Mukesh Ambani
Courtesy of Reliance Industries
India
2020

Reliance Industries

Mukesh
Ambani

Chairman / Managing Director

A chemist and oil trader, Ambani is the fourth richest person on the planet, with a Hurun-estimated fortune of $81 billion. His media and tech investments are relatively new, but they’ve already transformed India from a poorly connected nation into a thriving digital landscape. Since 2014, he has built a majority stake in Viacom 18 (Indian versions of MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and the Voot OTT platform) as well as smaller stakes in streamers Alt Balaji and Eros Now. Am­bani’s Jio cellular service scored 400 million subscribers since its 2016 launch, and his current assault on data prices has dented competitors, created opportunities (especially streaming and retail) and wowed the investment community. In 2020, Jio Platforms attracted $21 billion from Facebook, Google and top-tier financial institutions.

Career

  • Jio
  • Reliance Industries
  • Viacom 18

Education

  • Institute of Chemical Technology (India)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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