What do you think about this?
India’s richest man lives in a 27-story 400,000 sq ft tower with four family members and six hundred staff. The five hundred foot tall building contains a 168-car garage spanning six floors, nine elevators, four stories of hanging gardens, a 50-seat theater, an artificial snow room, and three helipads with an air traffic control facility, valued at $2 billion USD.
There are several lounge rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, each adorned with dangling chandeliers. One large ballroom ceiling is covered by 80 percent crystal chandeliers.
The house also boasts of multiple swimming pools, a small theatre and health spa/yoga studio, an ice room with man-made snow, and a conference/unwind room on the topmost floor with a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
The family hasn’t moved into it. They actually live at Sea Wind. That is the more modest, 14-story apartment tower at the south end of the city that Mr. Ambani, his wife, Nita, and three children, share — on different floors — with his mother and his estranged younger brother, Anil, and Anil’s family.
The owner Mukesh Ambani, who is worth $27 billion, erected this building in a posh area of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) but surrounding areas are among the most impoverished area of India.
For decades, the NY Times reports, the Ambani family has been India’s most famous corporate soap opera. The father, Dhirubhai Ambani, was a brazen, rags-to-riches tycoon who established Reliance Industries after rising out of the city’s Dickensian tenements, known as chawls.
Today, Reliance is the world’s biggest producer of polyester fibers and yarns and accounts for almost 15 percent of India’s exports, according to the company’s annual report.
The two sons, Mukesh and Anil, inherited and divided the empire and have spent years feuding, including a nasty recent fight over natural gas rights that brought a reprimand from the prime minister before India’s Supreme Court settled the case in Mukesh’s favor.
Of the two brothers, Anil is the more flamboyant and outgoing, while Mukesh is regarded as more staid.
He’s apparently the King Louis XVI of modern day India without the title.
At least they employ 600 people in the building. Hopefully, they pay well.
People are angry about it out of envy in some cases.
It also violates Vistu principles. Vastu, a philosophy particularly significant in Hindu temple architecture, emphasizes the importance of directional alignments that create spiritual harmony. Many Hindus believe that living in a building not built according to vastu principles brings bad luck, according to the NY Times.
The building’s eastern side does not have enough windows or other openings to let residents receive ample morning light, as Vistu principles require.
More than half of the people in the area live on $2 a day.
A friend of mine was employed by a billionaire out on Eastern Long Island and installed sold 24 karat faucets in the house and complained that the man was evil for doing that. I looked up the owner and he’s very generous, giving a small fortune to charity and he employs a lot of people. This could be a similar situation.
Mukesh Ambani donated Rs 603 crores (.4% of his wealth at 111 million) in 2014 alone. His wife Nita Ambani is also involved in a number of philanthropic activities.
Is there a point at which a wealthy person makes too much or are you happy for this family? Personally, I’m very happy for them, even though they’re tacky, and I wish I was a relative. They even take care of the one they don’t like.