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Anant Ambani’s opulent pre-wedding gala draws global icons to Gujarat

(L to R) Anand Piramal, Mukesh Ambani, Radhika Merchant, Anant Ambani, Neeta Ambani, Isha Ambani Piramal, Shloka Mehta Ambani and Akash Ambani, pose for the media during engagement of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant, at Antilia on January 19, 2023 in Mumbai, India.

Jamnagar, Gujarat: In a dazzling display of opulence and prestige, Asia’s wealthiest man, Mukesh Ambani, is hosting a three-day pre-wedding gala for his son, Anant Ambani, in the vibrant state of Gujarat. The event, which commenced earlier this week, has attracted a star-studded guest list featuring luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg, Rihanna, and Bill Gates.

Anant Ambani, 28, is set to tie the knot with Radhika Merchant in July, and the celebrations have already begun with Bollywood legends Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan gracing the occasion in Jamnagar city.

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Mukesh Ambani, 66, currently ranked as the world’s 10th richest individual with a staggering net worth of $115 billion, is the chairman of Reliance Industries, a colossal conglomerate spanning industries from refining and retail to financial services and telecom. All three of Ambani’s children, including Anant, are actively involved in the company, serving on its board.

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This pre-wedding gala follows the Ambani family tradition of hosting extravagant celebrations, reminiscent of the 2018 wedding of Isha Ambani, where pop sensation BeyoncĂ© performed. The cost of such events has been a subject of speculation, with reports suggesting a figure as high as $100 million for Isha’s wedding, a claim refuted by a source close to the family who asserted a more modest estimate of around $15 million.

The current festivities kicked off with a philanthropic gesture as the Ambani family served food to the local community in Jamnagar, showcasing a commitment to social responsibility amid the grandeur.

The guest list for Anant Ambani’s celebration is truly international, featuring prominent figures like Disney CEO Bob Iger, Indian billionaires Gautam Adani and Kumar Mangalam Birla, and sports icons such as cricketers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. Notably, the attendance of global corporate leaders like BlackRock co-founder Larry Fink, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, and former political figures such as Ivanka Trump, Stephen Harper, and Kevin Rudd underscores Reliance’s increasing influence as a key player in the global economic landscape.

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Entertainment at the gala is set to be top-notch, with performances by Rihanna and illusionist David Blaine promised to captivate the audience. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to visit a rescue center in Jamnagar housing over 2,000 animals, aligning with a planned “jungle fever” dress code, as per a Reuters-revealed planning document.

The Ambani pre-wedding gala stands as a testament to the family’s grandeur and the growing significance of Reliance Industries in forging global connections across technology, media, and energy sectors.

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