Lots of female chief executive officers have stories about conquering adversity. Radhika Gupta's begins when she entered the world with a broken neck.
The birth complication left Ms. Gupta's neck with a permanent tilt, a feature that at times had an impact on her self-esteem but has now become a source of inspiration for doing things differently. At 36, she has already set up India's first domestic hedge fund and become the country's only female head of a major asset manager.
Ms. Gupta's latest superlative, launching India's first exchange-traded fund for corporate debt in December, is part of her ambitious plan to increase Edelweiss Asset Management's client assets to more than $40 billion by 2025 from about $4 billion.
"It gives you something," Ms. Gupta said of her life's ups and downs, including the complication at her birth. At the very minimum, "it gives you a good story to tell."
Born in Pakistan, where her Indian diplomat father was posted, Ms. Gupta spent her childhood wherever he was serving at the time.
From studying at an international school in Nigeria with the daughters of warlords to trying to fit in with rich adolescent girls in America, it was a steep learning curve grappling with new languages and cultures. At first, she was self-conscious about her neck, but over time she learned to accept it as part of what makes her unique.