Bill Gates attends pre-wedding of Asia's richest billionaire Ambani's son with girlfriend

By Minh Long   March 4, 2024 | 03:33 pm PT
Bill Gates, accompanied by his girlfriend Paula Hurd, joined a star-studded gathering of billionaires at a lavish US$120-million celebration for the impending marriage of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's son.

The pre-wedding bash for Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant took place on Friday night at Mukesh Ambani's Jamnagar estate. It was a three-day extravaganza from March 1 to 3.

Bill Gates and Paula Hurd posed for photos with Mukesh Ambani and his youngest son, 28, during the festivities, according to NY Post.

Bill Gates and Paula Hurd pose during pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani. Photo by Reuters

Bill Gates and Paula Hurd pose during pre-wedding celebrations of Anant Ambani. Photo by Reuters

Paula Hurd, the widow of former Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, adhered to the "Elegant Cocktail" dress code, donning a simple black cocktail dress adorned with silver embellishments.

Speculation about her relationship with Bill Gates emerged in January last year when they were spotted together at the Australian Open. Bill Gates finalized his divorce from ex-wife Melinda French Gates in August 2021.

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of $116.8 billion, and his wife Nita Ambani, played host to a high-profile guest list, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Mark Zuckerberg, Rihanna, and various global tycoons.

The grand affair, titled "An Evening in Everland," was an embarrassment of riches that included a $6-million performance by Rihanna, a drone show, and an array of flashy fashion items. The opulent celebration drew 1,200 wealthy attendees from around the world.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with their eldest daughter Arabella Rose, 12, shared photos on Instagram of themselves at the event wearing traditional Indian attire.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, both 39, also made it out for the occasion, sharing behind-the-scenes glimpses on Instagram. The couple donned matching all-black outfits with gold embellishments.

The extravagant pre-wedding celebration showcased the union of two affluent families, with Mukesh Ambani's son set to marry Radhika Merchant, the daughter of billionaire Shri Viren Merchant, CEO of Encore Healthcare.

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