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Vinod Adani: The latent backbone of the successful Adani

Brothers in arms: (L to R) Vasant, Vinod, Mahasukh, Gautam and Rajesh Adani.

In India, the name Adani is synonymous with the terms kinship and global business network. After all, the Adani brothers—Gautam Adani, Rajesh Adani, Vinod Adani, Mahasukh Adani and Vasant Adani—exemplify the growth of India’s economy, global competence and glorious success.

The Adani Group’s businesses span across coal trading, coal mining, oil and gas exploration, ports, multi-modal logistics, power generation, agro infrastructure, edible oil & transmission and gas distribution.

As of July 2016, consolidated revenue of the group stood up to $12 billion, where operating income was worth $4 billion, and profit increased by $2.3 billion. During the same period, total assets of the conglomerate were worth $40 billion, and the total workforce was 10,400.

Of course, Gautam Adani is critical to the business’ success. Seemingly, he has taken the group to great heights, and is considered the face of the Adani Group. But behind the scenes, his brothers are also playing their vital roles to take the business where it wants to be.

Although elder brother Vinod has been an NRI for more than three decades, and has established business interests outside India, he looks after the Adani Group’s overseas operations, and his son Pranav Adani is the Director of Adani Enterprises. Close associates of Vinod say that Gautam Adani relies on his business acumen and advice in making multi-billion dollar decisions.

Although not the prominent faces of the well-known global business house, they are the backbone of the successful Adani Group. Most people don’t notice Vinod Adani because he has chosen to be this way, a decision that accords him no external credit. He is not inspired by status, but by the desire to continue to expand the family’s business empire.

Adani Group, which was established as commodity trading business, operates with a vision of ‘Nation Building’ by building assets of national-economic importance. This vision has been a guiding force to foster in the global market.

The Adani Group persistently works towards changing the face of India. The collaborative efforts of Adani brothers have driven the great Indian conglomerate towards success, marking an exponential presence across the nation.

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