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Indian Billionaire Mukesh Ambani Replaces Google Co-Founder Larry Page as Sixth Richest Person

New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Reliance Industries has been on a fund-raising spree since April. Beginning with Facebook’s $5.8 billion purchase of a 9.9 percent stake in Reliance’s telecom platform Jio, the company has seen 13 mega investments worth $15.33 billion in the last two months from global investors.

India’s corporate leader Mukesh Ambani now ranks sixth among the world's top billionaires, days after leaving behind American business tycoon and ace investor Warren Buffet. Most recently, the Indian industry leader has overtaken Google co-founder Larry Page.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, as on 14 July, Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of India’s Reliance Industries, is the sixth wealthiest man in the world, with $72.4 billion. 

This is after his net worth climbed over $2.17 billion on Monday, as the company’s stock price in India continued to soar. Investors are expecting mega announcements on 15 July, when Ambani will address the Reliance group’s annual general meeting. RIL's three core areas of business are the energy, telecom and retail sectors. 

Ambani is poised to join the elite club of the top five richest persons in the world; he's already sent Twitter users into a tizzy; some have pointed out the fact that at least someone is having a good 2020.

​Memes, too, flooded Twitter. 


​Good wishes have poured in. 


Trailing Ambani, Alphabet co-founder Larry Page now ranks seventh, with a net worth of $71.6 billion. Warren Buffet is eighth in the top ten rich list, with a net worth of $69.7 billion, while Tesla’s Elon Musk is the world's tenth-richest man, with a net worth of $68.6 billion.

According to the Bloomberg billionaire index, the top spot is held by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who has a total net worth of $184 billion, followed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who is worth $115 billion. Ranking third is French businessman and art collector Bernard Arnault, whose net worth is $94.5 billion, followed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who is worth $90.8 billion.

A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
Why Are Global Investors Chasing India's Reliance Industries With Multi-Billion Dollar Investments?

Ambani's company had been on a fundraising spree; its telecom arm, Jio Platforms, has wooed global investors in the last two months, raising $15.33 billion in its plan to become a debt-free company by March 2021.

In a statement promising the strongest balance sheet, Ambani said to shareholders last month, “I have fulfilled my promise to the shareholders by making Reliance net debt-free long before our original scheduled date of 31 March 2021. We have received strong interest from strategic and financial investors in our consumer businesses, Jio and Reliance Retail. We will induct leading global partners in these businesses in the next few quarters, and move towards the listing of both these companies within the next five years. With these initiatives, I have no doubt that our company will have one of the strongest balance sheets in the world."

After Facebook, global investors like Vista Equity Partners, General Atlantic, KKR, Silver Lake and Mubadala had made investments in the company.

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