‘Big Fat Wedding’ in Chicagoland attracts VIPs from India, U.S.

The couple Iram Shareef and Ubaid Jafer tied the knot Sept. 30, 2022, at a high profile wedding in Chicago, Illinois. Also seen in photo, parents of the bride Iftekhar Shareef, left, and Ghazala Shareef, right. Photo: Asian Media USA

It was a ‘Big Fat Wedding’ September 30, 2022, when Iram Shareef, daughter of Indian-American businessman and community leader Iftekhar Shareef, tied the knot with Ubaid Jafer, at Shalimar Banquets in Chicago, Illinois.

Leading businessman Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi and late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, came all the way from India to attend.

From left, Krishna Musham, Ashfaq Shareef, Robert Vadra from Delhi, India a leading businessman and son in law of late Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi & Sonia Gandhi chief of congress party of India, Ubaid Jafer, Iram Shareef, Iftekhar Shareef, first Overseas Citizen of India, and Rajinder Dichipally, Sept. 30, 2022, at wedding of Iram Shareef and Ubaid Jafer in Chicago. Photo: Asian Media USA

Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy, D-Illinois, was another special guest among the more than 1,000 people attended the event including, businessmen, politicians, community elders, and the Who’s Who of Chicagoland.

From left, Fasiullah Khan, Robert Vadra, Indian businessman and son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi and late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Syed Noor, Iftekhar Shareef, and Kanti Patel. Vadra is seen handing over a special message from the Gandhi family to Iftekhar Shareef at the wedding of Iram Shareef and Ubaid Jafer at Shalimar Banquets, Chicago, Sept. 30, 2022. Photo: Asian Media USA

Vadra presented a special congratulatory message to Iftekhar Shareef signed by the Gandhi family, a press release from Asian Media USA said.

Also present was Dr Bharat Barai, influential community leader from Indiana.

Iftekhar Shareef has held many important local and state level positions and been recognized for his community leadership as well as his business acumen and philanthropy. He has been a political activist supporting many candidates for office both at state and national levels and been bestowed numerous community leadership awards.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, left, with Iftekhar Shareef at his daughter Iram Shareef’s marriage reception. Photo: courtesy Iftekhar Shareef

According to his eponymous website, iftekharshareef.com, he  has been President and CEO of many small and mid-size companies including National Bankcard Corporation, a credit card processing company. Other banks he has worked with include Old Kent Bank Of Michigan, Bank Of America, North Carolina, Columbus Bank and Trust Company, Columbus, GA, First National Bank Of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, Fifth Third Bank, Columbus,Ohio.

Apart from being the founder, chairman and managing director of National Bankcard Chicago, Shareef is founder, president and CEO of Secure Check USA; founder, president and CEO of Skincare Systems Inc.; NBC Credit Card Solutions Private Ltd in Hyderabad; founder, chairman and managing director of IGS Real Estate Developers. He also owns and operates multiple shopping complexes,  motels, and commercial real estate in Chicago and Hyderabad.


Family members and friends who were among the more than 1,000 guests at the wedding of Iram Shareef and Ubaid Jafer Sept. 30, 2022, in Chicago. Photo: Asian Media USA


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