Ambani family is the wealthiest in India. From Nita Ambani to Akash Ambani, the kins of Mukesh Ambani and Late Dhirubhai Ambani need no ado. Mukesh Ambani house, Antilia, remains a global attraction today.
RTIwala Trending: Born on this day in 1957, the magnificent visionary turns 61 today. Mukesh Ambani is India’s leading business magnet with a current net worth of INR 1.50 lakh crores. With that stature and fortune, there’s hardly anything that he hasn’t achieved. From money to fame and power, Ambanis are globally known for their business prowess and philanthropy alike. And that’s where he stands out among many of his counterparts. Reliance Industries’ has given back to the society much more than it has received over the years. From a digitally connected India with Reliance Jio to Mrs. Nita M. Ambani’s Reliance Foundation, there’s nothing the world’s 33rd richest man (among Fortune 500 list, 2018) has left untouched.
Here are a few interesting facts about the very humble and thriving businessman that fills up Indians with eternal pride.
1. Birth and upbringing
The eldest of 4 siblings, Mukesh Ambani was born in Yemen in the year 1957 before the family of 6 moved to Mumbai in 1958. The family lived in a humble 2BHK apartment in Bhuleshwar in the southern suburbs of the then Bombay. According to reports, Late Dhirubhai Ambani came to Mumbai, then Bombay, with only Rs. 500 in his pocket.
2. Mukesh Ambani hates celebrating his birthday
None of us have heard about a big birthday bash in Antilia on the 19th of April, ever. That’s because the billionaire really hates celebrating his birthday for reasons unknown. However, the only exception was his 50th birthday, back in the year 2007. He is a family man and loves showering his loved ones with gifts from time to time.
3. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani: Simplicity up his sleeves
He has got all the wealth in the world. But that that hasn’t taken away the simple middle-class guy that he has always been. Mostly seen in a white shirt and black trousers, he is completely unaware of fashion brands and prefers wearing anything that he finds comfortable. Like all of us, he loves spending time with family, especially on Sundays, and often goes out to lesser known restaurants for some traditional vegetarian food. No, not all riches crave for swanky stuff!!
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4. Much like his father, he too, is a nature lover
In an interview with MoneyLife, Ambani described himself of being a nature-lover. This dates back to his childhood days when his father, Late Dhirubhai Ambani used to take them for walks in the forests and had bath in the streams. Well, now we know where the simplicity comes from, don’t we?
5. Stepping into the Late Dhirubhai Ambani’s shoes
Much like Late Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, too, is a doting father and that is no secret. Following his late father’s footsteps, Ambanis have been making all the efforts to make sure his son, Akash Ambani, is ready to be officially involved in the decision making for Reliance Industries. Akash, along with his twin sister, Isha Ambani is currently one of the Directors of Reliance Jio.
6. Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
In 2003, Mukesh Ambani set up a world-class learning facility at the heart of Mumbai. DAIS boasts of having enrolled children from the who’s-who of the country including Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, Cricketing Legend Sachin Tendulkar, and many others.
7. Reliance Industries Limited, amidst controversies. Yes, they exist.
Back in 2014, Reliance Group was dragged into muddy waters when the Govt. penalized the company for failing to meet a predetermined level of production of natural gas from India’s largest reserve, situated in a river basin in southern India. The penalty amount was a whopping $2.3bn.
8. Honorary Doctor of Science
In the year 2010, Maharaja Sayajirao University in Gujarat, conferred him with an Honorary Doctorate In Science degree (D.Sc) for his unending success that only keeps plummeting to this day.
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9. Mukesh Ambani: The management visionary
Mukesh Ambani’s business acumen has not only reaped fortunes for his flagship company Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) but he has also served as a board member in the and the ‘International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations. Not just that, the globally acclaimed business magnet has also served as the Chairman of the ‘ Board of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
10. Reliance Jio, the GenNext Ambani venture
Reliance Jio is undoubtedly the market leader with the biggest-ever customer base of more than 200 million subscribers. But did you know that Jio is the brainchild of his Mukesh Ambani’s twins, Akash and Isha Ambani. In fact, the Ambani scions were the ones behind this GenNext idea of disrupting the world of data and telecom? Launched in December 2015, Reliance Jio has reported a profit of Rs.504 crores as on January, 2018.
Once again, we wish the unstoppable achiever, a very happy birthday and an extraordinary year of prosperity ahead. Keep making India grow and Indians proud, Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani. India and it’s youth will look up to you as an extraordinary role-model, always!!