Posted by Exhibit on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:27
With a neat net-worth of $5.9 billion, Anil Ambani is the head of Reliance Capital, Reliance Infra, Reliance Power and Reliance Communications. Married to the lovely actress of yesteryears, Tina Munim, the Gujrati business tycoon always has his eyes set on the next BIG thing. You may think you know the man inside-out, but here are 9 things that might just take you by surprise.
I. After the demise of his father in 2005, Anil Ambani took over the reign of Reliance Group with interests in Telecom, Entertainment, Financial Services, Power and Infrastructure. In 2008, Ambani is also credited with India’s largest IPO of Reliance Power which was subscribed in less than 60 second on offer, fastest in the history of Indian capital markets till date.
II. He is of the strong belief that the industry plays a pivotal role in the development of any nation and to this end he has steered his Reliance Group towards building a great enterprise for its stakeholders and a great future for the country. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the group has two strong initiatives – the cutting edge 750 bed super-speciality Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and the Harmony Foundation for senior citizens.
III. Ambani invested USD 825 million in Steven Spielberg’s Dream Works Studios in 2009 to coproduce movies, a move that has catapulted him into a major player in the global entertainment business. In India he is one of the largest producers of Bollywood film industry. His major interest in Entertainment include 44 FM radio stations, nationwide DTH business, Animation Studios, and several mutliplex cinemas throughout India.
IV. Last June, his debt-laden telecom arm Reliance Communications struck a $2.1 billion deal to lease telecom towers to Mukesh’s Reliance JioInfocomm, which is preparing to roll out 4G services.
V. Anil Ambani owns a private jet, the Falcon 7X, which has a breakthrough design and extraordinary capability. Its unique features include a 5,950 nautical mile nonstop range and its unbeatable versatility.
VI. He is passionate about cars and also has an enviable collection of them. He has a yellow Lamborghini that he uses on weekends.
VII. Even though he is a fitness freak and wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to go for a jog, he is also a foodie – and enjoys exploring different kinds of cuisines.
VIII. Anil Ambani gifted his celebrity wife Tina, a super luxury yacht, to fulfil her long cherished dream to own one. Tina’s billionaire hubby reportedly spent whooping $84 million to buy this yacht made in Genova, Italy, and named Tian-using the first two letters of Tina and Anil.
IX. His favourite piece of advice- Don’t hire a consultant to tell you the time from your own watch!