Snapshot – India has been booming for a couple of decades now and so have been the fortunes of businessmen operating here. The super rich of the country like to live it grand. From palatial mansions to bespoke automobiles, the big moneyed can claim to have it all, never mind the appalling roads. Today, we take you through cars that India’s billionaire businessmen drive, or are driven in. Be prepared to be surprised.
India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. lives in a 37 storey mega structure in one of the toniest localities of Bombay, and has a luxurious car fleet. Unlike his younger brother, the senior Ambani prefers the chauffeur to negotiate the maddening traffic. Usually seen in the back seat, and sometimes at the front, Mukesh Ambani has automobiles such as the W221 Mercedes Benz S-Class, the Maybach 62, the Rolls Royce Phantom, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur and the BMW 760 Li Security Edition. The BMW is the most expensive car in the Ambani garage, with an 8.5 crore rupee price tag.
Maverick Lalit Modi also happens to be one of the three scions of the KK Modi group, which has business interests ranging from cigarettes to hospitality, from beverages to entertainment. After putting sports entertainment on the map in India, Lalit Modi, the digraced former IPL commissioner is now in exile, in London. Even as Indian enforcement agencies seek his custody, the man lives a rockstar lifestyle, jetsetting from country to country and driving about London is very flashy cars indeed. From a Ferrari California to a F12 Berlinetta, Modi’s supercar collection also includes the Aston Martin Rapide. Daily drive machines include the Range Rover Autobiography and the W222 Mercedes Benz S-Class.
Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata sons may not have a few billion dollars stashed away as his personal fortune. However, this mover and shaker, who until recently controlled the destiny of one of India’s largest conglomerates, has a fine taste when it comes to automobiles.
This man loves his Ferrari California, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Other cars in the Ratan Tata collection range from the humble to the exotic. The Tata Indigo Marina, the Honda Civic, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Chrysler Sebring convertible, the Land Rover Freelander, the Cadillac XLR and the Mercedes Benz 500 SL are some of the cars that Ratan Tata owns. There’s even more in the link below.
When he’s not selling suits, he’s found driving really fast, super exotic cars. The man even goes motor racing. Son of the late businessman and adventurer Haripat Singhania, Gautam Singhania loves speed and has a garage of 8 exotic cars that enthusiasts would drool over. His garage is an eclectic mix of high performance cars that only true blue enthusiasts would bother owning. From a Nissan Skyline GT-R that puts out 1000 Bhp to a Lotus Elise, the Raymond boss has taste. Other exotics in his fleet include Lamborghinis, a Ferrari and even as Ariel Atom. There are loads of images in the link below.
Azim Premji lives by the motto of simple living, high thinking. How else do you explain one of India’s richest men owning a pre-owned Mercedes Benz E-Class? And this car replaced his trusty Toyota Corolla, another inconspicuous daily beater for the world. Instead of blowing up what is essentially chump change for him on automobiles, Azim Premji would rather have his money do its bit to change the world. The man has set up a non profit foundation to promote education and is heavily involved in philantrophy. The biggest individual philantrophist in the country, Azim Premji’s story is an inspiration, car or no car.
For the kind of personal wealth he has amassed by steering one of India’s leading business conglomerate that includes the automaker, Mahindra & Mahindra, Anand Mahindra can drive about in almost any car on the planet. But branding comes supreme as far as the Chairman of the Mahindra group is concerned. Anand Mahindra breathes his brand day in and day out, and isn’t seen in cars built by rival brands. A trusty Mahindra Scorpio SUV is Anand Mahindra’s chosen set of wheels. The Scorpio is also one India’s best selling SUVs, a status that it’s maintained for over a decade now, and the Chairman driving it adds to the vehicle’s aura.