At Home: Gurbaksh Chahal

Everyone calls him “G.”

At just 26, Gurbaksh Chahal already has created and sold two Internet companies, one to Yahoo for $300 million.

He’s currently represented by the William Morris Agency, and will star in December in “The Secret Millionaire” on Fox.

His memoir “The Dream,” which recounts his road to success, will be published in six countries in December by Palgave MacMillan.

His South of Market residence is a 3,700-quare-foot aerie perched 37 floors above The City. Spaciousness is key. Floor-to-ceiling windows in every room allow for 270-degree panoramic vistas of the Bay, the bridge and The Embarcadero below, although G admits that he has a fear of heights he is working on overcoming.

Cascading light showcases the white-on-white motif, which reflects his admiration for Miami’s South Beach-Phillippe Starck-inspired design — note the white leather sofas with textured pillows and white floors and walls.

Working with designer Vaso Peritos, G has fashioned an elegant bachelor penthouse that contrasts modern with classic.

Marble floors, columns, large, floor-mounted, oversize mirrors, and gilt and gold classic chandeliers are a major part of the design, which also features modern art, bamboo floors and a mahogany bed in the master bedroom, anda  large wood table and hutch in the dining room. There’s a substantial wine cellar and a billiard table.

A native of India, G came to the United States when he was a young child. Growing up in San Jose, even as a teen, he was fixated on finding innovative ways to garner goals.

When he was 16, he founded his first Internet company. He quit high school three months later. The company was ClickAgents, a Web advertising firm that focused on brand performance. When he was 18, he sold it for $40 million.

At 19, G formed his second Internet advertising company: BlueLithium, built it into a powerhouse, and sold it in October 2007, leaving him in the unique position of being one of the country’s most eligible young bachelors and a multimillionaire many times over. Currently, he’s working in “stealth mode” on a number of projects, some in the entertainment field.

Style Keys

Gurbaksh Chahal

Design aesthetic: Spare, spacious, sumptious.

Notable design elements: Columns, windows, open-air spaces, decks facing the Embacardero.

Design inspirations: Miami’s South Beach — the clubs, the houses, the style of the design of Miami night life.

Favorite room: The living room and the bedroom, which has bamboo floors, a big “G” and a luxurious raised bed.

Prized possession: A signed document from Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who landed on the moon. He purchased it when he sold his first company.

Favorite local design stores: Many different places — any store or showroom that features furniture or accessories displaying Miami’s South Beach aesthetic.

Favorite color combinations: They never mix — white for interior design, and black for clothing. He likes Gucci and Versace, yet he has scores of jeans in his closet, too.

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