Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani is about to throw a grand wedding ceremony for his son. Here’s what to know | EUROtoday

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In March, Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani threw a three-day prenuptial bash for his son that included a 1,200-person visitor checklist, together with former world leaders, tech tycoons and Bollywood’s megastars, and a efficiency by famend singer Rihanna.

It was solely the beginning of their months-long lavish pre-wedding celebrations which have grabbed headlines and set off a social media frenzy.

In May, the household took company on a 3-day pre-wedding cruise from Italy to France, which included a DJ set from David Guetta, Katy Perry belting out her hit tune “Firework” and a efficiency by Pitbull to cap it off, in keeping with media studies.

Finally, the marriage is about for subsequent week, with Anant Ambani, 29, marrying his longtime girlfriend, Radhika Merchant, in what many have dubbed the marriage of the yr.

Here’s what we all know:

Who are the Ambanis?

The father of the groom is Mukesh Ambani, 66, presently the world’s ninth richest man with a internet value of $116 billion, in keeping with Forbes. He can be the richest particular person in Asia.

His Reliance Industries is a large conglomerate, reporting over $100 billion in annual income, with pursuits starting from petrochemicals, and oil and gasoline to telecoms and retail.

The Ambani household owns, amongst different property, a 27-story non-public condo constructing, named Antila, value $1 billion in Mumbai. It has three helipads, a 160-car storage, a personal movie show, a swimming pool, and a health middle.

Ambani’s critics say his firm has flourished primarily due to political connections throughout the Congress governments within the Nineteen Seventies and 80s and subsequently below Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule after 2014. They say “crony capitalism” in India has helped sure firms, comparable to Ambani’s, thrive.

The household patriarch has began passing the torch to his two sons and daughter. The oldest son, Akash Ambani, is now chairperson of Reliance Jio, their telecoms enterprise; his daughter, Isha, oversees retail, whereas the groom Anant, the youngest, has been inducted into the brand new vitality enterprise.

Who are the bride and groom?

Anant has a bachelor’s diploma from Brown University, in keeping with Reliance Industries’ web site, and oversees the conglomerate’s renewable and inexperienced vitality enlargement.

He additionally runs a 3,000-acre (practically 1,200-hectare) animal rescue middle known as Vantara in Gujarat state’s Jamnagar, the household’s hometown the place company in March spent days celebrating within the extravagant pre-wedding get together.

The bride, Radhika Merchant, 29, is the daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon Viren Merchant and is the advertising and marketing director for his firm, Encore Healthcare, in keeping with Vogue.

She informed the journal that the 2 had been launched by mutual buddies in 2017. “That first meeting just sparked something special between us, and it wasn’t long before we started dating,” she mentioned.

When’s the marriage and what’s anticipated?

The essential wedding ceremony ceremony is about for July 12, adopted by a grand reception on July 14, in keeping with native media. Celebrations are anticipated to be break up between the Ambani’s Jio World Convention Center in Mumbai metropolis and their household residence.

The dates had been reportedly chosen based mostly on the couple’s start charts, as is typical in Hindu customized, and deemed auspicious. Also holding with custom, the marriage will likely be preceded by days of conventional wedding ceremony occasions and rituals.

On Friday, Indian social media was abuzz with movies from the couple’s sangeet, a ceremony the place the bride and groom’s households carry out dances for the company. It additionally included performances by Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Salman Khan in addition to Justin Bieber, who flew to Mumbai for the occasion, in keeping with native media.

The household additionally organized a mass wedding ceremony for greater than 50 underprivileged {couples} final week, as a part of the pre-wedding celebrations.

Extravagant events are the Ambanis’ specialty and subsequent week’s occasions are anticipated to attract extra celebrities, billionaires and world leaders.

In March for the pre-wedding bash, the visitor checklist included Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, former leaders of Canada and Qatar in addition to Bollywood’s A-list stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. In addition to Rihanna, Akon and Diljit Dosanjh, a Punjabi singer who shot to worldwide fame when he carried out at Coachella, additionally took the stage.

In 2018, when his daughter married, Ambani made the headlines due to the grand celebrations, with pop sensation Beyoncé performing on the pre-wedding festivities. At the time, former U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry had been amongst those that rubbed shoulders with Indian celebrities and Bollywood stars within the western Indian metropolis of Udaipur.