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Shobhana Bhartia

Shobhana Bhartia

Shobhana Bhartia owns Hindustan Times, one of the oldest newspapers in India. She is the daughter of industrialist Krishna Kumar Birla and the wife of industrialist Shyam Sunder Bhartia. The Birla family acquired the newspaper back in 1933 from Sunder Singha Lyallpuri, the founder of the paper. She is a former nominated member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) and served as a member of committees in Parliament of Energy, Women Empowerment, and Human Resource Development. She was also awarded Padmashri, Government of India’s National Award for excellence in journalism. She has won several other awards such as Business Woman of the Year 2007 by Economic Times.

In addition to being a Chairwoman and Editorial Director of HT Media, Ms Bhartia served as a director in multiple companies owned by the family including, The Hindustan Times Ltd, Earthstone Holding Private Ltd, Firefly e-Ventures Ltd, Air Travel Bureau Ltd among many others. She also headed India’s largest news agency, The Press Trust of India, as its Director and presided over the Audit Bureau of Circulation as its Chairperson. She also currently serves as a pro-chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). BITS is a very popular higher education institution in India which was established in 1955 by Brij Mohan Birla. She is also a member of the high-level group “Alliance of Civilizations” formed by the UN Secretary General.

Ms. Bhartia has two sons, Priyavrat and Shamit Bhartia, both hold directorship positions with HT Media and various other family businesses.

Media Companies / Groups
Media Outlets



HT Media Ltd (at least 51.43%)


HT Education Limited (HT Media Holds 100%)


HT Digital Media Holding Limited (HT Media Holds 99.99%)

Mobile Solutions

HT Mobile Solutions Limited (HT Media Holds 8.43%)

Movies & Entertainment

Topmovies Entertainment Limited (HT Media Holds 100%)

Communication services

Fireflies e-Ventures Limited (HT Media Holds 99.9%)


HT Media Ventures Limited (HT Media Holds 74.30%)

Radio Broadcasting

HT Music and Entertainment

Company Limited (HT Media Holds 100%) Textile industry

Birla Cotton Spinning and Weaving Mills Limited

Businesses Services

SB Trusteeship Services Private Ltd (99.99%)

Business Services

BCM Holding Private Limited (99.99%)

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Priyavrat Bhartia

is the son of Shobhana Bhartia. He is one of the directors of the HT Media Limited. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University. He is also a director with companies such as Birla Cotton Spinning and Weaving Mills Limited, Jubilant Enpro Private Limited, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited, Udit (India) Limited, Earthstone Holding (Two) Private Limited, Jubilant Agri and Consumer Products Limtied, SSBPB Investment Holding Private Limited, Digicontent Limited Firefly e-Ventures Limited, among many others.

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