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Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (born 4 June 1959) is an Indian businessman. He is the chairman of Reliance Group (also known as Reliance ADA Group), which was created in July 2006 following a demerger from Reliance Industries Limited. He leads a number of stock listed corporations including Reliance Capital,[3] Reliance Infrastructure,[4] Reliance Power and Reliance Communications.[5] Ambani, once the sixth richest person in the world, as of July 2019, his net worth has fallen to $109 million.[6]

Anil Ambani
Anil Ambani Reliance.jpg
Ambani in 2012
Born (1959-06-04) 4 June 1959 (age 60)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai(B.Sc.)
University of Pennsylvania(MBA)
Net worthUSD 523 million (2019)[2]
TitleChairman, Reliance Group
Tina Ambani (m. 1991)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)Dhirubhai Ambani
Kokilaben Ambani
RelativesMukesh Ambani (brother)

His major business interests in entertainment include 44 FM radio stations, nationwide DTH business, animation studios, and several multiplex cinemas throughout India.[7] After his father's death in 2002, Anil Ambani took over the reins of Reliance Group with interests in telecom, entertainment, financial services, power and infrastructure.[8] Ambani is also credited with India's largest IPO, that of Reliance Power, which in 2008 was subscribed in less than 60 seconds, the fastest in the history of Indian capital markets to date.[9]

In 2005 Ambani made his debut in the entertainment industry with an acquisition of a majority stake in Adlabs Films, a company with interests in film processing, production, exhibition and digital cinema. The company was renamed Reliance MediaWorks in 2009.[10][11][12]

In 2008 a joint venture worth US$1.2 billion with Steven Spielberg's production company DreamWorks cast Ambani's entertainment business on to a global platform.[13] He has contributed to the production of a number of Spielberg films, including the Academy Award-winning Lincoln.[14][15]

Early life and education

Ambani earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kishinchand Chellaram College and received a Master in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.[16]

Personal life

Ambani is a Gujarati.[17] He is married to Indian actress Tina Munim,[18] and they have two sons, Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul.[19] Ambani is the younger brother of Mukesh Ambani and has two sisters, Nina Bhadrashyam Kothari and Dipti Dattaraj Salgaocar.[20]

Awards and recognition

  • Conferred the 'Businessman of the Year 1997' award by India's leading business magazine Business India, December 1998.[21]
  • Voted 'the Businessman of the Year' in a poll conducted by The Times of India – TNS, December 2006.[22]
  • Voted the 'Best role model' among business leaders in the biannual Mood of the Nation poll conducted by India Today magazine, August 2006.[23]
  • Conferred 'the CEO of the Year 2004' in the Platts Global Energy Awards.[24]
  • Conferred 'The Entrepreneur of the Decade Award' by the Bombay Management Association, October 2002.[25]
  • Awarded the First Wharton Indian Alumni Award by the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) in recognition of his contribution to the establishment of Reliance as a global leader in many of its business areas, December 2001.[26]
  • Selected by Asiaweek magazine for its list of 'Leaders of the Millennium in Business and Finance' and was introduced as the only 'new hero' in Business and Finance from India, June 1999.[27]


In 2018, India's principal opposition party, Indian National Congress, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of favouring Anil Ambani's defence manufacturing company over HAL, a public sector enterprise, in a fighter aircraft deal worth INR 58,000 crores with French manufacturing firm Dassault. Ambani, several of whose companies are debt-ridden, has denied all charges of benefiting from crony capitalism. In a possibly related controversy, one of his businesses partly financed a French film in which former French president Francois Hollande's then-partner had acted around the same time the aircraft deal was being negotiated.[28] He gained notoriety as one of the fastest destroyers of shareholder wealth in the last 100 years with the combined group market cap declining by 90% since the formation of the Reliance ADA group.[29][30]


  1. ^ "Date of birth". Retrieved 6 September 2016.
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  3. ^ "Reliance Capital". Reliance Capital. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Reliance Infra". Reliance Infra. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Reliance Communication". Reliance Communication. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Anil Ambani worth crashes to 10$ Million". Forbes. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Ambani & Sons". CNNGO. 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ "The Ambani Achievements". 7 July 2002. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Anil Ambani". EXHIBIT MAGAZINE. 22 May 2014. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Reliance Cap buys 51% in Adlabs for Rs 360 crore". The Economic Times. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  11. ^ "The Reliance-Spielberg Deal: Anil Ambani's Next Blockbuster?". Knowledge@Wharton. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Adlabs Films to be renamed Reliance MediaWorks". Live Mint. HT Media. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ "DreamWorks to Receive Funds From Reliance". The Wall Street Journal. News Corporation. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Reliance Entertainment [in]". IMDb. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Lincoln (2012) - Company credits". IMDb. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Wharton Alumni Magazine: 125 Influential People and Ideas: Anil D. Ambani". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Top 10 Gujarati billionaires". India TV News. 1 August 2015.
  18. ^ Paranjoy Guha Thakurta; Subir Ghosh; Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri (30 March 2014). GAS WARS: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta. ISBN 978-81-928551-3-4.
  19. ^ "Tina Ambani got a third baby".
  20. ^ "Biggest secrets of Ambani family in pics". 18 March 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Businessman of the Year 1997".
  22. ^ "Reliance Communications Ltd (RLCM.NS)".
  23. ^ "Anil Ambani".
  24. ^ "Anil Ambani is Platts CEO of the Year". Retrieved 11 December 2004.
  25. ^ Business Ethics and Corporate Governance.
  26. ^ "Wharton India Economic Forum".
  27. ^ "Anil Ambani makes it to Asiaweek's hall of fame".
  28. ^ "Rafale row: Reliance Entertainment confirms it paid 1.4 million Euros for film by Hollande's partner through partner".
  29. ^ "DCC wants TRAI to review stand on spectrum pricing, quantum". 14 June 2019 – via The Economic Times.
  30. ^ "Anil Ambani falls off billionaire club; equity wealth crashes from $42 billion to $0.5 billion".

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