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Everything we know about Isha Ambani, the Indian heiress who got Beyoncé to perform at her wedding

Molly Thomson , Business Insider US
 Dec 15, 2018, 12:02 PM
Isha Ambani's wedding was held at her father's 27-story palace, Antilia.
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  • Isha Ambani married Anand Piramal this week in a week full of lavish festivities.
  • Beyoncé performed at her pre-wedding festivities.
  • Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attended her wedding.
  • Isha Ambani's father, Mukesh Ambani, is the chairperson of Reliance Industries and the richest man in India, according to Forbes.

For most of us, the notion of hiring Beyoncé to perform at a wedding is little more than a fever dream - but for Indian heiress Isha Ambani and her new husband, Anand Piramal, it was simply a matter of course. The high-profile couple tied the knot on Wednesday in a lavish ceremony in one of the most expensive mansions in the world, which also happens to double as the Ambani family home.

The wedding has been making headlines for its extravagance and its many celebrity guests, from Hillary Clinton to Priyanka Chopra to Arianna Huffington. Here's everything we know about the 27-year-old heiress.

She is the daughter of India's richest man

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According to Forbes, Mukesh Ambani, Isha Ambani's father, is the richest man in India. Moreover, as the chairperson of the hugely influential Reliance Industries, he is ranked as the 19th richest man in the world, with a net worth surpassing $40 billion.

She graduated from Yale and Stanford

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Ambani is Ivy League-educated. The heiress earned an undergraduate degree from Yale in psychology and South Asian studies. She even reportedly gave her father the idea to launch Jio, India's largest 4G network, while she was there. She then worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company before going on to earn her MBA from Stanford.

She's one of Asia's 'Women to Watch'

Forbes named her one of Asia's "Women to Watch" in 2015, and for good reason: Ambani is on the board of directors for India's largest retailer, Reliance Retail. She's also codirector for Jio.

She knows tons of celebrities

There's a reason Hillary Clinton and John Kerry were spotted dancing at the extravagant nuptials. According to Reuters, the Clintons have known the Ambani family for nearly two decades.

Ambani is also close with Priyanka Chopra; she even stood beside the actress as she married Nick Jonas last week.

Read more: Priyanka Chopra wore a sparkly, embroidered lehenga to the lavish wedding of Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man

Her family home is one of the world's most expensive properties

The Mumbai home Antilia was inspired by a mythical Atlantic island. It has a staff of 600, six floors of parking, and can withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake. It also has 27 stories (each floor is the height of an average two stories) and three helipads and is estimated to be one of the world's most expensive properties, second to Buckingham Palace.

Beyoncé performed at her pre-wedding festivities

Finally, the most important thing of all: Beyoncé performed a private concert at the couple's pre-wedding festivities Sunday in Udaipur. The pop icon reportedly sang "Crazy in Love," "Naughty Girl," and "Perfect" at the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel - with multiple outfit changes.

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