Reliance Industries chairperson Mukesh Ambani has become the fifth richest man in the world with a net worth of Rs 5.702 lakh crore ($76.2 billion), according to Forbes.
He features only after Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose net worth stands at $88.1 billion, on the list.
The 63-year-old Indian business tycoon secured the fifth position in the list, surpassing Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett, and Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Ambani’s net worth increased by $2.3 billion on July 23 (Thursday), according to Forbes, marking a jump of 3.11 per cent. Ambani is only next to Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose wealth is pegged at approximately $88 billion.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos tops the list, followed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. French billionaire Bernard Arnault and the family is in the third position, who owns the luxury goods company Louis Vuitton.
The chairman of Reliance Industries had recently declared that his company had become a net debt-free company. “I have fulfilled my promise to the shareholders by making Reliance net debt-free much before our original schedule of 31st March 2021,” he said, as his group reached the milestone.
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Reliance had recently sold a nearly 33 per cent stake in its digital services arm, Jio Platforms, to prominent investors including internet giants Facebook and Google. Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance India chairman had confirmed that Google will invest over Rs 33,737 crore, or USD 4.5 billion for a 7.7 per cent stake in Jio Platforms taking the string of investments well over Rs 1,52,000 crore.
The sale of stakes in Jio along with its partnership with global oil major BP and a rights issue worth Rs 53,000 crore helped Reliance Industries become net debt-free.