Anas Rahman Junaid – the journey from interning at Hurun Report Global to founding Hurun Report Indi

In 2012, when Anas Rahman Junaid, a graduate from the University of Oxford was looking for summer internship programmes, he received a call from Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman of Hurun Report, based on a common reference, for an assignment. The most exciting part of the job was to make money by researching about the smartest money makers – the first Hurun Global Billionaires List.

On successfully completing the internship, Anas met Rupert at his family home in England over dinner and since then there has been no looking back. Anas believes passionately about contributing to the ecosystem of Indian entrepreneurship and in possible domination of Indian and Chinese economises in the 21st century. Making most of the unique opportunity of playing a meaningful role between these two economies, he co-founded Hurun India.

Anas and Rupert on their first meeting at the Hoogewerf family home in England, 2012.

While his class mates at Oxford were taking up jobs in MNCs and applying for residential status in the UK, Anas resigned from his job at the Financial Conduct Authority – FCA, London (The RBI equivalent of the UK, then known as FSA) and brought Hurun Report to India in the year 2012. Over the last 8 years, Hurun Report India has grown exponentially in 3 aspects – the comprehensiveness of the Lists; the exclusivity of the events; and most significantly in acquiring the trust of Indian entrepreneurs and partners.

Since its inception, Hurun Report India has been cataloguing the stories of successful and emerging Indian entrepreneurs, and felicitating them at a bouquet of Hurun events hosted pan-India. Hurun Report India now serves as the definitive voice in celebrating Indian wealth creation, innovation and growth.

“I have been closely observing the transitioning of India’s entrepreneurial landscape from being largely run by family businesses, to the era of new-age entrepreneurs and their revolutionary business ideas. Rapid advancements in technology have also enabled the ‘millennial entrepreneur’ to show great enthusiasm towards this new economic culture. I believe that the next decade presents a great opportunity for India to reposition herself as the economy that moves the world. It will also be interesting to trace the opportunities that connect superpowers like the UK, China and India.” Says Anas Rahman.

He further adds, “My continuing mission for Hurun Report India is to find these synergies and contribute value to the Indian entrepreneurial landscape.”

Last year, Hurun further expanded its repertoire by releasing the Hurun Global Rich List 2019, a ranking of the 2,470 US dollar billionaires and the seventh India Rich List which ranks the 953 richest individuals in India, enabling comparisons between some of the most dynamic economies in the world. The purpose of these lists is to try and tell the story of modern India through the eyes of an entrepreneur. The Hurun India Philanthropy List ranks the most generous individuals in India. In 2018, Hurun Report launched the Hurun India Women Rich List, aimed at celebrating the success stories of some of the most amazing women wealth creators and inheritors.

In 2019, the Hurun Luxury Consumer Survey was debuted to understand and study the spending habits of ultra-high net worth individuals. Alongside this, the Hurun India Art List was launched this year, aimed at tracking some of the most successful artists who are alive today, by way of cumulative auction prices. The Art List is a watershed moment in the history of art in India; hopefully, it will provide the impetus to more entrepreneurs joining the celebration of Indian art.

A plethora of research reports and events are being developed at Hurun Report India for the coming years. Hurun Report India has gradually but vivaciously walked into the lap of Indian luxury and has been proclaimed reliable and is being lauded by entrepreneurs nationwide.

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