Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, buys UK’s iconic Stoke Park for $79 million

The iconic Stoke Park had been the setting for two James Bond films and the backdrop of productions like ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ and Netflix’s British royal family drama ‘The Crown’.Reliance Industries Ltd., controlled by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani, bought Stoke Park Ltd. for $79 million, adding an iconic locale that’s been the setting for two James Bond films to its portfolio of tourism properties.

A wholly-owned unit of Reliance Industries will buy Stoke Park, which owns and manages a hotel, sports and leisure facilities in Buckinghamshire, for 57 million pounds ($79 million), said an exchange filing late Thursday. The acquisition will add to Reliance’s consumer and hospitality assets, the filing said.

The property’s rolling golf course has been famous since James Bond played a game with Auric Goldfinger there in the 1964 blockbuster. Since then, the estate with the Georgian-era mansion set in the midst of 300 acres of parkland has also been a backdrop in productions like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and Netflix Inc.’s British royal family drama “The Crown”. In real life, its 49 luxury bedrooms and suites, 27-hole championship golf course, 13 tennis courts and 14 acres of private gardens attract wealthy tourists — including the Ambani family themselves — from across the world.

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