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Dhirubhai Ambani Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : December 28, 2022

Short Biography

Dhirubhai Ambani was born on 28-12-1932 in Chorvad in the state of Gujarat, India. He was an Indian Industrialist, Businessperson & Founder of Reliance Industries.

Other Name: Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani
Other Professions: Businessperson Founder

Dhirubhai Ambani Complete Bio & Career

Born as Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, he was a business tycoon from India. He had been awarded posthumous Padma Vibhushan Award by Government of India, the second highest civilian honour in India. 
Since his school days, he was active in politics. He was a part of PrajaMandalMovement, which brought him to the notice of political leaders. He was also associated with a new Social party that had emerged from Congress and campaigned for its candidates. However, later on, he left aside his political pursuits. After his matriculation, he had to quit studies due to bad economic condition in his family. He took up a clerical job in Aden at A.Besse& Co., which was the largest transcontinental business holding east of Suez. Very soon, he simultaneously started working at a Gujarati trading firm, where he learned about accounting, shipping papers, bookkeeping, and documents. He helped the firms to make profitable deals, which was indicative of his knack in trade. Later, he was promoted to work in an oil filling station at a newly built harbour. Due to the Yemeni movement, he returned to India in 1958. In partnership with his cousin ChampaklalDamani, Ambani started ‘Majin’ which was to import yarn and export spices. 
Initially, Ambani focused on high volumes, low profits and rich quality. In 1965, Ambani broke his partnership as Champaklal Damani did not believe in setting up yarn inventories. Eventually, Ambani made a couple of hefty deals which drove enough capital for him to start Reliance textiles. He also became the director of the Bombay Yarn Merchants Association. He set up a textile mill in Ahmedabad in 1966, thus founded Reliance Industries. He flew from Bombay to Ahmedabad frequently to track the progress of the establishment. As the wholesalers refused to buy fabrics from this new company, he personally stepped on the road and sold his stock to retailers directly. Soon, his brand ‘Vimal’ gained immense popularity and became the best-selling fabric during its time. The company’s operations were also expanded to meet the increasing demands. Later in the early 1980’s his two sons joined the business and helped in expanding it further. Reliance Company got into polyester fiber business along with petrochemicals, oil and gas exploration, and petroleum refining. Over the period of time, the firm diversified into other sectors like technology, energy, retail, capital markets, logistics, telecommunications, etc. Today Reliance Industries has total assets worth over US$ 110 Billion. 
He is seen as the pioneer in shaping ‘Equity culture’ in the country. Reliance was the first company from India to be listed on Forbes Fortune 500. He was conferred with ‘Man of the Century’ Award by Chemctech Foundation and Chemical Engineering World for his contribution to the development of Chemical industries in India. He has been featured on Power 50 list of Most Powerful People in Asia multiple times by Asiaweek Magazine. He was voted the “Greatest creator of Wealth in the centuries’ in 2000 in a poll conducted by Times of India. 

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Honours & Awards

Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 2016 Trade and Industry

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Dhirubhai Ambani died on 06-07-2002 at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He was suffering from a major stroke and had gone into coma.

DEATHDAY 6 July,2002 (Saturday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Dhirubhai Ambani Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Hirachand Govardhandas Ambani
Mother Jamanaben Ambani
Siblings None
Wife Kokilaben Ambani
Sons Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani
Daughters Deepti Salgaonkar, Nina Kothari

He was born to Hirachand Govardhandas Ambani and Jamanaben Ambani. He was married to Kokilaben Ambani from 1955 to 2002. The couple had four children including two sons named Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani & two daughters named Deepti Salgaonkar & Nina Kothari.

Life's Important Dates Of Dhirubhai Ambani

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Chorwad, Junagarh
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification Matriculate
Hobbies Reading Newspapers
Marital Status Married

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Dhirubhai Ambani

  • He was just 10th pass and left for Yemen after passing his 10th exams.
  • In Yemen, he served as a Gas-Station attendant.
  • His brand Vimal Sarees created history after 100 retail stores opened in one single day.
  • He used to love trying new cuisines.
  • Posthumously, he was awarded the Padma Vibhusan in the year 2016.

Dhirubhai Ambani Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Dhirubhai Ambani was 69 years 6 months & 9 days old age.