The ‘King of good times’ Vijay Mallya is today ‘wanted’ for defaulting on over Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans. It is his lavish lifestyle that is a matter of curiosity for more than a decade now. Lenders are eagerly waiting for him to return to India and put his valuable assets under the hammer to clear all the dues of the Kingfisher Airlines. There are plenty of items on the list such as cars, Mumbai’s lavish Kingfisher House and several brands and trademarks. After three failed auctions banks have recently managed to sell the lavish Kingfisher Villa in Goa to actor-producer Sachin Joshi for Rs 73 crore through a private treaty, far less than the reserve price of Rs 90 crore.
Here is a list of valuables owned by the liquor baron around the world:
In 1987, Mallya and his wife Sameera Tyabjee were in California, when his wife was having some complications in pregnancy. Doctors advised her to stay there till her health recovers. Mallya went a step ahead and bought the lavish house for $1.2 million. The walls of the 11,000 sq ft house is adorned with Picasso’s paintings and other valuable collections. Famous personalities like Tiger Woods, Serena and Venus Williams are his neigbours here.
Mabula Game Lodge, Johannesburg
Spread over 12,000 hectares, this property is located two hours North of Johannesburg and is South Africa’s finest private game reserves. He paid $6 million for the 25,000 acre game reserve and is located in a scenic natural setting. The lodge accomodates 47 rooms including 3 suites and is home to several animals and birds.
Le Grand Jardin, France
The luxury piece of real estate on the Island of Sainte-Marquerite, one of the largest islands of Lerins, was bought by Mallya for about $61 million. The property is called as Le Grand Jardin or The Grand Garden.
3 condos in Trump Plaza, New York
In September 2010, Mallya bought a penthouse in New York’s iconic Trump Plaza for $2.4 million. Among the three, two of the flats are jointly owned by him and his daughter Tanya. Famous personalities including US President Donald Trump, American singer Beyonce and actor Bruce Willis reside in the luxurious apartment.
Clifton Estate, Johannesberg
Located in the expensive street Nettleton Road in South Africa, Mallya bought the luxurious Clifton Estate for $8.4 million and has a breathtaking view of Clifton beach and is well-equipped with gym, garage space for four cars and a sauna. Over the years the house has been shelter for celebrities like George Michael, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia. In 2009, Nicholas Cage also stayed there during the shoot of ‘Lord of War’.
Kingfisher Tower, Bangalore
The tower is built on a plot of land that was once Mallya’s ancestral home. The project has 82 apartments of 8,000 sq ft each. It also houses a 40,000 sq ft penthouse which doubles as a helipad and is dedicated for his personal use. Among the total 72 apartments are for sale and 10 will be splitted among his family members.
Kunigal Stud Farm, Karnataka
Horse breeding is one among the many expensive hobbies of Mallya and that’s the reason he has bought a whole horse farm in Kunigal. The 400 acres farm is divided into 25 paddocks and is exclusively used for breeding horses mainly for racing. The property also accomodates a horse training and riding school, water purification plant and medical facilities.
Indian Empress Yacht: The 33rd largest private yacht in the world was bought for $93 million. The yacht is equipped with a helipad as well as open space that can occupy two Mercedes cars. It is equipped with gym, sauna, beauty salon, steam room and a medical suite.The motor yacht drives on 3 MTU diesel engines and has a maximum speed of 36.5 knots and a range of 6,700 km at 18 knots.
Kalizma yacht: Launched in 1906, the yacht was bought for $3 million by Mallya in 1995. The yacht is equipped with 1 ensuite state room, 4 ensuite cabins, a salon, a dining room and a modern gallery.
This is another expensive hobby of Mallya. Boeing 727 and Gulfstream, once owned by him was later sold. He was also seen using Hawker 700 owned by Shaw Wallace and Airbus 319 CJ that was leased from London’s Deutsche Bank. In 2015, HS 125-700B was auctioned for Rs 22 lakh by Mumbai International Airport Private Limited and was bought by Silent Enterprises, a Kurla-based company.
Mallya is known for his love for vintage and classic cars, there was a time when he had close to 150 vehicles. A batch of his cars was previously auctioned and recently second batch of cars was auctioned. The auctioned was carried out by Delhi-based Quippo Auctions and 40 cars were put for sale and most of them were sold. Though the concrete information about the cars is yet to come out it is said that the luxury models for auction were Rolls Royce Ghost, Rolls Royce Phantom, 1903 Humber, Porsche Boxter, Wolseley and Bentley Flying Spur, among others.
Mahatma Gandhi’s personal belongings
In 2009, Mahatma Gandhi’s personal belongings were brought back by Mallya for $1.8 million at Antiquorum Auctioneers auction house in New York. The memorabilia included his iconic round-rimmed spectables, slippers, pocket watch and a plate. In an interview to a daily, he commented, “I am a patriotic Indian and I felt I owed it to my country.” Amidst India’s efforts to stall the auction Tony Bedi placed the winning bid and it was later revealed that he was a representative for Mallya.