Unless you’re a long-term fan of Formula 1, there’s a strong likelihood you’re unfamiliar with the name, Vijay Mallya.
Once upon a time, the billionaire owned the Force India F1 team, and was known for living an extravagant lifestyle.
Mallya’s collection of luxury assets included yachts, private jets, classic cars, and of course mansions.
But among his most controversial possessions is a $20 million mansion that’s built atop of a 400-foot skyscraper and is a replica of the White House.
This isn’t a joke – he actually does – and it doesn’t look too dissimilar to the concept mansion designed for Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the city of Benglaluru in India, the majestic mansion belonging to Vijay Mallya sits at the top of UB City’s Kingfisher Towers, a luxurious project built on the former site of his ancestral home.
Mallya co-owns the 34-story Kingfisher Towers, which sits on 4.5 acres of land and has 81 units across three blocks, offering ultra-luxury apartments.
And, as to be expected, the Indian tycoon has saved the best spot for himself.
Sitting atop the building is a White House replica mansion with its own helipad, wine cellar, gardens, salon, gym, indoor heated pool, outdoor infinity pool, and a host of other luxuries, all with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.
The mansion, which spans two levels, is believed to be completely separate from the other units in the tower, and even has two elevators exclusively for Mallya’s use.
Interestingly, though, reports suggest that Vijay Mallya hasn’t had the chance to step foot in the mansion.
The construction of the billionaire’s playground coincided with his mounting financial troubles.
Mallya defaulted on $1 billion in bank loans and has been a fugitive in the UK since 2016, while the Indian government attempts to extradite him to face fraud and money laundering charges.
As for his F1 team, Force India, even though the name doesn’t exist anymore, some of the team’s assets were bought by Lawrence Stroll, father of F1 driver Lance Stroll.
Among other things, Stroll revamped Aston Martin, including the AMR team that helped develop the Valhalla supercar.