REUTERS - India’s Reliance Communications said Reliance Industries had claimed first right of refusal to buy a controlling stake in it, but the mobile operator said this would not delay its tie-up talks with South Africa’s MTN Group.
Reliance Communications is controlled by Anil Ambani and Reliance Industries by his estranged elder brother Mukesh.
Here are five facts about the brothers and the division of the Reliance business empire after a bitter feud between them.
* Dhirubhai Ambani, a schoolteacher’s son and founder of the Reliance business empire, dies in July 2002. Mukesh becomes chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, and Anil is vice-chairman and managing director.
* Feud between Mukesh and Anil becomes public in November 2004.
* In June 2005, the family reaches a settlement to split the Reliance business in a deal announced by their homemaker mother Kokilaben. The formal split happens in 2006.
* Mukesh gets the flagship Reliance Industries, with interests in petrochemicals, oil and gas exploration, refining and textiles. He has since launched a retail venture.
* Anil gets telecoms, power, entertainment and financial services businesses. The Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) now includes Reliance Communications Ltd, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Reliance Capital Ltd, Reliance Natural Resources Ltd and Reliance Power Ltd.