Ambanis feud likened to one between Esau and Jacob

July 2nd, 2008 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS  

London/Johannesburg, July 2 (IANS) As talks between the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-ADAG) and South African telecom giant MTN reach their last lap, the feud between Ambani siblings has started grabbing global attention, with one newspaper even likening it to the one between biblical Esau and Jacob. From The Sunday Times of London to the International Herald Tribune (IHT) and Engineering News of South Africa, newspapers and web portals around the world are not only reporting on the talks between R-ADAG and MTN, but also on the bitter battle between the Ambani brothers - Mukesh and Anil.

The older brother Mukesh controls the Reliance Industries group, which has interests in oil refining, petrochemicals and retailing, while the younger sibling Anil oversees the R-ADAG group that interests in communications and energy.

“What kind of man travels halfway round the world to sabotage the biggest deal of your career, publicly humiliates your mother and then threatens you with legal action?” queried Sunday Times a few days ago.

“For supporters of Anil Ambani, the second richest man in India, the answer is ‘your older brother’,” the paper said, referring to the recent trip by the Mukesh Ambani family to South Africa.

“India is no stranger to sibling rivalry, but the feud between Anil and Mukesh Ambani, the world’s richest brothers - their combined fortune is $85 billion (

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