Peek at Perks in $2B Mansion

Mumbai mogul plans 27-story abode
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 1:43 PM CDT
Peek at Perks in $2B Mansion
The lobby of Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami is shown. Mukesh Ambani's wife, Nita, found inspiration for their home in one of the chain's New York hotels.   (KRT Photos)

The world's fifth-richest man, Mukesh Ambani, beat the competition with plans to build the first billion-dollar home to grace this earth, Forbes reports. In fact, his 27-story high-rise in India will cost $2 billion when it's done next year. Some of its frills:

  • Nine elevators dot the lobby.
  • 80% of the ballroom’s ceiling has crystal chandeliers.
  • Indian accents keep the modern mansion true to its surroundings.

  • With different materials in each, there’s a lounge for every mood.
  • A cinema-sized theater offers a wine room and snack bar.
  • Man-made snow flurries will help the family of five beat Mumbai’s heat.
  • Vertical exterior gardens cool the house and lower its energy footprint.
  • A view of the sea graces the floor-to-ceiling rooftop windows.
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