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The home of India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai. The $1-billion home, seven years in the making, is 400,000 square feet on 27 floors, all for a family of six. The building is named Antilia, after a mythical island.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

The home has a swimming pool and yoga studio. By some accounts, an ice room to escape the Mumbai heat, infused with man-made snow flurries.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

There are three balconies with terrace gardens, the health club, spectacular views of the Arabian Sea (and the Mumbai slums).

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

A security staff stands at the entrance of the 27-story Antilia, the newly-built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

"It's a stupendous show of wealth," said Hamish McDonald, author of "Ambani & Sons: A History of the Business." "It's kind of positioning business tycoons as the new maharajah of India."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

An Indian laborer checks his mobile phone while waiting for marblestone to be unloaded from his truck at the entrance to the twenty-seven storey Antilia, the newly-built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

Ambani's home, center, is being billed as the most expensive home in history. Anywhere.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

Antilia Tower, the new residence of Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India's Reliance Industries Ltd., stands in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adeel Halim / Bloomberg

Laborers work on a portion of the twenty-seven story Antilia, the newly-built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai on October 19, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

The twenty-seven story Antilia, the newly-built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, is seen in Mumbai on October 19, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

In this picture taken on July 4, 2007, laborers work on the home of Reliance Industries Head Mukesh Ambani in the Malabar Hills District of Mumbai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAL PILLAI / AFP

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India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is about to welcome his closest friends to his $1-billion Mumbai home that is billed as the most expensive in history, anywhere, reports Mark Magnier from New Delhi. The building, seven years in the making, is 400,000 square feet on 27 floors, all for a family of six.

Ambani, 53, whose $29-billion net worth from petroleum and petrochemical giant Reliance Industries makes him the world’s fourth-richest person.

The home boasts a 168-space lot, three helipads, a swimming pool, yoga studio, mini-theater, three balconies with terrace gardens, a health club and spectacular views of the Arabian Sea (and the Mumbai slums).

Since we weren’t invited inside, take a tour from the exterior in the photo gallery above and read Magnier’s report “There’s no place like this home.”

Photo: Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India’s largest private sector firm, Reliance Industries, in a June 17, 2010 file photo. Ambani, 53, whose $29-billion net worth from petroleum and petrochemical giant Reliance Industries makes him the world’s fourth-richest person. Credit: Punit Paranjpe / AFP

70 Comments

  1. October 25, 2010, 2:02 pm

    okay then…

    By: podge
  2. October 25, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I wonder if it bothers him to see the desperate housing conditions around him. I under no circumstances advocate re-distribution of wealth. More power to him or her that is able to accomplish such wealth. But what happened to giving a little back.

    By: patscott5@yahoo.com
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  4. October 25, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Great for the power right? How pathetic that money can bring so much greed. Well all I can say is let them enjoy it while they're on Earth, and not caring about any of their own people …. their day will come….they can't take their wealth with them to Hell!!!

    By: jane@yahoo.com
  5. October 26, 2010, 2:47 am

    All that money and still no taste.

    By: little.toot
  6. October 26, 2010, 3:01 am

    @pastscott5, "But What happened to giving a little back".

    How do you know this person is not giving back to his community? You'd be surprised at the amount of charitable contributions this person makes annually.

    Stop assuming, and do you research before saying something you know nothing about.

    By: yinkus44@yahoo.com
  7. October 26, 2010, 4:04 am

    All that money and absolutely no taste.

    By: Little Toot
  8. October 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    Let’s by the adjacent slum property me thinks the neighborhood will gentrify

    By: no idea
  9. October 26, 2010, 12:53 pm

    What is so wrong with wealth? People act like it is a sin being wealthy. What a shame.

    By: kimo0800@yahoo.com
  10. October 26, 2010, 1:58 pm

    that has to be one of the ugliest buildings i have ever seen

    By: dfsdfs
  11. October 26, 2010, 2:31 pm

    India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, is about to welcome his closest friends to his $1-billion Mumbai home, BUT ASK HIM ABOUT HOW MANY INDIAN CITIZEN ARE WITHOUT EAT, HE TOOK SO MANY MINERALS FROM THE EARTH, WHEN DO YOU GIVE IT BACK ?

    By: ELVIAJERO@MAIL.COM
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  13. October 27, 2010, 12:44 am

    All this money and yellow teeth. Gross. How come petroleum is his? Did he make it? Did he invent it? Or his daddy just took it from the Indian people? Natural resources should belong to the people, not to one man.

    By: nothisfan@yahoo.com
  14. October 27, 2010, 5:57 am

    Reply to patscott5:

    “Give back”? “Give back”? His operation of multiple companies (not just Reliance) has created wealth for many and created jobs for tens of thousands of people. Business owners and operators, even tasteless ones, are “giving back” everyday. I’m glad you do not advocate forced redistribution which always kills the geese laying the golden eggs, but you obviously misunderstand basic economics and human nature–neither of which are going to change anytime soon.

