Antilia: World’s Most Expensive And Opulent Skyscraper Home

 You would expect such a home to belong to Warren Buffet or Bill GatesBut surprisingly, it belongs to the world’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, who is living it up better than those great Maharajahs of India in the days gone by.

Antilia is named after the mythical island in the Atlantic.

The construction is inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon .

Ambani & wife

Located in Mumbai, the most expensive home in the world is owned (fittingly) by the richest man in India: Mukesh Ambani, age 53. He lives in the $1 billion skyscraper mansion with his wife, three children and 600 servants. The building took nearly three years to complete. It seems somewhat ironic that the world’s largest and most expensive house has been constructed within a country estimated to have one-third of the world’s poorest population.

The entire structure is 27 stories (568 feet high), with a total area of over 398,000 square feet of living space (that’s more space than at the Palace of Versailles) . Although to be fair , the first 6 floors are a 160- car garage.

The amenities are as extravagant as they are endless, but what would you expect from the fourth richest human on the planet? The most expensive house in the world has a private gym, ballroom, 50-seat movie theater, a variety of lounges, health spa, several swimming pools, and 3 helicopter pads. The house also features small trees in the residence in an elevated garden with high ceilings. It’s said to be the greenest of all buildings. It’s built entirely of glass.

Besides three helicopter pads on the roof, there’s a car park for 160 vehicles on the ground floor to accommodate his 168 imported cars!

Antilla, has consumed electricity worth Rs.70,69,488 (AUD$146,000) in the one month since Mukesh Ambani moved in with wife Nita and their three children. It is the Mumbai’s highest residential electricity bill generated to date.

 

Special interior features:

  • Each floor are designed with various materials so as to bring a different look.

  • Lounges, fine rugs, chandeliers and mirrors can be seen in any room.

  • The most striking features of the Antilla is probably the ballroom which has crystal chandeliers that take up approximately 80% of the ceiling.

  • It has silver stairways that lead to a central landing, behind which two retractable doors can open to display works of art. There is also a stage for entertainment or speeches, with a projection screen behind it.

  • A kitchen, about the same size as the ballroom itself, can service hundreds of guests, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a four-storey open garden.

  • Other floors have gyms and glass-fronted apartments for guests.

  • The two floors above the family’s residence have been set aside as maintenance areas and for an “air space floor” capable of accommodating three helicopters.

All photos: connect.in.com 

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Wind-Energy Boom To Beat The Doom

By Paul Chong         Sunday, 6 December 2009

Harnessing free & renewable energy

Freeing the world of climate-change tragedy

Wind Turbines

They say that if you want to strike it rich, you’ve got to know exactly where to be — and when. The Economist notes that many of today’s top businessmen and investors now believe that “alternative energy will be the basis of a boom bigger than information technology.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder, is undoubtedly the pioneer investor in computer technology. He recognised the PC would revolutionise information technology and built unprecedented wealth for those who got in early. Now he sees the same thing happening with wind energy.

Another great astute investor to follow would be Warren Buffett whose patented methodology of growing shareholder value to a T . . . is also quick on the trail of wind energy. Warren Buffett, who has always preached, “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”

You’ve just got to know what the megatrend is . . . who’s got the visionary management . . . and who’s in the right place at the right time . . .

On the technological front, General Electric, an iconic brand, sold $8 billion worth of wind turbines this year. And it would, more or less, have to pack on another $170 billion just for its shares — and your investment dollars — to double in value.

Close-up of Wind Turbine

In the US, according to the Department of Energy, North Dakota, known as “The Saudi Arabia of Wind”, alone has enough wind capacity to generate over a quarter of US electricity needs. No wonder North Dakota’s wind-generation capacity has soared from a mere 0.5 megawatts in 2004 to over 345 megawatts today. That’s almost a 70,000% increase. Governor John Hoeven recently announced that, all told, capacity will soon hit 2,500 megawatts “with more on the way.”

Forward-thinking investors should not be wary about the obscurity of the technology nor of the companies. Great strides have been made in the field going beyond efficiency & maintenance of wind turbines. Below are examples of some pretty obscure companies which were the top ten performing stocks from 1998 – 2007:

Celgene

Quality Systems

Southwestern Energy

Deckers Outdoor

Green Mountain Coffee

Roasters

Amedisys

Hansen Natural

Almost Family

Clean Harbors

FTI Consulting

Over those 10 years, they earned forward-thinking investors anywhere between a fortune-making 2,623% and an absolutely mind-blowing 7,064%.

BTM Consult — the world’s foremost wind-energy experts — report that since 2004, China’s wind market has grown at a mind-blowing 93%-per-year clip, and that China is making remarkable progress in building up its own wind industry.

Wind Prospect

As part of its “5-Year Plan” for economic development, the Chinese government recently earmarked $65 billion for investment in the country’s medium voltage electricity network.

