If you’re worth upwards of $22 billion and you want to build a nice home for you and your family to live in, you may as well make it somewhere people are going to talk about. Which is exactly what Mukesh Ambani, business tycoon and the wealthiest man in India, did when he decided to build a $1 billion home (the first ever) for him and his family in the centre of Mumbai. Here are the facts:
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Antilia is owned by Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani, the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s second most valuable company by market value. He lives in the building with his wife and three children.
Antilia is a 27-storey, 400,000 square-foot mansion designed by Chicago-based architects, Perkins & Will. And since some of the ceilings are doubles, the total height actually comes closer to the size of a 40-storey building.
As you’d imagine, the brief for the interior decor inside a home of this stature is never going to be simple. Every single floor is designed completely as individuals, and each follows the principles and shape of Vaastu, which is almost like Feng Shui where the strategic location of materials, objects, rooms, and how they relate to each other is believed to move energy beneficially all throughout a space.
The building cost a cool $1 billion to build back in 2012, so we’d imagine it’s probably only gone up in price. This was at the time, and still remains, the world’s most expensive home to be built, not just in India, but the world.
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The house, if you can call it that, also includes: 6 floors of living quarters, 6 elevators, a 50-seat theatre, an indoor and outdoor bar, countless bathrooms, a whole entertainment centre, a vast ‘entourage room’ for the staff (all 600 of them) to relax in, a huge spa, yoga studios, dance studios, a ballroom, a terraced garden, a number of helipads, 6 stories of parking lots that can house 168 cars and an ice cream room. Oh, and a snow room – a room that spits out man-made snow flakes. It’s also worth noting that in the first quarter the family lived there, the electricity bill was 7069488 Rupees (roughly £75,000)…
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