25 Facts about Dhirubhai Ambani You Never Knew

“Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are no one’s monopoly.”

Does the name Dhirajlal Hirachand ring any bells? No? Well, that’s because you don’t know it as well as you do Dhirubhai Ambani. Yes, Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani and Dhirubhai Ambani are the same person — the founder of industrial giants “Reliance.”

Dhirubhai Ambani is a name that is now spread across the world. His life story is the perfect example of the phrase “from rags to riches”. Born into a Modh family on 28 December 1932 where he had to terminate his education due to financial constraints, Dhirubhai Ambani managed to conquer the Indian business world and was already a billionaire at the time of his demise in 2002. His exemplary market anticipation and strong leadership skills turned Reliance into one of the best private Indian industrial conglomerates. With his birthday around the corner, let us delve into the lesser known facts about the man who changed India’s business scenario completely.

1) He used to sell bhajias to pilgrims


Dhirubhai Ambani sold bhajias to the Mount Girnar pilgrims. This marked his entry into the entrepreneurial world. Who knew this bhajia-seller would one day become the founder of such a huge industrial conglomerate?

2) He was just a matriculate


Dhirubhai Ambani’s CV didn’t boast of a great educational qualification. He had only studied till his tenth standard after which he left India for Yemen.

3) He used to work as a gas-station attendant


Dhirubhai Ambani used to work as a gas-station attendant at A. Besse and Co. in Aden, Yemen. His salary was Rs. 300 per month. And to think that he became a billionaire from there on! His is really an awe-inspiring story.

4) He started a textile trading company with his cousin


He and his cousin, Champaklal Damani started Majin, a textile trading company, once Dhirubhai returned from Yemen in 1958 with just Rs. 500.

5) He co-founded Reliance Commercial Corporation in 1960


With Champaklal Damani, Dhirubhai Ambani entered a new entrepreneurial venture and started the Reliance Commercial Corporation in 1960.

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