Mumbai’s Xanadu

Ambani, who has been called “corporate India’s first lady,” prefers not to discuss her much-talked-about new domicile: “There have been exaggerated reports in the media about it, I must say.”

The wife of India’s richest man, Nita Ambani has set herself apart as a passionate philanthropist, leading the development of a model township, an elite school, and a Premier League cricket team. Still, Mumbai can’t stop talking about the 27-story, 570-foot-tall, 400,000-square-foot mansion that her family moved into two months ago. Click through to peek into the luxurious life of the Ambani family. For James Reginato’s profile, read the June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair.

Nita Ambani poses in a one-shoulder dress and chandelier earrings.

“It’s a modern home but with an Indian heart,” Nita Ambani remarks. “Getting my temple right was so important.”

Antilia, the Ambanis’ new house, is widely visible throughout Mumbai.

A statue of the Hindu god Ganesh, revered as the remover of obstacles.

A statue depicting Shiva, the Hindu deity who destroys to make way for new creation.

Nita Ambani poses in front of a large outdoor sculpture.

Antilia, the Ambanis’ high-rise home in Mumbai, India.

Antilia rises 27 stories in the Mumbai skyline.

Nita and Mukesh Ambani on their wedding day, 1984.

Brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani carry the body of their father, Dhirubhai Ambani, to a crematorium in Mumbai, July 7, 2002.

Anil Ambani with his wife, Tina, in New Delhi.

Nita Ambani stands in uniform with members of the Ambani’s cricket team, the Mumbai Indians.

Nita Ambani addresses students at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School, of which she is chairman and founder.

Ambani poses with the kids.


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