Dhirubhai Ambani Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Death Date: 06/07/2002
Age: 69 Years
Wife: Kokilaben Ambani


Full NameDhirajlal Hirachand Ambani
ProfessionIndian Businessman
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth28 December 1932
Place of BirthChorvad, Gujarat, India
Date of Death6 July 2002
Place of DeathMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Cause of DeathStroke
Age (at the time of death)69 Years
Zodiac sign/Sun signCapricorn
HometownMumbai, India
SchoolBahadur Kanji High School, Junagadh, Gujarat
Educational Qualifications10th standard
Awards/Achievements• In 1998, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania awarded him "Dean's Medal."
• In 2000, FICCI named him the "Man of 20th Century."
• In 2016, Government of India awarded him Padma Vibhushan (posthumously).
FamilyFather- Hirachand Gordhanbhai Ambani (school teacher)
Mother- Jamnaben
Brother- Ramaniklal Ambani, Natwarlal
Sisters- Trilochana Ben, Jasumatiben
CasteVaishya (Gujarati Modh Bania)
ControversiesHe was often criticized for manipulating bureaucrats, media houses and politicians.
Favourite ColourWhite
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateYear 1955
WifeKokilaben Ambani
ChildrenSons- Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani
Kokilaben Ambani's husband Dhirubhai Ambani (sitting) with their sons Mukesh Ambani (left) and Anil Ambani (right)
Daughters- Nina Kothari, Dipti Salgaocar
Anil Ambani sisters Nina (right) and Deepti (left)
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$2.9 billion (as in 2002)
₹18000 crore


Some Lesser Known Facts About Dhirubhai Ambani

  • Did Dhirubhai Ambani smoke?: No
  • Did Dhirubhai Ambani drink alcohol?: No
  • He was born in a Modh Family to Jamnaben and Hirachand Gordhanbhai at Chorwad in Junagadh city and was the 2nd son of his parents.
  • His father was a school teacher.
  • He started his entrepreneurial career by selling chaat-pakoda to pilgrims in Mount Girnar.
  • He left his studies after the 10th standard.
  • At the age of 16 in the year 1955, he moved to Aden, Yemen to join his elder brother- Ramniklal who was working there at that time.
  • His 1st job in Aden was that of a gas-station-attendant.
  • While in Aden, he also worked with A. Besse & Co (Antonin Besse) for a salary of 300 INRs.
  • When he came back to Mumbai from Aden in the year 1957, he had only 500 INRs in his pocket.
  • In 1960, he co-founded a company- Reliance Commercial Corporation with his brother- Champaklal Damani. The main business of Reliance Commercial Corporation was to export spices and to import polyester yarn. reliance-commercial-corporation
  • He set up his 1st office at the Narsinathan Street in Masjid Bunder, Mumbai. It was a 350 square feet room with a telephone, 2 tables and 3 chairs. dhirubhai-ambani-first-office
  • In 1965, the partnership of Dhirubhai and Champaklal Damani was ended and Dhirubhai decided to continue the polyester business of the firm.
  • In 1966, he renamed the company as Reliance Textiles Industries Pvt. Limited and established a synthetic fabric mill at Naroda in Gujarat in the same year.
  • In 1968, Dhirubhai expanded the company’s business to textiles with a brand name- Vimalvimal-textiles
  • He issued his company’s 1st Initial Public Offering in 1977 which was over-subscribed by 7 times.
  • In 1985, he renamed the company from Reliance Textiles Industries Pvt. Limited to Reliance Industries Limitedreliance-commercial-corporation
  • In 1986, he suffered a stroke, which had paralyzed his right hand. He handed over the control of Reliance to his sons Mukesh and Anil Ambani in the same year.
  • In 1991-92, he commissioned Hazira Petrochemical Plant in Surat district of Gujarat. hazira-petrochemical-plant
  • In 1996, Reliance Industries became India’s 1st private sector company to be rated by International Credit Rating Agencies.
  • In 1998, an unauthorized biography of Dhirubhai Ambani with the title- The Polyester Prince was published by Hamish McDonald but he couldn’t sell the book in India because of the legal threat by the Ambanis. the-polyester-prince
  • On 24 June 2002, he suffered a major stroke and was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.
  • After being in a coma for more than a week, he died on 6 July 2002.
  • A Hindi film- Guru was released on 12 January 2007, which was based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani. guru-film