Tech, Media and Finance Moguls Who Attended Anant Ambani’s Pre-Wedding Festivities

The Ambani pre-wedding festivities last weekend were attended by the biggest names in tech, media and finance.

Anant Ambani and his wife
Anant Ambani and his wife Radhika Merchant. SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images

Anant Amabani, the youngest son of Asia’s richest person, Mukesh Ambani, is getting married, and his father’s powerful friends flew in from all over the world this past weekend to attend a lavish pre-wedding party in India. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Mukesh Ambani, the founder and chairman of India’s Reliance Industries, is worth $113 billion, certainly enough to afford a party where 1,200 of the family’s closest friends gathered to watch Rihanna perform an entire 19-song setlist. 

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Among the guests of the three-day party, which began on Friday (Mar. 1), were Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, according to their social media posts. According to a guest list leaked before the event, Alphabet (GOOGL) and Google (GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai, Disney CEO Bob Iger and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink were also invited.

Here are some standouts from the pre-wedding party’s guests and why they matter to the Ambani family: 

Rihanna

Technically, Rihanna was there as a performer, but there are clips of her enjoying herself at the party after her concert. Rihanna and Mukesh Ambani’s business may have just been entertainment-related last weekend, but the two could have a shared interest in cosmetics too. 

Mukesh Ambani partnered with Sephora last fall to operate its stores in India and expand its presence in the country. Rihanna’s cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty, which includes makeup and skincare, is sold through Sephora and other retailers like Ulta Beauty. Sephora opened its first store in India in 2012 and, according to its website, it currently doesn’t carry Fenty Beauty.

Bill Gates 

Gates’s most recent relationship to Mukesh Ambani is through philanthropic causes. The Gates Foundation has a partnership with Ambani’s Reliance for women’s economic empowerment in India’s state of Madhya Pradesh. 

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan 

The Meta (META) founder and his wife, philanthropist Chan, updated followers on each of their outfits during the festivities via Chan’s Instagram account. Meta invested $5.7 billion in Reliance’s tech branch Jio Platforms in 2020, launched publicly in 2019.   

Bob Iger

Iger was reportedly going to attend the Ambani bash last weekend. This could double as a celebration of Disney’s deal with Reliance, which came to fruition last week. The two companies inked a joint venture that combined their streaming and TV businesses in India. 

Sundar Pichai

Pichai has previously attended Ambani family parties, and was photographed five years ago at Mukesh Ambani’s older son Akash’s wedding. Reliance and Google’s ongoing relationship includes a $4.5 billion investment from Google for Jio Platforms in 2020. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his wife Anjali Pichai at the wedding ceremony of Akash Ambani in March 2019. SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images

Other media, tech and finance power players invited to the party include:

Tech, Media and Finance Moguls Who Attended Anant Ambani’s Pre-Wedding Festivities