Nita Ambani

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Nita Ambani
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Born (1964-11-01) 1 November 1964 (age 49)
Mumbai
Residence Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Gujarati
Alma mater University of Mumbai (B.Com)
Occupation Chairman of Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation
Chairman of Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Co-Owner of Mumbai Indians
Additional Director for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
Known for Reliance Industries, Mumbai Indians, Philanthropy
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Mukesh Ambani
Children Isha, Anant and Akash

Nita Ambani (born 1 November 1964) is an Indian businesswoman and the founder and chairperson of the Dhirubhai Ambani International School. She is the wife of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.[1][2] She is actively involved in various philanthropic activities in the fields of education, human resources and disaster relief.[3] Nita Ambani also is the co-owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team and is actively involved in Project Drishti, a social initiative taken by Reliance Industries (RIL) and National Association for the Blind.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born on 1 November 1962, grew up in the suburbs of Mumbai and hails from a middle-class family.[5] Her father was a senior executive in Birla. She has always had a keen interest in Indian classical dance and wanted to pursue a career in dance. While her mother aspired for her to become a chartered accountant, she now holds qualifications as a teacher and an interior designer. She is also a commerce graduate from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics.

Career[edit]

Nita Ambani has been associated with Dhirubhai Ambani International School since its inception in June 2003.[6][7] She is the chairperson of the school. The school is considered one of the premier schools in Mumbai and is one of the 37 in India that offer the International Baccalaureate Program. She has headed the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation,[8] which is a non-profit organisation primarily devoted towards the promotion of education and health care services for the poor and under privileged in India. She also serves on the board for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. She remains as a non-executive director for the same. This is also her first honorary position outside of Reliance Industries Limited.[9]

On 18 June 2014 she was appointed as a director on the board of Reliance Industries Limited.[10]

Social work[edit]

Mrs. Ambani heads the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation.[11] She is also part of Reliance Industries and UNAIDS partnership which is aimed towards halting and reversing the HIV epidemic in India.[12] She spearheads Project Drishti, a unique initiative by RIL and NAB, with a vision to give sight to blind people from the underprivileged segment at no cost. Under the project, she started a Hindi fortnightly newspaper in Braille.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Nita Ambani is the wife of Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India and the eldest daughter-in-law of Late Sh. Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries Limited. They have two sons, Ananth and Akash, and a daughter,Isha.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Recipient of the Samaj Seva Vishwa Bhushan at the Bharat Nari Shakti award function which was held on the International Women's Day in 2005.[15]
  • Awarded 'Corporate Citizen of the Year −2012' by All India Management Association (AIMA)[16]
  • Conferred Honorary Doctorate(Degree of Doctor or Letters) By Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Viswa Mahavidyalaya SCSVMV, University of Kanchipuram for her contribution in the field of education, philanthropy and social work.[17]

The Indian Super League trophy was unveiled on 5 October 2014 in Mumbai by IMG-Reliance chairperson Nita Ambani.[42] The trophy was also unveiled by all eight marquee players for the 2014 season.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How Nita Ambani was courted". Hindustan Times. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Sengupta, Somini (7 May 2008). "Bright Lights and Big Money in India's New Cricket League". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  3. ^ 14 October 2010, 04.26PM IST,PTI (14 October 2010). "Nita Ambani to lecture at London School of Economics on Friday – The Economic Times". Economictimes.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Project Drishti: Restoring sight to the blind". Meri News. 8 February 2008. 
  5. ^ {she worked ambani bar as a bar dancer "Nita Ambani | Nita Ambani – First Corporate Lady of India". Reliance News. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Nita M. Ambani". Da-is.org. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Priya Tanna (19 August 2005). "Nita Ambani speaks her mind". DNAIndia.com. 
  8. ^ Rajiv Sharma (6 May 2010). "DAF in Nita Ambani's Responsible Hands". Indiaprwire.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  9. ^ ET Bureau (31 October 2010). "Nita Ambani appointed as Additional Director in EIH Board". Economic Times. 
  10. ^ "Nita Ambani joins as a Director on the Board of Reliance Industries Ltd". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  11. ^ TNN (15 October 2010). "Nita Ambani to deliver lecture at LSE – The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Max, on 7 June 2010 (7 June 2010). "Nita Ambani". Theconsumerism.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Reliance Foundation launches first Hindi mag in Braille, IBN Live News". Ibnlive.in.com. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "India's young billionaire heirs and heiresses". Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nita Ambani awarded Samaj Seva Vishwa Vibhushan – Smt. Nita Mukesh Ambani, President, Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, was awarded the 'Samaj Seva Vishwa Vibhushan' at the hands of H.E. Shri S.M. Krishna, Governor of Maharashtra, at the Bharat Nari Shakti 200". Press.xtvworld.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "Will spread education into India's interiors: Nita Ambani". Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Doctorate for Nita Ambani". Hindu Business Line. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 

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