ndian billionaire Mukesh Ambani is the world's fourth-richest man, so it's hardly surprising that he'd reward himself with luxurious digs. But the oil magnate took things one step further by constructing a home unlike any other in the world — a 27-story tower in the middle of Mumbai. Dubbed Antilia, after a "mythic island in the Pacific Ocean," the imposing structure "resembles a glass and steel Lego stack, interspersed with hanging gardens." The upper floors offer "sweeping views" of the city's sprawling slums and the Arabian Sea in the distance. While local critics have decried Antilia as "an edifice to [Ambani's] ego" and "obscenely lavish," the billionaire insists (via a spokesman) that the new abode simply suits his lifestyle. Here's a look at the key numbers behind Ambani's palace:
Estimated market value of Ambani's home
Amount the house cost to build (the much higher market value reflects the recent "astronomic" rise in Mumbai property prices)
Height, in feet, of the structure
Estimated square footage of the home
Full-time staff (occupying the bottom two floors) required "to keep things running smoothly"
Helipads on the roof available for moneyed visitors wishing to avoid Mumbai's notorious traffic
Parking spaces in the home's garages
Working elevators in the the building
Seats in the home's movie theater
Ambani's estimated net worth, mostly from his role as chairman of oil conglomerate Reliance Industries
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