“The new arrival has brought immense joy"
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani on December 10, 2020, became a grandfather after his son, Akash Ambani, became a father to a baby boy.
A spokesperson for the Ambani family said:
“Shloka and Akash Ambani became proud parents of a baby boy today in Mumbai.”
Akash Ambani is the elder son of Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita Ambani.
Shloka Mehta is the daughter of diamond magnate Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta.
The two went to school together at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and have known each other since childhood.
Akash and Shloka had gotten married in March 2019.
The marriage was preceded by days of celebrations, which began with a “dandiya” night.
A three-day extravaganza at St. Moritz in Switzerland saw The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s Chris Martin perform to an audience full of Bollywood stars.
This was followed by a carnival bash which was opened to the locals for two hours.
The wedding celebrations were also attended by a vast array of India dignitaries, politicians, film stars, businessmen and cricketers.
Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair, Google CEO Sundar Picha and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also attended the wedding.
Ambani, aged 63, and his wife Nita have three children, twins Akash and Isha, both 29-years-old, and Anant, 25.
The Ambani family is said to have returned to Mumbai just before Diwali in November 2020 after spending considerable time abroad.
The Ambani family statement continued:
“Nita and Mukesh Ambani are delighted to become grandparents for the first time as they welcomed the great-grandson of Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani.
“The new arrival has brought immense joy to the Mehta and Ambani families.”
Both mother and son are doing well, it added.
A picture of grandfather Mukesh Ambani with his grandson has become a viral sensation.
The image has been posted on Instagram by Mumbai-based photographer Manav Manglani.
It shows Mukesh Ambani, all smiles, as he posed for a picture with his grandson at the hospital.
The news has prompted a flurry of congratulatory messages online, even as others lost no opportunity to crack jokes.
One post read:
And it’s Boy. GenNext in Ambani family. Dhirubhai must be showering his blessings by saying in Gujrati Jug Jug JIO mara Laal (long live my darling Baby) #JuniorAmabni
— Chetan Shah – ???? ??? (@chetanshahrare) December 10, 2020
“Dhirubhai must be showering his blessings by saying in Gujarati jug jug JIO mara laal.”
Others commented that the 2019 acquisition of British toy retailer Hamleys by Reliance Brands suddenly made a lot more sense.
Another user commented:
Hamley's was such an Indian family planning thing.
— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) December 10, 2020
“Hamley’s was such an Indian family planning thing.”