What is Anant Ambani’s net worth?

Anant Ambani is the son of Asia’s richest man, whose billion-dollar wedding turned heads around the world. What is his net worth?

Anant Ambani (son of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani) and his fiancée Radhika Merchant
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You probably didn't miss the media furore surrounding the biggest Asian wedding of the year for Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant. Especially when the guest list included some of the richest people in the world, such as Kim Kardashian, David Beckham and former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Boris Johnson

Anant is the son of India’s billionaire business tycoon Mukesh Ambani. He is the 11th richest man in the world and has a net worth of $121 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.  The wedding has become a global sensation due to its pre-wedding celebrations that lasted seven months. 

The celebrations saw global players such as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates rubbing shoulders while enjoying performances by the likes of Rihanna and Justin Bieber. They also included granting temporary international status to a local airport in Gujarat and a $900 million cruise sailing between Palermo and Portofino. The couple tied the knot on 12 July.

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The events gave the world a sneak peek into the lavish lifestyle of Asia’s wealthiest man and his family, and left a lasting impression of Anant Ambani, whose net worth is estimated to be around $40 billion (£31 billion) according to DNA India

We look at how Anant Ambani built his fortune, his father’s investments and the factors contributing to his net worth today. 

Anant Ambani’s wealth - how rich is he? 

Anant Ambani is the youngest son of the Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani. Most of Anant’s fortune comes from inheriting Mukesh Ambani’s dizzying wealth and the booming Indian empire. He is one of the most prominent businessmen of his generation and one of the wealthiest young people in the world.

Following in the footsteps of his older siblings, Isha and Akash, Anant Ambani also went to college in the US and earned his degree from Brown University. 

Since 2020, Anant has been making a fortune with his roles in the Reliance empire, by being a director of Reliance’s energy business and spearheading its green energy operations with an aim to become a Net Carbon Zero company by 2035.

According to the company’s annual report for the financial year 2023-24, the company made a profit of approximately £7.5 billion after tax, which is just a teaser to the family fortune. 

He is also the director of the multinational tech company Jio Platforms, which is valued at around £49 billion. 

Other factors contributing to Anant Ambani’s net worth include owning the Indian Premier League team Mumbai Indians, one of the most successful cricket teams in the league.

You may be wondering who Radhika Merchant, Anant’s soon-to-be-wife, is. She is a businesswoman and the daughter of billionaire tycoon Viren Merchant, CEO of a private pharmaceutical company Encore Healthcare, and his wife Shaila Merchant. Radhika is a board member of the company. Her family’s estimated net worth is $90 million, according to the Times of India

Inside the Ambani family’s expansive fortune  

Each member of the Ambani family holds a stake in Reliance. 

Both Mukesh and Nita Ambani, along with the three siblings, own 0.12% each, and the children’s grandmother, Kokilaben Ambani, owns the highest stake of 0.24%. Her husband, Dhirubhai Ambani – father of Mukesh Ambani – was the founding figure of the Reliance empire in 1958. 

But the family’s wealth does not end there. The Ambanis live at Antilia, the second most expensive private residence in the world after Buckingham Palace. It is a 27-storey tower that cost around £1.6 billion to build, which has famously been termed the world’s first billion-dollar home. 

While you may be thinking that these wedding celebrations are a one-off, they certainly aren’t the only events by the Ambanis that have created so much noise. The Ambani siblings have had their fair share of bringing together some of the world’s biggest pop icons and global personalities. 

Britain's Former Prime Minister Tony Blair attends the wedding ceremony of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant on July 12, 2024

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In 2018, Anant Ambani’s sister Isha married billionaire Ajay Piramal’s son Anand and had Beyoncé perform at their pre-wedding bash in Udaipur, India. A year later, the stakes were raised and Chris Martin of Coldplay and The Chainsmokers performed at Akash Ambani’s wedding in Switzerland.

However, the family’s wealth and influence extend far beyond mere financial success. Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani is more focused on the non-profit side of the business. She was the first Indian woman to be part of the International Olympic Committee in 2016 and she launched the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai last year.

Her work also includes being the chairperson and founder of Reliance Foundation, one of the largest non-profit foundations in the country. The charity promotes sustainable growth in India and has supported schools, hospitals and cultural centres, and established the country’s first registered Braille newspaper.

What UK business do the Ambanis own?

The family business includes various big-name ventures that you may be familiar with. In 2019, Reliance bought toy retailer Hamleys and, in 2021, it bought the historic British private sporting estate Stoke Park for £57 million. Meanwhile, Reliance’s retail subsidiary is now an exclusive partner with fashion e-tailer ASOS, successfully bringing the e-tailer to India. 

Reliance also attempted to acquire one of Britain’s largest pharmacy retailers, Boots, submitting a bid of around $7.2 billion. However, it was unsuccessful as Walgreens, which owns a majority stake in Boots, withdrew its sale offer stating that none of the bids received adequately reflected the high potential value of the company. 

Oojal Dhanjal
Staff writer

Oojal has a background in consumer journalism and is interested in helping people make the most of their money. Oojal has an MA in international journalism from Cardiff University, and before joining MoneyWeek, she worked for Look After My Bills, a personal finance website, where she covered guides on household bills and money-saving deals. Her bylines can be found on Newsquest, Voice Wales, DIVA and Sony Music, and she has explored subjects ranging from luxury real estate to the cost of living, politics and LGBTQIA+ issues. Outside of work, Oojal enjoys travelling, going to the movies and learning Spanish with a little green owl.