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    Mumbai : World's first US$1b home

    World's first US$1b home
    Oct 15, 2010


    Mukesh Ambani retained his title as the richest Indian for a third year in 2010 with a worth of 27 billion dollars.
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    NEW DELHI - INDIA'S richest and world's fourth richest man, industrialist Mukesh Ambani, has built what is claimed as the world's first billion-dollar home - a 27-storey luxury residence in Mumbai, said media reports.

    The chairman of Reliance Industries, whom Forbes magazine forecast to be the world's richest person by 2014, is all set to move into his mansion, named Antilia, after a mythical island, by the end of this month, local media reported on Thursday.

    Constructed in Mumbai's downtown Altamount Road, the palatial building took seven years to complete. It has three helipads on the top floor, a swimming pool, a health club, a ballroom, a salon and a mini- theatre.

    The first six levels of the glass tower, which stands about 174 metres, has a garage where more than 160 cars can be parked and has nine elevators, the reports said.

    On the top floors of the house, with a sweeping view of the city and out over the Arabian Sea, are quarters for the 53-year- old tycoon and his family of four.

    Towering above the Mumbai skyline, the 37,000sq ft tower is more than the Palace of Versailles in France. To keep things running smoothly, there is a staff of 600.

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    Here's a peek into Mukesh Ambani's billion-dollar palace
    2010-10-15

    India's richest man Mukesh Ambani is set to shift to a new 27-storey palace, which has three helipads-worth one billion dollars.

    The 570ft Mumbai tower-Antilia, named after a mythical island -has three helipads, 50-seat cinema, health club and ballroom.

    It took seven years to build amid the city's slums.

    The skyscraper has a whopping five football pitches of floor space.

    Its 600 staff is housed on two floors, while the bottom six storeys provide parking for 168 cars and an in-house garage.

    The top four levels, with sea views, are family quarters.

    The pad cost 44 million pounds to build but is now worth 15 times that.

    The 53-year-old industrialist would move to his new palace with wife Nita and three kids shortly. (ANI)

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    Mukesh Ambani, has moved into his new home in Mumbai which is 27 storeys high and worth 630m

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    Exterior

    Antilla, the partially completed home of Mumbai-based petrochemicals giant Reliance Industries head Mukesh Ambani, will stand 27 stories high and is expected to cost $2 billion. Ambani, the fifth richest man in the world, his wife and three children currently live in a 22-story Mumbai tower the family has spent years remodeling and refashioning to meet its needs



    Lobby

    Nine elevators dot the lobby floor: Two are designated for parking areas, three for guest quarters, two for the Ambani family residences and two for service. The lobby opens to numerous lounges, reception areas and powder rooms. Dual stairways lead from the lobby floor down to the ballroom, which is designed in an open layout with a two-story roof.




    Ballroom

    The most striking features of the Antilla ballroom are the crystal chandeliers that will take up approximately 80% of the ceiling. The silver stairways lead to a central landing, behind which two retractable doors can open to display works of art. There is also a stage for entertainment or speeches, with a projection screen behind it. A kitchen, about the same size as the ballroom itself, can service hundreds of guests



    Bathroom

    One of Antilla's key design themes is the mix of lavish features seen in worldwide homes and elements that are distinctly Indian. The Gingko-leaf sink designs are a good example. Native to India, the leaves in the sinks are shaped in such a way that their stems guide water into the bowl created by the basket of the leaf



    Traditional Lounge

    Ambani's home features countless lounges, offering Reliance Industries guests a quiet escape. Chandeliers and mirrors are a common feature of these rooms, as are finely woven Indian area rugs.



    Modern Lounge

    Each space and floor uses materials not seen anywhere else. The idea is that spaces will blend into one another, giving the impression of consistency and flow, while at the same time displaying different influences and traditions. This furniture, floors, lines and dark woods of this lounge have a more minimalistic approach than the home's other lounges



    Entertainment Level

    It's very common in large homes to have a theater or screening room, but usually they're just large projection screens with a few nice seats. The Ambani's theater is more like those seen in George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch or Frank Pritt's Portabello Estate--a full-fledged theater, indistinguishable from a cinema. A wine room, snack bar and entertaining space, including couches and tables, fill out the room.
    This is a detail from a floor plan rendering.




    Health Level

    The indoor/outdoor health level features a lap pool and Jacuzzi that take in views of the city skyline, as well as lounge chairs shaded by trees. Yoga and dance studios, changing rooms for men and women, gyms and a solarium with a juice bar fill out the interior space. There are plans to include an ice room in the center space, where the Ambanis could sit on a hot Mumbai day to cool off in a man-made snow flurry.
    This is a detail from a floor plan rendering




    Garage

    The first six floors of the residence will be dedicated to parking for the Ambani family, guests and employees. Hanging vertical gardens dot the exterior. While they make for good decoration, their key function has to do with energy efficiency: The hydroponic plants, grown in liquid nutrient solutions instead of soil, lower the energy footprint of the home by absorbing heat and sunlight and providing shade that helps keep it cool.



    Roof

    The top floor features a covered, outdoor entertaining space with panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline as well as the Arabian Sea. On those days when it's too hot, or cold, an interior space with floor-to-ceiling windows provides the same luxury

    EXPRESS News - Mukesh Ambani The World's First Billion-DollarHome -Forbes

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    Cool. Must be great for him to live there, and be able to have a panoramic view of the people of Bombay starving in the streets below. I hope he is reincarnated as a rickshaw puller - in Calcutta, which is marginally worse than Bombay. Ostentatious asswipe.

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    Appalling.

    Sums up precisely the inequities of India.

    The abhorrent inequality of the nation.

    Gross. really quite sickening, he should be ashamed for such crass insensitivity.

