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On this site you will find information about the largest superyachts in the world and the wealthy people who own them. The site is constantly updated, so if you have any information about a superyacht or its owner, please do send us an e-mail.


Azzam, the world’s largest yacht




Latest updates and news

Celebs on yachts: Selena Gomez, Silvie Meis, Beyonce and many more on board of Super Yachts

Superyacht Ecstasea was sold by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to Pakistani billionaire Alshair Fiyaz

Superyacht Luna, sold by Roman Abramovich to Farkhad Akhmedov

Superyacht C2, owned by investor and philanthropist Ronald Perelman

Superyacht Como, owned by automotive entrepreneur Neville Crichton

Superyacht AnnaEva, owned by Russian Vodka billionaire Roustam Tariko

Superyacht Shahnaz and all other Saudi Royal Family yachts

Superyacht Indian Empress, owned by Vijay Mallya

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Superyacht Aquarius owned by casino billionaire Steve Wynn

Sailing yacht Alejandra, owned by Ferruccio Fiorucci

The yacht Indigo Star is owned by Robert Geiss, founder of Roberto Geissini

Superyacht Hermitage, rumored to be owned by Anatoly Sedykh

New photos and video footage of the world’s largest yacht Azzam

Superyacht Alfa Nero, built for Theodore Angelopoulos

Superyacht Graceful, built for a Russian billionaire

Superyacht Faith is owned by Lawrence Stroll

Superyacht Sapphire, owned by Filaret Galchev

Superyacht Lionheart, owned by Philip Green

Superyacht Valerie, rumored to be owned by Yuriy Kosiuk

Paul Allen’s yacht Tatoosh is near Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Superyacht Samar, owned by Kutayba Alghanim

Superyacht Mariu, built for Giorgio Armani

Superyacht Skat, owned by Charles Simonyi

Luxury yacht Nafisa, owned by Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel

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Superyacht Radiant, owned by Abdullah al Futtaim

Superyacht Lady Britt, owned by Sten Warborn

Superyacht Lady M, built for a Swedish billionare

Superyacht Venus, built for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs

Superyacht Archimedes, owned by James Simons

Luxury yacht Sarafsa, owned by Prince Fahad bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud

Sea Force One, owned by Raffaele Costa

Sailing yacht Vertigo, owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch

Superyacht Lammouche, owned by Ayman Asfari

Superyacht Mayan Queen, owned by Alberto Bailleres

Superyacht Quattroelle, owned by Michael Lee-Chin

Superyacht Kismet, owned by billionaire Shahid Khan

Superyacht Hampshire, owned by Jim Ratcliffe

Superyacht Paloma, owned by Vincent Bolloré

Superyacht Sea Owl, owned by Robert Mercer

Superyacht Event, owned by a Russian billionaire

Superyacht KS Norge, owned by the King of Norway

Superyacht Atlantis II, built for Stavros Niarchos

Superyacht Lady Beatrice, owned by the Barclay Brothers

Superyacht Majestic, owned by Bruce Sherman

Superyacht Satori, owned by Eric Benson

Superyacht Katara, one of the largest yachts in the world

Explorer yacht Akula, owned by Jonathan Faiman

Luxury yacht Lady Ann Magee, owned by Michael Smurfit

Superyacht Madame Gu, not owned by billionaire Andrei Skoch

Luxury yacht White Rose of Drachs, owned by UK real estate developer Michael Evans.

Superyacht Galaxy, owned by shopping mall developer John Gandal

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Superyacht Azzam is probably built for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. Superyachtfan comes to this conclusion as several highly regarded ‘superyacht’ sites mention HE Mubarak Bin Saad Al Ahbabi as being related to the Azzam yacht project. HE Mubarak Bin Saad Al Ahbabi is the Chairman of the UAE President's Private Department. Also Team Azzam is the official Abu Dhabi Volvo Ocean Racing Team, again linking Azzam to Abu Dhabi. Azzam means ‘determination’ in Arabic. So Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is probably the owner of luxury yacht Azzam. Can you confirm (or deny) this information? Please send us an e-mail.


Superyacht Sirona owned by Micky Arison and built for US car dealer Ray Catena

Superyacht Tueq owned by Prince Salman bin Abdul Azziz al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Superyacht Sunrays owned by Essar Group co-founder Ravi Ruia

Duane Hagadone, owner of the luxury yacht Lady Lola.

Nancy Meuller owner of the yacht Andiamo (she sold the yacht in 2013)

and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the yacht Topaz.

The World’s richest superyacht owners, Larry Ellison is the world’s richest yacht owner

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Spotter photo’s of Feadship’s new 99 meter superyacht Madame Gu at Superyachtfan.blogspot.com

What is a superyacht?

