Dhirubhai Ambani was one of the successful business tycoons of India and the founder of Reliance industries. He passed away at the age of 69 on 6th July in 2002 due to a stroke. He was a man who started with nothing and eventually went being one of the richest men in the world. He had no family fortune, no wealth, no background and went on being the biggest industrialist in India. Dhirubhai Ambani’s journey has always been an inspiration for many. From just a gas station attendant to the owner of the biggest Reliance industries, he has really came a long way. In 2002 when he was in his death bed, Dhirubhai Ambank was world’s 138th richest person ranked by Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion. Here are few lesser know facts one must know about the biggest industrialist of all times:
First public speech when India got Independence
On 15th August 1947, when India got Independence from British rule and celebrated it’s first Independence Day, it was warned to stay indoors for the people of Junagarh. All kinds of rallies and public gatherings were banned. Dhirubhai challenged the law and called a meeting of all Junagarh students where a flag hoisting ceremony was held with much fanfare and celebrations. His first speech was delivered that day on a public rally which landed him in trouble as he got summoned by police but was left soon with no charges. Most exciting moment of his life
Dhirubhai Ambani has always idolized Sardar Patel. His old school memory of Sardar Patel coming to his school and adressing a public meeting was one of his best moments in life. Sardar Patel was his hero and he also managed coming close to him in the rally which makes this his beautiful memory.
Dhirubhai Ambani landed at Bombay with just Rs 500 and no connections expect a letter of recommendation. All he had his dreams and high hopes which made him world’s 138th richest person.