પિતા – હીરાચંદ, માતા – જમુનાબેન, પત્ની –કોકિલાબેન, પુત્રો – મુકેશ અને અનિલ, પુત્રીઓ – નીના અને દીપ્તિ.
વ્યાપાર, ઉદ્યોગપતિ, ભારતના સૌથી મોટા ઔદ્યોગિક સામ્રાજ્યના સ્થાપક
1949 – એડન મુકામે એ. બેસ્સ. એન્ડ કું. નામની ફ્રેંચ ટ્રેડિંગ કંપનીમાં પેટ્રોલપંપ પર ક્લાર્ક તરીકે નોકરી; પોતાની મહેનત અને કોઠાસુઝ ને લીધે ટુંક સમય માં શેલ કંપની મા મેનેજર પદે પહોચી ગયા; 1957 – મુંબઇ પરત આવ્યા અને ફક્ત 15000 રૂ. ની મુડીથી મસાલાઓ, કપડાં વિ. વસ્તુઓ નિકાસ કરતી રિલાયન્સ કોમર્શિયલ કોર્પોરેશનની સ્થાપના કરી ; 1966 – અમદાવાદમાં નરોડામાં ટેક્સટાઇલ ની ફેક્ટરી ની સ્થાપના કરી, જેને 1978 થી લોકો ‘વિમલ’ ના નામે જાણે છે. 1977 – રિલાયન્સને પબ્લીક લિ. કંપની કરી ; 1991 – હજીરા પ્રોજેક્ટની શરૂઆત; 1992 – વિદેશી ભંડોળ – શેરબજારની ભાષામાં જી.ડી.આર. લાવનાર પ્રથમ ભારતીય કંપની ; 1999 – જામનગર ખાતે વિશ્વની સૌથી મોટી રીફાઇનરી નો આરંભ ; 2002 – સરકારી કંપની આઇ.પી.સી.એલ. રિલાયન્સના સંચાલન હેઠળ ; તેમની દીર્ઘદ્રષ્ટિ, મહેનત અને કોઠાસુઝ ને લીધે આજે રિલાયન્સ જુથ ભારતની સૌથી મોટી ઉદ્યોગ સંસ્થા અને ફોર્ચ્યુન- 500 માં સ્થાન પામ્યુ છે; પાવર, પેટ્રોલીયમ, ટેલીકોમ્યુનીકેશન, કેપીટલ માર્કેટ, એડ્વર્ટાઇઝીંગ વિ. અનેક ક્ષેત્રોમાં ટોચની ઉદ્યોગ સંસ્થાઓના સ્થાપક; 76-77 માં 70 કરોડ રૂ. ના ટર્ન ઓવરને માત્ર 15 જ વર્ષમાં 3,000 કરોડ પર પહોંચાડ્યું ; 85, 000 માણસોને રોજી આપતી ઉદ્યોગ સંસ્થાના સર્જક; ઉદ્યમી, સ્વપ્નદ્રષ્ટા અને અપ્રતીમ સાહસિક
ઘણા બધા સન્માન અને એવોર્ડથી નવાજવામાં આવ્યા છે;
એશીયા વીક મેગેઝીન દ્વારા 1997-1998-2000 એમ ત્રણ વાર પાવર-50 એશિયાના સૌથી પ્રભાવશાળી વ્યક્તિ તરીકે સન્માન ; FICCI (ફેડરેશન ઓફ ઇન્ડીયા ચેમ્બર્સ ઓફ કોમર્સ) દ્વારા 20મી સદીના ભારતીય ઉદ્યોગ સાહસિક તરીકે જાહેર કરવામાં આવ્યા; 1998 – એક અસાધારણ વ્યક્તિત્વ તરીકે પેન્સિલ્વેનિયા યુનિવર્સિટીની વ્હાર્ટન બિઝનેસ સ્કુલ દ્વારા ડીન્ઝ મેડલ પુરસ્કૃત કરવામાં આવ્યું; 2001 – ટાઇમ્સ ગ્રુપ ના ‘ઇકોનોમીક ટાઇમ્સ’ દ્વારા ધી ઇકોનોમીક્સ ટાઇમ્સ એવોર્ડ ફોર કોર્પોરેટ એક્સેલેંસ થી નવાજવામાં આવ્યા;
તેમની તસ્વીર વાળી ટપાલ ટિકીટ બહાર પડી છે.
ધિરુભાઇ વિશે થોડુ વધારે લખ્યુ હોત તો સારુ… આવડા મોટા માનવી માટે ફક્ત આટલું જ લખાણ ??
Dhirubhai gave management a whole new ‘ism’
A G Krishnamurthy in New Delhi | February 03, 2006 06:06 IST
Dhirubhai Ambani was no ordinary leader. He was a man who gave management a whole new “ism”.
There is a new “ism” that I’ve been meaning to add to the vast world of words for quite a while now. Because, without exaggeration, it’s a word for which no synonym can do full justice: “Dhirubhaism”.
Inspired by the truly phenomenal Dhirubhai H Ambani, it denotes a characteristic, tendency or syndrome as demonstrated by its inspirer. Dhirubhai, on his part, had he been around, would have laughed heartily and declared, “Small men like me don’t inspire big words!”
