AMBANI PRE-WEDDING GALA
UDAIPUR (Rajasthan): The glittering build-up scenes are set here for the Wedding of all Weddings – which will culminate in an event in which India’s richest family will hand over its daughter Isha Ambani, 27, in marriage to the scion of another top business family, Anand Piramal, 33, in Mumbai on Wednesday.
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Twentyseven-year-old Isha is daughter of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Dalal Mukesh Ambani. The celebrations marking the grand event began a day ago in this desert city, with the arrival of celebrities from India and abroad. Mukesh is India’s richest man for the 10th year running and his business empire spans refineries, oil and gas, petrochemicals, telecommunications and retail chains spread over many countries.
He also holds the rank of the 18thrichest individual in the world. He was also adjudged Asia’s richest businessman this year. He is also ranked fifth among the philanthropists in India. His residence Antilia in South Mumbai is worth $1billion.
Notable among the presence here for the pre-wedding events were a throng of Bollywood celebrities led by Shah Rukh Khan. Actor couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan was among the major attractions. King Khan arrived with his wife Gouri by a private jet Saturday evening. So did former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. A musical event on Sunday saw Shah Rukh, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in high action. Newly-weds Priyanka Chopra stepped in with Nick Jonas Friday morning itself.
World-renowned singer Beyonce arrived in the city Sunday morning, to add new zest to the celebrations by her performance on stage.
The Ambanis would return to Mumbai to formally tie the knot at Antilla Wednesday, December 12, which will be followed by a grand reception there. –IHN-NN