Mukesh Ambani was born in Yemen on April 19, 1957, to Dirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani. Mukesh Ambani, the CEO of Reliance Industries, turns 66 today, April 19, 2023. He was born on April 19, 1957, to Dirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani in Yemen. His father Dhirubhai Ambani created Reliance Industries in 1966. After Dhirubhai passed away in 2002, Mukesh and his younger brother Anil jointly took over the reins of Reliance. Anil was appointed vice chairman and joint managing director while his older brother assumed the roles of chairman and managing director. 

Anil received the telecommunications, electricity generation, and financial services units through a demerger, while Mukesh assumed control of the gas, oil, and petrochemicals units as RIL due to a power struggle between the brothers. Mukesh Ambani identified twins Akash and Isha for senior roles in retail and telecom last year, and his youngest son Anant for the new energy unit, as part of his succession plan for Reliance Industries Ltd.

Mukesh Amani became the country’s first trillionaire in rupees in 2007. In recent months, Gautam Adani, a fellow businessman from Gujarat, has displaced him as the richest Indian. He did, however, reclaim his position as Asia’s richest man in the Forbes Billionaire 2023 list, which was published on April 4.

Let’s look at 5 fascinating facts about Mukesh Ambani in honour of his 66th birthday:

Reliance Industries, with a $104 billion (sales) market cap with holdings in petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecom, and retail, is chaired and operated by Mukesh Ambani. His net worth is $84.1 billion, ranking him as the 13th richest billionaire in the world according to Forbes.

Mukesh Ambani was born in Aden, Yemen, where his father was a petrol station attendant. He graduated from the University of Bombay (now the University of Mumbai) with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering before going on to Stanford University to acquire a master’s in business administration. To diversify the firm, he quit the programme in 1981 to join the family business and ventured into communications, infrastructure, petrochemicals, petroleum refining, polyester fibres, and other fields.

The 27-story Antilla, owned by Mukesh Ambani, is one of the most expensive residential buildings in the world and theoretically has 60 floors. His Antilia’s lowest six floors are designated for parking his opulent vehicles, such as the Maybatch, Rolls Royce Cullinan, BMW 760 Li, etc.

In addition to this, he is the owner of the big, opulent Stole Park Hotel in the UK and the Mandarin Oriental, a 900-year-old hotel in London. He is also well known for having a variety of extremely expensive private aircraft. He has three private aircraft in total. The estimated cost of the three aircraft—the Airbus A319, Falcon 900EX, and Boeing Business Jet—is $100 crore. Despite his fortune, Ambani is reportedly an extremely humble man.

He was named the second-best CEO in the world by the Global Brand Guardianship Index 2023 and was named the fifth-best CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review. In addition, Mukesh Ambani was honoured with the Businessman of the Year Award in 2010 and the TIME 100 Most Influential People in 2019 and 2020.