Although India is still considered to be ‘Developing’ economy, the country has no dearth of wealthy individuals. Billionaires from India have often been ranked as one of the richest in the world by various tabloids and have always been in the buzz for their fortune. The lavish lifestyles of these individuals have always been a topic of great interest for the paparazzi. Numerous columns have been written in newspapers about their prized possessions such as mansions, private jets and Yachts. One of the age-old fascinations of billionaires from India has been their vehicles, especially swanky cars. These billionaires have often been spotted arriving at social gatherings in their gorgeous looking, expensive toys. Here are 10 such famous Billionaires from India and some of the most expensive cars possessed by them.
Gautham Singhania, the Managing Director and chief decision maker of the world renowned fabric brand ‘Raymond Group’ is one of the few Billionaires in India, who even makes news for his lavish lifestyle. Amongst the various interests of this business honcho, is his fancy for cars. His love for driving even motivated him to travel to France and drive a car meant for Formula-1 racing. He then went on to purchase one of the most luxurious cars in the world today –the swanky ‘Ferrari 458.’ This sophisticated four-wheeler costs a whopping 25-Million Indian Rupees. This billionaire’s garage boasts of a fleet of other cars as well, which includes ‘Honda S2000’, ‘Audi Q7,’ ‘Nissan Skyline GTR’ ‘Lamborghini Gallardo’ and a ‘Verde Ithaca LP570 Superlaggera’.
Business Czar VC Burman, who manages the consumer commodity giant ‘Dabur Group’, is one of the wealthiest men living in India today. The Chairman of the Multi-Billion Dollar ‘Dabur’ empire owns a Mercedes Kompressor, which is one of the most expensive four-wheelers in the world. The prices of the various cars of the Kompressor type range between 3-Million to 10-Million Indian Rupees, making it an affordable toy to only the elite section of the Indian society. Burman often flaunts the Kompressor and several other sports cars of his fleet at public events.
3. Mukesh Ambani’s Maybach 62
Famously known as one of the richest man in the world, Mukesh Ambani is equally famous for his collection of super luxury cars. Although the Chairman of the Reliance group has been spotted travelling along with his family in the luxurious ‘Mercedes Benz S Class,’ one of his most attractive toys is the ‘Maybach 62’. The Maybach which is considered to be one of the poshest cars to be ever made, costs approximately 50-Million Indian Rupees. Apart from cars, this celebrity businessman is also famous for his private Jets and Yachts.
His name is often considered to be a synonym for wealth by many in India, and his collection of exotic cars proves this in the best way. Although Ratan Tata, the chairman of the ‘Tata Group’ has owned plenty of cars in the past, he made news in 2010 for his then new toy, a red ‘Ferrari California.’ He was one of the first people in the country to buy this super-luxury car. The other spectacular four-wheeler’s this Indian business Czar owns are a Chrysler Sebring, Mercedes SL500, and Maserati Quattroporte as well as a Cadillac XLR. He even had his eyes on the ‘LaFerrari,’ a car which costs around $1.6 Million, one of the most expensive cars in the world.
Although not a car, one cannot ignore the ‘Palace on Wheels,’ which is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious customized vehicles in the world. Owned by one of the world’s richest, Mr. Laxmi Mittal, ‘Palace on Wheels’ is a luxurious hotel in itself. If the exteriors look impressive, a glimpse of the interiors of this caravan will steal your breath away. A sparkling clean bathroom, a living room with cozy furniture and a luxurious bedroom, make the ‘Palace on Wheels’ nothing less than the suite of a five-star hotel. In addition, there are quite a few options to keep one entertained on this 10-wheel wonder.
6. Anil Ambani’s Lamborghini Gallardo
When his elder brother Mukesh makes waves for his collection of cars, how can Anil Ambani lag behind? The head of the ‘Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’ has an amazing fleet of cars which includes world-renowned names like the Range Rover, Porsche, Audi Q7, Mercedes GLK350 and a Lexus. However, the head-turner amongst this is the mind-blowing Lamborghini Gallardo, which is rarely seen on the streets of India. The Lamborghini Gallardo is a dream car for many, but way out of the league for a common man, since it falls in the range of 30 to 35-Million Indian Rupees.
7. Kumar Mangalam Birla, BMW
The owner of the multi-Billion Dollar ‘Hindalco’ business empire, Kumar Mangalam Birla bought the world-famous BMW 5 Series at a time when the car was not too common in the country. Unlike the other cars of its kind, the BMW owned by Birla was customized one which was imported from Germany.
8. Vijay Mallya’s Four Wheeled Toys
Often termed as the ‘Showman of Indian Business’ and the ‘King of Good Times,’ the car collection of the chairman of ‘United Breweries,’ Vijay Mallya, speaks volumes about his lavish lifestyle. Unlike most of his other contemporaries from the world of business, Vijay Mallya owns many vintage classics apart from the modern ones. Amongst these cars, the famous ones include a ‘1926 Mercedes K Type’, a 1965 model of ‘Shelby America Cobra 427’, a 1994 version of ‘Jaguar XJ 220’ and ‘1925 Sunbeam’ amongst many others.
9. KP Singh’s Mercedes S Class
The multi-Billion dollar real estate empire, ‘DLF Group’, is a brainchild of real estate baron Kushal Pal Singh, who is also popularly known as K.P Singh. Apart from being known as the mastermind behind the booming mall culture and exotic commercial spaces that we see in India today, K.P Singh is also known for his prized possession, especially the swanky cars owned by him. K.P Singh has been spotted commuting in his Carlsson S class.
10. Shiv Nadar’s Rolls Royce Phantom
Shiv Nadar is the founder of ‘Hindustan Computers Limited’, also popularly known as ‘HCL’, one of the most renowned software firms in the world today. Nadar is one of the leading businessmen in the whole of the Asian subcontinent today, with a net worth which ranges from 13 to 14 Billion US Dollars. Like most of his other Indian Billionaire contemporaries, Nadar owns a super-expensive toy, the Rolls Royce Phantom.