India Inc will usher in the New Year with the high-profile wedding of Nayantara, daughter of Chennai industrialists ShyamKothari and Nina Kothari, with Shamit, son of Shobhana Bhartia (chairperson of Hindustan Times, daughter of industrialist KKBirla) and Jubilant Group CMD Shyam Bhartia.
Nayantara’s mother Nina is Dhirubhai Ambani’s daughter. To celebrate his niece’s wedding, uncle Mukesh Ambani is hosting a party in his 27-storied residence, Antilia, in Mumbai on January 5. Shamit’s and Nayantara’s is the latest example of how business families in India often come together through weddings.
“The business community is also a very large and strong community, similar to the linguistic, caste and religious communities. And just as people feel comfortable in their respective communities, business communities, too, feel comfortable within their own circles. People know each other and also derive power out of each other,” a high profile CEO told. So, here’s a list of such billion-dollar couples:
One of the most expensive weddings ever was Steel King LN Mittal’s daughter Vanisha Mittal’s marriage to investment banker Amit Bhatia in 2004 at a gala event in Vaux le Vicomte, a 17th-century chateau in France. The wedding was a 5-day lavish affair. Estimated cost: $60 million.
Dhirubhai Ambani’s two daughters are married into other business families. While Dipti is married to Dattaraj Salgaocar, hailing from the Salgaocar family in Goa, Nina is married to Bhadrashyam Kothari of the Kothari family in Chennai.
Dabur Group Chairman VC Burman’s son Gaurav (1st left) is married to Lalit Modi’s stepdaughter Karima (4th from left). Modi, the launching chairman of IPL, is son of KK Modi, chairman of Modi Enterprises.
Dabur Group Chairman VC Burman’s son Gaurav (1st left) is married to Lalit Modi’s stepdaughter Karima (4th from left).
Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani’s daughter Ashni Biyani is married to Vedanta Group head Anil Agarwal’s nephew Viraj Didwania.
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani’s son Karan Adani is marrying Cyril Shroff’s daughter Paridhi in February. Shroff is managing partner in Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. His son Rishabh is married to Saloni of Surana Jewellers family.
JSW Group CMD Sajjan Jindal’s daughter Tanvi Jindal is married to Radhakrishna Group MD Raju Shete’s son Krishna.
Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal Dhoot’s son Aniruddh married Pooja, daughter of Arvind Poddar of Siyaram Silk Mills.
Dhoot’s nephew Saurabh is married to Radhika, daughter of Sanjay Singhal, chairman of Bhushan Power & Steel.
Naveen Jindal, chairman of Jindal Power & Steel, is married to Shalu, daughter of Oswal Green Tech’s Abhey Oswal.
RPG Enterprises’ chairman Harsh Goenka’s daughter Vasundhara is married to Apoorva Patni of the Patni family.
Kushagra Bajaj, son of Shishir Bajaj – CMD of Bajaj Hindusthan and brother of Bajaj Group’s Rahul Bajaj – is married to Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla’s sister Vasavadatta.
Birla himself is married to Neerja, daughter of Shambhu Kumar Kasliwal of the SKumars Group.
Ratan TATA’S half-brother Noel Tata, vice chairman of Trent Ltd, is married to construction baron Pallonji Mistri’s daughter Aloo.
TVS Group’s Venu Srinivasan is married to TAFE’s Malika. Their daughter Lakshmi (4th from left) is married to Rohan Murthy (5th from left), son of Infosys chief mentor NR Narayana Murthy.
TVS Group’s Venu Srinivasan is married to TAFE’s Malika.
Milind Deora, Union minister and son of industrialist-turned politician Murli Deora, is married to Adlabs founder Manmohan Shetty’s daughter Pooja Shetty.
Prashant Ruia, Group CEO, Essar Group, is married to Vasudha, daughter of Narendra Kumar Bajoria of Bajoria group in Kolkata. Essar Group vice chairman Ravi Ruia’s daughter Smiti is married to Nishant Kanodia of Datamatics Financial Services.
Asian Paints Promoter Ashwin Dani’s son Jalaj Dani is married to Vita, niece of Dhirubhai Ambani. Her brothers Hital Meswani and Nikhil Meswani serve in the board of Reliance Industries.
SRF Group Chairman Arun Bharatram’s daughter Deeksha is married to Amit Kalyani, son of Bharat Forge’s Baba Kalyani.
OP Jindal’s daughter Seema is married to Monnet Ispat’s Sandeep Jajodia. Seema is sister of Naveen and Sajjan Jindal.
Rupa, daughter of N Srinivasan of India Cements, is married to Gurunath Meiyappan of AVM, one of the iconic production houses in Kollywood.