Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani hosts lavish pre-wedding bash for his son featuring Rihanna and other VIPs

    Rihanna (left) took picture with one of the attendees present.

    3rd March 2024 – (Gujarat) Indian businessman and billionaire Mukesh Ambani, chairman of the conglomerate Reliance Industries, celebrated the upcoming nuptials of his son Anant Ambani with a lavish pre-wedding party in Gujarat, India. The event was marked by a headline performance from global pop icon Rihanna, who rarely makes public singing appearances.

    Mukesh Ambani, whose fortune is estimated at a staggering US$113 billion, ensuring the pre-wedding festivities for his son and future daughter-in-law, Radhika Merchant, were nothing short of spectacular. The celebration began with a theme of “an evening in everland” and culminated with a private concert by the Barbadian superstar, Rihanna.

    The pop queen, who in recent years has directed her energies towards her personal business ventures, made a grand return to the stage since her notable performance at the last Super Bowl half-time show. It is understood that unlike the non-remunerative tradition of Super Bowl performances, Rihanna’s appearance at the Ambani pre-wedding event came with a hefty paycheck estimated at US$6.3 million, approximately 50 million Hong Kong dollars.

    Rihanna graced the occasion by performing a total of 19 of her hit songs, including “Work”, “Umbrella”, “Stay”, and “Diamonds”. Embracing the local culture, she donned an Indian-style green sheer garment and took a moment to express her gratitude on stage, saying, “Thank you to the Ambani family, I am here tonight to celebrate Anant and Radhika’s wedding. Thank you for inviting me. May God bless your union, and I wish you all the best and congratulations.” After her performance, Rihanna shared her affection for India and her interest in performing again, stating, “The show was the best. I haven’t done a real show in 8 years. So I want to come back.”

    Rihanna’s departure from the event was just as noteworthy as her entrance, with the singer in high spirits, stopping to take photos with paparazzi and policewomen along the way. In addition to Rihanna’s star power, the pre-wedding party was a gathering of global elites, with guests including Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates among others.

    Speculations abound that Rihanna’s agreement to perform was influenced not only by the lucrative reward but also by potential business prospects, with rumours suggesting she plans to leverage Ambani’s assistance to introduce her beauty brand to the Indian market.

    Mukesh Ambani is no stranger to hosting grand events. In 2018, for his daughter’s wedding, he invited Beyonce to perform at a private party, reportedly for a similar fee of US$6 million. This recent extravagant affair further cements the Ambani family’s reputation for their unmatched hospitality and ability to create unforgettable experiences.

    Rihanna and the reporters present at the wedding.