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Shahnaz Hussian is the Founder of the world-renowned and celebrated brand Shahnaz Herbals. Being a girl married at a teenage and a daughter at 16, she wouldn’t have imagined building a beauty empire someday and becoming one of the most famous women globally. But as they quote, only dead fish follow the stream, Shahnaz too fought against all the odds and ultimately became a brand in herself.

Shahnaz is known as the “Queen of Herbal Beauty Care” and was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2006. She is the most prominent businesswoman in India, who has her business running over 138 countries, which has around 600 franchises and associated clinics across the world. Recently, Shahnaz was invited by Harvard Business School to speak on how she established an international brand without commercial advertisements.

The Shahnaz Husain Group is India’s leading company in the field of natural beauty and anti-aging treatments. Started in the 1970s by Shahnaz Husain in New Delhi, the group has over time vertically integrated to encompass every aspect of Ayurvedic care and cure. The group has activities as diverse as beauty training institutes, growing of its own herbs to manufacturing of its cosmetics line to retail to specialized treatments through its chain of over 200 beauty centres worldwide.

  • Education: La Martiniere Lucknow, La Martiniere Road

  • Prior Work experience: Beauty Editor of Iran Tribune

*This profile was covered by: Top Business Tycoon