Do you ever wonder how people become rich? There are many different ways to become rich. If you are born rich, then it is the easiest way to become rich. If you marry a rich person, you would reap the benefits and become rich overnight. These cases don’t really impress or inspire anyone but the rags and riches stories do. By virtue of hard work, willpower, long-term vision, one can become rich.
Also, one must constantly keep on fighting, come what may. Everyone wishes to touch the altitude of success. There is no one who wants to lead a modest life. Though we all dream of being successful, very few of us get to taste success. They build a better foundation for themselves by bettering themselves from what they are now. Their aim is not to be better than anyone else but to be better than they used to be.
For the 13th straight year, Mukesh Ambani is the richest Indian billionaire. No one in this country is even close to his net worth. Mukesh Ambani is the owner of the second-most expensive home in the world, which is, Antilia, ranks after Buckingham Palace. Antilia, the Ambani residence, is worth Rs 1,40,000,000,000 (14,000 crore rupees or USD 2 billion).
It is located in one of the most expensive residential areas in India, Mumbai’s Altamount Road. The property rates here are a staggering Rs 80,000 to Rs 85,000 per square foot. Antilia has an ice-cream parlour, a mega-temple and a private theatre that can accommodate 50 people and a salon as well.
The start of an empire Reliance
But how did the man went on to relish the taste of success? Did you know? Asia’s richest man lived in a one-bedroom flat with nine people and was punished with water and roti. Just imagine living in a one-room flat with nine people. He was also sent to the garage as a kid as punishment.
In his first interview on Rendezvous with Simi Garewal in 2012, posted on YouTube, Asia’s richest man opened up about his life before being ultra-rich. Talking about the start of reliance, Dhirubhai Ambani’s success with Reliance Industries is legendary. The entrepreneur was the one who started the company with a table, chair and phone.
However, it was Mukesh Ambani who turned the company into a multibillion-dollar business. During the interview, Ambani says as a child he recalls coming home from school to sit with his father for hours, watching him making business decisions. He also credits his father for his success and added that he has always remained fully determined and focused on pulling off the end game.
Talking about his poverty, in the interview, he explains how one of his best memories is when he grew up in a one-bedroom flat with his parents and siblings adding that it was his very first childhood memory. He said he was feeling secure there.
Dhirubhai Ambani may be the most-admired personality in the country but Mukesh Ambani explains that his father used to have a very bad temper. Asia’s richest man recalls how he and his brother Anil Ambani once got punished after misbehaving as young boys. Once the family had guests over and both Anil and Mukesh ate the food prepared for the guests and jumped on the sofa.
Although Dhirubhai had laughed it off at the moment, he punished them by sending them back to the garage with nothing but water and roti and added they had to repent. Mukesh was 10 years old at that time. He also added that he learned their lesson and were never naughty when guests visited their home again.
Dhirubhai’s temper used to flare up but Mukesh says this changed later. The father and son relished a close relationship. Mukesh shed tears in his eyes when he explained how he witnessed his dad’s first stroke. They were watching cricket in 1986 when Dhirubhai told Mukesh that his back was hurting. All of a sudden, he fell unconscious and was rushed to a local hospital.
Doctors told the next 24 hours would be critical. Meanwhile, Dhirubhai woke up and told his son Mukesh: “Don’t worry, I will make it.” In 2002, Dhirubhai suffered his second stroke and drew his last breath. leaving a hole in the Ambani family.