How Anil convinced Dhirubhai Ambani to let him marry Tina Munim

It wasn't an easy journey for the industrialist and former actress.

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Anil and Tina Ambani at the wedding reception of Akash Ambani.
Anil Ambani, with a net worth $1.7 billion, often makes headlines, though sometimes not for the correct reasons. From being the other Ambani often overshadowed by big brother Mukesh to being in the news for the publicised bitter split of Reliance, the Rafale deal or 2G scam, Ambani Jr - who turns 60 today - has been a newsmaker.

The chairman of Reliance group recently reconciled with his big brother - and despite the professional turbulence he has been caught in the middle of - everything seems to be back on good terms on the personal level. But it wasn't always this way. Even before the once-close brothers fell out, Ambani Jr. had faced family resistance - on the topic of marriage.

It all began when Anil, who completed his MBA from Wharton in 1983, saw then-actress Tina Munim for the first time. It was at a wedding, and Ambani has often said that it was her choice of colour of attire that had caught his attention. The 'Karz' actress was dressed in a black saree, not a common sight at Indian weddings. But it was only later in Philadelphia that the two were introduced to each other through mutual friends. But the then-star Munim not swayed by the famous last name, turned down Anil.

​Anil Ambani and wife Tina at Dev Anand's birthday bash in Mumbai on September 27, 2007​.
Anil Ambani and wife Tina at Dev Anand's birthday bash in Mumbai on September 27, 2007.

But destiny had other plans, and in 1986, the two met again. And then there was no looking back. But the future wasn't easy, and Anil faced resistance at home due to Munim's career path. Unable to convince his family, the two parted ways with the 'Rocky' actress leaving for America.
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File photo: Dhirubhai Ambani with sons Anil and Mukesh on February 26, 1992.

Four years passed without the now-Mr. and Mrs. Ambani speaking to each other. They revealed in a later interview that during that period, Anil only called her once after an earthquake hit Los Angeles in 1989.

But back home, he continued to persuade his family to agree to their union, and once they did, he called her up and asked her to come back.
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The couple, who tied the knot at a lavish ceremony in February 1991, went on to become parents to two sons Jai Anmol and Anshul.
​Anil Ambani with wife Tina and sons Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul at Akash Ambani's wedding. ​
Anil Ambani with wife Tina and sons Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul at Akash Ambani's wedding.

Three decades on, they still remain happily married.

Ambani Brothers In Arms; Godrej Vs Godrej, And Other Family Feuds Of India Inc
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Conventional wisdom dictates that family, almost always, comes first. But India Inc has shown that conventional wisdom doesn't always hold true. Over the years, a number of prominent business families have faced separation woes. And many have had to take some hard calls.

The Ambani vs Ambani saga that captured the country's imagination in 2004, and gave birth to various kinds of theories, saw rapprochement (of sorts) earlier this year when elder brother Mukesh bailed out younger sibling Anil by paying Rs 453 crore dues in the Ericsson case, and thereby preventing the latter from being jailed.

And while the Ambanis have done course-correction, family ties seem to be shaking at the Godrej household. The clan, which controls the eponymous soaps-to-aerospace group, is discussing ways to rework certain family agreements, after disagreements left Adi and Nadir Godrej on one side and Jamshyd Godrej and Smitha Godrej Crishna on the other.


In Pic: Adi and Nadir Godrej (L), Mukesh and Anil Ambani (R).

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The 122-year-old $5-billion Godrej group seems to be the latest India Inc family to have been hit by an internal feud after differences cropped up among family members over development of land holdings owned by Godrej & Boyce.

Brothers Adi and Nadir Godrej control the group’s three listed companies — Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL), Godrej Properties and Godrej Agrovet. Godrej & Boyce, the holding company of the group with business divisions including aerospace, consumer, office and industrial products, furniture and appliances, is owned by all family members with Jamshyd Godrej as its chairman.

The dispute reportedly arose after the family members were split over the development of a 1,000-acre land parcel they own in Mumbai. According to reports, the crux of the issue is the concentration of the family’s land holding in Godrej & Boyce and its commercial exploitation by the group’s listed arm Godrej Properties.

While Adi and Nadir are in favour of development of the land, the Jamshyd Godrej side is believed to be against excessive development.

JM Financial chairman Nimesh Kampani and lawyer Zia Mody are advising Jamshyd Godrej, while Kotak Mahindra Bank CEO Uday Kotak and Cyril Shroff of legal firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas are assisting Adi and Nadir Godrej untangle the situation.

The family business board is led by group chairman Adi Godrej and includes brother Nadir, cousin Jamshyd and brother-in-law Vijay Crishna. The fourth generation of the family, which includes the children of Adi, Jamshyd, Nadir and Crishna who are past 18 years, attend meetings as invitees.


In Pic: (L-R) Adi, Nadir and Jamshyd Godrej inaugurate the 'Godrej Interio' store, a joint venture between Godrej & Boyce's Jamshyd Godrej and designer Krsna Mehta, at Godrej Bhawan in Mumbai on February 24, 2010.

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The Ambani war was no silent affair. From defamation suits, letters to the PM to dragging each other to court, the once-close brothers did it all.

India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and his brother Anil Ambani's bitter feud began soon after the death of their father Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, in 2002.

Ambani Sr. hadn't left a will, so his elder son Mukesh became Chairman and MD of Reliance Industries Ltd while Anil was Vice-Chairman.

The feud for control led to the split of the Reliance Group. However, in 2005, their mother, Anandiben, brokered a de-merger, giving Mukesh control of oil and gas, petrochemicals, refining and manufacturing, while Anil got electricity, telecoms and financial services.

Even though some shareholders opposed the decision, the Bombay High Court had approved the de-merger.

