Gautam Adani is an Indian businessman and entrepreneur who is the chairman and founder of the Adani Group, a conglomerate that operates in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure, energy, logistics, and agribusiness. He was born on June 24, 1962, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Adani grew up in a modest household in Ahmedabad and began his career as a diamond sorter at the age of 18. He soon started his own diamond brokerage firm and then moved into the commodities trading business. In 1988, he established the Adani Group, which initially focused on agribusiness and later expanded into other sectors.
Under Adani’s leadership, the Adani Group has grown into one of India’s largest conglomerates. The group’s companies are involved in a wide range of industries, including ports, power generation, coal mining, gas distribution, and renewable energy. Adani is also known for his philanthropic activities, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare.
Adani has been recognized for his contributions to business and entrepreneurship. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and the Economic Times Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013. As of 2021, Forbes estimated Adani’s net worth to be around $72 billion, making him one of the richest people in India and the world.
In addition to his business and philanthropic activities, Adani is known for his interest in environmental issues. The Adani Group has committed to developing renewable energy projects and reducing its carbon footprint. However, the group has also been criticized by some for its role in coal mining and other industries that have