Vikram Chatwal, multi-millionaire hotelier, Manhattan socialite, and BFF to Lindsay Lohan, got busted in Florida for trying to board a plane with a whole lot of drugs, according to TMZ. Here’s what you need to know about him.
1. He Got Busted Big-Time with Tons of Drugs
Chatwal was caught at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport on April 2, charged with drug trafficking for having 6 grams of heroin, in addition to possession counts for cocaine, opiates, sedatives, Xanax, muscle relaxants, ketamine and weed.
2. He Created and Owns Vikram Chatwal Hotels
In 1999, when he was just 28 years old, Chatwal founded The Time Hotel and has since expanded with hotels in Bangkok, India and Miami.
3. He is Lindsay Lohan’s BFF
Chatwal owns the Dream Hotel, one of LiLo’s favorite nightlife spots, and the scene of one of her many hit-and-runs. He and Lindsay were also rumored to be dating last year after they were photographed kissing and in other, um, compromising positions in his NYC apartment.
4. He’s Dated a Bunch of Hot Women
Padma Lakshmi recently vehemently denied being romantically linked to Chatwal after reports surfaced that she was cozying up to him at a charity event she holds each year. But, Chatwal can claim relationships with both Gisele and Kate Moss as former flings.
5. He’s Been to Rehab
In 2011, after two stints in rehab, Chatwal was interviewed by The New York Times, claiming to have put his hard partying ways behind him. Not so much, apparently.
6. He Was in Zoolander
The picture speaks for itself. But he is also a real-life model, having been the first Indian Sikh model to appear in Vogue.
7. And He’s a Real Actor, Too
Chatwal starred in the movie One Dollar Curry, a Bollywood romantic comedy.
8. He’s a Very Eligible Bachelor
Having had romantic trysts with some of the world’s hottest ladies and boasting friendships with Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and Deepak Chopra, he was named as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors by a BBC TV program.
9. He Was Married
In 2006, his family threw an Indian wedding for him and Priya Sachdev that lasted 10 days and hit three cities. Sachdev was a model and former investment banker, and guests included former President Bill Clinton, as well as old buddy P. Diddy.
10. He’s Got a Net Worth of About $450 Million
With a $6 million bachelor pad in NYC, and a 148-foot yacht, Chatwal has some serious bank.