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Jio's success makes Mukesh Ambani Asia's second richest with $34.8 bn

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 1, 2017, 12:22 pm IST
Updated Aug 1, 2017, 1:52 pm IST
Ambani climbed past Hong Kong business tycoon Li Ka-shing to become Asia’s second richest man.
Mukesh Ambani is now the second richest man in Asia.
 Mukesh Ambani is now the second richest man in Asia.

Mumbai: After storming the country with his ‘Rs 0 JioPhone’, Mukesh Ambani is making headlines once again as he climbed past Hong Kong's business tycoon Li Ka-shing to become Asia’s second richest man.

The business tycoon, who is the owner of the Rs 1,800 billion Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), added USD 12.1 billion (around Rs. 77,000 crore) to his wealth this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

 

Ambani's net worth stood at USD 34.8 billion (around Rs. 2.2 lakh crore), pushing him to number 19 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index from 29 at the end of 2016. 

This development comes amid RIL shares soaring post the company’s Q1 net profits recorded a 28 per cent rise in 2017.

Reliance Jio, which has reportedly caused “disruptions” in the Indian telecom sector has however contributed to the debt in the company’s business. According to a Bloomberg report, Jio has earned USD 31 billion in investments and is yet to earn RIL any profits.

 

Referring to Jio as “a jewel" during the RIL annual general meeting on July 21. Ambani said "Jio will become India's largest provider of data service, products and application platforms”.

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