Reliance Industries' founder chairman Dhirubhai Ambani (December 28, 1932 - July 6, 2002) was born in the village of Chorwad, in Saurashtra (Gujarat).
In 1949, at the age of 17, he went to Aden (now Yemen) in search of opportunity, and worked as a dispatch clerk for A. Besse. A couple of years later, the company became a distributor for Shell products and Dhirubhai was promoted to manage the company's oil-filling station at the port of Aden. It was here that he dreamed of setting up and owning a refinery, which he later realized with his petrochemicals venture. (Source: R-ADAG)