India's Richest Man has Moved into the World's Costliest Home

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The richest man in
India and the fourth richest in the world, Mukesh Ambani, has built the world's first Billion-dollar home in Mumbai, India. Yes! it is a Billion USD with capital B.

But as the home has 27 storeys, soars to 173 metres and is worth an estimated 630 million pounds, it will be a housewarming like no other. The question in the minds of the guests would be,

So what do you get this guy for a house warming gift?

Marking the end of seven years of construction work, the mansion is replete with no fewer than three helipads and an air-traffic control station on its roof.

The building - named Antilla, after a mythical island - will be home to Ambani, his wife and their three children. Mukesh Ambani owns much of the oil and retail giant Reliance Industries. He is estimated to be worth about $27 billion. Experts say that there is no other private property of comparable size and prominence in the world.

  • The 570-foot-tall glass tower features a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one swimming pool, a ballroom, guestrooms, a variety of lounges and a 50-seater cinema, reports London's Guardian.
  • The building has nine lifts to take the guests from the lobby to upper levels, where the festivities will take place.
  • On the top floors, with a sweeping view of the city and out over the Arabian Sea, are quarters for the 53-year-old tycoon and his family.
  • Overall, there is reported to be 37,000 sq metres of space, more than the Palace of Versailles.
  • To keep things running smoothly, there is a staff of 600.
  • It cost an estimated 44 million pounds to build but because of Mumbai's astronomic land and property prices, will be worth about 15 times that amount - 630 million pounds.
  • An asymmetric stack of glass, steel and tiles with a four-storey hanging garden, Ambani's new home has been built, reports say, with local materials as far as possible.
  • According to Forbes magazine, the plants save energy by absorbing sunlight, making it easier to keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • The glass and gold chandeliers are hanging from the ballroom ceiling.
  • Interior design of Antilia was overseen by an American firm.
  • It is described as 'Asian contemporary'.
  • It has apparently been influenced by vaastu, an Indian tradition close to feng shui, which supposedly allows positive energies to move through the building.

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