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Gautam Adani surpasses Mukesh Ambani as Asia's richest person

Gautam Adani, the Indian billionaire is now Asia’s richest person.

Gautam Adani surpasses Mukesh Ambani as Asias richest person
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Gautam Adani, the Indian billionaire who turned a small commodities trading business into a conglomerate spanning ports, mines and green energy, is now Asia's richest person.

The 59-year-old mogul's net worth reached $88.5 billion on Monday, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, eclipsing fellow countryman Mukesh Ambani's $87.9 billion. With an almost $12 billion jump in his personal fortune, Adani is the world's biggest wealth-gainer this year.

The coal magnate whose controversial Australian mine project drew flak from climate activists including Greta Thunberg has increasingly looked beyond the fossil fuel for expansion.

He's moving into renewable energy, airports, data centers and defense contracting priorities Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also considers crucial to nation-building and meeting the country's long-term economic goals.

Some of Adani Group's listed stocks have soared more than 600% in the past two years on bets his push into green energy and infrastructure will pay off as Modi looks to revive the $2.9 trillion economy and meet the India's carbon net-zero target by 2070.

MSCI Inc.'s decision to include more Adani companies in its Indian benchmark index has also meant any fund tracking the gauge will have to buy the shares.

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