But that didn't settle things. Rather the oil wars continued between the brothers, with Anil even accusing involvement of the Government in supporting Mukesh.

Anil's Reliance Natural Resources Ltd. had even placed newspaper ads alleging that the Indian government had sided with Mukesh's Reliance Industries.

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Things only went from bad to worse for the brother. In 2008, Anil filed a $2.12 billion defamation suit against Mukesh for remarks he made during an interview with The New York Times.


What started off as a family feud, was termed a matter of 'national interest' by India's then-finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, who requested the brothers to resolve the dispute privately.

After going to the Supreme Court in 2009 over the gas dispute (the court ruled in Mukesh's favour), Kokilaben once again intervened in May 2010 to broker a peace agreement. Officials of both their companies received notes that said the Ambani brothers would draft a non-compete agreement.

Soon after, Anil withdrew his defamation suit.

Now a few years later, the brothers are often seen together at family functions, and other events.

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Meanwhile, Monday also saw another family feud being resolved. Niranjan Hiranandani and his London-based daughter, Priya Vandrevala, finally ended their battle on the Bombay High Court's directives. The solution came when both sides urged the HC to pass an order without specifying the reasons for its decision. Justice SC Gupte asked Hiranandani and his son Darshan to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 149 crore towards the anticipated tax liability related to Priya's payout. The two had deposited Rs 360 crore with the high court in November 2017 itself, after a judge made it a condition for hearing the matter.


Hiranandani Sr and his son had signed a Business Associate Agreement with Priya in May 2006 to jointly develop properties in the country. About three years later, Priya accused the two of breaching the deal in at least 19 projects, and approached the London Court of International Arbitration. In 2013, this forum ruled that the BAA had been violated in five projects and in 2016, it asked the two men to compensate Priya.

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On Tuesday, former Ranbaxy promoter and founder of Fortis Healthcare, Shivinder Mohan Singh, slapped a suit against elder brother Malvinder in the National Company Law Tribunal. He cited oppression and mismanagement at the RHC Holding, Religare, and Fortis, marking a public rupture between the siblings after the business legacy they inherited slipped out of their hands amid accusations of wrongdoing. Shivinder said the action had been "long overdue" but he had hoped that "better sense" would prevail.

Shivinder also said that he had wanted to spare his family the trauma of a public feud but insisted that he had played only a supporting role.

After leading Fortis Healthcare for close to two decades, Shivinder had moved out to devote himself fulltime to the Radha Soami Satsang Beas. But he said he had returned after seeing the 'ruin of a national healthcare asset', however, despite his best efforts he couldn't succeed in salvaging the situation.

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In December 1998, then Raymond boss Vijaypat Singhania's eldest son Madhupati severed ties with the family, left his ancestral home in Mumbai and moved to Singapore. But before shifting base along with his wife Anuradha and four children, Ananya, Rasaalika, Tarini and Raivathari, he entered into a Family Agreement, under which he relinquished his rights, as well as those of his children, to the family property.


The following year, Gautam Hari Singhania, Vijaypat’s younger son, was made the company's MD.


While Madhupati and family continued their lives in Singapore, back in Mumbai Raymond grew—almost five-fold. In 2015, Vijaypat decided to hand over the reins and his 37.17% stake in Raymond to Gautam. It was around the same time, that Madhupati's children filed a suit against their grandfather, questioning the 1998 Family Agreement. In the Bombay HC petition they claimed a right to the Raymond brand, ancestral properties, and other assets of the group.

In an affidavit filed with the court, Madhupati, too, stated that he left the country due to irreparable differences with his father, claiming that his life was full of insults and humiliation. He went on state that he did not want to be humiliated by working under his younger brother, and thus decided to leave.

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But troubles didn't end there for septuagenarian, two years after passing on the baton, he was stuck in a property deal over JK House with his son Gautam. The former tycoon was moved to living in a rented house, while he fought for his rights. The messy affair, went on to drag in the two sons of Vijaypat's brother Ajaypat Singhania, Akshaypat and Anant.

As per a 2007 agreement, Gautam Singhania, father Vijaypat, Akshaypat and his mother Veena Devi were set to get an apartment each in the redeveloped JK House at a price of Rs 9,200 per sq ft.


In Pic: Akshaypat and Anant Singhania.

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July 4 2004, brought with it turbulence for the Birlas. Priyamvada Birla, widow of Madhav Prasad Birla - one of the four Birla brothers who built the empire, had passed away. And her will had left not just the Birlas, but everyone, stumped. She had given her wealth and her shares in Pilani Investments to her chartered accountant, Rajendra Singh Lodha.

Lodha was also the sole executor of the will.


Till now an outsider, Lodha was now suddenly in the middle of things. The decision was opposed by the Birlas who said she couldn't have left her assets to an outsider.

In court, the Birlas citied a previous mutual will written by Priyamvada and her husband which said that all their assets would go to charity.


The legal battles have continued ever since, often dragging Arun Jaitley and Ram Jethmalani to Kolkata to represent the Birla family.

After the death of Lodha in October 2008, his son Harsh Vardhan Lodha has been taking on the Birlas in the courtroom.

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For some families, feuds have turned ugly. In November 2012, liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep (inset in pic) killed each other in a shootout at the family’s Chhatarpur farmhouse. In 2010, Hardeep had apparently begun pressuring their father, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, to dictate that the family’s holdings be evenly split between Ponty, Hardeep, and their third brother, Rajinder.

Hardeep eventually prevailed on their ailing father, and Ponty felt compelled to accede to his dying wishes. But he did so in bad faith: when their father passed away, in April 2011, Ponty reneged on the deal. For the next 16 months, the brothers argued face-to-face and through intermediaries over what they were each due.

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