Mumbai’s $1 Billion Ambani Residence
In May of 2012 Vanity Fair did an exclusive story on billionaire Mukesh Ambani and wife Nita’s astounding private 27-storey mansion called Antilla. Mukesh is the chairman and CEO of Reliance Industries Limited and has a personal wealth of $23.7 billion, retaining the position as the world’s richest man in India for the 5th year in a row. He is also the second richest man in Asia. The 570′ tall residence designed by American architects Perkins & Will, offers over 400,000 square feet of space including parking for 168 vehicles, a one-floor vehicle maintenance facility, nine elevators, three helipads and an air traffic control facility, a health spa, yoga studio, a 50 person theatre, an ice room with man-made snow, and the worlds largest collection of antique sewing machines. It’s also said that a full-time staff of 600 is needed to maintain the residence.
It was constructed by the Australian company Leighton Holdings, and was designed to survive an 8-richter scale earthquake. Many sources have valued the incomparable private skyscraper as much as $1 billion. It’s said to have cost between $500-$700 million to construct.