Aishwarya Rai is an Indian actress with a net worth of $35 million. Aishwarya Rai, who is a former Miss World, has earned her net worth from her long acting career, which includes over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali. As a model, she won the 1994 title of Miss World. At the 2010 BIG Star Entertainment Awards, she was named the Actress of the Decade. Rai was born in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, into a Tulu-speaking Bunt family. Her mother Brindya is a housewife and her father Krishnaraj was a marine biologist. Her older brother, Aditya Rai, is an engineer in the merchant navy, and has also co-produced one of her movies, Dil Ka Rishta, in 2003. Aishwarya took classical dance and music lessons for five years during her teens. She attended Raheja College to become an architect, however, she quickly gave that up to work on her modeling career.
When she was in the ninth grade she completed a modeling assignment for Camlin Pencils. In 1991, Rai was one of the model contestants in the Ford Supermodel Contest and also appeared in Vogue Magazine. In fact, she has been on the cover of Vogue three times. She appeared in a Pepsi commercial with actor, Aamir Khan. Some other, major, name brands she had modeling contracts with include; Longines watches, Coca-Cola, Lakmé Cosmetics, Casio pager, Philips, Palmolive, Lux, and Fuji films. In India she was the official brand ambassador for De Beers diamonds. Rai's first film, as an actress, was in the Mani Ratnam's Tamil biopic film, Iruvar, which debuted in 1997. The film won many awards, including the Best Film award at the Belgrade International Film Festival, and also two National Film Awards. She has also appeared in other films, such as; Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Subhash Ghai's Taal and in Mansoor Khan's Josh. Aishwarya's professional acting career suffered a setback in 2003, due to two major box office flops, Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali film Chokher Bali, and Bollywood film Dil Ka Rishta. Some of her more recent movie roles include; Ashutosh Gowariker's historical drama, Jodhaa Akbar, in Harald Zwart's spy comedy film, The Pink Panther 2 and in the science fiction Tamil film, Enthiran.
She is also very active in social work, for instance, in 2004 she helped raise money for victims of the 2004 tsunami and earthquake, through an event called, the HELP! Telethon Concert. Also, in 2009, she was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador of Smile Train. Raji met actor, producer, and television presenter, Abhishek Bachchan in 1997. They were married in 2007, and are expecting their first child in November. Bachchan comes from a large Indian family, of whom many members have been a part of the Indian film industry. The Biography of Aishwarya Rai is titled, Hall of fame, which was published in 2004. She is currently scheduled to appear in two Hindi films in 2012. The first one is called Ladies and Gentlemen, and the second one is titled Heroine, where she will play the role of Mahi Khanna.