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Gautam Adani Reclaims the Title of Asia’s Richest Person

In a significant development, Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Group, has regained the title of Asia’s richest person, surpassing Mukesh Ambani, the head of Reliance Industries. This milestone was achieved after a surge in the stock prices of the listed companies within Adani’s apples-to-airport conglomerate.

Wealth Rankings and Market Capitalization

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mr. Adani’s net worth stands at an impressive $111 billion, ranking him as the 11th richest person in the world. On the other hand, Mr. Ambani’s wealth of $109 billion places him at the 12th position globally.

The surge in Adani Group’s market capitalization played a pivotal role in this shift. On Friday, shares of all Adani Group companies soared by up to 14%, following a bullish view from the U.S. brokerage firm Jefferies. The firm expressed optimism about the group’s planned $90 billion capital expenditure over the next decade, signaling an expansion spree.

As a result, the combined market capitalization of the 10 Adani Group listed firms increased by a staggering ₹84,064 crore, reaching a remarkable ₹17.51 lakh crore at the close of trading on Friday.

Adani’s Journey and Resilience

Gautam Adani, a first-generation entrepreneur, has showcased remarkable resilience in his journey. In 2022, he had briefly claimed the title of Asia’s richest person as his personal wealth soared despite global economic challenges.

However, in January 2023, his conglomerate faced a significant setback after a damning report by the prominent short-seller Hindenburg Research. The report alleged fraud within Adani’s business empire, leading to a massive $150 billion crash in the group’s stock prices at its lowest point.

Despite these challenges, the Adani Group denied all allegations and implemented a comeback strategy that involved containing debt, reducing founder share pledges, and consolidating business in core competencies.

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