On Tuesday, Forbes released its Global Game Changers list featuring the most influential business leaders from around the world based on corporate growth, innovation and international presence. These global game changers are influencing industries and changing lives of billions of people around the world. Mukesh Ambani, the 60-year old chairman of oil-to-yarn and retail conglomerate Reliance Industries has topped the list for changing the game in the Indian Telecom market. Ambani is the only Indian in the list among conglomerates from eight countries. He was chosen for heralding a massive change through "bringing the internet to India's masses."
To be noted that Forbes second annual Global Game Changers list includes 25 "Intrepid Business Leaders" who are not satisfied with the Status Quo and are transforming lives of billions around the globe.
Last year, three Indian business leaders – Rahul Bhatia, director, Inter Globe Enterprises, Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, Serum Institute of India and Sunny Varkey, the Dubai-based founder and chairman of GEMS Education – had made it to the inaugural edition of the Global Game Changers list.
Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), the fourth-generation broadband wireless digital services leg of Reliance Industries Ltd. had a customer base of 109 million subscribers as of March 31, 2017. Over 72 million of these customers have already subscribed to Jio's paid services. Jio has revolutionised the Telecom industry and changed the way India consumes data.
In a press conference held in Mumbai last year, Ambani proudly announced that India is the number one country in the usage of data. Jio users alone consume 33 million GB of data every day, he said. That's more than the entire data consumption of the US, and 50% more than that of China.
Describing Ambani, Forbes added: "Oil and gas tycoon entered the country's telecom market with a bang, offering fast internet at dirt-cheap prices. Gained 100 million customers in six months and set off a wave of consolidation in the market."
Also In 2016, Forbes India declared him the richest Indian with a net worth of $23.2 Billion, topping the list of 100 Indian billionaires.
According to Forbes, Ambani also said, "Anything and everything that can go digital is going digital and India cannot afford to be left behind."
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"While plenty of corporate functionaries make headlines for successful turnarounds or record profits, we sought to identify true movers and shakers who are determining the course of the future for more than just their own shareholders or employees," said Forbes.