Chairman and founder of Adani Group
Net worth – $7.0 billions (2017 updates)
Gautam Adani was born in 1962 to parents Shantilal and Shanta Adani. His parents migrated together from Tharad to Gujarat, India where they would raise Gautam and his seven brothers and sisters. As he got older he would begin school at Sheth Chimanlal Nagindas Vidyalaya and then graduated from college at Gujarat University where he would earn his bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Afterwards he would start his career by working as a diamond sorter until he saved up enough money to start his own diamond brokerage. Starting his own business was a major success and he went on to make lots of money and was a genuine millionaire after the first year.
After a few years he returned home and he and his older brother began their own plastic factory. This proved to also be very successful and to top it off Gautam began importing raw materials to make plastic which earned them even more money. Many people have stated that quitting a diamond manufacturing business to get into plastic was a risky move but Gautam is actually widely known as a risk taker and considering he’s a multi-billionaire it’s certainly paid off.
Although he was very into selling diamonds and plastic, where Gautam makes the majority of his vast wealth is from his own company – Adani Group. As the founder and chairman he currently integrates coal mining and gas distribution. Over his 30+ years of being a successful business tycoon, Gautam has gone on to employ thousands of people and make tens of billions of dollars. Not bad for someone who is a first-generation business man.