Asias richest man Mukesh Ambani is set to throw a grand wedding for his son. Heres what to know

In March, Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani threw a three-day prenuptial bash for his son that included a 1,200-person guest list, including former world leaders, tech tycoons and Bollywood’s megastars, and a performance by renowned singer Rihanna.It was only the start of their months-long lavish pre-wedding celebrations which have grabbed headlines and set off a social media frenzy.In May, the family took guests on a 3-day pre-wedding cruise from Italy to France, which included a DJ set from David Guetta, Katy Perry belting out her hit song “Firework” and a performance by Pitbull to cap it off, according to media reports.Finally, the wedding is set for next week, with Anant Ambani, 29, marrying his longtime girlfriend, Radhika Merchant, in what many have dubbed the wedding of the year.Here’s what we know:The father of the groom is Mukesh Ambani, 66, currently the world’s 9th richest man with a net worth of $116 billion, according to Forbes.He is also the richest person in Asia.His Reliance Industries is a massive conglomerate, reporting over $100 billion in annual revenue, with interests ranging from petrochemicals, and oil and gas to telecoms and retail.The Ambani family owns, among other assets, a 27-story private apartment building, named Antila, worth $1 billion in Mumbai.

It has three helipads, a 160-car garage, a private movie theater, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.Ambani’s critics say his company has flourished mainly because of political connections during the Congress governments in the 1970s and 80s and subsequently under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule after 2014.They say “crony capitalism” in India has helped certain corporations, such as Ambani’s, thrive.The family patriarch has started passing the torch to his two sons and daughter.

The oldest son, Akash Ambani, is now chairperson of Reliance Jio, their telecoms business; his daughter, Isha, oversees retail, while the groom Anant, the youngest, has been inducted in...

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