In India, the Ambani name is used as a synonym for abundance of wealth and power. After all, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, was named the richest Indian for the second consecutive year on the list of wealthiest people in the world. He exemplifies the glory of India Inc’s success, global prowess and competence. A visionary businessman, Mukesh Ambani, recently said ‘India’s future is digital’.
Being successful and rich is not a crime. People have a tendency to criticize the biggies of the world. Mukesh Ambani is one of the most compassionate industrialist in India and at the same time, pays the highest tax in the country.
Mukesh Ambani is India’s most powerful CEO and is the symbol of the changing face of corporate India. Mukesh Ambani started his career in Reliance at a young age of 24, heading a slew of new initiatives. Living up to the expectations of his father, Dhirubhai Ambani, he played a key role in Reliance’s paid expansion from textiles to polyester fibers, petrochemicals, petroleum refining and oil exploration.
Mukesh Ambani led the creation of the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, in Gujarat. Reliance has become intrinsic to the Indian economy and it can be safely said that because of one man, Mukesh Ambani, hundreds of thousands benefit. Reliance has been one of the biggest asset creators in India over decades.
As of 2013, he was India’s richest man and second richest man in Asia. Ambani is listed as the 19th richest person in the world with a personal wealth of $23.6 billion. He has retained his position as India’s richest person for the sixth year in a row.
Reliance has also opened a chain of nearly 700 stores selling food and various wares; Mr. Ambani promises that it will funnel money from the flourishing cities into the struggling agricultural heartland. He envisions Reliance, with $39 billion in revenue, as providing incomes to 12 million to 30 million Indians within the next five years by buying from farmers and employing new workers in its stores.
Through Reliance, he also owns the Indian Premier League franchise, Mumbai Indians. In 2012, Forbes named him one of the richest sports owners in the world. He has served on the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and the international advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was the chairman of the board of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, which is one of the leading business schools in India.
Besides his successful professional life, Ambani was flourishing in his personal life as well. He knows how to keep his lady happy. His marriage proposal to Neeta Ambani was unconventional. In the middle of the peak traffic, he asked her to marry him and refused to start the car until she accepted the proposal. ‘I was hooked to Mukesh, I was booked by Mukesh and I was cooked by Mukesh’, said Mrs. Ambani recalling the incident in an interview. The business magnate gifted his wife a $60 million for her 44th birthday. The jet reportedly has been customized to possess an office, high end music systems, satellite television and WiFi. In addition, there is a master bedroom and a bathroom with a range of showers.
Mukesh Ambani has the ability to change the face of the country. He touches the lives of a large number of the billion Indians people and makes things better for them.
India needs more men like Mukesh.