Despite earlier reports he had, new media reports claim Indian gajillionaire Mukesh Ambani–estimated net worth $27 billion–has not, in fact, moved into the colossal and controversial, 27-story cantilevered tower he built in the vast city of Mumbai as his family’s private residence. Most reports say Antilla–or Antilia depending on where one looks–cost the polyester, petrochemical, and petroleum über-tycoon upwards of a billion bucks to design, build and decorate.
Whatever it cost, a new report in The Old Gray Lady states Mister and Missus Ambani occasionally entertain at Antilla but when the party’s over they typically return to Sea Wind, a customized 14-story tower-mansion in Mumbai where they’ve lived for years and reportedly share with their three children, his mother and his estranged younger brother (and fellow billionaire) Anil Ambani.
One possibility put forth by various people who may or may not know what they’re talking about is that Mister Ambani might be bothered by the intense criticism he has faced for building such and expensive, visible, and blatantly ostentatious monument to his extreme wealth in a city like Mumbai where, according to The New York Times, “more than half the population lives in slums.”
Another possibility, first put forth back in May (2011) in the English-language newspaper DNA who quoted “sources in the know,” is that the 570-foot tall tower-residence does not currently conform to various Vastu Shastra principles; In simple terms a kind of philosophy for construction and day-core not so different from Feng Shui, only for Hindus. The short DNA report did say that Mister and Missus Ambani have consulted their family pandit–a scholar, expert or temple priest–to assist in the remedy of the situation.
Or maybe, just maybe, Mister and Missus Ambani have found that Antilla, with it’s (rumored and reported) lobby entrance with 9 elevator banks, 3 helipads, six-floor parking garage with private service station, snow-making room, 50-seat movie theater, fitness club, behemoth ballroom, and hanging gardens, is simply too big and fancy for a family of five.
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