The life story of Dhirubhai Ambani is not a typical rag to riches story but is a story of the teenager who was raised with his four siblings in a house with limited means.
Dhirubhai Ambani had to give up education at an early age because of financial crisis. Later, after his father's demise, he took the responsibility of his family. And to fulfill their needs, he started his entrepreneurial career by selling chat pakodi to pilgrims in Mount Girnar, Gujarat during the weekends. This is the same man who after years founded India's largest exporter company, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).
Now, the question is how?
We all believe that dreams can only be fulfilled with enough resources. But this man created everything from scratch. He became successful and now his kids who are walking on the same path are among the most known and reputed personalities of the world. Yes, I am talking about industrialist Mukesh Ambani, Nina Kothari, Deepti Salgaonkar and Anil Ambani.
Aden, Yamen was the place where he got his first job at Shell service petrol station.
Dhirubhai Ambani went to Aden and then returned with a big idea of owning a petroleum company.
After returning to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000, Dhirubhai Ambani formed a textile trading company.
Along with his sons- Mukesh and Anil, Dhirubhai Ambani created an empire that is now standing next to the brilliant minds- the Tatas and the Birlas.
Dhirubhai Ambani suffered a stroke in 1986 after which he handed over Reliance Industries to his sons.
In 1988, an unauthorised biography of Dhirubhai Ambani with the title The Polyester Prince was published by Hamish McDonald. But he didn't sell the book in India because the Ambanis threatened legal action against the biography.
In 2010, an updated version of The Polyester Prince was published in the Indian market under the title Ambani and Sons.
You all must have seen the movie Guru? This Bollywood film was said to be inspired by the life of Dhirubhai Ambani starring actors Abhishek Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, R Madhavan and Vidya Balan. In the film, Abhishek Bachchan played Gurukant Desai, a character essentially based on Dhirubhai Ambani.
In the year 2016, Dhirubhai Ambani was honored with India's second highest civilian honour- Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions in trade and industry sector of the country.
With his refrain "Think big" and "I am not a loser," this man became the leader of the majority of business sectors in the country including petroleum refining, telecom and information technology.
From being a casual Indian teenager to becoming a famous business tycoon, the life of Dhirubhai Ambani is an inspiration to many.
Fact source: The Times Of India
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