It is proud moment for Malayalees and Govt of Kerala again.
In the list published by Arabian Business magazine,for the foruth time in a row ,Abu Dhabi-based businessman M A Yusuffali, head of the Abu Dhabi-headquartered Emke Group that owns the Lulu retail conglomerate, tops the list as the powerful Indian businessman in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in a ‘100 most powerful Indians’.

The GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Standard Chartered banking boss V Shankar came third, ahead of healthcare boss Dr BR Shetty, with legendary investor Ragu Kataria completing the top five. Ashish Mehta was the highest placed lawyer at number seven, with Sunil John leading the way for entries from PR and Media, at number 14.

This year’s list also featured a record 11 female entries, with 20th placed Zulekha Daud leading the way, ahead of Jumbo Group boss Vidya Chhabria ranked 39th. Diva Modelling founder Nicole Larsen made her first ever appearance in the list in 52nd place.

Arabian Business Editor Ed Attwood said: “The contribution of the Indian community to the growth of the GCC has been nothing short of spectacular, and everyone on this list has played and continues to play a major part in that story.”