The Network 18 group was originally owned by Raghav Bahl. In Jan 2012, the group had a large investment from Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) through a rights issue up to ₹ 2,700 crore.
In May 2013, the news group was merged with the Indian edition of Forbes whose four top editorial heads including editor in chief Indrajit Gupta were dismissed under surprisingly humiliating conditions. The event led to a media furore.
The editor of the combined Firstpost-Forbes India team, R Jagannathan, stated that as a business magazine, Forbes "should not be anti-capitalism".
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- BHATIA. "The Network Effect". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
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