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World Most Expensive House. Feb 2021 update.

Steve has been writing on this site for 10 years now and has in the past written on many subjects. He now concentrates on helping people.

World most expensive house.

The intention was to do an article which showcases this amazing home and world most expensive house. Unfortunately research has taught me that there are two very different sides to Mumbai - India. As with many countries there are good sides and bad sides to every City. What we see from the videos, though, is that there is a massive difference to what we call areas of deprivation in this country to what we see in Mumbai. To see Mumbai from another perspective I urge you to read Daniel Benson's article http://danielbenson.hubpages.com/hub/Dharavi-Mumbai-The-Pros-and-Cons-of-Slum-Living.

If you believe you have cause to complain about your living conditions and life in general then I urge you to read on and watch the videos. It may just make you realize that what you have is far more than most people in this City and indeed India.

All that being said it really is a stunning property still and definitely was on it's completion in 2008. Just look at what you get for your $1.8 billion

  • 27 floors
  • 4,532-square-metre plot
  • A car garage that has the capacity to hold his personal car collection of 168 cars
  • In home car service centre
  • The house is made entirely of glass and is 570 feet tall
  • 50 seat cinema
  • Several swimming pools
  • Two-storey health club
  • 600 members of full-staff
  • Double height ceilings
  • Ballrooms
  • Crystal chandelier ceilings
  • Retractable stages
  • Multiple “safe” rooms
  • 3 helipads

The first $1 billion House

antilla-mumbai-the-worlds-most-expensive-house

Antilla Mumbai.

Antilla may seem a strange name for a property but I have it on good authority that it is named after a mystical island. Built by the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani in 2008 which is when this article began it's life.

At the time Mr Ambani was reported to be the 5th richest man in the world but, as of December 2020 he has slipped just outside of the top 10 to number 11. His net worth is anticipated to be over $22 billion. His company Reliance Group is India’s largest private company, with interests in oil, retail and biotechnology.

27 stories high this monument is believed to be a monument which shows how big the divide is between the rich and poor of India.

2008 world most expensive house.

What a difference $1 billion dollars makes.

Slum living in Mumbai.

How can any Government allow this squalor to happen? These slums are health hazards.....but to 7 million people they are home. In the civilised West we know nothing yet we constantly moan about living standards, unemployment, NHS, politicians, cost of living and the list goes on.

My god how ashamed I feel when I see what people in the slums of Mumbai have compared to people in this country (England). It makes you thankful for what you have. If you look at the vast difference in the videos it just underlines the problems we have in our world. Where is the humanity in the same City having a $1 billion dollar private house towering above these rat infested slums. What must it be like for the residents of the slum, poor people who have less than nothing being able to see this decadent property towering above them. They have to look at this as a reminder everyday. In a way I feel sorry for the people in the slums ,but I also feel sorry for the people living in this property....especially if they can see the slums below from there exhalted vantage point. I could not do it.

Mukesh Ambani quotes

Opportunity. "Everybody has equal opportunity and I think that is true for everything."

"Essentially, whoever is successful, whoever is going to do things that make a difference, is going to be talked about"

— M. Ambani

They have less than nothing.

It may be a strange thing to say,but it is true that the people and families living in these slums have less than nothing. With a lack of sanitation the residents have to queue up in the mornings to use the few public toilets that there are.

For families living here, they have to be up very early in order to fill up their buckets with water and to transfer it to tanks they have in their homes. It can mean twenty to thirty trips gathering the water and that is before they do anything else. Surely this cannot be right in this day and age.

The average monthly wage for anyone lucky enough to have employment in Mumbai is £200 per month.


Mumbai, India's Business Capital

Renowned as the business capital of India this massive city is home to more than 12 million people. Of this it is anticipated that over 7 million live in the slums. The slums have evolved and grown substantially over the last 20 years due to migration of people from other cities in India. At the promise of better living standards and employment opportunities people have flocked here to improve their quality of life.