    By: Bobbus
  15. October 27, 2010, 9:18 am

    So ghetto

    By: average joe
  16. October 27, 2010, 4:17 pm

    I think this is the ugliest building on the face of the earth!! There is no account for bad taste!

    By: altatension
  17. October 28, 2010, 9:56 am

    That building is a hideous eyesore. Obviously money can't buy taste.

    By: MamaLuigi@epix.net
  18. October 28, 2010, 12:34 pm

    What a dump. Obviously having money does not necessarily mean you have any cents (sense).

    By: meyer_john
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  20. October 29, 2010, 9:32 am

    Meyer_John is clever. Neither does it make sense to send US Foreign Aid to India. I suppose we will soon finance loans for air freshner to scent up the billionaires surroundings What if he spent the money on housing.
    In WVA the state capitol has a gold dome but is surrounded by slums of Appalachia. What if he bought the shale left behind from strip mining, buried the slum. He could construct millions of simple concrete block
    housing units with solar panels, improve the view and with enough left for a huge skyscraper fortess for himself. Let's everyone pitch in today to help India's poor. BUY INSENCE ! Katan from Alexandria

    By: Katan@hotmail.com
  21. October 29, 2010, 9:51 am

    all that money and NO TASTE!!!! That has to be the ugliest monstrasity I have ever seen. The slum in his backyard has more beauty and taste. What a waste of money!!!

    By: cmouse
  22. October 29, 2010, 9:58 am

    Nothing speacial for $1 billion dollars. I dont thik he got his moneys worth.

    By: radaefc@yahoo.com
  23. October 29, 2010, 10:18 am

    wow this is a prime example of human greed and selfishness he could of built a better home and save millions and help out the people in his country who help him everyday to get richer and richer….justs proves the rich don't care about anything but them-self and if he does donate anything you can be sure he gets tax breaks or fringe benefits from it.

    By: hek2320
  24. October 29, 2010, 10:52 am

    it's a shame that he would spend that much on such trash, put your money where it counts!! Do you really to need to prove a point of how wealthy you really are by spending this much on a house? C'mon this guy needs to get a life!!

    By: pooch
  25. October 29, 2010, 12:08 pm

    with all the money he’s got. perhaps, whitening his teeth first.. As far as building goes… maybe they need to clear the airport runway filled with india first..

    He should definitely learn from buffett’s house..

    By: glen
  26. October 29, 2010, 12:13 pm

    What an UGLY house/building whatever it is! Should have built it next to one of his Oil Wells. What a true
    "WOM" billionaire! (Waste O Money)

    By: tmac
  27. October 30, 2010, 6:37 pm

    he made money through giving people some value in return . he totally deserves it .now consider politicians and bureaucrats of India . they have done absolutely nothing for people which they were supposed to do still they are billionaires .

    By: nkpjhon@gmail.com
  28. November 2, 2010, 8:51 am

    I don't know who this billion $ dude is. However, I think he should do something about the "Hood" next to his pad. Hopefully, then his chances of being reincarnated in the "hood" will be less.

    By: Kamal David
  29. November 3, 2010, 1:09 pm

    What are you blind?? You haven't seen the surrounding areas? There's no way he's doing anything to improve the living standards around his dwelling.

    By: Kamal David
  30. November 6, 2010, 3:15 pm

    House looks like a oil well

    By: shankar
  31. November 6, 2010, 10:32 pm

    well, thats a start to make India more of a wonderful place than it already is, but making it a wonderful place is the people that help support the building of India. strengthen the people and see the beauty that arises.
    What a nice start to the stepping stone to India, but being the, so called, strongest meant that some one helped you, do the same and watch India Grow.

    By: cghahreman@gmail.com
  32. November 9, 2010, 9:33 pm

    That house looks kinda cool. It's like each floor has its own identity. Sort of like a layer cake with a different flavor on each one. The guy is spending money, which is good for the local economy. Think about how many people had to be employed just to build that home. He probably increased nearby property values as well. I say props to him. You can't take your wealth with you when you die. Spend it freely while you live. That's what it's for.

    By: Kurov
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  34. November 20, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Nice to see he's caring about the neighborhood. He can do whatever he wants with his money of course but a $1 billion house in a country that holds 1/3 of the world's poor population it's a bit tacky.

    By: Claude
  35. December 2, 2010, 8:16 am

    Totally agree with you and not the other jealous, ignorant boneheads who have harped on his taste, and teeth and chastised Mukesh Ambani for not giving away all his wealth. I doubt any of them could hold a 9 to 5 job digging ditches much less run a conglomerate that makes investors wealthy too.