There you have it – now that is a classic Dhirubhaism, the tendency to disregard one’s own invaluable contribution to society as significant.
I’m sure everyone who knew Dhirubhai well will have his or her own little anecdote that illustrates his unique personality. He was a person whose heart and head both worked at peak efficiency levels, all the time. And that resulted in a truly unique and remarkable work philosophy, which is what I would like to define as Dhirubhaism.
Let me explain this new “ism” with a few examples from my own experiences of working with him.
Dhirubhaism No 1: Roll up your sleeves and help. You and your team share the same DNA. Reliance, during Vimal’s heady days had organized a fashion show at the Convention Hall, at Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi.
As usual, every seat in the hall was taken, and there were an equal number of impatient guests outside, waiting to be seated. I was of course completely besieged, trying to handle the ensuing confusion, chaos and protests, when to my amazement and relief, I saw Dhirubhai at the door trying to pacify the guests.
Dhirubhai at that time was already a name to reckon with and a VIP himself, but that did not stop him from rolling up his sleeves and diving in to rescue a situation that had gone out of control. Most bosses in his place would have driven up in their swank cars at the last moment and given the manager a piece of their minds. Not Dhirubhai.
When things went wrong, he was the first person to sense that the circumstances would have been beyond his team’s control, rather than it being a slip on their part, as he trusted their capabilities implicitly. His first instinct was always to join his men in putting out the fire and not crucifying them for it. Sounds too good a boss to be true, doesn’t he? But then, that was Dhirubhai.
Dhirubhaism No 2: Be a safety net for your team. There used to be a time when our agency Mudra was the target of some extremely vicious propaganda by our peers, when on an almost daily basis my business ethics were put on trial. I, on my part, putting on a brave front, never raised this subject during any of my meetings with Dhirubhai.
But one day, during a particularly nasty spell, he gently asked me if I needed any help in combating it. That did it. That was all the help that I needed. Overwhelmed by his concern and compassion, I told him I could cope, but the knowledge that he knew and cared for what I was going through, and that he was there for me if I ever needed him, worked wonders for my confidence.
I went back a much taller man fully armed to face whatever came my way. By letting us know that he was always aware of the trials we underwent and that he was by our side through it all, he gave us the courage we never knew we had.
Dhirubhaism No 3: The silent benefactor. This was another of his remarkable traits. When he helped someone, he never ever breathed a word about it to anyone else. There have been none among us who haven’t known his kindness, yet he never went around broadcasting it.
He never used charity as a platform to gain publicity. Sometimes, he would even go to the extent of not letting the recipient know who the donor was. Such was the extent of his generosity. “Expect the unexpected” just might have been coined for him.
Dhirubhaism No 4: Dream big but dream with your eyes open. His phenomenal achievement showed India that limitations were only in the mind. And that nothing was truly unattainable for those who dreamed big.
Whenever I tried to point out to him that a task seemed too big to be accomplished, he would reply: ” No is no answer!” Not only did he dream big, he taught all of us to do so too. His one-line brief to me when we began Mudra was: “Make Vimal’s advertising the benchmark for fashion advertising in the country.”
At that time, we were just a tiny, fledgling agency, tucked away in Ahmedabad, struggling to put a team in place. When we presented the seemingly insurmountable to him, his favourite response was always: “It’s difficult but not impossible!” And he was right. We did go on to achieve the impossible.
Both in its size and scope Vimal’s fashion shows were unprecedented in the country. Grand showroom openings, stunning experiments in print and poster work all combined to give the brand a truly benchmark image. But way back in 1980, no one would have believed it could have ever been possible. Except Dhirubhai.
But though he dreamed big, he was able to clearly distinguish between perception and reality and his favourite phrase “dream with your eyes open” underlined this.
He never let preset norms govern his vision, yet he worked night and day familiarizing himself with every little nitty-gritty that constituted his dreams constantly sifting the wheat from the chaff. This is how, as he put it, even though he dreamed, none of his dreams turned into nightmares. And this is what gave him the courage to move from one orbit to the next despite tremendous odds.
Dhirubhai was indeed a man of many parts, as is evident. I am sure there are many people who display some of the traits mentioned above, in their working styles as well, but Dhirubhai was one of those rare people who demonstrated all of them, all the time.
And that’s what made him such a phenomenal team builder and achiever. Yes, we all need “Dhirubhaisms” in our lives to remind us that if it was possible for one person to be all this and more, we too can. And like him, go on to achieve the impossible too.
dhirubhai na jivan mathi ek vat chokkas dekhai chhe ke , tame ek drudh nirnay karo ke mare am karvu chhe, ane te karva mate lagi pado to chokkas tamara dhyey sudhi pahonchi shako chho te sabit kari bataviyu chhe. temne hamensha darek kshetrama sarvochch shikhare j rehavanu pasand karyu, ane top par j rahi batavyu,dhandha ni temni suje vyapar jagat ne navi disha batavi chhe .temana thaki lakho sherholdero nyal thai gaya chhe.tene tyan nokri karnar pan khush dekhay chhe.temna jivan ma dokiyu kari ghanu shikhavanu male chhe.
i love dhiru bhai….
try and try will be sucsses ful
i have very pleased to read overview of the life of the nose of india-dhirubhai ambani. but i am so excited to read more about the greater person.
i hope that i will be get it by you
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