February 8th, 2013
04:06 PM ET

On GPS Sunday: India’s richest man and a panel with five Arab leaders

"Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

On GPS this week: Five Arab leaders, India’s richest man, and an all-star panel discussing U.S. politics.

First, Fareed hosts a discussion with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, columnist Arianna Huffington, businessman Ed Conard, and Boston Properties co-founder Mort Zuckerman on the economy, the deficit, immigration and gun control.

Then, India’s richest man sits down for his first TV interview in nearly a decade. Mukesh Ambani lets Fareed and the crew inside his 27-story home in Mumbai – the first time TV cameras have ever been allowed inside.

Finally, highlights from a World Economic Forum panel at Davos, when Fareed sat down with the prime ministers of Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Authority and Morocco's chief of government.

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  1. 100 % ETHIO

    "...his 27 Stories/floors Home..."?

    He deserved it. The Ambani Brothers and Family members were hard workers on garman businesses.

    Unlike other Indian wealthiest, the Ambani Brothers created their wealth inside their Homeland and they contributed so much for their Country and their People.

    February 8, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • Bert Bass

      Albani is very smart to forsee that change needs to come from the bottom up rather than top down. Middle Eastern power brokers are having difficulty recognizing that loss of power, as democracy is not one of their strong points. Can't see Afghanistan and Pakistan going in that direction today, but they will be forced into it eventually . Obama is correct in containing terrorism until those theocentric leaders are deposed, as America has no control over that timeframe .

      February 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  2. Name*malvern

    saw the davos forum with the Arab leaders, fareed you are such a disgrace No one launched an anti western crusade. There were were just expression their point of view which many in the west don't respect. You are a disgrace you give western media a bad name.

    February 10, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • Samir

      You are incorrect the Arabs hide behind anger in order to continue their persecution of women rights!!!

      February 10, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
  3. Neil

    Thank you for asking the tough question about women's rights in the Arab world!! It is time women are treated fairly by the Arab men!

    February 10, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  4. Samir

    Finally someone speaking for the women that are second-class in the middle east! No matter what these leaders say, they still refuse to grant women equality. I applaud you Fareed for bringing up this important issue.

    February 10, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
  5. Ahmad Karim

    Arab leaders did not answer yoyr question about women honestly. Shame on them

    February 10, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  6. zakariajoker

    You were lucky to interview Mukesh Ambani.
    Though all the credit goes to Ambani to give astute answers to your questions. His answers came from the honest experience of him and his father.
    He is deservedly the leading industrialist in India and the bureaucrats in India should encourage all the progressive proposals of his company for India's betterment.

    February 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  7. Nancy

    Really enjoyed your interview with Mukesh Ambani. Would like to see more photos of his mansion.

    February 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  8. j. von hettlingen

    Mukesh Ambani preaches water but drinks wine, Were he sincere about his ethical point of view, he wouldn't have built himself a home that cost over $ 1 billion. It's said to be the world's priciest house! What for? To show off?

    February 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  9. karthick amarnath

    "the rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs" karl marx.
    mukesh must clarify why he built such a building to live in a country where millions are without homes.

    February 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  10. Neha (Mumbai)

    Unfortunately every time when India is shown globally it is always the slums, the poverty, the illiteracy which is show and it is very disheartening to see this as an Indian.. it is great and refreshing to see the effect the rise of capitalism brought about in India and the rich people that it created in every Industry. Especially since India was largely socialist for a long time after independence and today it is an open economy and it is nice to see that people have made good use of the capitalist economy.. though probably things were much easier for Mukesh Ambani rather than his father Dhirubhai Ambani so personally I do find Dhirubhai Ambani much more prolific..

    February 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  11. Rajan Pillai

    In the Ambani interview, you ducked out of the key questions in India today.1 – Has Reliance ever had to bribe politicians to get to where it is now? 2 – Does reliance or Ambani deal in black ( unaccounted) money.

    The Ambanies are great business visionaries but how did they get where they are now? By pure hard work only?

    February 13, 2013 at 7:52 am | Reply
    • Faltu Kotha

      Why would he need to ask such asinine questions? It is a given that you can't become the richest man of any country, especially not a known to be corrupt one, without greasing a few palms!! Ambani has probably paid hundreds if not thousands of bribes. Why would he shine light on the corruption that has helped him succeed to the top??

      February 13, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply
      • Bert Bass

        Greasing palms openly is the way the east does business, and the west does it secretly using lobbiests aka bagmen as agents for those doing the greasing. Those capitalists are doing what comes natural to make money in the east and the west. Greasing palms or bribes, whatever you choose to call it not only makes money, but guarantees that the system will continue to work.

        February 15, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  12. Ben

    Indians hate China.A friend called my attention to the fact in 2006 on a biz trip to Mumbai.All magazine articles in our hotel about China were very negative.In the Ambani interview,he did not miss to stick to the Chinese about growth from the bottom and not from the top Politburo.Well,I have travelled extensively in both countries and would rather the Chinese model than the Indian bottom up Maharaja model of clueless old men.Mr Ambani is in India raping the 1.2 bl market,he should venture out,buy refineries and oil fields and held India balance of trade.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:36 am | Reply
  13. Ricardo Moreno

    Fareed – you always interview the same panelists about Jobs but they honestly don't know what they are talking about... the real problem is perverse mindset of publicly traded companies, ones that provide a lot of jobs in this country. You need to look at this from a bottoms up perspective – managers are bonused based on performance which means they do NOT take risks contrary to conventional wisdom. Cost-cutting and holding off on investments is a guaranteed way to make one's numbers. I've seen it at work as a finance manager business unit. No one is taking real risks – they are sandbagging their numbers by leveraging open positions to offset any revenue target misses. The only way we'll get real jobs growth is through revenue growth at major companies – that means taking down prices significantly to drive volume growth WITHOUT cutting features, SKU sizes or other cuts. These companies have cash hordes that they don't know what to do with. They could take more risk but the problem is holding cash doesn't hurt your P&L where as spending it on something that only "Might" work could hurt your P&L. Forgot the government, it's the public-listed company culture and stock based compensation perversion of incentives that's hurting the economy.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply

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