Raghav Bahl

Serial Entrepreneur I Businessman
Raghav Bahl

Who Am I

Raghav Bahl is an Indian businessman, a serial entrepreneur, and investor best known for his ownership of several television channels, including TV18 India. Raghav was the Founding/Controlling Shareholder & Managing Director of Network 18 Group until the takeover by Reliance Industries Ltd. He has several successful exits to his credit. Besides founding and scaling Network 18, India's leading media group, Raghav has seeded moneycontrol.com, bookmyshow.com, Firstpost, Yatra among others. He has also managed long and successful partnerships with some of the world's leading media brands: CNBC, Viacom, BBC, Star TV, A&E, Time Warner, Forbes. Raghav founded The Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd after his exit from Network 18. He has signed a joint venture agreement with Bloomberg L.P. to launch BloombergQuint.

 

The satellite TV arrived in 1991, he invested USD 2,000 to make two pilot programmes, one in news and one entertainment, and sent them—via video cassette!—to the BBC and Star TV in Hong Kong. They both wanted them. He also began making shows for CNBC Asia, so when they decided to launch a 24-hour business news channel in India, Raghav was a natural partner for them.

 

In 1993, Raghav launched his own television production company, shortly after the Indian government privatised the industry as part of its push for economic growth. Today, 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.



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. It was one of the few Indian books picked up by Portfolio/Penguin for a wider international release in the US, the UK and Canada, and was later translated into several other languages. It received some excellent press—while Fareed Zakaria recommended it on his CNN show GPS, former Indian deputy Prime Minister LK Advani wrote a blog post about it. In connection with its publication, Raghav appeared on Richard Quest’s CNN show Quest Means Business, the BBC’s HARDtalk, CNBC’s Street Signs, The Street.com, Bloomberg radio, The Leonard Lopate Show on New York public radio, Voice of America, and ABC Radio. He also delivered speeches or appearances at the Council on Foreign Relations, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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