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VIDEO: Rihanna pockets $6M for performing at wedding of the son of Asia’s richest man

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US pop sensation Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is currently in India for a special performance at the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani, the son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest individual.

Rihanna performed at a private show during the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani, son of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and his fiancée Radhika Merchant.

The concert, estimated by the Daily Mail to cost around $6 million, is part of the lavish celebrations (Ambani had previously hired Beyoncé for his daughter’s wedding in 2018).

 

Despite Rihanna’s net worth of $1.4 billion, this performance is seen as a strategic move for her brand, especially considering Ambani’s recent acquisition of Sephora India, which is connected to Rihanna’s Fenty business empire.

During the show, Rihanna sang 19 songs, including hits like “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Diamonds,” and “We Found Love.” This performance marked her first full concert since 2016. Despite rumors and anticipation for new music, Rihanna appears focused on her business ventures rather than a return to music. It’s unclear if Ambani inquired about her highly anticipated ninth studio album, known as “R9.”

Rihanna, known for hits like “Umbrella,” recently became a mother for the second time in August. Her appearance at the extravagant pre-wedding celebration marks her first public performance since her historic Super Bowl show last year.

According to reports from Indian media, Rihanna was paid a substantial sum of up to $9 million (Ksh.1.3 billion) to perform at the event. The celebration, expected to be star-studded, will also feature appearances from global tech leaders, industry giants, Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities, as well as prominent politicians.

In addition to Rihanna, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were also seen arriving in Jamnagar, Ambani’s hometown. The Ambani family kicked off the festivities with a three-day feast for villagers at the Reliance Township in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Anant Ambani, 28, who holds director positions in several Reliance-owned companies, is set to marry Radhika Merchant, 29, in July. The wedding is expected to be a lavish affair, following in the footsteps of Ambani’s 2018 wedding for his daughter, which reportedly cost $100 million (Ksh.14.6 billion) and featured a performance by Beyonce.

Other entertainment for the guests, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, will include illusions by US magician David Blaine. The guest list also includes Ivanka Trump, daughter of former US President Donald Trump, Sweden’s former prime minister Carl Bildt, former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, and the King of Bhutan.

The celebrations, scheduled to last until Sunday, will feature various themes, events, and dress codes, including a “jungle fever” day with a visit to an animal rescue center run by the Ambani family.

Mukesh Ambani, 66, the chairman of Reliance Industries, is currently ranked as the world’s 10th-richest person by Forbes, with a net worth exceeding $116 billion. He is also recognized as the richest man in Asia by the publication.

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