Journalist Karishma Vaswani has been recently promoted to Editor of BBC Indonesia. Before that, she has worked as a business correspondent in BBC Indonesia from 2009 to 2014.
Known for covering Jakarta bombings in 2009 and also Aceh tsunami five year anniversary, Karishma has been in BBC since 2006 covering news in Mumbai. Earnings from BBC news in various places actually adds to Karishma Vaswani net worth.
The salary of editors in BBC News starts from $69k to $75k. In case of Jakarta, as per 2016 data, the average salary of a journalist is Rp3-4 million, which is around $215-$290.
It was however stated in The Jakarta Post, that the Jakarta’s journalist ideal salary should be equal or more than Rp 7.5 million that is around $550-$570. As per the Indonesian magazine, Tempo in 2013, in Southeast Asia, Indonesian journalists are among the lowest paid.
In late 2013 the AJI, as quoted by Tempo.co, stated that the salaries of Indonesian journalists were among the lowest in Southeast Asia. As Indonesian local media companies set aside only 8-12% of their total incomes to the journalist.
Karishma herself in her 2014 article, “Indonesia’s new mega-rich spend big” has stated;
“That’s a fortune in Indonesia, where the minimum wage is around $250 a month. And rich people here spend a lot of money in luxury goods including Lamborghini, legendary sports car.”
Since Karisma is recently promoted and she is employed as an editor in BBC News, she might be earning enough salary including the compensation, bonus and other benefits.
Before working with BBC Indonesia, Karishma was working as the India Business Report Presenter in Mumbai from 2006-2008. Later, she joined BBC Indonesia in 2009. Karishma Vaswani net worth certainly is due to her earnings from BBC.
Karishma has interviewed many great people in her career like Jusuf Kalla, Lee Kwan Yew, P.Chidambaram, Gita Wirjawan, Chatib Basri and many more.
Check out Karishma Vaswani’s video reporting in with she has spoken about the Brexit- impact on the Asian Currencies, Investments, and Trade.
Karishma twitted her recent report on social media.
“China has substantially increased spending on domestic security, official figures show, reflecting mounting concern about threats inside its borders as President Xi Jinping moves to acquire more power and reassert the authority of the Communist Party.” https://t.co/UKjUhRr1er
— Karishma Vaswani (@BBCKarishma) March 7, 2018
The world is going digital so is digital marketing business. And Karishma Vaswani’s husband has his own digital marketing business. The average earnings of a digital marketing director are $180,000 to $250,000 per month.
Karisma herself stated in an interview that her husband keeps on travelling Singapore to Jakarta for his work. Initially, she felt hard to balance house, kids and work-life but somehow she managed it. Earnings from her husband’s business also add to Karishma Vaswani net worth.
Karishma has been in Indonesia since she was a child. She lives with her parents in Indonesia. Karishma parents help her a lot when she is out at work especially to look after her daughter.
According to her, Indonesia has seen tremendous growth in past years and believes the country have stored great future. She has not planned to leave Indonesia in any case. Her Instagram post shows that she is enjoying her life in Indonesia along with her family.
Karishma Vaswani once shared the picture of her father’s family flat in Bombay which is now the refuge for a family of Sindhi refugees. In her post, she mentioned how her kids, son and daughter loved to visit her grandfather’s home.
She recalled her father saying that the home was a primary place for family’s gathering.
Karishma Vaswani’s dad with his grandchildren in Bombay home.
Image source: Instagram
Karishma originally belongs to India. She lived with her parents in Indonesia when she was a child. Karishma earned her schooling qualification from Jakarta. She attended the Warwick University of UK and learnt English and American Literature. Being an Indian she holds Singaporean passport.
Karishma says it is not always perfect to handle work and family together, but not impossible as well. Karishma is the mother of two children. She added, she was the first girl child in her family who went out and started working on her own. Her supporting family is the key to her successful career according to Indonesia expat.
Mumbai is the favourite destination of Karishma Vaswani to spend holidays. Karishma feels Mumbai as a New York of Asia, it is full of life, colour and vibrancy. Karishma says, there is a kind of hunger in the city, it has a dream and everyone is up to something which is great according to The Straits Times.
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