Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group

Not to be confused with Reliance Industries.
Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Ventures Ltd.
Industry Conglomerate
Predecessor Reliance Commercial Corporation
Founded 1966 (1966)
Founder Dhirubhai Ambani
Headquarters Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Key people
Anil Ambani
Products Telecom, financial services, construction, entertainment, Power, health care, aviation, Defence
Revenue Increase US$15.4 billion (2012)
Increase US$2 billion (2012)
Profit Increase US$3.5 billion (2012)
Total assets Increase US$29 billion (2012)
Total equity Increase US$40 billion (2012)
Number of employees
120,000 (2012)
Subsidiaries Reliance Power
Reliance Communications
Reliance Infrastructure
Reliance Capital
Reliance Entertainment
Reliance Health

Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Ventures Limited) is an Indian conglomerate, headquartered in Navi Mumbai, India. The company, which was formed after Dhirubhai Ambani's business was divided up, is headed by his younger son Anil Ambani.[1] It has a market capitalisation of 890 billion (US$13 billion) and net assets worth 1,800 billion (US$27 billion).[2] The Reliance Group operates in over 20,000 towns and 450,000 villages in India, and abroad.

Reliance Group has four listed companies. Reliance Power, Reliance Communications, Reliance Infrastructure, and Reliance Capital, with a shareholder base of over 12 million. The group provides telecom, financial services, construction, entertainment, power, health care, manufacturing, defence, aviation, and transportation services.


Main article: Dhirubhai Ambani

Reliance group was founded by Dhirubhai Ambani in 1966 as a polyester firm. Reliance later entered into financial services, petroleum refining, power sector. By 2002 Reliance had grown into a U$15 billion conglomerate. After the death of Dhirubhai Ambani on 6 July 2002, Reliance was headed by his sons. The group was formed after the two brothers Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani, split Reliance Industries.[3][4] Anil Ambani got the responsibility of Reliance Infocomm, Reliance Energy, Reliance Capital and RNRL. Reliance Group entered the power sector through Reliance Power, and the entertainment sector by acquiring Adlabs. In October 2010, Reliance power placed world's largest order worth $8.29 billion to Shanghai Electric Group to supply power equipment based on Supercritical steam generator technology.[5] Reliance power was first Indian company to earn carbon credits, and the United Nations registered Reliance Power’s Sasan power project is planned earn as many as 22.5 million credits in the next 10 years, under the UN Clean Development Mechanism, a greenhouse gas market which issues tradable credits to emissions-lowering projects in developing countries. Reliance Power has coal mines in Indonesia, and has also made major acquisitions in UK and USA.

The brand ambassador of Reliance is Anushka Sharma for Reliance Communication, Abhishek Bachchan and Sonu Nigam for Big 92.7 FM. Virender Sehwag was formerly the brand ambassador for Reliance Communication, then known as Reliance Infocom.


Reliance Communications

Companies in this group include Reliance DTH, Reliance Globalcom, Reliance IDC (Data centre), Reliance Infratel, Reliance Properties and Reliance Communication. Reliance Communication was the first company in India to issue bills in braille for visually impaired customers. Group company Reliance CloudXchange is the world's largest sealink cable company, with more than 1,50,000 km of sea cables.

Reliance Capital

Companies in this group include Reliance General Insurance, Reliance Life Insurance, Reliance Mutual Fund amc, Reliance Money, Reliance housing finance and Reliance Securities. Reliance Mutual Fund is India's largest mutual fund company with assets of more than 1.1 trillion rupees.

Reliance Power

Rosa Thermal Power Station
Electricity transmission grid in eastern India.

The company was incorporated in January 1995 as Bawana Power Private Limited and changed its name to Reliance Delhi Power Private Limited in February 1995. Its name was changed to Reliance Energy Generation Limited in March 2004, and finally to Reliance Power Limited in July 2007.[6]

The company provides power generation, transmission and distribution.

Reliance Infrastructure

Azad Nagar Station, Mumbai Under Construction

Reliance Infrastructure was the first private company in India to construct a rail project (Delhi Airport Metro Express) on PPP basis. The project became operational on February 2011. The company's Dahanu Thermal Power Station (DTPS)is a 500 MW project, around 100 km north of Mumbai, and is the only power plant in the world to be certified ISO 50001:2011 for energy management systems and endeavours in the field of energy use and environment conservation. Projects by the group include Delhi Airport Metro Express, Mumbai Metro, Pipavav Shipyard, Reliance Cement, Reliance Power and Reliance Roads.

The Reliance Cement presently has plants with total installed capacity of 5.5 Million Tonne Per Annum (MTPA), of these 2.8 MTPA is at Maihar in Madhya Pradesh, 2.2 MTPA at Kundanganj in Uttar Pradesh and 0.5 MTPA at Butibori in Maharashtra.

Reliance Entertainment

Companies in this group include Bigadda, Bigflix, Big Music, BIG Star Entertainment Awards, Codemasters, IM Global, Jump Games (ParadoX Studios), Phantom Films, Riverstone Pictures, Reliance Big Pictures, Reliance Broadcast Network, Reliance Games, Reliance MediaWorks and Talenthouse.

Reliance Mediaworld operates the world's largest dome theatre, IMAX, in Mumbai. Group company BIG Cinemas is India’s largest cinema chain, with over 516 screens in India, US, Malaysia and Netherlands, and over 35 million viewers. The company has over 205 screens in 24 U.S. cities, and 72 screens in Malaysia that play Hollywood features, Chinese and Tamil films. In 2009, Big Cinemas associated with Pathe Theatres in three cities in the Netherlands to begin screening Indian movies. It also set up Nepal’s first Multiplex in Kathmandu.

BIG FM 92.7 is a radio station in Singapore and Bhutan.

Reliance Health

Main article: Reliance Health

Reliance Health provides health services through the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at Andheri, Mumbai. It also plans to venture into diversified insurance administration, health care delivery and integrated health, health informatics, information management and consumer Health.

Major acquisitions

Metro Cinema acquired by Big Entertainment c.2005
May 2000 BSES Reliance Power
Oct 2003 FLAG Telecom, 207Mn$ Reliance Globalcom
July 2005 Metro Adlabs (51% stake), 74Mn$ Reliance Entertainment
Apr 2008 Lowry Digital USA, 7.5Mn$ Reliance Big Entertainment
May 2008 Vanco Reliance Globalcom
Apr 2010 Codemasters UK (50% stake) Zapak
Sept 2011 Bloomberg UTV (66% stake) Reliance Capital
Mar 2015 Pipavav Shipyard Reliance Infrastructue
Oct 2015 MTS India Reliance Communication


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