By Ninder Kaur
An Indian billionaire from one of Britain’s wealthiest families has married his long-term sweetheart in a lavish three-day wedding said to have cost £15million – complete with performances from Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Scherzinger.
Fifty-year-old Sanjay Hinduja married Anu Mahtani in one of the most exclusive hotels in the Indian city of Udaipur, Jagmandir Island Palace.
Sanjay, whose family specialise in oil and energy and are worth £11.9 billion, invited 16,000 guests in a week-long celebration of the union.
The event brought together some of the world’s richest and most powerful people. Over 200 privately-chartered planes are said to have landed at the airport in the run-up to the wedding and 14 fully decorated boats were laid on to transport their guests to the lavish hotel.
With the Hinduja-Mahtani wedding costing an estimated 100 crore rupees – the equivalent of almost £15million, it was said that J-Lo alone was likely to have accounted for around £650,000 of that. Her price for performing at private events hovers around the $1million mark. J-Lo performed a number of songs including her latest single “Until It Beats No More” on the day of the wedding. It was her first trip to India and she was accompanied by her on-off boyfriend Casper Smart.
Nicole Scherzinger also performed alongside Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh on the first of the three days. That didn’t come cheap either. Her price for performing outside of America is said to be between £375,000 and £650,000.
A couple of familiar faces were present amongst the long list of guests including London-based billionaire Vedanta Chief Anil Aggarwal, son of Lakshmi Mittal Aditya Mittal,Actress Shilpa Shetty, while the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was also on the guest list.
Once people arrived in Udaipur, they were chauffeured around in an elite fleet of top class BMWs, specially flown in from Mumbai.