Yahoo Top Searches 2014: Modi, Ambani, Sunny Leone Rule…


Year In Review by Yahoo India is considered one of the most awaited lists by news enthusiasts, as it demonstrates the pulse of the nation. As per the Year In Review lists prepared for 2014, there are several new faces, exciting stories and tales of bravery included.

Besides the volume of searches on Yahoo, there is an editorial team which decides the most trending and shared stories on their platform.

Yahoo 2014 Year in Review

A) High & Mighty: Top Politicians of 2014

No surprises here: Narendra Modi has been declared as the most searched and most talked about politician in India for 2014.

Yahoo shares the reason this way: ..” Because he proved the skeptics wrong and fashioned the grandest victory for the BJP in India’s history, thus changing the political landscape forever.”

Arun Jaitley is at #2 and Modi’s right hand man Amit Shah is at #3.

Here is the top 10 list:

  1. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
  2. Arun Jaitley, Finance and I&B Minister
  3. Amit Shah, BJP president
  4. Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief
  5. Rajnath Singh, Home Minister
  6. Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister
  7. Sonia Gandhi, Congress president
  8. Suresh Prabhu, Railways minister
  9. Ram Madhav, BJP general secretary
  10. Sharad Pawar, NCP chief

Last year, Modi was ranked #1 as well, but it was Arvind Kejriwal who was at #2. In this year’s list, he is not even in the top 10.

Rahul Gandhi was also in the list last year, but he has found no place in this year’s list.

B) India’s Most Influential People

Mukesh Ambani, head of Reliance Group is the most influential Indian for 2014.

He is closely followed by Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Sons and Gautam Adani, founder of Adani Group.

Here is the list of top 50 Influential Indians for 2014:

  1. Mukesh Ambani, Industrialist
  2. Cyrus Mistry, Tata Group chairman
  3. Gautam Adani, Industrialist
  4. Anand Mahindra, Industrialist
  5. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Industrialist
  6. Ratan Tata, Industrialist
  7. Deepak Parekh, Banker
  8. Anil Ambani, Industrialist
  9. A.M.Naik, Businessman
  10. Anil Agarwal, Industrialist
  11. Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro
  12. Samir Jain & Vineet Jain, Times Group bosses
  13. M.S.Dhoni, Cricketer
  14. Uday Kotak, Banker
  15. Y.C.Deveshwar, Businessman
  16. Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
  17. Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, Businessmen
  18. Natarajan Chandrasekaran, TCS CEO
  19. Rahul Bhatia, Businessman
  20. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Airtel
  21. Shiv Nadar, Chairman, HCL
  22. Salman Khan, Actor
  23. Ajay Piramal, Industrialist
  24. Uday Shankar, Media Professional
  25. Arnab Goswami, News Anchor
  26. Subhash Chandra, Media Baron
  27. Naresh Gujral, Rajya Sabha member, Shiromani Akali Dal
  28. Shah Rukh Khan, Actor
  29. Kapil Sharma, Stand-up comedian
  30. Adil Zainulbhai, Consultant
  31. N. Srinivasan, Cricket administrator
  32. Chanda Kochhar, Banker
  33. Mahendra Mohan Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, Media Barons
  34. Fali S.Nariman, Jurist
  35. Arvind Panagariya, Economist
  36. Aamir Khan, Actor
  37. Rajat Sharma, Media Baron
  38. Naresh Trehan, Doctor-entrepreneur
  39. Kunal Bahl, Entrepreneur
  40. Pawan Munjal, Industrialist
  41. Chetan Bhagat, Author
  42. Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer
  43. Baba Ramdev, Yoga Guru
  44. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP
  45. Adi Godrej, Industrialist
  46. Subramanian Swamy, Lawyer, Economist, and Hindutva Ideologue
  47. Deepika Padukone, Actor
  48. R. K. Pachauri, Environmentalist
  49. S.Gurumurthy, RSS Ideologue

C) Finance Newsmakers who created ripples in 2014

Tim Cook said on October 29: “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Besides openly declaring this sexual preferences, Tim Cook managed several things for Apple such as: Settled long pending feud with Google, bought back $100 billion of its shares, launched Apple Watch, a new version of iPhone and more.

