Ambani in the making? Anant Ambani’s girlfriend, Radhika Merchant, fed cake to Mukesh at her birthday and had a key role in Isha’s wedding – does that mean the couple are engaged?
Here’s what you need to know about the woman who captured Anant’s heart ...
She’s part of the family
Leaked pictures from private Ambani family events also show Merchant hanging out with her would-be in-laws.
The Anant love story
India Today reports that the couple were friends for a long time before they started dating. After a picture of them in matching green gowns and staring into each other’s eyes was leaked in 2018, they were deemed “evidently in love”.
She prefers the simple look
Unlike the Ambani family, Merchant is often spotted doing “regular” things like buying her own coffee and eating out in public places. Her fan following often posts pictures of her outings on social media pages dedicated to her. Merchant is also praised for her radiant appearance, despite wearing no make-up and wearing simple jeans and T-shirts.
Her dad is also well-known
Merchant is the daughter of well-known businessman Viren Merchant, the CEO of Encore Healthcare. According to the company’s website, Encore is part of a privately owned pharmaceutical group that creates drugs for multinational companies around the world. Herzindagi reports that Viren is good friends with Mukesh and is regularly seen at Ambani family events.
She’s got an international education
Herzindagi reports that Merchant graduated from New York University, having studied politics and economics. Although there was speculation at the time that she might live abroad, she returned to India and reportedly became a sales executive at a real estate firm.
According to India Today, she loves trekking or just “relaxing in the calm and secluded areas of any place”, so even though she didn’t move away from her home country, she probably enjoys taking holiday trips.
That Mukesh birthday video
- Merchant danced at Isha’s sangeet ceremony before her wedding to Anand Piramal in 2018, performing with Shloka Mehta – she’s also tight with Anant’s mum Nita
- She’s the daughter of businessman Viren Merchant, CEO of Encore Healthcare, studied at NYU, and lives a ‘normal’ life that fans lap up on social media