Nita Ambani on the Cover of the Forbes Magazine

Before the global rollout of the of the much-awaited 4G phone service, Jio, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries held a soft launch in December at its sprawling 500-acre corporate campus outside of Mumbai. For the event there were more than 37,000 staff members and over 75,000 others from Reliance outposts were present by the video link.

The launch took place on the eve of the birth anniversary of the legendary founder late Dhirubhai Ambani. The brand ambassador of Jio, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was also present at the event. The ceremony was orchestrated by Mrs. Nita Ambani, the wife of Mr. Mukesh Ambani who is actively involved with the telecom branding and marketing strategy.

Nita Ambani’s Rising Profile in Reliance Industries

In India, most billionaire wives tend to maintain a low profile and prefer to stay in the shadow of their husbands; Nita Ambani’s presence at the helm in Reliance Industries is therefore unique. It is her personality that gives her spot on the Forbes Power Businesswomen ranking this year. Reliance is India’s most valuable company with a revenue of $57 billion.

Nita Juggles Multiple Roles

She not only chairs the Reliance sports ventures that include the cricket team, Mumbai Indians, and the joint venture with the sports management firm IMG, but she also chairs the company’s charitable arm, Reliance Foundation. This is not all, she even oversees an elite Mumbai K-12 school named after late Dhirubhai Ambani, founded in 2003. Her responsibilities don’t end here; she is even on the board of EIH, the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain. Reliance owns an 18% stake in EIH.

Nita Ambani’s Vision for Health Industry

Nita Ambani said that she has always been a working spouse for except six years that she spent bringing up her three children.“For me it’s 11 hours a day, 6 days a week,” she said at the Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in south Mumbai.

Her vision is to provide best quality health care services for all and not just the rich. Of 345 beds, one-tenth are reserved for the poor,while free mobile health clinics are operated in the neighborhood areas.

The hospital has entered into a strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.It is not only exchange of doctors that she focuses on, she even aims to introduce mass screening to allow early detection of the disease to save hundreds of lives.

Nita Ambani a National Figure

An accidental entry into sports made Nita Ambani the face of Reliance Industries. Reliance Industries splashed $112 million for a cricket team in the Indian Premier League bagging star player Sachin Tendulkar. As the team floundered in the first two seasons, Mr. Mukesh Ambani got her involved, though she resisted initially as she had little knowledge about the game.

Mumbai Indians won two IPL championship titles and former captain SachinTendulkar says that it is Nita Ambani’s involvement that made the huge difference. She ensured that the team bonded by organizing an offsite event at the suburban hotel.

With so much on her plate and being pushed by her husband to attain greater heights, she realizes she must let go. “I’m more motivated than ever before, but I’m still learning.” 


Nita Ambani is known as The First Lady of Indian Business as she has proved herself at every step and actively participated in the growth of Reliance Industries.


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