In 2017, Mukesh Ambani topped Forbes’s annual list of India’s 100 richest tycoons with a net worth of $38 billion. And being a wife of India’s richest man, makes Nita Ambani India’s wealthiest woman.
Nita Ambani is a philanthropist, a business owner and the owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team. Nita, founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, had become the first South Asian to be honoured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York for her philanthropic work in the areas of education, sports, healthcare, rural transformation, urban renewal, disaster response, women’s empowerment and promotion of the arts. The Met was impressed by the diversity and scale of the work carried out by Reliance Foundation, led by Nita Ambani.
In 2016, she also became the first Indian woman elected to the International Olympic Committee (her initiatives in football and basketball have so far reached seven million Indian children).
Nita got trained in Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) from the age of five. She has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Narsee Monjee (NM) College of Commerce and Economics and had taken up a job as a school teacher. Nita had often travelled around the country for performances, and it was during one such performance that late Mr Dhirubhai Ambani noticed her and wanted his older son Mukesh to marry her.
Nita met Mukesh and love blossomed. Mukesh popped the question and Nita said yes. But there was one condition.
Since Nita had worked as a school teacher and wanted to continue her profession even after marriage. Mukesh gave his nod to this condition and soon the two got married.
Later on, Nita left her job and took an active role in Reliance Group. Earlier this year, Mukesh Ambani had revealed that before joining Reliance Industries, he wanted to work for the World Bank for a while or teach in a university.
“With my wife (Nita) being a teacher, she is now telling me it’s high time I have taken up teaching. So going forward, both of us will be involved in education a lot more. It’s something we want to do more for our own personal satisfaction,” he said.