Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani may not more be the richest man in India ─he is now ranked the 11th richest person in the world at the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, with a networth of $82.2 billion while his peer Gautam Adani is now the second richest man in the world with his $146.8 billion fortune. However, Ambani, who controls the world’s largest oil refining complex, lives in the most expensive private residence in the world. Aside from Antilia, his real estate also includes Stoke Park in London and a beach-front villa in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. We will talk about all these properties in this guide.
Mukesh Ambani’s primary residence is quite fitting to the stature of a man who currently holds the title of being the second richest man in India. Named Antilia, his house is worthy of a man counted among the richest in the world (he is currently the 11th richest man in the world). On the outside, the multi-million dollar, customised skyscraper overwhelms the onlookers by its sheer grandness.
Mukesh Ambani house: Key facts about Antilia
|Area||4 lakh sq ft|
|Location||Altamount Road in Cumballa Hill, Mumbai|
|Estimated price||Approximately Rs 15,000 crores|
|Design and construction||Perkins & Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates|
|Key features||Boasts 3 helipads, parking space for 168 cars and 50 seater movie theatre|
Mukesh Ambani house price
Antilia is the second most-expensive billionaire home in the world. Known to be the most valuable property after Buckingham Palace, the abode of the UK royal family, Antilia was valued at over USD 2.2 billion by property surveyors in 2020. While there are no clear estimates about it, it is often reported in the media that the maintenance work at Antilia requires an expenditure of Rs 2.5 crores per month.
Mukesh Ambani house price in Indian rupees
Mukesh Ambani’s house price in Indian rupees works out to be approximately Rs 15,000 crores. Property surveyors are of the view that the per sq ft price of Antilia ranges between Rs 80,000 and Rs 85,000 rupees.
Mukesh Ambani house address
Located on Altamount Road in Cumballa Hill, Mukesh Ambani house is named after a mythical island believed to be in the Atlantic Ocean near Portugal and Spain. Mukesh Ambani has Kumar Mangalam Birla, the scion of the Birla family, as his neighbour.
The luxe 27-storey cantilevered Ambani house is spread over 4,00,000 sq ft in Mumbai, a city that is notorious for space issues making it one of the most exorbitantly-priced housing markets in the world.
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Antilia construction date
The construction for Ambani house Antilia started in 2004 and continued rigorously for seven years till 2010. However, the Ambani family moved into the Ambani house only in late 2011, fuelling rumours about Vastu-related issues with the property, which we will discuss later in this article.
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Mukesh Ambani house: Key features, design and amenities
Two world-renowned, US-based companies were hired by Ambani to design and build Antilia – the Chicago-based architectural firm, Perkins & Will and the Santa Monica-headquartered interior design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates.
Family chatelaine and philanthropist, Nita Ambani was closely involved with the design and planning of Antilia and was responsible for getting both the companies on board. Both the companies worked diligently to ensure that no two rooms in the mansion looked the same, even though the overall architecture was inspired by the sun and the lotus.
Although Antilia is a 27-storey structure, the high-ceiling glass tower makes the mansion as tall as a 60-storey building. The 570-ft mansion stands taller than most buildings in the area and is visible from a distance in all directions.
Among the extravagant amenities, Antilia boasts of three rooftop helipads, a six-floor car parking that can accommodate 168 cars at a time, a 50-seat movie theatre, three floors of Babylon-inspired hanging gardens, a yoga studio, a fitness centre, a ballroom, nine elevators, a swimming pool, a spa, a health centre, a temple, a snow room and accommodation for a staff of 600 that live in the property to carry out its maintenance.
Mukesh Ambani’s home is built and designed in such a way that the grand structure can withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale.
Mukesh Ambani bought the plot to build Antilia in 2002 for USD 4.4 million from a Muslim charitable trust that operated an orphanage in another location of the city.
Following the sale, a controversy about the purchase by Ambani emerged, with the then Maharashtra Waqf and revenue minister, Nawab Malik saying that the land owned by the Waqf board had been put for sale for the ‘education of underprivileged Khoja children (from the Nizari Isma’ili Shia community)’. Other critics also alleged that Mukesh Ambani bought the property through auction at a price much below the market rate of the plot.
Ultimately, Mukesh Ambani was able to receive a no-objection certificate from the Waqf Board for the plot, following which the construction for Antilia started.
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There was a time difference between the completion of the property and Mukesh Ambani’s family moving into Antilia, leading to conjectures about the delay.
Rumours were based on the fact that both, Nita Ambani and Mukesh Ambani, who have a reputation to be staunch believers of Vastu Shastra, had withheld the moving in, because of some Vastu defects in the property. Vastu is an ancient Indian architectural doctrine that establishes that directional alignments cause spiritual harmony and any interruptions can cause disharmony.
Even though their grand home was ready in 2010 and the house warming ceremony was held in November of the same year, the Mukesh Ambani family – wife Nita Ambani and three children, Isha Ambani (now Isha Piramal), Akash Ambani and Anant Ambani – moved to Antilia only in 2011.
Till late 2011, the family would go back to their 14-storey home, Sea Wind in south Mumbai’s Cuffe Parade area after hosting a party or an event at their new home.
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Many believe that it might have something to do with the Vastu Shastra of Mukesh Ambani house. In an interview with the New York Times, Vastu expert, Basannt R Rasiwasia, whose client list includes the who’s who of tinsel town, said Antilia did not conform to Vastu principles in large part, because the eastern side of the building did not have enough windows to let in light.
