RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani topped the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2018, released on Saturday, with the highest contribution of Rs 437 crore between October 2017 and September 2018. Ambani was followed by Piramal Group Chairman Ajay Piramal who made Rs 200 crore donations during the period. The list, compiled by the Hurun Research Institute, ranks individuals from India who donated Rs 10 crore and above between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. The total Indian philanthropy amount in the list stands at Rs 1,560 crore. The list included 39 Indian donors.
According to the Economist, Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani now wants to become India's first Internet tycoon. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio disrupted the Indian telecom industry and now boasts of 28 crore subscribers. “Now he wants to go further and become Indian Jeff Bezos or Jack Ma, using Jio as a launch pad," said The Economist in its latest January 26 edition. India's mobile phone customer base reached 1.17 billion in November last year, according to the TRAI.
India’s richest person Mukesh Ambani committed to invest Rs 3 lakh crore in various projects in the next 10 years in Gujarat, ranging from energy and petrochemical to new technology and digital business. Reliance Industries operates the world’s largest oil refining complex at Jamnagar in Gujarat as well as petrochemical units at multiple locations in the state. Ambani called Gujrat the Janmabhoomi (birthplace) as well as its Karmabhoomi (workplace) of Reliance.