And China’s Ministry of Machinery has very strict regulations that require all the medium voltage transformers in public buildings to be made of cast resin. Not to mention cast-resin transformers require only a fraction of the maintenance and upkeep of their oil-based predecessors.

Wind-energy will be the technology

Obscurity breeds prosperity

US Greenback Is Doomed!

By Paul Chong         Sunday 6 December 2009

(A composite report from reliable sources)

“Capitalism creates a rational frame of mind which, having destroyed the moral authority of so many other institutions, in the end turns against its own.” – Joseph A. Schumpet

Japanese toymaker Bandai has released paper-thin bath soap that looks like the American 100-dollar bill.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Environmental experts recently called toilet paper

“one of the greatest excesses of our age.”

Once the pride & might

Its collapse is now in sight!

This is not just theory. It’s the real thing! Let’s hear from the experts:

US billionaire & investment guru, Jim Rogers, influential former partner of financier George Soros (The World Today Dec 3, 2009) is advising investors to desert the greenback and put their money into commodities. He says the US dollar is a flawed currency that has no future.

Nobel Prize winner Dr. Paul Samuelson, hardly an alarmist, has characterised U.S. financial imbalances as so severe and “irreversible that we must accept that at some future date there will be a run on the dollar. Probably the kind of disorderly run that precipitates a global financial crisis.” . . . while other monetary experts now warn, “We’re in the terminal stages of the world’s most gigantic pyramid scheme.”

Or as Dr. Ron Paul, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently noted about the rampant, unprecedented money creation going on, “If we continue doing what we are doing right now, we will literally destroy the dollar.”

The first dramatic debt growth spurt of US debt-based approach financing system occurred with the Civil War. The debt was just $65 million in 1860, but passed $1 billion in 1863 and had reached $2.7 billion following the war, slowly fluctuating for the rest of the century, finally growing steadily in the 1910s and early 1920s to roughly $22 billion as the country paid for involvement in one war after another – wars which they never did win.

When compared to hard money backed by gold or silver, this debt-based approach has the advantage of making the currency elastic, giving the government a means of expanding or contracting the money supply in response to changing economic conditions. The disadvantage of this approach is inflation. The money supply must be continually expanded in order to finance interest payments on the debt by which it is issued. This devalues the currency, causing inflation.

All signs point toward the U.S. dollar – already down one-third against other world currencies since 2002 – heading at breakneck speed for a precipitous and historic crash.

While all global currencies are falling against tangible

assets, the US Dollar is falling faster.

Unmistakable warning signs reveal here point to a monetary crisis on the verge of spinning wildly out of control, leading to massive INFLATION and quite possibly, a sudden and catastrophic dollar collapse that will forever change US nation.

Mr. Obama, in a recent cable news interview during which he tried to rationalize his multi-trillion dollar spending spree, conceded with a chuckle,“we are out of money now. We’re operating in deep deficits…” This admission came only a few months into his term, and even before he committed upwards of $50 billion more in U.S. taxpayer funds to bailing General Motors out of the hole!

Major foreign investors such as China are quickly catching on to the hard reality of US insolvency. Inescapably, they’re concluding that the “only way Washington can keep its Ponzi finance going is by running the monetary printing presses non-stop.”

Mega-investor Warren Buffett recently admitted publicly that the frantic spending and money creation underway right now will trigger a currency-destroying inflation that will be much more severe than in the 1970s.

Big-time investment gurus such as Jim Rogers dispatched a strongly worded email offering this sobering assessment:

“The world at large does seem to understand innately that governments are bankrupting themselves and destroying paper currency.”

The sheer havoc unleashed by a dollar crisis will be nationally jolting on a par with Pearl Harbour, John F. Kennedy’s assassination and 9/11. And yes, the bottom could drop out in just a single harrowing day.


The coming dollar collapse will wreak economic and social havoc far beyond skyrocketing prices. Widespread fuel and food shortages, relentless crime waves and the government’s endless socialistic machinations will devastate the American way of life like a giant tornado.

US – Greatest Debtor Nati

With US main creditors & all the global supporters pulling out,

there will be a catastrophic tsunami unimaginable.

Just this week, US Fed Chief Ben Bernanke declared the US economy is facing “formidable headwinds” & effectively vowed to continue its relentless printing paper dollars.

China’s Andy Xie, recently named by BusinessWeek as one of China’s most influential economists, quickly reacted with the accusation that Bernanke was “poisoning” the US economy by keeping interest rates near zero & creating a tidal wave of newly printed paper dollars. He warned that the next global crisis will be driven by asset inflation . . . which is exactly the present scenario.

Incidentally, toilet roll goes off very quickly towards its end!

Being at the top is not good, there is only one
way to go from there – down.