How sad it is that they should come here and lower their living standards in what,potentially is an alien city to them and their families. The one thing, I am told about the people of the slums is that they welcome everyone with a big smile and are happy to see you. This says a lot about the resilience of these people being able to stay positive in the face of adversity. When asked, the majority of the inhabitants of the slums believe that if they work hard they will improve their lives and get out of the slums. Seeing the property of the rich going up around them gives them something to aspire to so that one day they may get the house or life of their dreams.

Slum population exceeds the total population of Great Britain.


The total slum population of India is more than the total population of our own Islands, Great Britain. In excess of 61 million in India live below the poverty line in slums. That figure equates to over 50% of total population. How embarrassing this must be for the government of this country.

The fastest growing country on our planet and soon to be the biggest economy must do something to re-balance this rich/poor gap. With no form of health service or state assistance everybody must work to fund their own existence. No job means no money and no money means not being able to feed yourself or your family.

So if the economy is growing so fast, what is the government doing with the revenue generated through the tax system and international trade?

Now what do you think?

So what do you think now of this 27 floor mansion? it is undoubtedly very impressive but is it really necessary? What was the man thinking when he commissioned the building of it. Is this something you want to see being done in 2021 as I pen some of the updates to this article?

Like it or not people with fortunes of this magnitude will always do this I fear. There will always be that 80/20 split. In this case it's more like 98/2 split. it looks like 2% have 98%of the wealth in this high tech world of ours. I just can't help thinking that people who manage to build so much wealth should either show other people how to build wealth or at the very least do good with the vast sums they have and share some of it around.

What would you do in 2021 if you had massive wealth?

Knowing what so much of the world is and has gone through in the last 12 months would be a good time to start using the billions to help, don't you think? You know as well as I do that this will never happen. It will be left to the 80% of us to help out and leave the majority of the rich to just go on building their fortunes. I know what you are probably thinking here. You are thinking that this guy is just jealous......damn right I am. How about you?

Thank You.

Thanks for sticking with me until the end of this article, World Most Expensive House, I really do appreciate it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Steve Mitchell

Comments

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on April 10, 2013:

sunilkunnoth2012, thanks so much. This is high praise indeed.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 09, 2013:

You have done well. Congrats.

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on April 24, 2012:

subirkrdatta.

Thanks for the update. It is very interesting to know that this has happened.

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on April 22, 2012:

subirkrdatta

Thanks for your comment.

'Your presentation is nice hence will ask you to project the effects of Vastu to the general masses'

Can you tell me what you mean by the above sentence?

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on January 02, 2012:

Ardie, I would be the same if I had a fortune. You have to use the money in the best way possible. Mind you...the owner provides jobs at the house for 600 workers. Wonder how much he pays them? Less than the $200 a month avg I bet.

Sondra from Neverland on January 01, 2012:

Wow, I'd like to know how the person that wasted all the money on that fancy house can live day to day withouth guilt eating away at their insides. Seriously, I would feel like such a pompous ass walking out of that house and seeing the children and people living in the slums. It isn't right - and maybe that's why I've never had money. I would be too willing to give it away to those who need it. Great hub with some excellent points.

pftsusan from Eatontown on December 11, 2011:

We learned about the Caste system, that Nell Rose was talking about, in high school. So true in India. That's why a lot of them come to the US. Doctors are considered low men on the totem pole in the Caste system. They treat them as poor and much on the same level as garbage men. That's why they try to get into the US. this is a good hub Poshcoffee. So true that Indie has this division. Voted it up.

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 05, 2011:

MM and TLC, thanks for your comments and votes. Glad you found the hub interesting.

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on December 05, 2011:

I had idea no of this harsh level of contrast in Mumbai. Nell Rose has brought up a good point about the mentality behind the caste system. Both the perception and experience of class or caste is the first thing that struck me on my trips abroad (I am from the U.S.) and this is that that people actually perceived their path in life as set at birth. The movie "A knight's Tale" staring Heath Ledger focuses on this topic. Another point is that even in the U.S. where the perception is that people can 'be successful' based on hard work and ability, mobility between classes is not what most people think it is. Most people in the U.S. still remain within the class in which they were born.

Voted up and interesting!

