From being born with a silver-spoon in his mouth to becoming a successful businessman and politician, and finally a fugitive! Vijay Mallya’s flamboyance and arrogant disposition knew no bounds. And notwithstanding his fall, there’s no denying that he was the ‘King of good times’ for as long as it lasted!
Just in case you forgot the kind of lavish spending and the antics he was known for, here’s a reminder.
1- He had called Lionel Richie to perform on his 50th birthday at his luxurious villa in Goa.
2- For his 60th birthday, he called Enrique Iglesias to the same venue. Meanwhile, employees of Kingfisher Airlines protested for their delayed payment.
3- He apparently paid €90 million to bankroll the first Formula 1 team in India – one of the most expensive fields to get into.
4- He owned a fleet of luxurious cars (at one time totalling 150) including a Porsche Boxter, a Rolls Royce 204, a Ferrari, a Maserati, and more.
5- He paid ₹1.5 crore to buy Tipu Sultan’s sword, which had been taken by the British but later gave it away as it brought him ‘bad luck’.
6- His Goa mansion, known as Kingfisher Villa, was worth ₹90 crore, at the time of buying.
7- He owned a fleet of private jets including a Boeing 727, a Gulfstream, and a Hawker 700.
8- He paid $6 million for the 25,000 acre Mabula Game Lodge in Johannesburg that has 47 rooms and was home to many exotic animals and birds.
9- Mallya paid $61 million for a luxurious property on the Island of Sainte-Marquerite in France called Le Grand Jardin or The Grand Garden.
10- He even owned a 400-acre horse farm known as the Kunigal Stud Farm in Karnataka. It was exclusively used for breeding horses for racing.
11- He owned one of the largest private yachts in the world, equipped with its own helipad, worth $93 million. He also owned another yacht worth $3 million.