Chairman and MD of Reliance industries limited
Net worth – $22.3 billions (2017)
Not only is Mukesh the richest man in India but he is also the richest man in all of Asia. Born in Yemen in 1957 to parents Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani, Mukesh would early on be interested in studying chemicals. After he graduated from high school he went on to study at the Institute of Chemical Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering. After receiving his degree he went on to study abroad in the United States where he got accepted to Stanford University. He had enrolled for a Master of Business Administration degree but ended up dropping out instead to return to India and help his father start up his own business.
The year was 1980 and Dhirubhai Amani, Mukesh’s father, had applied for a license from the government to set up his own polyester manufacturing plant. The government accepted his proposal so together they got into the polyester and petrochemical business and set up their own plant. Originally their company was called Reliance Infocomm Limited but these days it is better known as Reliance Communications Limited. It is now considered one of the most valuable companies in India’s history. The plant now mainly deals with petrochemicals in the oil and gas sector. Because Reliance is so successful and Mukesh is such a good business man, he has gone on to receive multiple awards from organizations all around the world.