In spite of its very humble beginnings, though, Reliance Commercial Corporation actually expanded wildly. This seemingly caused Dhirubhai’s cousin to leave because, it’s said, he was less of a risk-taker than Dhirubhai. Nevertheless, the company would go on to incorporate energy, petrochemicals, natural resources and telecommunications into the business’ offerings.
Then, in 1985, the company’s name changed to Reliance Industries Limited, and over time it grew to become one of India’s top money-making businesses. As of 2017, in fact, Fortune claimed that it was the 203rd-largest corporation by size in the world. Obviously, this made the Ambani family very wealthy too.
At that time, Mukesh Ambani had already taken over Reliance Industries Limited following the 2002 death of Dhirubhai. He’d had the chops to handle such a role, of course. He had, for example, worked with his father since 1981 after earning a degree in chemical engineering. And as of 2016, he had been named the wealthiest man in India for ten years running.