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First-ever $1bn home: Indian tycoon prepares to move into 27-storey sky palace (and it’s just for his family of FOUR)

Sabtu, 16 Oktober 2010

This is the extravagant £630m ($1bn) home built by a billionaire Indian tycoon to house his family-of-four in Mumbai.
With 27 storeys, Antilia will be home to Mukesh Ambani and features a health club with a gym and dance studio, a ballroom, at least one swimming pool and a 50-seater cinema.
Towering above the Mumbai skyline, the 37,000sq ft property is 570ft high and also boasts three helipads on its roof, space for 160 vehicles on its lower floors and nine lifts.
Stunning: Antilia, built by tycoon Mukesh Ambani for his family of four, towers 27-storeys over Mumbai, India
Glitz and glamour: Crystal chandeliers take up most of the ceiling at this ballroom. There is also a stage for entertainers and a kitchen which can serve hundreds of guests
There are countless lounges throughout the building where fine rugs, chandeliers and mirrors feature heavily
Mr. Ambani, 53, who owns much of oil,  and bio-technology comglomerate  Industries, paid £44million to build his  property, but astronomical property values in the Indian city mean it is now worth 15 times that amount.
He will employ 600  at the property and his family will live in the top floors, where they will enjoy views of the Arabian Sea.
 has surprised many by constructing Antilia – named after a mythical island – as he built his businessreputation as a private individual who avoided the flamboyance of India’s ultra-rich.
Hamish McDonald, author of a history of the family business Ambani and Sons, told The Guardian: ‘Perhaps he has been stung by his portrayal in the media as an introvert.
‘Maybe he is making the point that he is a tycoon in his own right.’
Extravagant: Construction work on the property can be seen. The 37,000 sq ft property features three helipads, a swimming pool and a four-storey hanging garden
Tycoon: Mukesh Ambani, who owns much of oil and  giants Industries, paid £44million to build the property and will employ 600  there
Tycoon: Mukesh Ambani, who owns much of oil and  giants Industries, paid £44million to build the property and will employ 600  there
Numerous powder rooms and reception areas lead off the lobby which has nine elevators. Each floor uses different materials to give a differing look
Numerous powder rooms and reception areas lead off the lobby which has nine elevators. Each floor uses different materials to give a differing look
The vast building is constructed from glass, steel and tiles and also features a four-storey hanging garden which is designed to keep the  cooler in summer and warmer in the winter.
According to Forbes magazine,  is worth £18billion. He is the richest man in India and the fourth richest in the world.
The  of the property, on Altamount Road, has been designed by a U.S. firm and has been described as ‘Asian contemporary’.
Mr. Ambani will hold a house warming party at his new home later this month.
Among guests is India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh, who has previously called on business tycoons to be ‘role models of moderation’.

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