Money Advice from the World's Most Beautiful Woman: Aishwarya Rai

Money Advice from the World's Most Beautiful Woman: Aishwarya RaiCANNES, France -- Exploring the intersection of celebrity, glamor and personal finance is the raison d'etre for The Price of Fame -- so who better than Aishwarya Rai as a subject? The Bollywood actress and model has $35 million to her name, according to, and 60 Minutes dubbed her the most beautiful woman in the world.

TPOF caught up with Rai, 37, at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday to discuss money. After some gentle encouragement, Rai revealed that the most important financial advice she has learned is to adapt her expectations for each project, from low-budget to blockbuster. "You have to take each film for what it is, rather than having a rule book," she said. "That's what we actors do."

Rai, on the Croisette to promote her new movie, Heroine, operates in a different economic stratosphere than most of us. Her fortune, already considerable when she was a single woman, is even greater now that she's married to Bollywood hero Abhishek Bachchan, from India's premier acting family. Still, TPOF couldn't resist asking whether she was a saver or a splurger.

"I'm realistic and I'm practical," Rai replied.

Maybe her middle-class upbringing is still an influence. Rai had no inkling that she wanted to be part of show business as a child. She was on track to receive an architectural degree until she entered the Miss World Pageant on a whim at age 21 and won. Film and modeling offers poured in, and she rapidly rose to become the most recognizable face of Indian cinema. She has appeared in 44 films, according to IMDB. Rai is best known stateside as the face of L'Oreal (LRLCY) cosmetics and for her role in 2009's The Pink Panther 2 and 2004's Bride and Prejudice. In Heroine, she will play close to type as an Indian cinema icon who endures ups and downs. But she insists the movie is not autobiographical.

While the fun and glitz of Cannes help create a "cinema village" built on the love of movies, she said, she never forgets why she's here. "This an industry."

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i am a big fan of aish.she seems to b the most beautiful women in this entire universe.her suggestions are very helpfull really.can i get her contact no. or is she having account in facebook?

May 18 2011 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This piece is worth a look:

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May 17 2011 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shouldnt we be taking Make-Up advice from these women... instead of financial advice?

May 17 2011 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Time for some new articles, this one in particular is getting stale.

May 17 2011 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How did she get to be the "most beautiful woman," looks like a typical Asian (they are attractive, but WMBW, I don't think so). I much prefer Taylor Smith to her, but as they say: Everyone to their own tastes, as the farmer kissed the cow's ahhh.... deriere.

May 17 2011 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Most beautiful!!!!! I really don't think so

May 16 2011 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is no such label as the 'world's most beautiful woman'. This is impossible. There are millions of beautiful, gorgeous women worldwide from different cultures. While one is no more or no less beautiful than the other. To sum it up ' beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.

May 16 2011 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

most beautiful????? not in this lifetime. get real......

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May 16 2011 at 4:28 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if she works at Motel 6 between films she's got to secure some more funds with the rising costs of surgery.

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