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Ambani is the son
Dhirubhai Ambani, the late patriarch of the Reliance Empire. Dhirubhai
established his huge business house, realizing the tale of rags to
passed on the company to his able sons, Mukesh and Anil. The two
initially together. But they couldn't get along and in 2005 their
brokered a peace settlement, breaking up the family’s assets. At
Mukesh Ambani is the Chairman, Managing director and the largest
Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector enterprise
and a Fortune
500 company. Forbes (2009) list of the world’s billionaires named
richest man in India and the 7th richest man in the world, having a net
of $19.5 Billion. Mukesh also owns the Indian Premier League (IPL)
team, Mumbai Indians. He brought the team for $111.9 million.
born on April 19, 1957 at Mumbai. Being the first child, he received
love and attention of his parents. His father was keen on providing an
all-round development to his four children. Once, he placed an
the newspaper for a teacher, but specified that the person should not
concentrate on the academic syllabus, he would also have to impart
knowledge. He interviewed several persons and selected Mahendrabhai
taught at the New Era School. Mahendrabhai would come every evening to
Ambanis' house and stay with the children till 7 pm. The children would
play, watch matches, chat and laugh, and learn the values of life from
Mukesh's yet another
was his father, who shared with him his passion for business and
entrepreneurship. Even when Mukesh was in high school, he used to spend
at his father's office on weekends. After completing his schooling at
Morischa School in Mumbai, Mukesh completed his Bachelor of Chemical
Engineering from the University of Bombay. Now he decided to pursue a
Stanford University USA.
he was at Stanford,
father's company, Reliance, got a license to make polyester. It was
and during that time the World Bank's Young Professional's Programme
quite famous. Mukesh was keen to pursue the prestigious YPP after
his MBA. All this would take him a year and a half, after which he
to India, to work on the polyester plant. But his father was to start
the polyester plant right away. So, Mukesh decided to return to India
Reliance. This was a period when Reliance was at the threshold of
large corporation. Mukesh heeded his father's word, and immersed
completely in the running of the business. He got involved in
of manufacturing polyester fibers and petrochemicals. When he started
setting up a polyester filament yarn project, his Chemical Engineering
business school background helped him in organising the work and
was instrumental in
building more than 60 world-class manufacturing facilities. This
contribution from Mukesh raised Reliance's manufacturing capacities
than a million tonnes to twelve million tonnes per year. Mukesh
led the creation of the world's largest grassroots petroleum refinery
Jamnagar, in the State of Gujarat, India. The refinery has a capacity
million tonnes per year.
made his father's
come true when he launched Reliance Infocom Limited in 2002. It grew as
largest and most complex information and communications technology
in the world. Reliance Infocom has been renamed as Reliance
Limited, and is now under Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Under
and leadership, Reliance has entered retail business through its wholly
subsidiary - Reliance Retail. Reliance Retail has launched a new
called Delight stores, and has also signed a letter of intent with NOVA
Chemicals to make energy efficient structures for Reliance Retail.
Mukesh's greatest accolade
in 2004 when he was ranked 13th in Asia's Power 25 list of The Most
People in Business, published by the Fortune magazine. The Asia
Washington D.C., USA, conferred on him the Asia Society Leadership
Award in May
2004. He was chosen Telecom Man of the year 2004 by Voice and Data
the same year, Mukesh was also conferred the World Communication Award
Most Influential Person in Telecommunications. He was ranked 42nd among
World's Most Respected Business Leaders, and second among the four
featured in a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and published
Financial Times, London, in November 2004.
2007, Mukesh was chosen
Businessman of the Year by a public poll in India conducted by NDTV.
year, he was also conferred the United States-India Business Council
leadership award for "Global Vision". Mukesh was recorded as the
first Trillionaire in India, in June 2007. Gujarat Chief Minister,
Modi, awarded him the Chitralekha Person of the Year Award in 2007.
Ambani is also
his political inclination and achievements. He was the first Indian to
with Barak Obama after Obama became president of the United States.
Ambani is a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade and
Government of India, and the Board of Governors of the National Council
Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. He is a member of the Indo-US
the International Advisory Board of Citigroup, International Advisory
the National Board of Kuwait and McKinsey Advisory Council.
Mukesh Ambani also carries out his duties in the educational field. He
Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management,
and a member of the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of
Mumbai. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Graduate
Business of the Stanford University.
home, Mukesh Ambani is a complete family man,
spending quality time with his wife, Nita Ambani, and two children,
Isha. Nita Ambani runs the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and
Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, both funded by the Dhirubhai Ambani
Mumbai-based charity. At present, Ahash and Isha are studying in USA.
Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Petroleum Limited and Reliance Retail
and a Director of Reliance Europe Limited, is rightly considered by
experts as Dhirubhai's Protégé.
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