India’s richest man has kicked off his daughter’s wedding celebrations with a string of lavish welcome events – including a private Beyoncé concert – and is now turning his attention to the main event.
Business mogul Mukesh Ambani, 61, who has an estimated fortune of $41.5 billion (£33.1 billion), is decorating his towering 27-storey Mumbai home as he prepares to host hundreds of guests at the marriage of his daughter Isha Ambani, 27, tomorrow.
Yale graduate Miss Ambani is tying the knot with 33-year-old real estate mogul Anand Piramal, a childhood friend and the son of another uber-wealthy businessman, in a wedding that is thought to cost $100million (£74.9million), according to Bloomberg. Other estimates put the cost at $15million (£12million).
The two days of pre-wedding events were held in the northwestern city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, where VIPs like Hillary Clinton, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas gathered at a historic palace and five-star resorts for brunches, concerts and discos.
Anything for his little girl! Mukesh Ambani, 61, who has an estimated fortune of $41.5 billion (£33.1 billion), is decorating his towering 27-storey Mumbai home as he prepares to host the marriage of his daughter Isha Ambani, 27, tomorrow. Pictured, the father and daughter in July
Wedding venue: The Ambani family’s extraordinary 27-storey tower in Mumbai. The mogul has a staff of 600 to maintain the residence 24 hours a day
No expense spared: Photos taken of the property today reveal how the entrance has been dressed in hundreds of fresh red roses and strings of twinkling fairy lights, pictured above
Superstar entertainment: Guests were treated to a performance by Beyonce as part of the traditional musical night kicking off the days of celebration. The singer, who flew in especially for the event, was reportedly paid $6million (£4.8million) for a previous private concert
Bigger than Beyoncé? Some social media users questioned who Mr Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has hired to perform on the wedding day itself, with one joking only a ‘resurrected John Lennon’ would be able to top Beyoncé
Some social media users questioned who Mr Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has hired to perform on the wedding day itself, with one joking only a ‘resurrected John Lennon’ would be able to top Beyoncé.
The first hint of the nuptials’ lavishness was the elaborate embroidered and gold plated Dolce & Gabbana box guests received as invitations.
Each exquisite rose printed package contained a series of luxury cards which folded out to reveal details of the events that would be held across the five-day affair.
As per Indian tradition, the party kicked off with the Sangeet, which typically sees the bride, groom and their families come together to sing and dance in stage performances celebrating their unions.
Week-long party: Guests have already enjoyed a string of lavish events in the northwestern city of Udaipur, Rajasthan. Pictured, one garden party that took place in a five-star resort
Impressive venue: Another evening soiree was held in the 18th century City Palace in Udaipur. Pictured, chefs man several buffets laid out for guests in the stunning open-air venue
All-day entertainment: A hot pink themed brunch was held at a separate hotel in the city
Exquisite decoration: A huge vase made of blue and white flowers was put on display behind a beautifully decorated table at an afternoon tea to celebrate the high-end marriage
But Mr Ambani, whose business interests cover oil, telecoms, chemicals, textiles, technology and food, did not hold back when it came to the entertainment for his little girl.
Beyoncé was flown in especially for the a 45-minute private concert, which saw her make several costume changes and sing hit songs Perfect and Crazy In Love.
The pop star pocketed $6 million for her last private gig back in 2014.
It is unlikely another musical act will perform on the day itself as this is usually reserved for the opening night’s festivities.
Bollywood superstars including Aishwarya Rai partied the night away as laser lights criss-crossed the sky. Among them were newlyweds Deepika Padukone, 32, and Ranveer Singh, 33, who married in Lake Como last month.
Sari, not sorry: R&B diva Beyoncé Knowles-Carter flaunted considerable cleavage in an opulent red dress designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla during her visit to India this weekend
Other reported VIP wedding guests included The Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, BP Group CEO Bob Dudley, and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Mr Piramal and Yale graduate Miss Ambani selected the finest locations in Udaipur, known as the ‘city of lakes’, for the weekend, taking over the five-star Oberoi Udaivilas hotel and the 18th century City Palace for two night-time events.
The couple also hosted a poolside brunch at a second luxury hotel.
VIP guests: The bride’s father is India’s wealthiest man, the billionaire chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, right, with his wife Nita, left, and Hillary Clinton
Rich and powerful: Other reported VIP wedding guests included Arianna Huffington (pictured left and right on Saturday), James Murdoch, Bob Dudley, and Sachin Tendulkar
Famous friends: Hillary Clinton, centre, with bride Isha Ambani, left, and mother of the bride Nita. Mrs Clinton reportedly stayed with the Ambani’s during a previous visit to Mumbai
The wedding tomorrow will be held at Antilla, the Mumbai apartment building which Mr Ambani built to serve as his family home.
The mogul has a staff of 600 to maintain the residence 24 hours a day.
Photos taken of the property on Tuesday reveal its already grand entrance has been dressed with hundreds of fresh red roses and strings of twinkling fairy lights – just a small hint of the extravagance that is sure to greet guests inside.
In April 2016, the bride-to-be Isha launched AJIO, an online fashion retailer, which is a subsidiary of her father’s company Reliance Retail.
In love with ‘us’: Newlywed Priyanka Chopra Jonas was also there with her husband Nick Jonas, and she Insta-storied their place setting cards on Saturday
Bollywood royalty: Among them were newlyweds Deepika Padukone, 32, and Ranveer Singh, 33, left, who married in Lake Como last month
Her soon-to-be husband Arnand is listed as an executive director of Piramal Group, a conglomerate with interests in pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate, healthcare analytics and glass packaging.
He is also the founder of Piramal Realty, which he set up in 2012, the real estate development arm of Piramal Group.
The businessman majored in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Arnand’s father Ajay Piramal is an Indian billionaire industrialist, and the chairman of the Piramal Group