the Directorship of Radhika Gupta, Eidelweiss Financial Services and the Government of India signed a contract, allowing Eidelweiss to jointly manage the government’s Corporate Debt ETF accounts. Eidelweiss was chosen by the Indian government after beating larger players such as HDFC Asset Management Co. and ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. The Print
- Radhika Gupta once told that she was born with several complications. Since she was severely overweight, when she was in her mother’s womb, her weight put a lot of pressure on her neck, due to which her neck became crooked. In an interview, Radhika said,
I was grossly overweight. My excessive weight put a lot of pressure on my neck when I was in my mother’s womb. So, I was born with a crooked neck. Till the time I was a chubby little kid, my neck’s tilt was barely visible, but as I began losing the excess baby fat while growing up, it became more and more prominent to me and everyone else. So, yeah, you can say that I am one of those people, who actually regretted losing weight.”
Radhika Gupta with her parents as a child
- Due to her neck’s tilt, Radhika Gupta was often bullied by her schoolmates. She was also called “the girl with a crooked neck.” While giving an interview, Radhika stated,
I shared my childhood insecurities about my looks, my struggles with rejection, and my subsequent attempt to commit suicide. I let go of all the baggage I’d held on to. And my talk travelled far and wide – I became known as ‘the girl with the broken neck.”
- Radhika Gupta once revealed that due to constant comparison with her mother, her confidence level during her school days used to be very low. In an interview, Radhika claimed that,
They compared me to my mom, who worked at my school. She’s a stunning woman, and people always told me how ugly I looked in comparison; my confidence plummeted.”
- In 2005, Radhika Gupta bought her Louis Vuitton handbag from her first salary. She once stated that she holds the bag very dear to her and she has still kept the handbag with her.
- Radhika Gupta is a polyglot. Apart from speaking Hindi and English, she also knows how to speak Italian.
- Radhika Gupta is a professional tournament-level bridge player. The Print
- In 2017, Radhika Gupta became a member of the Global Leadership Council affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
- Radhika Gupta, once, revealed that when the position of CEO became vacant, she was not sure about applying for the post, and it was her husband, Nalin Moniz, who motivated her to apply for the post of CEO. In an interview, she stated,
When the post of CEO got vacated, I was in a dilemma, whether I should apply for the post or not. I was running very low on morale as I thought that out of all the applications, that too from those who were far more experienced than me, why would they even select me? It was Nalin who asked me to apply for it, as he believed that I was certainly the best person for this job.”
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