Forbes India

Forbes India is the Indian edition of Forbes which is managed by Reliance Industries-owned media conglomerate, Network 18.

Forbes India
EditorBrian Carvalho
CompanyNetwork18 Group

History and profile

Since its founding in 2008, Forbes India has achieved a circulation of 50,000 copies and makes over Rs 50 crore in topline.[1] The magazine is published fortnightly.[2]

In May 2013, the Network 18 owned First Post was merged with Forbes India. Shortly thereafter, the four top editorial heads who had led the growth of Forbes India, including its editor-in-chief Indrajit Gupta, were dismissed under surprisingly humiliating conditions.[3] The event led to considerable media speculation.[4][5] Press Club, Mumbai, passed a resolution: “The method of ejecting them from the company was nothing short of shameful. Journalists are not only messengers of news and information, but are the collective voice of civil society."[6]

The new editor R. Jagannathan (erstwhile editor of First Post), took over Forbes India. He told The Caravan magazine that "Forbes ... is not meant to be an NGO. It is not meant to be anti-capitalism."[7] The move might be a part of a shift within the journal towards right-wing politics,[7] following a large infusion of cash from Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Limited in the Network 18 conglomerate.[7][8]

Sister publications

  • Overdrive, an Indian monthly automotive magazine
  • Better Photography, an Indian magazine for photo enthusiasts
  • Better Interiors, an interior design publication[9]


  1. "Why Forbes editor in india were sacked". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  2. "Forbes India". Magazine Mall. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. "Forbes India editors sacked for demanding stock ownership". The Hindu. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. "No country for good journalists". Business Standard. May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. Sharanya Kanvilkar (6 June 2013). "How the 'Forbes India' editors were forced out". Times Feed.Quote: Forbes India had a slight liberal streak. First Post, on the other hand, like Network 18 founder Raghav Bahl, unabashedly tilts to the right.
  6. "Press club deplores dismissal of editors of Forbes India". Press Club Mumbai.
  7. "The Network Effect". The Caravan. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  8. "Reliance enters media by opening pursestrings for Network18". Indian Express. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  9. "Network18, Publishing".
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