India's Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai H. Ambani remembers when he was a small producer of synthetic textiles in Bombay in the 1960s, snubbed and dismissed by India's established textile barons and local bankers. Today, he is India's showcase entrepreneur. His Reliance Industries Ltd. is a petrochemical giant that earned $418 million last year on sales of $3.4 billion. Reliance shares are among the most widely held in India.

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