Tim Cook is this year’s #1 newsmaker for finance.

Piyush Goel, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy is at #3. Piyush has promised that every household in India will receive uninterrupted electricity in 5 years, and has taken some bold steps for coal mines allocation.

Here is the top 10 list:

  1. Tim Cook
  2. Piyush Goel
  3. Arun Jaitley
  4. Bill Gates
  5. Vishal Sikka
  6. Kris Gopalakrishnan
  7. Christophe de Margerie
  8. Karl Slym
  9. Satya Nadella
  10. Narayana Murthy

D) Gadgets We Loved In 2014

Apple iPhone has yet again dominated this list, just like in 2013. Indians loved to read and search more about iPhone 6 and 6+ which were launched this year. Samsung Galaxy S5 is at #2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is at #3.

Here is the top 10 list of most popular gadgets in India:

  1. iPhone
  2. Samsung Galaxy S5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  4. GoPro HERO
  5. Apple iPad mini
  6. Microsoft XBox One
  7. Amazon Kindle Fire
  8. Sony PlayStation 4
  9. Apple iPad Air
  10. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

E) Biggest Sporting News of 2014

Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter who was sentenced to 5 years prison for killing his girl friend hogged the limelight for sports related news. He is at #1 position.

Sarita Devi, who was denied a gold despite having better performance is #2, meanwhile Mary Kom, the first Indian boxer to have won a gold at Asian Games finds herself at #3.

Here is the top 10 list:

  1. Oscar Pistorius
  2. Sarita Devi
  3. Mary Kom
  4. German Football Team
  5. Pankaj Advani
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Serena Williams
  8. Li Na
  9. Roger Federer
  10. Kei Nishikori
  11. Indian men’s hockey team

F) Celebrities In Demand for 2014

Surprisingly, Sunny Leone was once again the most searched celebrity in India, and this is 3th year in a row! Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone were declared as the most loved couple while Alia Bhatt made an entry into the list. Among males actors, Hritik Roshan and John Abraham were the most searched celebrities.

The top 10 list of most searched and talked about celebrities:

  1. Sunny Leone
  2. Poonam Pandey
  3. Swetha Basu Prasad
  4. Anushka Sharma
  5. Alia Bhatt
  6. Hrithik Roshan
  7. Aishwarya Rai
  8. Bipasha Basu
  9. John Abraham
  10. Nargis Fakhri

Here is the top 10 list of most loved Bollywood couple for on-screen romance:

  1. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, Happy New Year
  2. Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez, Kick
  3. Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, Bang Bang
  4. Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, 2 States
  5. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
  6. Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, Hasee Toh Phasee
  7. Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan, Khoobsurat
  8. Shraddha Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, Haider
  9. Sonakshi Sinha and Akshay Kumar, Holiday
  10. Sidharth Malhotra and Shraddha Kapoor, Ek Villain

G) Best of Bollywood Movies in 2014

Highway, was the most talked about movie this year, followed by Haider and Hansee to Phansi. Queen is at #4 while Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania is at #5.

Here is the top 10 list of the most talked about Bollywood movies:

  1. Highway
  2. Haider
  3. Hansee to Phansi
  4. Queen
  5. Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania
  6. Jai Ho
  7. Ragini MMS 2
  8. Hamshakals
  9. Entertainment
  10. The Shaukeens

H) Tourist Locations Which Hogged Limelight

Goa is the #1 tourist destination as per the searches and shared stories on Yahoo India. Thekkady in Kerela is at #2 position while Nainital makes a surprise re-entry at #3.

Here is the list of top 10 destinations:

  1. Goa
  2. Gangtok
  3. Thekkady, Kerala
  4. Nainital
  5. Mussoorie
  6. Munnar
  7. Lonavla
  8. Manali
  9. Puri
  10. Shevaroys, Yercaud

You can find the complete list for 2014 here.

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