Success Story of Reliance Industries Founder Dhirubhai Ambani 


Dhirubhai Ambani is among some of the famous business entrepreneurs one must know about. This is because of his various personal and professional qualities. All this makes it important to know about him. 

So in this article, I will let you know about the story of Dhirubhai Ambani. It will throw light on different aspects of life. You will know about  his early life, his different qualities. Besides this, you will know about his journey from a middle class man to a Founder of Reliance Industries. 

Dhirubhai Ambani- Birth and Schooling 

Full name of famous Business Industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani was Dhirajlal Hiracahand Ambani. He was born on 28 December, 1932 to Hirachand Gordhanbhai Ambani, and Jamnaben Ambani in Chorwad, Junagadh district, Gujarat.  His father was a village school teacher and originally belongs to the Modh Baniya Community. 

Dhirubhai Ambani had done his schooling from Bahadur Khanji School. He had joined protests against Nawab of Junagarh to destroy his motives to conquer the area. Though he was born in a middle class people but from his youth itself he was very ambitious and passionate for doing something big. 

Early life 

Dhirubhai Ambani started his career at an early age of 16. He started working for A. Besse and Co., (Largest trading firm of that time), situated in Yemen with his brother Ramnikbhai in the year 1948. During his job, he learned various skills like management, trading, leadership and many other skills.  

Since he was very much ambitious and clear about his goals. So in the year 1958, he left that job. After coming back to India, he decided to start his own business. He started his first business as trading of spices and textiles. 

Origin of Reliance Industries

Though Reliance Industries is one of the known and largest Conglomerate firms. But Dhirubhai Ambani first started business with spices and textile trading. He started this business in partnership with his cousin Champaklal Damani with the trade name “Majin”. Under this business, they used to trade in exporting spices to Yemen and importing Polyester Yarn to India. 

But this partnership ended in 1965 due to diverse business thinking among both of them. This was because Ambani was always a risk taker businessman but his cousin was cautious one. After splitting up with him, Dhirubhai Ambani started his own textile business “Reliance Commercial Corporation”  in 1966. He started with a brand “Vimal” under the business in Naroda, Ahmedabad. Under this brand, he started selling Polyester materials for Suits,sarees,dresses and shawls. This was just start of the biggest business empire. This company was later renamed as “Reliance Industries”. 

Diversification of Reliance Commercial Corporation

In a few years, Dhirubhai Ambani got huge success in brand Vimal. It became a much known brand among the people. But he didn’t stop here only. This is because of his high thinking and much bigger goals than this. 

After getting success in the textile market, he started business in other diverse sectors. This includes Petroleum refining and marketing, oil, power generation. It also had business in sectors like plastics, logistics, retail, financial and telecommunication. Besides there are schools and hospitals on him and his wife Kokilaben Ambani’s name. 

With his huge success in diverse sectors, Reliance Industries became the first Indian organisation to be listed in Fortune Global 500 list. Besides this, its IPO was also first to get oversubscribed 7 times of its value.

Reliance Industries Limited- Some Glorious Achievements

Reliance Industries Limited earned many glorious achievements under the Leadership of Dhirubhai Ambani. Some of them includes-

  • In the year 1977, its IPO was the first to get oversubscribed 7 times in the year 1977. 
  • Established its first manufacturing project in only 18 months at Patalganga.
  • Became World’s largest Integrated Polyester producer in 1991. 
  • Commissioned World’s Largest grass root refinery in 36 months and Asia’s largest mango Orchard in 2000.
  • It was the First Indian Organization which was listed on Fortune Global 500 List in the year 2004.
  • In the year 2014, it became the largest retailer in terms of revenue. 
  • It also became the first Indian company to cross Market capitalization of Rs, 10 trillion market in the year 2019.
  • After that in the year 2020, it became 48th World’s  highest valued company and got 96th Rank on Fortune Global 500 list. 

Dhirubhai Ambani- Awards

During his life he received following Awards.-

  • In the year 1996, 1998 and 2000, he was Featured among Power 50- the most powerful people in Asia by Asiaweek magazine.
  • He was the first Indian to receive “Dean’s Medal” by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania on June 15, 1998 for his exemplary leadership. 
  • On November 8, 2000, he received “’Man of the Century” award by Chemtech Foundation and Chemical Engineering World for his contribution to India’s chemical industry.
  • Received The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence for Lifetime Achievement Award on August 10, 2001. 
  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) named him “Man of 20th Century”.  
  • India Post also released a postal stamp featuring Dhirubhai Ambani on 28 December 2002.
  • In October 2011, he also received ABLF Global Asian Award at the Asian Business Leadership Forum Awards.  
  • Besides this, he received Padma Vibhushan, Second Highest Civilian Award in 2016 for this great contribution to trade and industry. 

Dhirubhai Ambani- An Exceptional Leader 

He was no doubt an exceptional business entrepreneur. Under his exemplary leadership, Reliance Industries Limited achieved new heights. He had a unique vision to achieve his goals with determination and hard work. 

Besides being a known Business industrialist, he was also a very humble and down to earth man. Due to his leadership only, Reliance Industries became the largest Indian Conglomerate business. He was the great visionary of the 20th Century. 

Besides his professional life, he was a caring and loving husband and a exemplary father. This can be seen through wordings of his family in different interviews.

Demise of the Great visionary

Unfortunately, this great leader breathed his last on 6 July, 2002 after a major stroke at Breach Candy Hospital. After his death, this group got split into Reliance Industries Limited and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. First is headed by his elder son Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani and second by his younger son Anil Dhirubhai Ambani. 

Though he left us many years ago, but now also his lessons and learnings are alive for us to act upon to achieve our future goals. 

Learnings from the story 

You can take following lessons from his story after reading it-

  • We should not fear to take risks.
  • Risk is one of the factors to achieve goals.
  • We should have high thinking to achieve big. 
  • Besides this, no matter how successful you are, you must be humble and down to earth to your colleagues, juniors and others. 
  • You must have courage to reach your goals.


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