The Election Commission (EC) reported Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan’s assets of near a thousand crores. The figure was quoted by the power couple in an affidavit to the Commission while filing for Jaya’s nomination for her fourth straight term as a Rajya Sabha MP of the Samajwadi Party. Their claimed assets have doubled since their last such filing five years ago.
The document states that the couple have immovable assets of over Rs 460 crore, and moveable assets of Rs 540 crore, indicating their access to large amounts of hard cash on short notice.
The moveable assets include a pen worth Rs 9 lakh and Jaya’s watch collection, valued at Rs 51 lakh. However, this is nothing compared to her husband’s collection, which is worth a market value of Rs 3.4 crore. The couple evidently benefit not only from their own expensive taste, but also the gifts and promotional material they must receive because of their public status.
Immoveable assets comprise of a series of luxury properties, in locations as diverse as Bhopal, Noida, Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow.
Even as she is thus tipped as perhaps the wealthiest potential Rajya Sabha candidate, the Bachhan’s assets could be worth even more. The family’s involvement in the Panama Papers scandal was widely reported but then soon forgotten about after their wrongdoing was never proved. Nevertheless, it is impossible to tell how much Bollywood’s biggest may indeed hold after more than forty years of the opportunities afforded to film and societal royalty.
There were reports that the family was struggling in the earlier part of the millennium only to be propped up by son Abhishek’s commercial film success and shrewd economic reorganization. Considering the likely thought that much of this vast fortune was made recently, the numbers are a testament to the enduring power of Brand Bachchan.