Founder & Director, Network 18
Entrepreneur, Business Leader
Author & Editor on Economic Policy & Global Affair
Media Industry Expert
Raghav brings with him two distinct streams of insights—that of an entrepreneur and that of a commentator on diverse issues
Raghav Bahl is a journalist, entrepreneur, media baron and one of the most respected business leaders of India.
He built a highly diversified media company, Network 18, which has news operations at its core, and layered with a rich assortment of entertainment and film properties.
Network 18 is one of India’s biggest media conglomerates, with nearly 35 TV channels, 13 websites, a portfolio of niche magazines, and a movie-production company. Its current market capitalisation is well over a billion dollars.
The company has formed successful joint ventures with CNBC, Forbes, A&E Networks, Viacom, and Time Warner, with whom it runs India’s leading English news channel, CNN-IBN. It operates the country’s leading Hindi news channel, IBN7, and is growing in regional markets as well.
He recently exited from the company and plans to focus on his dream of digital content creation and distribution.
Raghav has been felicitated at various national and international forums. In 1994, the World Economic Forum called him a Global Leader of Tomorrow and he won India’s Sanskriti Award for Journalism.
Ernst & Young named Raghav the Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Transformation in 2007. And in 2011, he won the All India Management Association’s Media Person of the Year award, as well as the Bombay Management Association’s prize for Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also bestowed an honorary degree from Amity University in Uttar Pradesh.
Raghav’s first book, Superpower? The Amazing Race Between China’s Hare and India’s Tortoise, was published by Penguin Allen Lane in 2010, and remained on India’s bestseller list for several weeks.