Wednesday, 17 April

Rihanna, Mark Zuckerberg attend multi-billionaire's pre-wedding gala for son, Anant Ambani

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Pic: Reuters/AP

Rihanna, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were among some of the world's most famous people to attend a pre-wedding gala hosted by Asia's richest man.

Mukesh Ambani organised the three-day jamboree in India for his son Anant Ambani, 28, who is set to marry his 29-year-old long-time girlfriend Radhika Merchant in July.

Mr Ambani senior is the head of Indian conglomerate Reliance and has a net worth of $114bn (£90bn), according to Forbes.

He held the song and dance event at his resort in Gujarat state.

Unverified reports said Rihanna had been paid £5m to sing at the party - the first time she had performed in India.

Ivanka Trump was also in attendance alongside a number of Bollywood film stars such as Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan.

Mark Zuckerberg, center, posing for a photograph with   billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani's son Anant Ambani, right, and Radhika Merchant.
Pic: Reliance /AP| Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, centre, with Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant. Pic: Reliance/AP

Actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with their son Taimur Ali Khan.
Pic: Reliance/ Reuters| Actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan with their son Taimur Ali Khan. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Around 1,200 guests enjoyed the festivities - the authorities said nearly 130 flights had landed at a local airport, which was temporarily granted international status for the event.

Anant is a director at Reliance's new energy business and one of Mr Ambani's three children who are the heirs to his empire.

His fiancée is a director at India's Encore Healthcare.

Nita Ambani, wife of Mukesh Ambani, Radhika Merchant and Anant Ambani stand on a stage during the pre-wedding celebrations in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| Nita Ambani, wife of Mukesh Ambani, with Radhika and Anant. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their daughter Arabella.
Pic: Reliance / Reuters| Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their daughter Arabella. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Bill Gates and Paula Hurd.
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| Bill Gates and Paula Hurd. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

The family also made headlines when Mr Ambani's daughter Isha got married in 2018 in an occasion described by some as a mini-Davos summit.

Guests to the latest party enjoyed 500 dishes created by around 100 chefs and were pampered with hair styling and make-up artists.

Rihanna after performing at the pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries, and Radhika Merchant, daughter of industrialist Viren Merchant
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| Rihanna after her performance at the pre-wedding celebrations. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

New Zealand cricketer Trent Boult and wife Gert Smith.
Pic: Reliance/Reuters
| New Zealand cricketer Trent Boult and wife Gert Smith. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Salman Khan, Ram Charan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan perform during the pre-wedding celebrations.
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| Salman Khan, Ram Charan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant during their pre-wedding celebrations. 
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| Anant and Radhika speak to their guests. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

The venue where the  pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took place.
Pic: Reliance/Reuters| The venue in Gujarat where the event was staged. Pic: Reliance/Reuters

Source: news.sky.com