For being the person, who has most influenced the youth in the last calendar year, Anil Ambani, who was nominated in the Business category, emerged winner from a star-studded line-up. The other nominees were: APJ Abdul Kalam (science & academics), Atal Behari Vajpayee (politics), Maneka Gandhi (social welfare), Sachin Tendulkar (sports), Shah Rukh Khan (films) and Smriti Malhotra (television).
Mr Anil Ambani: I cherish being voted as the MTV Youth Icon of the Year as it has come from the youth of India. They are the future of our nation and give me the strength to carry forward the vision of my late father, Shri Dhirubhai Ambani - of making India a successful, super reliant power house.
MTV Networks India managing director Alex Kuruvilla said, by choosing Anil Ambani as the MTV Youth Icon of the Year, the Indian youth have clearly indicated that they admire a person who can compete with the best and win, Anil Ambani is symbolic of the youngh Indians aspiration - a young, dynamic, successful entrepreneur.
As the MTV Youth Icon of the Year, Anil Ambani will be invited to speak to the youth of India through a one-hour special, which will air, on MTV.
In an ongoing endeavour to understand the youth and get into their minds, the MTV youth Icon is an attempt to identify the role models for todays youth and thus understand the values they cherish and are inspired by.
In May this year, MTV India commissioned Indian Marketing Research Bureau to conduct a study among the youth in eight cities (Ahme-dabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and New Delhi) and identify their Icons.