    Reason I abhor India and Indian culture.

    He's a [at][at][at][at].

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy View Post
    Appalling.

    Sums up precisely the inequities of India.

    The abhorrent inequality of the nation.

    Gross. really quite sickening, he should be ashamed for such crass insensitivity.
    Agreeable to the most part, JJ. Brutishly coarse and offensive. As class divisions universally are....but looked upon indifferently. Would the sickening feeling be felt if the same opulent structure were cast in New York, London, or Sydney? As class distinction is quite well-known in these societies, as well. OTT decadence and consumptive ideals are never worthy notions anywhere.

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    house still look horrible, despite being so expensive, I thought it was a joke first

    this is another example of "excessive residual income" being wasted on stupid shit

    that billionaire should be taxed at 90% level since obviously he doesn't know what to do with all his cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    New York, London, or Sydney?
    I doubt the slums would compare.

    But you do have a point.

    Nevertheless, for what it's worth I curse and condemn the greasy bastard and hope he rots in hell.

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    I doubt it cost that to build, because I'm pretty certain he had a team of virtual slaves working round the clock for a pittance.

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    Bollocks to that, I suspect you're all just jealous.

    He's made his money so why shouldnt he spend it as he likes? Chairman of the largest private company in India. 40,000+ employees. Seems to have done pretty well.

    If I was him though I wouldnt have built it in the center of one of the biggest shitholes on the planet.
    You, sir, are a God among men....
    Short Men, who aren't terribly bright....
    More like dwarves with learning disabilities....
    You are a God among Dwarves With Learning Disabilities.

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    I think its quite nice




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    I bet you it still reeks of curry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Chairman of the largest private company in India.
    Chairman or CEO ? if Chairman then something is definitely wrong with that company, and is probably another "dodgy" Indian business

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostradamus
    I bet you it still reeks of curry.
    and more

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    better houses here,

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    Its called a home ! Its just a private hotel.

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    Indians have got no style, my local take-away looks like Santa's grotto.
    Now Bill Gates pad on the other hand Bill Gates House

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    The pad cost 44 million pounds to build but is now worth 15 times that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    World's first US$1b home
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    is expected to cost $2 billion.
    I suppose they make good curries, but I wouldn't hire an Indian accountant.
    Or architect for that matter- they've gone downhill since the Taj Mahal.

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    this is why Socialism is long overdue

    money should be invested in capital assets and human resources, and social programs

    everything else is futile
    Last edited by Butterfly; 15-10-2010 at 08:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    everything else is futile
    Not so. A war that reduces the global population by 80% is the only viable solution.

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    It's got a nice cosy feeling, be lovely to have parking for 160 cars.
    Think he got ripped off on the 3 helipads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo
    It's got a nice cosy feeling, be lovely to have parking for 160 cars.
    Too right, nothing worse than going round a friends house and hunting for a parking spot.

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    ^ Be a bitch to fly there in your "chopper" and find no Helipad

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    That's a lot of ugly for a billion dollars.

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    Indian millionaire could loose home.

    27-storey tower built on land 'earmarked for children's education'
    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Last updated at 9:42 AM on 3rd August 2011


    India's richest man could lose his 27-storey family home - thought to be the world's most expensive - because of claims the land was sold illegally.
    Mukesh Ambani is facing a federal probe into the construction of his luxury 615million tower block on Mumbai's Arabian seafront because government ministers claim the plot had been reserved for the education of Muslim children.
    The land was sold to Mr Ambani by the Currimbhoy Ebrahim Koja Orphanage Trust for 3million (215million Indian rupees) in 2002.


    The deal was approved by the Mumbai Charity Commissioner.
    But Mahammed Arif Naseem Khan, the Maharashtra Minority Affairs and Wakf minister, said the deal was not given the green light by the Maharashtra State Wakf Board, which looks after property or land reserved for religious or charitable purposes.

    Glitz and glamour: Crystal chandeliers take up most of the ceiling in the ballroom. There is also a stage for entertainers and a kitchen which can serve hundreds of guests

    Fine rugs, chandeliers and mirrors feature heavily in the numerous sitting areas lthroughout the building
    The Board has now launched legal action to recover the 48,782 square foot site.
    ND Pathan, its chief executive, said neither the children's charity nor the charity commissioner were authorised to allow it to be sold.

    Mr Khan said: 'We have appointed an inquiry commission to investigate the matter and the probe is still on.'
    He added that a decision on whether to call in India's Central Bureau of Investigation would not be made until the current inquiry had been completed.

    Extravagant: The 27-storey property towering over Mumbai. It features three helipads, a swimming pool and a four-floor hanging garden


    Tycoon: Mukesh Ambani, who owns much of oil and retail giants Reliance Industries, paid 44million to build the property


    Each floor of the tower is made from different materials to give an individual look. Numerous powder rooms and reception areas lead off the lobby which has nine elevators
    Mr Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries and the world's ninth richest man, with an estimated worth of 16billion, moved his wife and children into the 570ft tower last year.
    The property, called Antilia, has three helipads, six floors of parking, a ballroom, several swimming pools and a 50-seat cinema.
    The dispute over the sale, a widespread problem across India and particularly in big cities like Mumbai where land is scarce, has been rumbling since 2004 when the Wakf board asked Mr Ambani why the land should not be returned to the charity.
    The opposition leader in the state assembly, Eknath Khadse, of the Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed that the plot was actually worth five billion rupees.
    A Reliance Industries spokesman said that the matter was between the Wakf board and the orphanage and had nothing to do with the company.
    He said: 'It was always the property of the Wakf. The orphans living at the home were moved to another property at the time of the sale.'


    Read more: Billionaire Indian tycoon's 615m home could be seized over claims the land was sold illegally | Mail Online

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