The who’s who from the world of politics, business and showbiz have been touching down in Udaipur for the grand celebrations.
Global CEOs, including steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, BP group chief executive Bob Dudley, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes, among others, descended on Udaipur to attend the wedding festivities of Isha Ambani, the daughter of RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, along with prominent politicians and movie stars.
Isha Ambani, 27, will marry Anand Piramal, 33, executive director of Piramal Group, in Mumbai on Tuesday, but the festivities began this weekend in Rajasthan’s ‘City of Lakes’ Udaipur, with three days of pre-wedding rituals.
Other high-profile corporate leaders attending the wedding festivities include Khalid Al-Falih, chairman of Saudi Aramco; Bill Winters, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank; WPP founder Martin Sorell; Kenneth Hitchner, chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific ex-Japan; Nicolas Aguzin, chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Asia Pacific; Farhan Faruqui, group executive international, ANZ; Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum; Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global; and Rajeev Suri, president and CEO of Nokia.
The guest list also includes former US secretary of state and Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election Hillary Clinton and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. According to sources, US singer Beyonce will perform at the wedding.
Anil Kapoor, David Dhawan, Vidya Balan-Siddharth Roy Kapur, John Abraham-Priya Runchal and Javed Jaffrey, Sachin Tendulkar-Anjali Tendulkar, Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas, Sakshi Singh Dhoni and her daughter Ziva, among others were also seen.
The soon-to-be married couple arrived in Udaipur on December 6 with designer Manish Malhotra to kick-off the preparations for their wedding celebrations, which are speculated to be an intimate affair. The couple apparently wants to celebrate their wedding as a personal and private moment with their close circle of friends.
The wedding will bring together two of India’s most prominent business families. RIL is India’s biggest private enterprise. The Piramals have interests in pharmaceuticals and real estate.
The couple’s engagement took place at the luxury Villa D’Este hotel on Italy’s Lake Como, attended by more than 600 guests, and featuring a private performance by singer John Legend.