Following the ceremony ,. Ambani was feted at a glittering dinner by Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania Governor and former Secretary of Homeland Security.
Speaking at the occasion, Ambani dedicated the award to the indomitable spirit of his father, Dhirubhai Ambani, who went on to become a legend in his lifetime, and to each and every member of the great Reliance Family. It was Dhirubhai who encouraged Ambani to pursue chemical engineering at a time when Reliance only dealt in textiles.
Talking about the interests of India and the US, Ambani said he was confident that the two pluralist societies will be at the heart of a new world of shared prosperity and peace. "As I see the world in the 21st century, there will be two very fiercely fought wars – one is a war for prosperity and a better life, and the other is a war for talent and security. We can win both these wars with a comprehensive India-US partnership."