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Wharton honours India's biggest wealth creator

May 15, 2007

The Wharton Business School honoured the late Dhirubhai Ambani by dedicating a state-of-the-art auditorium in his memory. Dhirubhai will continue to inspire and motivate many more young and daring minds, not just from India but from across the world, believes his wife Kokilaben Ambani who inaugurated the auditorium.

The Ambanis have been associated with the Wharton Business School for generations.Paying rich tributes to Dhirubhai Ambani, Kokilaben Ambani, widow of Dhirubhai Ambani, took the centrestage at Wharton Business School on Monday as the premier institution dedicated an auditorium to the memory of her husband.

The 300-seater-auditorium in Jon M Huntsman Hall at Wharton, christened Dhirubhai Ambani Auditorium, has been made possible thanks to a 'multi-million-dollar' gift by Anil Ambani, son of the late industrialist and now chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.

"It is my hope and desire that the naming of this auditorium (after my late husband) will inspire and motivate many more young and daring minds, not just from Dhirubhai's beloved India but from across the world to learn from his outstanding example, to think ahead, to think fast, and most of all, to bring greater prosperity to humanity," Kokilaben Ambani said in voice choked with emotion at the hour-long event.

Portrait of Dhirubhai Ambani at The Wharton Business School
Text and photographs: Suman Guha Mozumder in Philadelphia
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