Full Name: Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani.
Born: 28th December 1932, Chorwad, Gujarat, India.
Died: 6th July 2002, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Other Names: Dhirubhai Ambani.
Parents: Hirachand Gordhandhas Ambani (Father), Jamnaben (Mother).
Wife: Kokilaben Ambani.
Children: Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Nina Kothari, Deepti Salgaonkar.
Occupation: business tycoon; Chairman of Reliance Industries; investor.
- Dhirubhai went to Aden (now in Yemen) at age of 17 and worked for ‘A Besse and Co Ltd,’ the sole distributors of Shell products.
- In 1958 started his first company – Reliance Commercial Corp, a commodity trading and exports house.
- In 1966 started textile mill in Naroda, Ahmedabad .
- In 1975, a technical team of the World Bank certified that the Reliance textile plant was ‘excellent’ by developed country standards.
- In 1997 Reliance company went public.
- June, 1998 : Leading business magazine, Business Barons placed Dhirubhai Ambani in its list of ‘India’s 25 Most Influential Business and Financial Leaders’.
- June, 1998 : Chosen as ‘Star of Asia’ by Business Week, USA.
- June, 1998 : Awarded the Dean’s Medal by the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for setting an outstanding example of leadership.
- October, 1998 : Dhirubhai Ambani is the only Indian industrialist to feature in the ‘Business Hall of Fame’ in Asiaweek.
- July, 1999 : Declared as the ‘Most Admired Indian Business Leader’ by The Times of India.
- August, 1999 : Placed amongst ‘The Power 50 – India’s 50 most powerful decision-makers in Politics, Business & Finance‘, Business Barons.
- December,1999 :Voted as ‘Indian Businessman of the Century’ in Business Barons Global Multimedia Poll.
- December, 1999 : Chosen by the Indian Merchants Chamber as ‘An Outstanding Visionary of the 20th Century’ in recognition of his unique achievements and contribution in the development of industry and capital markets in India.
- August, 2001 : The Economic Times Award for Corporate Excellence and Lifetime Achievement.
- February, 2002 : Conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by India HRD Congress.
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