Ambanis move up, but FM still on top

Ambanis move up, but FM still on top

Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani and his younger brother Anil soared up the rankings of Indian newsmakers in May, a month in which they scrapped non-compete agreements that had kept them from entering each other’s business turf. The move towards reconciliation between the billionaire brothers came two weeks after the Supreme Court on 7 May ruled in favour of Mukesh Ambani in his bitter feud over gas supply and pricing with Anil. Pranab Mukherjee remained at the top of Mint’s 20-member group of influencers last month, but the number of press citations of the finance minister dropped 47% in the global media and 35% in the Indian media compared with the previous month. The Ambani brothers, whose rapprochement has been the subject of much speculation, were among the top four in both rankings.

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The Mint Influencers Index is a monthly objective measure based on media analysis by Dow Jones Insight, which tracks these leaders, looking at the volume of media citings for each of them as a proxy for their rising or waning influence. The assumption is that visibility and share of voice is good for them and their organizations. In the case of global media, the index is collectively a surrogate for the growing or waning interest in India.

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