Jewish oligarch brings Mariah Carey, Elton John to sing at wedding

Moscow-based billionaire Valery Kogan reportedly paid millions for the pop sensations to perform at his granddaughter's star-studded wedding in London.

January 16, 2017 14:27
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Elton John and Mariah Carey

Elton John and Mariah Carey. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Musical sensations Elton John and Mariah Carey were allegedly paid millions to perform at the extravagant, star-studded wedding bash for the granddaughter of a Russian-Jewish oligarch.

The entertainment superstars were the highlights of the lavish nine-hour celebration at London's Landmark Hotel for the granddaughter of billionaire business mogul Valery Kogan, according to British media.

Pop diva Carey was reportedly paid £2.5 million ($3 million) to fly in from the US for the luxurious party for bride Irene Kogan, 19, and groom Daniel Kevey. Local media reported that Carey personally dedicated her performance of her popular R&B ballad "We Belong Together" to the couple.

According to the British Sun, Elton John, who purportedly charges no less than £1 million ($1.2 million) for appearances, performed a 12-song set at the extravaganza.

Other A-list celebrities in attendance included actor Antonio Banderas, who was said to have given a speech during the affair. The elite guest list also included various members of Russian high society.

The bride's 65-year-old Jewish grandfather, Kogan, is part owner of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

He has made headlines in Israel with his lucrative real-estate purchases in the country, including a mansion in the sea-side town of Caesarea that was reportedly worth $100 million. In 2013, he broke an Israeli real estate record with his purchase of a 1,000-square-meter apartment for $31 million.

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