From a two-bedroom accommodation in a small settlement to a 14-floor apartment in the posh Colaba, he has been carrying forward the legacy taking it to new heights. Propounding the philosophy of his father, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani believes in not just creating the wealth but also sharing it with investors.
Born in a small village of Gujarat in 1938, Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, better known as Dhirubhai Ambani, revolutionised the capital market in India. From working in a gas station to owning the fifth largest oil refinery in the world, his life journey is a real-life rags-to-riches story.
Chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), Anil is the younger son of business magnate Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben. He heads all the listed companies of ADAG, namely Reliance Communications, Reliance Capital, Reliance Energy and Reliance Natural Resources Limited. He is also the chairman of the board of governors of Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.
Born on June 4, 1959, Anil today enjoys the trust of over a crore shareholders; one of the largest such family anywhere in the world. After completing his Masters in Business Administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Anil joined the Reliance Industries in 1983 as a co-chief executive officer.
Anil, along with his elder brother Mukesh, pioneered many financial innovations in the Indian capital market. Meanwhile, away from public gaze, Anil Ambani started dating Bollywood diva Tina Munim and soon their engagement made headlines.
“After our initial friendship, we did not communicate for three-four years. We were leading our own lives in two different countries. But, deep inside, both of us felt strongly for each other. Like Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’, the deep bond cut across all barriers”, Tina Ambani recalled in an interview.
They now have two sons and Tina Ambani is also the managing director of Reliance Industries.
Anil has a long list of awards, honours and laurels. He has been constantly grabbing the headlines almost every day due to his achievements. The Reliance Group touches the life of one in every ten Indians each day through its products and services. It has a business presence that extends over 20,000 towns, 4,50,000 villages in India and five continents across the world.
Anil Ambani is also credited with India’s largest IPO of Reliance Power which was subscribed in less than 60 seconds on offer, fastest in the history of Indian capital market till date. Owing to the 2009 financial crunch, one of the world’s greatest production houses opened its door to foreign investment. In a big shift, Anil wrote a cheque of $325 million in equity for Steven Spielberg’s studio ‘The Dream-Works’. The move gave him the power to co-produce movies and propelled him as a major player in the global entertainment industry. Today, Anil keeps a vision to build a global enterprise for all his stakeholders and a great future for the country, giving millions of young Indians the power to shape their destiny and the means to realise their full potential.