Raghav Bahl

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Raghav Bahl
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Bahl at Forbes Life India Launch
Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi
OccupationFormerly Founding/Controlling Shareholder & Managing Director of Network18 group,
Now founder The Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd
Spouse(s)Ritu Kapur
ChildrenTara Bahl, Vidur Bahl

Raghav Bahl is an Indian businessman, a serial entrepreneur, a retired professor of English at University of Burma 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 Industries Ltd.[1] 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[citation needed]. 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 Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd with his wife Ritu Kapur[2] after their exit from Network 18.[3][4] He has signed a joint venture agreement with Bloomberg L.P. to launch BloombergQuint.[5]

Early life[edit]

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.[6][7][permanent dead link]


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.[8]

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.[9]

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



  1. ^ "My dream to own a newspaper is dead". Financial Express. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ ideas@global-initiative.com, Global Initiative,. "Ritu Kapur | Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism". reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The Newsmaker - Ritu Kapur". Outlook Business. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ Quint, The. "Network18: An Audacious Story, a Media Empire and Its Legends". www.thequint.com. The Quint. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  5. ^ Choudhary, Vidhi. "Bloomberg said to be in talks with Raghav Bahl for joint venture". Livemint. HT Media Ltd. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "FMS alumnus and media baron writes book on next superpower". Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Raghav Bahl – Rupert Mudroch of India". Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  8. ^ Book Review: Super Power. express.co.uk. Retrieved on: 2014-08-25.
  9. ^ Quint, The. "Watch: The Making of The Quint". www.thequint.com. The Quint. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  10. ^ http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/internet/raghav-bahl-news-site-quint/46582054

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