    By: Mike B
  36. January 14, 2011, 12:12 pm

    that's crazy, this is capitalism….

    By: @afdfadf.com
  37. January 30, 2011, 3:30 am

    The guy is the fourth richest man in the world. I think he already has a life…

    By: Anonymous
  38. February 5, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Go india go and let the people jealous read the history India was a rich country and still it is

    By: Kal
  39. February 19, 2011, 6:24 pm

    nor can we take our piousness…

    By: Alex
  40. March 13, 2011, 11:03 pm

    It's HIS money. PERIOD. Nothing else to say by anybody. He can do whatever he wants to with HIS MONEY.

    GET OVER IT — bunch of bitter people just mad and ugly because they don't have any money. TOO BAD.

    Get a job and make something of yourself and you can have whatever you want, just like he has.

    By: noeema
  41. April 12, 2011, 3:43 pm

    i've been reading the comments of the people on this post , and i'm wondering that how much hatred people have toward's Wealthy people!
    They are calling the 'TajMahal of 21st Century' as an ugly building , and a waste of money!

    They are not sad that he(Muksh Ambani) spent alot of money on building a paradise for his family , instead of giving money to poor , but they're jealous of him at a burning level!
    They just can't see a person being so much happy , and possesing a thing that none of them can even think of owning , or even renting in their wildest dream!

    Continuation in next comment.

    By: singhk67@yahoo.com
  42. April 12, 2011, 3:46 pm

    People , why can't you see a person happy?
    If a person has money , what he's earning it for? For taking it with him in his grave or what?
    He has money , and he's spending it on him and his family!

    People are accusing him of taking natural resources from india , and single handedly possesning it!
    But they don't see that he has been the key feature in the Rapid Development of India , his help to india in giving out Thousand's of Jobs , and Paying Huge Amount of Taxes!
    Where does all these positive things go?
    He has helped to boost the indian economy , and taken indian Business to New Level's!

    Continuation in next comment.

    By: singhk67@yahoo.com
  43. April 12, 2011, 3:46 pm

    And Moreover , he isn't a born rich , he is a self-made Man!
    So , why are people behaving that he has done something wrong?

    Just a request to all those people ho commented in a negative way on this post , 'GET A LIFE'!

    By: singhk67@yahoo.com
  44. May 28, 2011, 1:39 am

    its funny that you guys are cursing this mans taste, atleast he got a house worth a billion? how many people over here know that how many zeroes are there in billion? people we should appreciate the fact that this man is rich and should take example from him and build our own way and career

    By: rob
  45. June 5, 2011, 2:52 am

    WHo said he is a self made man. He was born rich. Yeah his dad was a self made man and started off as a fuel filler in gas station.

    By: kk@k.com
  46. July 17, 2011, 6:36 pm

    You mean, besides providing 600 people with jobs they wouldnt otherwise have, as well as spending the billion dollars to other people to build the thing?

    By: jkjkt
  47. July 18, 2011, 10:16 am

    why so much bitterness.

    its his money.he earned .he only can decide how to spend it.

    By: Rohit
  48. August 5, 2011, 12:35 am

    Is LA not also home to tacky, and overly showy displays of wealth?

    He has created 600 jobs through the creation of this ‘home’

    By: barry chalmers
  49. August 7, 2011, 2:40 am

    If u starts to give out to the poor out there…… Many will have food to eat…… Please think about others….

    By: Syrian@hotmail.com
  50. September 18, 2011, 11:57 pm

    he created an impact on the world… he actually made us proud. i cant say abt others but i am proud. secondly he is not the only rich man around. whats everyone else doing with there wealth.. sharing??? i doubt.. atleast he is enjoying his wealth in his own country rather than going some other country and do it.. keep going ………

    By: gopi rao
  51. December 12, 2011, 11:49 am

    even though I do not like the design, He has every right to do whatever his indian heart desires
    many people think this is being greety, but again is his money is like buying an expensive car for many of us.
    we must accept it ,like it or not . let us try to create wealth like he did and see how hard it is.

    By: rrmtorr00@aol
  52. December 12, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I really like your comment. You hit it on the head, I think. We shouldn't hate the rich, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take them to task for such egregious, in-your-face slaps against the poor. This is like giant middle finger pointed at them.

    By: essethnidever
  53. May 2, 2012, 1:18 am

    Only a poor person who has no wealth would talk like that

    By: papi@hotmail.com
  54. May 19, 2012, 11:23 am

    hey the guy is reach so what let him enjoy life.he is welcome to konza city and do the same ie.in kenya.

    By: molly mwende
  55. May 23, 2012, 8:06 am

    I wonder how well he pays his employees. Does he pay a fair wage, do they share in the success they helped bring about? Or – does he pay himself vast amounts and pay them peanuts?

