Meet Billionaire Mukesh Ambani who bought a Golf club for $79 million
Meet the Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani who bought a UK hotel and Golf club for $79 million featured in James Bond's film ‘Goldfinger’ and also who is number 10 on the Forbes Billionaires 2021 list worth $71.9 billion.
The UK-based firm, which owns a hotel and golf course, will add to Reliance’s consumer and hospitality assets, Reliance said in a filing. Ambani, who is also Asia’s richest person, is looking to pivot his oil-reliant business toward consumer offerings.
In recent years he has bought iconic British toy store Hamleys and has quickly become India’s biggest telecom operator by subscribers since starting services in 2016. Facebook Inc., Google, and a clutch of private equity and sovereign wealth funds have invested more than $25 billion into their businesses betting on their success.
Background for movies
The property’s rolling golf course has been famous since James Bond played a game with Auric Goldfinger there in the 1964 blockbuster. Since then, the estate with the Georgian-era mansion set in the midst of 300 acres of parkland has also been a backdrop in productions like Bridget Jones’s Diary and Netflix’s British Royal Family drama The Crown.
In real life, its 49 luxury bedrooms and suites, 27-hole championship golf course, 13 tennis courts, and 14 acres of private gardens attract wealthy tourists – including the Ambani family themselves – from across the world.
Flush with $27 billion in fresh capital after selling stakes in Reliance’s retail and digital units last year, Ambani is helming a transformation as he seeks to build consumer services into an equal-sized pillar for Reliance Industries, paring dependence on profits from its traditional oil refining business. Acquiring marquee global brands underscores that strategy.
Although the Stoke Park estate has a recorded history of over 900 years, it was used as a private residence until 1908, according to its official website.
Ambani has a net worth of $71.5 billion, making him the 13th richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The group “will look to enhance the sports and leisure facilities at this heritage site,” Reliance said in the filing. Ambani’s conglomerate has equity holding in EIH Ltd., which runs the chain of five-star Oberoi Hotels.
The UK is emerging as a real estate hotspot for wealthy Indians. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India Ltd. – the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world – agreed to rent a property in Mayfair for about 50,000 pounds ($69,300) a week, a record for the exclusive London neighborhood.
Old owners hand over the property to the Ambanis
Before it was purchased, the property was managed by Stoke Park ltd, a second-generation UK family business owned by the King family. The Managing Director of Stoke Park Ltd had this to say about the new acquisition of a property that he has managed for 33 years:
“I am delighted that the new owners share the same respect for the club’s incredible heritage, its values, and longer-term vision, and I look forward to working closely with them. As soon as we met with Reliance it was clear that this represents business as usual for our members, customers, and the local community.”
What you should know
Reliance Industries was founded by his late father Dhirubhai Ambani, a yarn trader, in 1966 as a small textile manufacturer.
Mukesh Ambani is the proud owner of the second most expensive property in the world. His private home is located in billionaires row, Mumbai, according to Forbes.