Nita Ambani

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Nita Ambani
Nita Dalal

(1963-11-01) 1 November 1963 (age 56)[1]
OccupationChairperson, Reliance Foundation
Owner of Mumbai Indians
Founder of FSDL
Indian Philanthropist
Spouse(s)Mukesh Ambani (m. 1985)
Parent(s)Ravindrabhai Dalal (Father)
Purnima Dalal (Mother)
RelativesDhirubhai Ambani (father-in-law)
Anil Ambani (brother-in-law) Tina Ambani (sister-in-law)

Nita Mukesh Ambani (born 1 November 1963 as Nita Dalal) is an Indian Philanthropist. She is the chairperson and founder of the Reliance Foundation and a non-executive director of Reliance Industries.[2] She is married to Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani.[3] With a family fortune estimated in excess of $50 billion, the family is among the richest in India. She is also an art collector[4][5] and owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Mumbai Indians.[6] Nita is the founder and chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai.

She was listed in 2016 in 'the fifty high and mighty Indians' list by India Today.[7] and in 'the most influential women business leaders in Asia' list by Forbes[8]. She was also the first Indian woman to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).[9].

Early life[edit]

Nita Ambani (née Dalal)[10] was born on 1 November 1963 in a middle-class Gujarati family in Mumbai to Ravindrabhai Dalal and Purnima Dalal.[11] She completed her bachelor's degree in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics. Nita took up Bharatnatyam from an early age and steadily grew up to become a professional Bharatnatyam dancer.


Ambani is the founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation,[12] the CSR arm of Reliance Industries. She is also the owner of Mumbai Indians.[13] In 2014 she was elected to the board of Reliance Industries.[14]

Jamnagar Township Project[edit]

In 1997, Nita Ambani was involved in the project of building a company township for the employees of Reliance’s refinery at Jamnagar. The project involved establishing a tree-lined and environmentally-friendly colony to house more than 17,000 residents. Today, the Jamnagar complex has one of the largest orchards with nearly 100,000 mango trees that is also home to a variety of birds.[15]

Reliance Foundation[edit]

Reliance Foundation is an Indian philanthropic initiative founded in 2010 by Nita Ambani. Reliance Industries is a patron of the organization.[16]

Mumbai Indians[edit]

Nita Ambani is also the co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Mumbai Indians [17] which won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. She led the ‘Education and sports for All’ (ESA) initiative as part of Mumbai Indians' way of giving back to society.[18] ESA has reached over 100,000 underprivileged children and created awareness for education using various media and digital platforms.[19][20]

Dhirubhai Ambani International School[edit]

Nita Ambani is the Founder of the Dhirubhai Ambani International School which has been ranked amongst one of the best schools in Mumbai and India.[21][22]

IOC membership[edit]

On 4 June 2016, Ambani was among eight candidates nominated for membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by the Swiss-based panel.[23][24] The election of these new members was held during the 129th IOC Session in the first week of August 2016.[25] Ambani was elected as a member of the IOC on 4 August 2016,[26] its first Indian woman member.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Nita is the daughter of Ravindrabhai Dalal and Purnima Dalal.[28] She has a sister, Mamta Dalal, who works as a school teacher.[29] Ambani grew up in a middle-class environment in suburban Mumbai. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.[15] She met Mukesh Ambani when she was a school teacher and married him in 1985. After marriage, she worked as a teacher for a few years.[15]

They have two sons and a daughter. Akash and Isha Ambani are the elder children and Anant Ambani is younger. Akash Ambani, who graduated in economics from Brown University, is now chief of strategy at Reliance Jio Infocomm .[30] Isha Ambani, a graduate in psychology from Yale University, is now a director at Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail.


For her initiatives on grassroot sports, Ambani received the 'Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Award 2017' from the President of India. She received the award on behalf of Reliance Foundation as its chairperson.[31]

She is the recipient of the award for Best Corporate Supporter of Indian Sports, given by the Times of India.[32][33]


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  21. ^ "Leading Education Portal in India - Education news, Institute Ranking & Reviews, Education Jobs, Products, Resources & Services :: Education World". Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  22. ^ "HT Top Schools survey: The 10 best schools in Mumbai". 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
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  28. ^ Express News Service (July 3, 2014). "Nita Ambani's father passes away". The Indian Express.
  29. ^ "Nita Ambani's sis is a school teacher". Daily News and Analysis. Feb 8, 2008.
  30. ^ Ruchika Mehta (July 20, 2014). "My legacy only motivates me: Akash Ambani". The Times of India.
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  32. ^ "Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Award TOISA". Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  33. ^ "Mahindra Scorpio TOISA: Nita Ambani receives Best Corporate Supporter of Indian Sports award". Retrieved 2018-03-01.

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