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Ambanis at the top among 17 Indian groups in Forbes Asian richest family list

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Singapore: As many as 17 Indian families, led by the Ambanis, figure in the maiden Forbes list of 50 richest Asian families, which is the highest for any country in this part of the world.
Ranked 3rd, the Ambanis’ net worth, which combines the wealth of both the brothers, Mukesh and Anil, has been estimated at $21.5 billion followed by Premjis, ranked 7th on the list with $17 billion.

Not far behind are the Hindujas, Mistry and the Godrej families, ranked 9th, 10th and 15th, with net worth of $15 billion, $14.9 billion and $11.4 billion respectively.

Among the 17 Indian families, some are no longer Indian citizens.

“While most on our list have kept their flock together over generations, the 50 also includes those who’ve gone separate ways in business or are entirely estranged,” the report said.

It added: “For example, India’s Ambani family combines the wealth of brothers Mukesh and Anil, who inherited most of their father’s fortune on his death in 2002 but opted to do business separately.”

Mukesh’s twins, son Akash and daughter Isha, work at and occupy board seats at telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail. Anil’s son Jai Anmol works at Reliance Capital, it said.

The Burman family from India, that is featured on the cover of the magazine, has brought in professional managers to ensure the continuity of the business.

Anand Burman, the 63-year-old fifth-generation scion and non-executive chairman of family-owned Dabur, has seen net profits grow 24-fold, and market cap soar 40-fold since 1998, Forbes noted.

Dabur boasts of a portfolio of 400 products-ranging from skin-care bleaches and ayurvedic shampoos to natural fruit juices-selling through nearly six million outlets across India. The family’s 68 percent holding is valued at $5 billion.The minimum combined net wealth to qualify for the list was $2.9 billion.

To compile the list, Forbes team sifted through information on 500-plus families and valued dozens. “In the end a $2.9 billion net worth was needed to qualify. The valuations are based on stock prices and exchange rates on Sep 25,” the report added.

The Lee families, one from South Korea associated with Samsung, and the other that oversees Henderson topped the list, with a net worth of $26.6 billion and $24.1 billion respectively.

“Family is at the core of many of Asia’s biggest and most far-flung conglomerates and some of its best-known brands. Perhaps no clan better illustrates this than the Lees of Samsung Group, whose 2014 revenues were equivalent to 22 percent of South Korea’s GDP (gross domestic product),” the report said.

The report stated that nearly half of the richest families in Asia are of Chinese descent, yet none of the inaugural 50 is based in the mainland, where conglomerates are young, run by the first generation able to muster billions of dollars in wealth in an open economy.

Following are the Indian business families that figured out in the list:

1. Ambanis ranked 3rd ($21.5 billion)
2. Premjis ranked 7th ($17 billion)
3. Hindujas ranked 9th ($15 billion)
4. Mistry ranked 10th ($14.9 billion)
5. Godrej ranked 15th ($11.4 billion)
6. Mittal ranked 19th ($10.1 billion)
7. Birla ranked 22nd ($7.8 billion)
8. Bajaj ranked 29th ($5.6 billion)
9. Burman ranked 30th ($5.5 billion)
10. Lohia ranked 31st ($5.4 billion)
11. Patel ranked 33rd ($4.8 billion)
12. Lal ranked 40th ($4 billion)
13. Bangur ranked 42nd ($3.9 billion)
14. Jindal ranked 43rd ($3.8 billion)
15. Munjal ranked 46th ($3.2 billion)
16. Hiranandani ranked 47th ($3.1 billion)
17. Hamied ranked 50th ($2.9 billion)

 

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Reliance Infra Debuts In Railway Space, Bags EPC Contract

Reliance to get LOA for its maiden railway project

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Reliance Infrastructure Limited EPC has received the Letter of Award (LOA) from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) for its maiden railway project worth Rs 774 crore for the construction of third rail line between Jimidipeta and Gotlam on East Coast Railway on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis, the company said on Thursday.

The 105 km-long line will run in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The scope of work includes civil, track, electrification, signalling and telecom works of the rail line. The work also includes construction of 13 railway stations and staff quarters.

“RInfra has strong credential in successful execution of complex EPC projects in various sectors including railway and metro space. This order marks our foray into Railway EPC segment and further strengthens Reliance Infrastructure Limited’s bona fide to lead in construction of rail transportation systems. The company is well positioned in the emerging railway market and poised to capture a sizable share,” said Arun Gupta, CEO, Reliance Infrastructure EPC.

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The railway line between Jimidipeta to Gotlam is part of Titlagarh-Vizianagaram section. At present, Titlagarh-Vizianagaram is a double line (electrified) track section of Jharsuguda- Visakhapatnam line.

It is an important rail link between Jharsuguda and Visakhapatnam, and serves as a bypass rail link to Howrah-Mumbai trunk route and Howrah-Chennai main line of East Coast region.

It also caters to the goods and passenger traffic from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Raygada with Koraput on the Kottavalsa-Kirandaul line. The line traverses through western Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. This line will lead to development around the entire area, the statement said.

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Indian Railways has a plan outlay of more than Rs 7 lakh crores in the coming five years towards decongestion of railway line (doubling), new railway line, high speed railway, station development and others.

Reliance Infrastructure Limited is keenly pursuing project opportunities worth around Rs 2 lakh crore to increase its EPC order book to Rs 50,000 crore by FY19.  IANS

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