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Hindenburg fallout: Gautam Adani no longer Asia’s richest, drops to number 15 on Forbes rich list

Indian Billionaire Gautam Adani, Wednesday, dropped to 15th on the Forbes rich list with an estimated net worth of $76.8 billion as the shares of his conglomerate plunged once again in the aftermath of the Hindenburg group report.

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Indian Billionaire Gautam Adani, Wednesday, dropped to 15th on the Forbes rich list with an estimated net worth of $76.8 billion as the shares of his conglomerate plunged once again in the aftermath of the Hindenburg group report.

Before the damning report by the US short-seller, Adani was ranked third on the list and also ranked Asia’s richest person, a title which he also lost after his personal fortune reportedly fell by over $40 billion.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the rout has wiped out around $92 billion of the value of the conglomerate’s listed units since last week with Adani’s personal fortune plummeting by over $40 billion during the same period.

The industrialist’s business interests, ranging from ports and airports to mining and cement, have plunged after the fallout from the Hindenburg report and now, Adani, who has vehemently denied the allegations levelled by the short seller, is fighting to stabilise his businesses and defend his reputation.

It comes just a day after the group managed to muster support from investors for a $2.5 billion share sale for flagship firm Adani Enterprises on Tuesday, in what many saw as a stamp of investor confidence.

Hindenburg Research published a report last week, accusing the Adani Group of indulging in improper use of offshore tax havens and stock manipulation while also raising concerns about high debt and the valuations of seven listed Adani companies.

The group has denied the allegations, saying the short-seller’s narrative of stock manipulation has “no basis” and stems from an ignorance of Indian law, adding that it has always made the necessary regulatory disclosures.

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Shares in Adani Enterprises, often described as the incubator of Adani businesses, plunged 30 per cent on Wednesday. Adani Power fell 5 per cent, while Adani Total Gas slumped 10 per cent, down by its daily price limit, Reuters reported.

Adani Transmission was down 6 per cent and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone dropped 20 per cent. Adani Total Gas, a joint venture with France’s Total, has been the biggest casualty of the report, losing about $27 billion.

Underscoring the nervousness in some quarters, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Credit Suisse had stopped accepting bonds of Adani group companies as collateral for margin loans to its private banking clients.

India’s markets regulator, which has been looking into deals by the conglomerate, has said it will add Hindenburg’s report to its own preliminary investigation.

State-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) said on Monday it would seek clarifications from Adani’s management on the short seller report. The insurance giant was, however, a key investor in the Adani Enterprises share sale.

Hindenburg Research on Monday hit back at the Adani Group, day after the business house dubbed the New York-based firm’s report as “calculated attack on India.”

In a 413-page response titled “Fraud cannot be obfuscated by nationalism or a bloated response that ignores every key allegation we raised,” Hindenburg Research accused the Adani Group of holding back India’s progress by draping itself in the Indian flag while systematically looting the nation.

Hindenburg said it believes that India is a vibrant democracy and an emerging superpower with an exciting future. However, the research group alleged that the country’s future was being held back by the Adani Group, “which has draped itself in the Indian flag while systematically looting the nation.”

Hindenburg stressed that it’s a firm believer in the fact that fraud is fraud even when perpetuated by one of the wealthiest individuals globally.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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Zomato, Swiggy hike platform fee by 6% 

After the hike, the platform fee would be Rs 6 per order from an earlier Rs 5 per order.

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The food delivery majors, Zomato and Swiggy, have recently increased their platform fee by 6 per cent for food orders initially in Delhi and Bengaluru.

The food giant is currently charging in the national capital and IT hub, Bengaluru, the platform fee is distinct from delivery fee, goods and services GST, handling charge and restaurant charges.

After the hike, the platform fee would be Rs 6 per order from an earlier Rs 5 per order. Gradually, the higher platform fee is expected to roll out to other cities as well.

Notably, this fee is applicable universally to all food orders, irrespective of customer enrollment in loyalty programmes offered by both food giants. The charges directly contribute to the companies’ revenue streams and cost management efforts. The platform fee goes to the food aggregators to apparently control costs and increase revenues.

In April, they charged Rs 5 per order, but now it’s been increased by Rs 6 per order. That’s a 20% increase in fees for food delivery. This change in their strategy to adjust the price in a market as they expand their services.

Increase in platform fees, impacting how much customers pay for their food deliveries across the board. When customers order food using the app, they will notice different charges, besides the platform fees. These include delivery fees, handling fees, GST (Goods and Services Tax), and charges from the restaurant.

The charges earned by the platform, directly go to the food delivery app, helping to manage all expenses and boost their wages. The food delivery platform aimed to make between Rs 1.25 to Rs 1.5 crore per day through the fee, the app charges.

In August last year, Zomato introduced platform fees of Rs 2 per order for the first time. In October, they raised their platform fees from Rs 2 to Rs 3 in most and in major cities. Additionally,  Zomato is a quick commerce platform.

According to reports, Zomato stock reached its highest price of Rs 232 on the Bombay Stock Exchange. This achievement has made Zomato founder and CEO, Deepinder Goyal, a billionaire. The company has experienced a strong upward trend over the past years, driven largely by the expansion and success of its quick commerce subsidiary in Blinkit.

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Happy Birthday Mark Zuckerberg: Social media users wish Facebook co-founder on his 40th birthday

Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout into a billionaire philanthropist, owning many tech ventures over the years. He started Facebook in 2004 and took it public in 2012.

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Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook (Meta), is celebrating his 40th birthday on May 14. Zuckerberg, one of the most influential figures in the tech industry, has had a major impact on how people connect and communicate with each other all over the world.

At 40, Zuckierberg continues to lead Facebook and its parent company, Meta, towards new technological frontiers. Born on May 14, 1984, Zuckerberg has grown from a Harvard dropout into a billionaire philanthropist, owning many tech ventures over the years. He started Facebook in 2004 and took it public in 2012.

In 2021 the social media platform changed its name to Meta to shift the company’s focus to the metaverse. Under his leadership, Facebook has grown into a global platform with over 2.8 billion active users. Apart from this, he has also expanded his influence through the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, which is run by Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan and focuses on philanthropy in health, education, and scientific research with an investment of 99% of the couple’s wealth over their lifetime.

There has been a rise in the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg over the last few years. According to Forbes, his net worth stands at $177 billion, which makes him the 4th richest man in the world. Since Facebook (now Meta) acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has grown significantly.

In 2014 his net worth was approximately $26.1billion, which now stands at around $177 billion, which reflects a substantial increase in the net worth due to Meta’s expanding business and strategic acquisitions over the year.

Before Zuckerberg turned 40, he gifted himself a brand-new superyacht, Launchpad in March 2024. According to reports, Zuckerberg purchased $59 million worth of waterfront property on Lake Tahoe in California in 2019. He spends his money on luxury vehicles and owns a Acura TSX, a Honda Fit, and a black Volkswagon Golf GTI.

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