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Rihanna, the Barbadian singing sensation, made headlines with her stunning performance at the pre-wedding event of Mukesh Ambani’s son, Anant Amban. Hosted by Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest individual with a staggering net worth of $112 billion, the extravagant celebration unfolded in Jamnagar, India, attracting a star-studded guest list of approximately 1,200 attendees.

Among the notable personalities in attendance were Mark Zuckerberg, Ivanka Trump, and Bill Gates, offering a glimpse into the opulent affair that precedes the forthcoming nuptials of Anant and Radhika Merchant, scheduled for July.

Her setlist, comprising 19 songs, showcased a mix of her greatest hits, from the career-defining “Umbrella” to chart-toppers like “Diamonds” and “Work.” The concert also featured live renditions of fan favorites such as “We Found Love,” “Stay,” “Rude Boy,” and “All of the Lights.” The climax of the evening saw the Ambani family join Rihanna onstage, culminating in a memorable celebration of love and music.

Rihana India

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Expressing her gratitude to the soon-to-be-wed couple, Rihanna extended her blessings and well wishes, highlighting the significance of the occasion. Reports suggest that Rihanna’s performance commanded a substantial fee, with estimates ranging from $5 to $9 million. 

While Rihanna’s previous appearances at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show and the Academy Awards gained attention, her performance at Anant and Radhika’s wedding marked her first complete concert since November 2016, adding to the anticipation surrounding the event.

The Ambani family, renowned for their affluent celebrations, spared no expense in organizing an unforgettable experience for their guests. Mukesh Ambani, the patriarch and chair of Reliance Industries, boasts a staggering net worth of $113 billion, underlining the family’s penchant for grandeur. Previous family events have featured performances by global pop stars  like Beyoncé and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, reflecting the Ambanis’ penchant for hosting extravagant affairs.

Ambani Family

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Notably, the pre-wedding ceremony of Anant’s sister, Isha Ambani, gained widespread attention for its lavishness, with expenditures exceeding $100 million. Similarly, the wedding of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta in 2019 featured star-studded performances, including appearances by Adam Levine and The Chainsmokers.

In addition to business moguls and political figures, the festivities also attracted Bollywood celebrities like Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, who made a grand entrance in coordinated white ensembles. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Disney CEO Bob Iger further elevated the event’s global stature, emphasizing its significance on an international scale.

The guest list extended to include distinguished personalities such as former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, President of Google Donald Harrison, former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga, former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, and Chairperson of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, highlighting the event’s prominence and influence on the world stage.

Rihanna’s mesmerizing performance at Mukesh Ambani’s son’s pre-wedding celebration saw people in excitement, even herself. 

“This show was the best” 

Rihanna said with paparazzi coming to her after her performance. This is Rihanna’s longest show performance since her “Anti World Tour” in 2016, when she wrapped it up in Abu Dhabi.

By Hilary Nwachukwu

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