    I once worked for a person liked that. Wouldn't give us a 25 cent raise but they replaced their luxury sports car annually. Karma came home though – if you believe in that sort of thing and within a few years of my departure – they had significant failures in their marriage, family relations, finances, business failed, house burned down, etc. Another former employer is doing that now b/c they apparently figure they have plenty of folks looking to work there that each time someone burns out, a new body is ready and willing. Terrible what greed can do to people. I left before everything went sour for a better situation – more pay, better environment, friendly co-workers. It's been golden.

    By: joeaverager
  56. June 7, 2012, 11:13 pm

    He's giving money to working people just by having this house built, and paying for the needs of maintaining it. That money is going to the local community just by building a house in the community. Money in a bank does nothing for anyone, but money spent finds its way around.

    By: Nick
  57. June 7, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Jealous?

    By: Nick
  58. June 7, 2012, 11:23 pm

    A billion dollar house in an area filled with poor people will give the poor people jobs to do (building the house, home maintenance – 27 floors of it!, etc), raise nearby property values, and put money into the economy, which benefits the whole community. How is that tacky?

    By: Nick
  59. November 6, 2012, 2:22 am

    I do not understand the fuss about how the building is? Personally, i think its a great looking thing. But like Mr. Ratan Tata said, even with that kind of wealth, i'd not live there. Obviously developed countries have many buildings and structures which are extremely expensive to build and they went through recession too, and still trying to recuperate.
    With Congress in his pocket, his wealth is only going to multiply immensely even further. It would be nice to see if Mr. Ambani can give back something to the country which has made him what he is today. Very unlikely to happen though.

    By: Kunal@Mumbai
  60. December 27, 2012, 10:46 am

    This building is UGLY !!! If this is what one billion gives you ( If that figure is true) then, I would like my money back ! Why would you have a building that size for a family of six? This is gluttony and vanity all rolled into one.

    By: alphonza73@yahoo.com
  61. January 17, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Yes, this is capitalism and that's the problem. He made his wealth not by giving jobs to people but by expropriating their labor. The workers made far less than they produced, and he made far more than what he actually produced. That's why there's slums and this obscene monument to greed. Meanwhile, millions go hungry and homeless, right around him. If this isn't a call to redistribution of wealth, I don't know what is. His apologists are as craven as he is.

    By: Marc
  62. January 17, 2013, 5:51 pm

    The wealthy generally give a smaller percentage of their wealth to charity as compared to the average person. I agree with you about the greed, but it is our fault as a society that we allow such savage inequalities to exist.

    By: Marc
  63. January 17, 2013, 5:52 pm

    You're a boot licker for the wealthy.

    By: Marc
  64. January 17, 2013, 6:33 pm

    I stayed at one of his employees home in Jaipur, his wife runs a B&B.
    It wasn't a Billion dollar home but was impressive enough to say he was well paid.
    He in turn financed an interests free loan to his favourite cab driver to buy his own new cab to help him advance.
    These guys do share the good fortune that they have received
    Not a fan of the Billion dollar house, it's not pretty, hope the people who have that BILLION now ,do something more productive with it
    Glad you improved your employment , there's alot of Jerks out there , we all worked for them , I did !

    By: john
  65. January 19, 2013, 7:18 am

    Frank Llyoyd Wright goes verticle?

    By: doug@youvan.com
  66. February 1, 2013, 3:42 pm

    What compells people to desire this level of money? Surely for those that defend the ultra wealthy that see only the positive of this abhorrant waste of resources that they like the wealthy will find a less than desirable next life! I don't think a loving God will be very forgiving to you in your time in need e.g. salvation. This is truly EVIL never would I do this to anybody ever.

    By: Peter Wolfe
  67. July 26, 2013, 2:12 pm

    sounds like human trafficking to me. Then you have other people from different countries helping this nation out, when their own people don't even feel like giving back.. building one expensive building in the slums of india doesn't mean you gave back, but it mean that you just gave back to yourself… when there is something you want to give back, then help establish justice and equality… treat others as you would want to be treated, not how you could abuse another because you have more than them…. would have been something great, to say he built a 27 story school or college or even university. maybe hospital with this money… naw, instead he is just chilling in his home with a few like no other.

    By: 007boboviresires
  68. September 23, 2013, 7:07 pm

    oh most of the buildings these days using of this frameworks.

  69. September 26, 2013, 10:54 pm

    .. Truly, it couldn't be more beautiful :) You have such good eye for detail and decoration :..

  70. May 15, 2014, 10:18 pm

    stop crying its his money he worked for as did his farther it is not his JOB to give away all his wealth away …. If you all were as rich you would not give 2 hoots about the SLUM either …

    By: amitnoelm@gmail.com

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