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The Engineering News-Record is reporting that at the billion-dollar-mansion, it's Nessun Dorma, each night, every night.
According to the principles of Vastu Shastra, a home's eastern side should have enough windows or other openings to let residents receive sufficient morning light. The Ambani home fails on that and other counts, reportedly leading the family to believe that moving in will bring them bad luck and misfortune.And so, while in sunlight hours you will find Ambani's galore populating Antilla, the "21st-century Taj Mahal", at end of day, as sleep beckons, all the Ambani's slip away. That's the story. A family spokesperson demurs.
According to the just-published Forbes list of the world's richest people, Mukesh Ambani is now, at $22 billion, the 19th wealthiest person on the planet. Just two years ago, in 2010, at $29 million, he was fourth. He remains the richest man in India, where the per capita annual income is $1219. In India, the Gini coefficient, where a larger number indicates greater income inequality, was 36.8 in 2004. In the United States, in 2007, it was 45.0.
It's said that, as recently as the 1970's, the Ambani lived in a two-bedroom apartment.