These Indians Beat The Odds And Went From Rags To Riches

There are some people who are born wealthy. People who never really had to work to earn a living. And then there are some who fight against the odds to become rich. These are the people whose will and dedication to succeed in life has brought them to the top of the world. Here are a few Indians who teach us that working hard to achieve your dreams will certainly pay off one day – Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai’s life journey is reminiscent of the rags to riches story. Who would have believed that a young boy who started career by selling ‘bhajias’ to pilgrims in Mount Girnar over the weekends would turn out to be the founder of Reliance Industries, India’s largest private sector company. After doing his matriculation at the age of 16, Dhirubhai moved to Aden, Yemen. He worked there as a gas-station attendant, and as a clerk in an oil company. He returned to India in 1958 with Rs 50,000. Assisted by his two sons, Mukesh and Anil, Dhirubhai Ambani built Reliance India Limited from a scratch. Over time his business has diversified into a core specialisation in petrochemicals with additional interests in telecommunications, information technology, energy, power, retail, textiles, infrastructure services, capital markets, and logistics. Dhirubhai Ambani died on July 6, 2002, at Mumbai. The net worth of Ambani’s Reliance Industries is around Rs.1700000000000 ($28 Billion)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, a Bollywood actor, is from Budhana, a small town in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, where his father is a farmer. Siddiqui grew up amongst nine siblings, seven brothers and two sisters. After graduating in science from a local college, he worked as a chemist in a petrochemical company for a short while. He moved to Delhi and for the next one and a half years, started watching plays while working as a watchman at an office. Eventually he graduated from the The National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1996. Nawazuddin is best known for his roles in films like ‘Kahaani’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur 2’

Rajinikanth was not always the god figure he is now for the South Indian film industry. Before he was Thalaiva, he was a poor child who worked as a coolie and a bus conductor to earn his living. He started off by playing small roles in Kannada mythological moral plays and before he knew it, his debut film ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ had won a National Film Award. There was no stopping Rajini from thereon. Today, his net worth is around Rs. 2500000000 ($40 million).
Karsanbhai Patel


Karsanbhai is the founder of the Rs. 2500 crore ($500 Million) Nirma group with major interests in detergents, soaps and cosmetics. He was born into a farmer family from north Gujarat. Karsanbhai finished his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the age 21 and started working as a lab technician. In 1969, he started selling detergent powder, manufactured and packaged in his backyard. Patel would bicycle through the neighbourhoods selling handmade detergent packets door to door at a price of Rs. 3 per Kilo. Soon Karsanbhai had set up a shop at small a workshop in an Ahmedabad suburb. The Nirma brand quickly established itself in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Within a decade, Nirma was the largest selling detergent in India.

N. R. Narayana Murthy


Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and M. Tech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Before starting Infosys, Murthy worked with Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer and Patni Computer Systems in Pune. Murthy and six software professionals founded Infosys in 1981 with an initial capital injection of Rs 10,000, which was provided by his wife Sudha Murthy. Today, the net worth of Infosys is around Rs. 263,735 crores ($42.51 Billion), making it India’s sixth largest publicly traded company.