Mukesh Ambani was born to Dhirubhai Ambani and Kokilaben Ambani on 19 April, 1957. He is the elder brother of Anil Ambani. Until 1970 the Ambani family lived in Bhuleshwar in Mumbai. Mukesh Ambani attended the Hill Grange High School on Peddar Road, Mumbai. He did his BE degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. Ambani later enrolled for an MBA from Stanford University but dropped out to help his father in business. In 2010 he received the Hon. DSc degree by M S University, Baroda. Mukesh is married to Nita Ambani and has three children.
Mukesh Ambani dropped out from Stanford University to help his father and initiated Reliance`s backward integration from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals. He joined the reliance industries in 1981. Ambani initiated Reliance's backward integration journey into polyester fibres from textiles and further into petroleum refining, petrochemicals and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production. He established Reliance Communications Limited which is focused on information and communications technology initiatives. In 2010 Ambani directed and led the creation of the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar which had the capacity to produce 660,000 barrels per day, integrated with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure.
Ambani was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2000 by Ernst & Young India. The Asia Society honoured him with Global Vision Award at The Awards Dinner in the year 2010. He received several awards in the year 2010 which includes Business Leader of the Year by NDTV India, Financial Chronicle honoured him with Businessman of the year award, University of Pennsylvania also awarded him with school of Engineering and Applied Science Dean's Medal and Business Council for International Understanding awarded him with Global Leadership Award.