Tracy

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on December 05, 2011:

I had no of this harsh level of contrast in Mumbai. Nell Rose has brought up a good point about the mentality behind the caste system. Both the perception and experience of class or caste is the first thing that struck me on my trips abroad (I am from the U.S.) and this is that that people actually perceived their path in life as set at birth. The movie "A knight's Tale" staring Heath Ledger focuses on this topic. Another point is that even in the U.S. where the perception is that people can 'be successful' based on hard work and ability, mobility between classes is not what most people think it is. Most people in the U.S. still remain within the class in which they were born.

Voted up and interesting!

Tracy

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 05, 2011:

This makes me both angry and sad, the total slum population of India equivalent to the population of Great Britain is just astounding.

Thank you for writing and sharing this hub.

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 04, 2011:

I agree. How can the Indian Government and indeed our Governments allow this. Thanks for your support.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 04, 2011:

This not only makes me sad, it makes me mad. How can people live in luxury while the poor suffer. It's time for the people to rise up and be counted.........

Nell Rose from England on December 03, 2011:

Hi, the trouble is the Caste system. I was reading about it the other day, in the Mirror I think, and it said that it doesn't matter what Caste you come from, you can never change it, in other words if you are the highest Caste you can be really lacking in intelligence but still become a lawyer, yet if you are the lowest, you could have the brains of Einstein but still live in a slum, you cannot get out of it, and it cannot be changed, there is even one Caste that can't have surgery because their blood has developed a sensitivity to the anasthetic, purely because that particular Caste have never been able to marry outside it, that's what needs changing, the evil Caste system, then maybe people will have a chance, its appalling, nell

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 03, 2011:

Couldn't the homeowner have found a way to employ the 600 people without building a $1,000,000,000 house?

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 03, 2011:

Aww thanks Deborah B. It is sad that but that is the nature of India. They need to get with the 21st century and deal with the slum problem once and for all.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 03, 2011:

If this doesn't make you cry then there is something wrong with you... Yes we need to pray for these people.. the videos and research are remarkable. thank you for writing this.. BRAVO. I VOTED UP AND AWESOME

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 03, 2011:

GRL...give him some credit....he does employ 600, yes 600 staff to run the house. Wonder what pittance he is paying them?

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 03, 2011:

What idiot (I'm so mad I could spit) would do something like this? Has he no shame? Guess not. Hope he doesn't have any happy days in that tower or should I be Christian?????

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 03, 2011:

Daisy Mariposa and Hummingbird5356 thanks so much for taking the time to follow and comment. Glad we have the same views. When I first heard about this house I thought it would be great to do a hub about it for all to see the magnificence of it. Then I started digging a bit more only to find out the reality of the poor people living in this vast cauldron of poverty.

Hummingbird5356 on December 03, 2011:

You are right, it must be terrible for the poor people living in that squalor to look up at such a big, expensive house. I can only imagine the owners built it so that they could look big among all that poverty. I think such a house is obscene in these surroundings.

A good hub.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 03, 2011:

poshcoffeeco,

I spent three weeks in Mumbai in 2002, accompanying my boyfriend on a business trip. I left the hotel twice during that time, once to stroll around the hotel grounds, once to go with my boyfriend on a taxi tour of the city.

I couldn't tolerate the smell when I walked out of the hotel. The stench literally made me sick to my stomach.

The squalor I saw during the city tour was the worst I had seen in any of the more than 20 countries to which I have traveled. My boyfriend was driven to his work site by taxi every morning, and he saw many people not bothering to wait to use the few public toilets.

While on the taxi tour, I was bitten by an insect. I was sick for more than two months after that.

I don't understand how someone who builds a $1,000,000,000 house can live with himself when so many persons in his country are suffering.

Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on December 03, 2011:

Great comments icounthetimes...thanks and I hope so too.

icountthetimes on December 03, 2011:

It's sad that there is such a stark divide between the rich and the poor. Hopefully in time the gap will lessen, but I'm not sure how realistic that hope is. In many areas of the world the wealth divide seems to increase with time rather than diminish. We can only hope that this is a blip, and that in time fairness and some kind of parity can be achieved.

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