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The world, they say, steps aside
for the man who knows
where he is going
Our respected Chairman, Shri Dhirubhai Ambani was an exceptional human being and an outstanding leader. A man far ahead of his times, he epitomised the dauntless entrepreneurial spirit. He dared to dream on a scale unimaginable before in Indian industry. His life and achievements prove that backed by confidence, courage and conviction, man can achieve the impossible.
From a humble beginning, he went on to create an enviable business empire within a span of just 25 years. The Rs.60,000 crore Reliance Group is a living testimony to his indomitable will, single-minded dedication and an unrelenting commitment to his goals.
Under Shri Dhirubhai Ambani's visionary leadership, the Reliance Group emerged
as the largest business conglomerate in India, and carved out a distinct place
for itself in the global pantheon of corporate giants. The Group's track record
of consistent growth is unparalleled in Indian industry and perhaps internationally
too. Today, the Group's turnover represents nearly 3 percent of India's GDP.
Shri Dhirubhai Ambani was not just firmly rooted in traditional Indian values,
but was also the quintessentially modern man, the man of the new millennium.
This was clearly reflected in his passion for mega-sized projects, the most
advanced technology and the highest level of productivity. The corporate philosophy
he followed was short, simple and succinct - "Think big. Think differently.
Think fast. Think ahead. Aim for the best".He inspired the Reliance team to
do better than the best - not only in India but in the world.
Prestigious awards and titles were conferred on him by national and international
organisations. He was acclaimed as the top businessman of the twentieth century
and lauded for his dynamic, pioneering and innovative genius. His success story
fired the imagination of the younger generation of Indian entrepreneurs, business
leaders and progressive companies. He was an icon for them, a role model to
The number of revolutionary precedents set by Shri Dhirubhai Ambani are legion.
His unique vision redefined the potential of the Indian corporate sector as
he challenged conventional wisdom in several areas.
He was probably the first Indian businessman to recognise the strategic significance
of investors and discover the vast untapped potential of the capital markets
and channelise it for the growth and development of industry. He was supremely
confident that finance would never be a constraint in executing his projects
because, as he said proudly, Indian investors would provide him with the necessary
And the investors never let him down. Shri Dhirubhai Ambani succeeded in creating
an investor base of historic proportions for the Reliance Group. An unbreakable
bond of implicit trust existed between him and the shareholders. They placed
their savings in his care and he worked with unflinching sincerity to get them
the best returns. He brought happiness and prosperity into the homes of millions
For him, his people were his most important asset. He scouted around for the
best and most talented professionals, nurtured them and continuously propelled
them to aim for still higher goals. These highly motivated people comprise the
core of what he named: "The Reliance Family".
Shri Dhirubhai Ambani visualised the growth of Reliance as an integral part
of his grand vision for India. He was convinced that India could become an economic
superpower within a short period of time and wanted Reliance to play an important
role in realising this goal.
The Bhagavad Gita states, "The actions of a great man are an inspiration for
others. Whatever he does, becomes a standard for others to follow." This certainly
applies to Shri Dhirubhai Ambani.
We are fortunate to have had a man of Shri Dhirubhai Ambani's stature in our
midst. His sterling leadership qualities, remarkable foresight, uncompromising
pursuit of excellence, humility, prodigious capacity to motivate and trust people
will continue to guide and inspire future generations at Reliance. We are proud
and privileged to inherit this invaluable legacy.
Truly, men like Shri Dhirubhai Ambani are rare. They come gifted with the power
and the vision to change the destiny of nations, to alter the course of corporate
history. They are the empire builders, the stuff that legends are made of. The
legend called Shri Dhirubhai Ambani will never die.
His spirit will live on forever.
From Reliance Family
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