Forget a fancy resort, but Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, booked the entire town of Portofino for his son Anant’s second pre-wedding celebration. Around 1,000 of his guests and the residents of the scenic Italian locale swayed to the voice of opera singer Andrea Bocelli.

While some millionaires opt for five-star resorts and others fly their family and friends to picturesque locales for destination weddings, centibillionaire Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries booked an entire enchanting Italian fishing village. Over 800 guests arrived in the tiny comune in the Metropolitan City of Genoa on the Italian Riviera for the grand finale of their 4-day cruise celebration. The pre-wedding festivities of his son Anant and Radhika ransformed the town, which boasts a population of a mere 400, into a lively and exclusive celebration.

For one day, on June 1st, the high-profile guests disembarked to turn the town, with its colorful buildings lining the shore, into the Ambani family’s personal promenade of parties, themed ‘La Dolce Vita.’ Not only did the affluent clan of Asia’s richest man, worth $109 billion, take over the town, but they also cordoned off significant areas overlooking the pier to ensure privacy and security for their distinguished guests.

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Every detail was meticulously planned, with the dress code for the event being Italian summer chic. The resplendent decor featured extravagant floral arrangements, baskets of fresh fruits, tables adorned with Italian-themed covers and centerpieces, and various pop-ups serving hot chocolate, burgers, and cheese toast stacks, among many other delicacies. Entertaining game stalls, such as shoot the duck, darts, and Portofino postcards, provided further amusement for the guests.

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The festivities began at the perfectly timed golden hour, 5:30 p.m., and continued until 10:30 p.m. Adding to the magical ambiance was a performance by world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, whose powerful vocals serenaded the guests and filled the air with romance, much to the delight of the Ambani family and their guests.

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The event was not just a celebration of love but also a gathering of the elite. The bride-to-be, Radhika Merchant, looked stunning in her Italian-inspired attire completed with an eye-catching Hermes Kelly handbag. Nita Ambani, the matriarch of Reliance, turned heads in what appears to be a custom Oscar de la Renta gown teamed with a $360,000 Jacob and Co. watch studded with precious stones.

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The event was a relaxed affair, with the family mingling with their guests and enjoying the evening in true billionaire style, with speeches by immediate family members surrounded by security guards and friends. Anant and Radhika are set to marry in Mumbai on July 12th. The wedding will surpass all the pre-wedding festivities that culminated in this exceptional Italian soiree.

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