“From the outside, what I see is that the eastern side is blocked while the western side is more open,” he said. “This always leads to misunderstanding between team members or sometimes may create issues. This also indicates more hard work to achieve moderate success. There is more negative energy coming from the western side,” he said while conceding that he had never been inside the building and hence, was not in a position to give a clear analysis.
Interestingly, before the article carrying Rasiwasia’s quote appeared in the New York Times in October 2011, the Ambanis had already moved into Antilia, giving closure to what Nita Ambani termed as ‘media exaggerations’ and rumours that Vastu had anything to do with the delay in moving into Antilia.
However, before moving in, the Ambani family conducted a 10-day Griha Pravesh puja, inferred to be a combination of many rituals meant to clear the Vastu doshas (defects) in Antilia.
Media reported that a team of 50 renowned pandits, led by Ambani family priest, Ramesh Ojha, were part of the 10-day puja.
Mukesh Ambani House: Stoke Park
In April 2021, Mukesh Ambani purchased the iconic Stoke Park estate—which included a luxury hotel and one of the top-rated golf courses in Europe—for £57 million (Rs 592 crore).
The acquisition of the 300-acre Georgian country club and luxury golf resort in Buckinghamshire, London, by Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd (RIIHL) was largely seen as a ‘trophy asset’ meant to add glamour to RIL’s global portfolio and further RIIHL’s consumer and hospitality footprint.
At the time of the purchase, RIL said that the mansion would remain a members’ club, and that the company was looking at enhancing the sports and luxury facilities of the iconic property.
“RIIHL will look to enhance the sports and leisure facilities at this heritage site, while fully complying with the planning guidelines and local regulations,” RIL said in a statement after the purchase.
It begs mention here that one needs a written approval from the English Heritage to change a doorknob in a UK Grade-I building like the Stoke Park.
However, rumours of the Ambani family shifting base to London surfaced recently when a recent media report said the Ambani family was planning to make the Stoke Park property its primary residence since “the experience of spending the pandemic in the 4,00,000-sqft Altamount Road residence, Antilia, made the family feel the need for a second home”.
Ambani trashes reports of making Stoke Park his primary residence
Mukesh Ambani’s RIL has rubbished the source-based story.
“A recent report in a newspaper has led to unwarranted and baseless speculation in social media regarding the Ambani family’s plans to partly reside in Stoke Park, London. Reliance will like to clarify that the chairman and his family have no plans whatsoever to relocate or reside in London or anywhere else in the world,” the company said in a statement on November 5, 2021.
Mukesh Ambani house Stoke Park mansion: Key facts
Mukesh Ambani house: Stoke Park history
Ambani bought the Stoke Park estate from International Group (IG), owned by the famed King family of the UK. The Roger King-founded International Hospitals Group has been the owner of the country club since 1908, but the put the mansion up for sale in 2018. Before becoming a country club in 1908, Stoke Park was a private residence.
A grand structure with a recorded history of over 900 years, the Stoke Park estate has a lot of heritage associated with it. Frequently used a setting for several Hollywood movies, the English country club has been featured in two James Bond films, the Sean Connery starred Godfinger and Pierce Brosnan’s Tomorrow Never Dies.
Mukesh Ambani house: Stoke Park amenities
Sitting close to London’s Heathrow airport, Stoke Park’s 27-hole golf course remains the centerpiece of the property. Designed in 1908 by Harry Shapland Colt, the Stoke Poges Golf Club offers you a view of the old city’s historic Windsor Castle.
Stoke Park’s fancy list of spreads include 49 luxury bedrooms and suits, 13 tennis courts and private gardens spanning 14 acres. These sport fishing, hunting and riding grounds. The Ambanis have reported customized the estate with additional of a state-of-the-art medical facility and a temple.
Built in 1789, the Stoke Park clubhouse is a Palladian mansion, and is one of 5,000 buildings in the UK to have Grade-I listed historical status.
Mukesh Ambani buys Rs 1,350 cr villa at Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
Mukesh Ambani has bought another villa in Dubai for a whopping $163 million (estimated Rs 1,349.60 crore) at the Palm Jumeirah island. Lying close to the villa Ambani earlier bought for his son anant in the same neighborhood, the new property of India’s second richest person is a 10-bedroom residence with a private spa and indoor & outdoor pools. Ambani bought the property in mid-October from Kuwaiti tycoon Mohammed Alshaya.
Ambani buys Dubai villa for son Anant for $80 million
Mukesh Ambani is said to be the mystery buyer of a $80 million beach-front villa in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. The property deal was concluded earlier this month. According to a report by Bloomberg, Ambani has purchased the property for Anant Ambani, his youngest son and one of the heirs to his $93.9 billion fortune.
What is the address of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani?
Mukesh Ambani’s official postal address is Antilia, Altamount Road, Mumbai.
What is Mukesh Ambani’s net worth in 2021?
According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Mukesh Ambani’s net worth now stands at USD 92.60 billion. This is around USD 10 billion less than Warren Buffett’s net worth of USD 102.6 billion.
Is Mukesh Ambani house open for public viewing?
No, Mukesh Ambani’s house is not open for public viewing.
How many floors are there in Mukesh Ambani house?
There are 27 floors in Mukesh Ambani house.
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