According to the Bloomberg Billonaire Index, the Indian industrial magnate nearly doubled his ownership over the course of a year today it amounts to approximately $ 147 billion. Thanks to this, during the weekend he overtook the creator and longtime boss of Amazon Jeff Bezos. Before Adani, there is only Elon Musk, whose fortune is $ 264 billion.
Recall that at the end of August, Adani jumped on the podiumahead of Bernard Arnault, the French giant of the fashion industry.
Adani is a billionaire who made a fortune himself. He dropped out of college in the 1980s to work as a diamond grader, and in 1988 began importing and exporting other goods. He then gradually expanded into other industries using loans, according to the Financial Times.
A few weeks ago, he became famous for declaring that he would give away nearly $ 8 billion on the occasion of his 60th birthday. from your fortune. In June, it announced that the donation would go to healthcare, education and skills development that will help build “an India that is just, ready for the future.” The funds will go to the Adani Foundation, of which he is the president.
The Adani Foundation, established in 1996, focuses on social programs implemented in India. According to information on the website, it has already helped over 3.7 million inhabitants of 2,410 villages.
He has avoided death twice in the past
According to the information from “The Indian Express” in 1998, Adani, along with companion Shantilal Patel, was kidnapped by a group of men, which he then accused. Adani and Patel were released only after the kidnappers received a $ 2 million ransom.
In 2005, however, six men were acquitted for lack of evidence, NDTV reported. In 2018, two more men brought to trial were acquitted because prosecutors failed to establish their connection to the alleged kidnapping, Times Now India reports.
Adani also escaped death in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks. He was then at the Taj Mahal Hotel in the city center when militants were besieging the building. The entrepreneur managed to hide in the basement until help arrives the next day. As a result of attacks across the city, 166 people were killed then.