Mukesh Ambani is chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Industries Limited, the second largest Public Limited Company in India. As the richest man in India, his current net worth is $21.5 Billion as of March 2013.
Net Worth: $21.5 Billion
Source: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
Date of Birth: 19 April 1957
India’s Richest Man
Retaining his position as India’s richest man for six years in a row, Ambani is also the second richest man in Asia behind Li Ka Shing and the 22nd richest man on earth following Sergey Brin, with a staggering net worth of $21.5 Billion.
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)
Reliance Industries Limited was co-founded by the late Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani and Champaklal Damani. It was later passed on to Mukesh and brother Anil Ambani after the death of Dhirajlal Ambani in 2002. Mukesh is currently the CEO of Reliance Industries.
Originally a company that produced polyester yarn, Mukesh Ambani has led Reliance Industries into the petroleum, natural gas and oil industries since 1981. Although the company now deals in mostly refining petrochemicals, under his leadership the company has also extended its reach into areas such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and many more. Reliance Industries is also known to be the biggest retailer in India having more than 1466 stores.
Ambani grew up in a tight knit family, where the children were allowed to explore their boundaries and interests freely. Although his father has never visited his school during his childhood, he commented that his father was more interested in his non academic achievements. His father even hired a teacher specifically for non academic classes.
Life after Graduation
After graduating from Abaay Morischa School in Mumbai, He continued his postgraduate studies in Chemical engineering in the University of Mumbai and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering. He then applied for a two year Masters in Business Administration program but dropped out after a year to assist his father’s business.
Mukesh Ambani tied the knot with Nita Ambani in 1984; he has had three children since. His first daughter Isha Ambani followed by his first son Anant Ambani and then second son Akash Ambani. Ambani reportedly proposed to his wife one month after they first met. The proposal took place on an intersection. Ambani refused to budge even after the traffic lamp turned green until his wife gave him a reply in which she said “Yes”.
Ambani and wife Nita
Billionaires are usually known for their charities and philanthropic works, Mukesh Ambani wife, Nita Ambani is involved in the Reliance Foundation that aims to transform rural areas, provide healthcare and education.
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