Zuckerberg, Rihanna and Bill Gates were among guests at lavish bash for son of Asia’s richest man

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Anant Ambani, left, son of Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani and his fiancee Radhika Merchant greet media persons during their engagement ceremony in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. 
Rajanish Kakade | AP 

Tech executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates attended a lavish, three day, pre-wedding celebration for the son of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, over the weekend.

The bash was held to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Anant Ambani, the youngest of Mukesh Ambani’s sons, to Radhika Merchant, scheduled for later this year.

Mukesh Ambani is the world’s ninth-richest person with a net worth of $117.8 billion, according to Forbes. He is the chairman of Reliance Industries, a conglomerate that spans everything from oil and gas to telecommunications.

West Indies’ cricketer Dwayne Bravo arrives to attend pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries, and Radhika Merchant, daughter of industrialist Viren Merchant, at the airport in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, March 1, 2024. 
Amit Dave | Reuters

The three-day pre-wedding party kicked off on Friday with a performance from U.S. megastar Rihanna. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also attended.

Zuckerberg’s attendance makes sense. In 2020, Facebook invested $5.7 billion in Jio Platforms Limited, a company owned by Reliance Industries. In 2022, Meta released a feature to allow users to browse and buy products on JioMart, a grocery app, inside of WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, Microsoft and some of Reliance Industries’ other businesses have collaborations.

Film-maker Kiran Rao, Actor Vicky Kaushal, his wife, Actor Katrina Kaif and Actor Shahid Kapoor arrive to attend the pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Industries, and Radhika Merchant, daughter of industrialist Viren Merchant, in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India March 2, 2024.
Amit Dave | Reuters

The celebration, which took place in Jamnagar city in the Indian state of Gujarat, was star-studded with Bollywood royalty such as Shah Rukh Khan also in attendance.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, also reportedly attended the party.

Reuters, citing a planning document it had seen, said guests were treated to 500 dishes created by around 100 chefs.

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