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# 11 Gautam Adani $84.4B

Random fact: Kidnapped and held for ransom in 1997.


Adani is founder of Adani Group, the largest port operator in India. The Ahmedabad, India-based infrastructure group is also India's largest closely held thermal coal producer and largest coal trader. Adani Enterprises, the group's listed trading house, reported revenue of $9.3 billion in the year to March 31, 2022.

As of :
Last change -$8.21B ( -8.9%)
YTD change -$36.1B ( -29.9%)
Biggest asset ADE IN Equity
Country / Region India
Age 60
Industry Industrial
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of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
of the top 200 U.S. executives’ total awarded compensation
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The bulk of Adani's fortune is derived from public stakes held by the Adani Group, the Indian conglomerate he founded. 

He owns almost 75% stakes in Adani Enterprises, Adani Power and Adani Transmissions, according to September 2022 stock exchange filings. He also owns about 37% of Adani Total Gas, 66% of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone and 61% of Adani Green Energy. All of these companies are publicly traded and based in Ahmedabad, India. The shares are held by promoter groups, which include family members and holding companies that are credited to Adani to reflect his status as founder. The valuation was updated on Nov. 26, 2021 to reflect the latest filings and remove Total SAS's stake from the Adani Total Gas calculation and these changes led to a decrease of about $10 billion.

Adani has the largest port operator, closely held thermal coal producer and coal trader in India, according to its website.

Devendra Amin, a spokeswoman for Adani Group, declined to comment on emailed questions about the billionaire's net worth.


Family: Married, 2 children

Gautam Adani was born in the western Indian state of Gujarat. After dropping out of college as a teenager, he moved to Mumbai and worked in the diamond trade before returning to his home state.

He made his foray into global trading when he imported polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, for his brother’s plastic business. In 1988, he set up Adani Enterprises, the group's flagship company, to import and export commodities.

Adani Enterprises gained approval from the Gujarat government in 1994 to set up a harbor facility to handle its own cargo at Mundra Port. Sensing the potential in the project, Adani decided to turn it into a commercial port. He built rail and road links to it by individually negotiating with more than 500 landowners across India to create the largest port in India. Adani got into power generation in 2009.

The billionaire was held for ransom by bandits in 1997, according to his Mundra Port website. When terrorists attacked Mumbai 11 years later, Adani was among the hostages held at the seafront Taj hotel, according to the website.

  • 1962 Gautam Adani is born in Ahmedabad, India, in the western state of Gujarat.
  • 1980 Works as a diamond trader in Mumbai.
  • 1981 Returns to Ahmedabad to help brother with his plastics factory.
  • 1988 Establishes his flagship company, Adani Enterprises.
  • 1994 Wins approval to set up a port to handle his company's cargo in Mundra.
  • 1997 Adani is kidnapped and held hostage for ransom.
  • 2007 Mundra Ports & Special Economic Zone begins trading in India.
  • 2008 Escapes danger at Mumbai's Taj hotel when it's attacked by terrorists.
  • 2009 Adani Power begins trading in India.
  • 2015 Spins off Adani Power, Adani Ports and Adani Transmission.