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Formerly Founding/Controlling Shareholder & Managing Director of Network18 group, now founder The Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd

Superpower?: The Amazing Race Between China's Hare and India's Tortoise

St. Stephen's College, Delhi, University of Delhi

Indian Telly Award for Lifetime Contribution to Indian Television

Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Umesh Upadhyay, Shereen Bhan, Shekhar Gupta


Organizations founded
Network 18, TV18

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Raghav Bahl is an Indian businessman, a serial entrepreneur, and investor best known for his ownership of several television channels, including TV18 India. He was the Founding/Controlling Shareholder & Managing Director of Network18 Group until the takeover by Reliance Group. He has several successful exits to his credit. Besides founding and scaling Network 18, India's leading media group, Raghav has seeded,,,, 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.


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Early life

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He received his schooling from St. Xavier's School, Delhi. He graduated in Economics Honors from St. Stephens College, and then did a Masters in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies (Delhi).


He began his career as a management consultant with A.F. Ferguson & Co., followed by a stint with American Express Bank, and later moved on to media. Raghav has over 22 years experience in television and journalism.

He started his career in media in 1985 as a Correspondent and Anchorperson for Doordarshan. He was the Anchorperson and Production Consultant for India's first monthly video news magazine, Newstrack, produced by the India Today group. From 1991 to 1993, he was the Executive Director of Business India Television and produced the Business India Show and Business A.M. on Doordarshan.

He began TV18 in 1985 and in just 12 years, the company grew from zero revenue, to revenues of Rs 100 crore. In 1999, he launched CNBC-TV18. He was responsible for directing most of the work of TV18 and channels like CNBC-Awaaz, Nickelodeon and Colors. Raghav served as the managing director of TV18 Group till July 2014, after which the ownership passed to Reliance Industries. He then founded Quintillion Media, a digital startup, along with his wife Ritu Kapur on 8 July 2014.

Raghav is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF).


He has written articles for The Times of India, The Statesman and The Pioneer. He has also authored two books:

  • Superpower? The Amazing Race Between China's Hare & India's Tortoise
  • SuperEconomies: America, China, India and the Future of the World
  • Awards

  • In 1994, the World Economic Forum called Raghav a Global Leader of Tomorrow, and he won India's Sanskriti Award for Journalism.
  • In 2007, he was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Transformation.
  • In 2008, he won the Indian Telly Award for Lifetime Contribution to Indian Television.
  • 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.
  • References

    Raghav Bahl Wikipedia

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