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NYC-Based Private Equity Firm Invests $868 Mln in Asian ‘Richie Rich’ Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

© AFP 2021 / INDRANIL MUKHERJEEA customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016
A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian telco Reliance Jio, headed by business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, has managed to attract foreign investments worth billions from US-based companies despite the coronavirus-caused global economic slowdown.

After roping in three consecutive foreign investments in the past weeks, Reliance Jio on Monday attracted a hefty business deal worth $868 million from a New York-based private equity firm, General Atlantic.

As part of the deal, General Atlantic’s multimillion investment will buy a 1.34 percent stake in Reliance Jio, which has over 370 million users is India.

Previously, companies like Uber, Alibaba, ByteDance, Facebook, and Snapchat have also garnered financial backing from General Atlantic; however, its deal with Reliance Jio marks its largest investment ever, the media reported.

In the past weeks, social networking giant Facebook bought a 9.99 percent stake for $5.7 billion in Reliance Jio.

Following Facebook, two more American equity firms – Silver Lake and Vista Equity Partners – invested $750 million and $1.5 billion in the Ambani-led telecom business respectively.

While Silver Lake bought a one percent stake in Jio Platforms, Vista bagged a 2.32 percent equity stake in the Indian telco.

Despite turning in investments, Ambani announced hefty pay cuts for its employees, including foregoing his own annual salary of around $3 million for the time being. Salary cuts at Reliance Industries were introduced in the wake of heavy losses suffered by its hydrocarbon business due to the coronavirus.

Amid the global health crisis, the World Bank has predicted that India’s economy will decline by five percent this year. 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also forecast that the recession following industries post-coronavirus will be worse than the Great Depression – which so far has been regarded as the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialised world, lasting from 1929 to 1939.

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