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Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani (DIN 00001695) is a Chemical Engineer from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (erstwhile the University Department of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai). He pursued an MBA from Stanford University in the US. He has been on the Board of Reliance since 1977. He initiated Reliance’s backward integration journey – from textiles to polyester fibres and further onto petrochemicals and petroleum refining, and going upstream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created multiple new world-class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that have raised Reliance’s petrochemicals manufacturing capacities from less than a million tonnes to about 21 million tonnes per year.

In the late nineties, Mr. Mukesh Ambani spearheaded the creation of the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar in Gujarat, India, with a capacity of 660,000 barrels per day (33 million tonnes a year), and integrated it with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure. Further, he steered the setting up of another 580,000-barrels-per-day refinery next to the first one in Jamnagar. With an aggregate refining capacity of 1.24 million barrels of oil per day at a single location, Jamnagar has become the refining hub of the world.

He also led Reliance’ development of infrastructure facilities and implementation of a pan-India organized retail network spanning multiple formats and supply chain infrastructure. Today, Reliance Retail is the largest organised retail player in India. He has created global records in customer acquisition for Jio, Reliance’ digital services initiative. He led and established one of the world’s most expansive 4G broadband wireless network offering end-to-end solutions that address the entire value chain across various digital services in key domains of national interest, such as education, healthcare, security, financial services, government-citizen interfaces, and entertainment.

Mr. Mukesh Ambani is a member of The Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum. He is an elected Foreign Member of the prestigious United States National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America. He is also a member of International Advisory Council of The Brookings Institution.

Mr. Ambani is also a member of the following forums:

  • Stanford Global Advisory Council
  • McKinsey & Company International Advisory Council
  • The Business Council
  • Chairman of the Board of Governors, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gujarat
  • India Advisory Group of the London School of Economics
  • India Advisory Council of The British Asian Trust (as Chairman)
  • Indo-U.S. CEOs’ Forum
  • Board of Governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, India

  Jio Launch and 2016 Annual General Meeting Speech

  CNN Interview with Mr. Mukesh Ambani

Full text of the Mukesh Ambani interview on
Fareed Zakaria GPS

Chairman's Awards

  • 2021

    RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani ranked among Top 5 World’s Most Famous, Most Reputable CEOs in the global Brand Guardianship Index 2021 by Brand Finance

  • 2020

    Iconic Business Leader of the Decade Award, CNBC-TV18 India Business Leaders Awards

  • 2020

    RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani on India Today's 'Power List 2020'

  • 2019

    TIME 100 Most Influential People

  • 2019

    Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers

  • 2018

    Fortune – World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

  • 2017

    Economic Times Business Leader of the Year

  • 2017

    Only Indian to be featured on Forbes Global Game Changers List

  • 2016

    Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) – Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

  • 2016

    Foreign Member – US National Academy of Engineering

  • 2016

    Othmer Gold Medal – Chemical Heritage Foundation, USA

  • 2015

    Honorary Doctor of Science – Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

  • 2013

    ‘Entrepreneur of the Decade’ – All-India Management Association

  • 2013

    ‘Global Challenger’ – Boston Consulting Group

  • 2013

    One of ‘25 Greatest Global Living Legends’ – NDTV

  • 2011

    One of ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’- TIME magazine

  • 2010

    5th best performing CEO in the world - Harvard Business Review ranking of top 50 global CEOs

  • 2010

    Businessman of the Year - Financial Chronicle

  • 2010

    Business Leader of the Year - NDTV India

  • 2010

    Global Leadership Award - Business Council for International Understanding

  • 2010

    School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Medal - University of Pennsylvania

  • 2000

    Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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