“Meeting the deadlines is not good enough, beating the deadlines is my expectation.” The words of one of the most admired ,inspiring Businessman of India who unveiled the wide arena of opportunities both to the nation as well as the world .The Indian Big brother brand Reliance was founded as a textile mill in 1966 by Dhirubhai H. Ambani, the Founder and Chairman of the Reliance group. It continued to be a textile company until the early eighties. The Company later started seizing opportunities thrown up by a combination of the growing Indian economy and the opening up of the regulation-driven sectors of the economy. These included petrochemicals and plastics. Beginning with the early eighties, Reliance pursued a policy of backward integration from textiles as well as diversification. It set up world-scale facilities for manufacturing polyester and textile intermediates, plastics and polymer intermediates, detergent intermediates, etc

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 be emulated.

•Voted India’s ‘Top Businessman’ in the ‘Best of India’ poll conducted by Zee News, August 2003.

•Petrotech Society conferred posthumously the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his outstanding contribution to Downstream Petroleum Industry in India, January 2003.

•Rated as one of ‘India’s Most Admired CEOs’ for the fourth consecutive year in the Business Barons – Taylor Nelson Sofres – Mode Survey, July 2002.

•Conferred the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by India HRD Congress, February 2002.

•Felicitated by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai with a citation at a civic reception, December 2000.

•Conferred the ‘Man of the Century’ award by Chemtech Foundation and Chemical Engineering World in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the chemical industry in India, November 2000.

•Conferred the ‘Indian Entrepreneur of the 20th Century’ award by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries), for his meticulous scripting of one of the most remarkable stories of business endeavours of the 20th century, March 2000.

•Thrice (in the years 2000, 1998 and 1996) nominated as one of the ‘Power 50 – the most powerful people in Asia’ by Asiaweek magazine.

•Voted as the most admired Indian of the millennium in the field of Business & Economics in ‘Legends – A Celebration of Excellence’ poll audited by Ernst & Young for Zee Network, January 2000.

•Voted as ‘Creator of Wealth’ of the Century in The Times of India poll, January 2000.

•Chosen as one of the three ‘makers of equity’ by India Today in their special millennium issue entitled ’100 People Who Shaped India in the 20th Century’, January 2000.

•Chosen by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber as “An Outstanding Visionary of the 20th Century” in recognition of his unique achievements and contribution in the development of industry and capital markets in India, December 1999.

•Voted as ‘Indian Businessman of the Century’ in Business Barons Global Multimedia Poll, December 1999.

•Chosen ‘Businessman of the Year 1993′, Business India, January 1994.

Shri Dhirubhai Ambani was not just firmly rooted in traditional Indian values, but was also a 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 young minds to do better than the best – not only in India but in the world.

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 memories of the legend will never die in the hearts of young business minds and innovators around the world

IIMTS Salutes this legend; The Inspiring Business Icon