A superyacht (or mega yacht) is a large and usually, privately-owned boat, which is professionally crewed and extremely expensive. (A few are owned by state organizations.) Superyachts (American spelling: Super Yachts) generally cost more than US$ 10 million, although the most expensive can stretch to several hundred million dollars. Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich, is thought to be the most expensive superyacht, and is rumored to have cost more than a billion US dollars. (The actual build price, will probably have been considerably less, around US$ 500 million.) Most superyachts are owned by extremely wealthy individuals. For example someone who purchases a US$ 10 million yacht, will probably have to have a net worth of more than US$ 20 million,  as he will not want to spend all his money on a boat. The larger superyachts (longer than 80 metres or 260ft) are invariably owned by billionaires. The yearly running costs (including crew, maintenance, insurance and fuel) roughly account for 10% of the build price, or US$10 million a year on a $100 million vessel.


The history of superyachts

The very first known superyacht was built in 1865. Called Mahroussah she was 145 feet long and was built for the president of Egypt. Superyachts became more and more popular at the beginning of the 20th century when mainly American billionaires started building them for their personal pleasure. Several from this era are still on the water to this day, including:

After the Second World War, Greek billionaires took to building yachts. The best-known of them was Aristotle Onassis. In 1954 he converted a 90-metre long warship into a private yacht which he named Christina O after his daughter. He entertained many famous guests on it –  including John F Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.
 
In the 1980s many other large yachts were built, mostly by Greek and Arab millionaires. One of them, called Atlantis II, was built for the Greek shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos.  In 1984 the King of Saudi Arabia built a yacht which remains one of the largest in the world. Called Prince Abdul Aziz it is still owned by the Saudi royal family and was recently refitted

                                                                   
The largest yachts in the world
Nowadays the largest yachts are owned by Arabs or Russians. The biggest in the world is Azzam (180 metres/590ft) built for the Emir of Abu Dhabi. The second largest is Eclipse (172 metres/564ft) owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Abramovich currently has two yachts: Eclipse and Sussurro (although Sussurro is rumored to be owned by his ex-wife, as part of a divorce settlement). Until 2014 Abramovich also owned the expedition yacht Luna, but he sold her to Azerbaijani billionaire  One of the largest boats measured by volume is Al Salamah. Built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, the brother of the country’s king, it was put up for sale in 2012 (after Prince Sultan died) with an asking price of EUR 250 million (US$350 million). One of the most modern is a yacht called, simply, A that was built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. Another very modern boat is YAS, a 140-metre yacht which an Arab owner converted out of a warship. The most famous of them all is probably Kingdom 5 KR owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia). It featured in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again”.


Superyacht buyers - UHNWI

Superyachts are purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Networth Individuals. A UHNW is some one with net assets over US$ 30 million although some experts calculate with an amount of US$ 50 million. It is estimated that the world population of UHNWI is around 200,000 individuals. Around 5% of these UHNWI, or 10,000 individuals, own or frequently use a superyacht. The mean net worth of a superyacht owner is estimated at US$ 680 million, a figure no doubt influenced by the relative high number of billionaire Russian yacht owners. The average age of a superyacht buyer is estimated around 65 years. It is expected that the amount spent on superyachts worldwide, is increasing 25% the coming 5 years.


Celebrity Superyacht Owners

Celebs are regularly spotted on superyachts. The rich and famous like images of them entertaining on a superyacht. Celebs who own or frequently use a superyacht include:

More Celebs on Yachts here.


Maintenance and annual cost

Yachts are very expensive to maintain. A rough estimate of the annual cost comes to about 10% of the build price. The larger yachts have 30 to 100 crew and staff who live full-time on board. The staff includes not only a captain and an engineer, but also cooks, waitresses, cleaners , technicians , helicopter pilots (the yacht Octopus has two helicopters on board), sometimes a doctor, a hairdresser and security staff. The captain of such a large yacht often has a lot of experience and training and earns a good deal of money: US$200k – 300k a year is not uncommon. The yacht, its crew, guests and their possessions all need to be properly insured, and insuring a yacht (including third-party liability) can also be very expensive. Third-party liability insurance protects the vessel, and anyone using it, against claims from other people for damage to their yacht or to other property, or for personal injury if the yacht-owner is legally liable due to negligence. It does not cover pure accidents where there is no negligence involved.


Strange yacht names

There are some superyachts around with very strange names. In most cases these names refer to a personal experience of the owner for example:

The most common yacht names are definitely names starting with “Lady”…Lady Britt, Lady Lara, Lady Marina, Lady Moura, Lady Anne Magee, Lady Beatrice, Lady Duvera, Lady Lola, Lady Nag Nag, Lady S…the list is endless.


“Not for sale or charter while in US waters”

This phrase is often seen in advertisements for yachts that are for sale or charter. It means that US duty (1.5% of the value) – which is payable on the yacht’s first formal entry into the US -  has never been paid. So it means that it is either a non-US yacht which has never yet formally entered US waters, or it is a US-built yacht which has been exported and is currently sailing under a foreign flag.






A - Andrey Melnichenko

Akula - Jonathan Faiman

Alejandra  -  Ferruccio Fiorucci

Alfa Nero  - Theodore Angelopoulos

Alwaeli - King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa

Amadeus - Bernard Arnault

Amevi - Lakshmi Mittal

AnnaEva - Roustam Tariko

Aquarius  -  Steve Wynn

Archimedes - James Simons

Athena - James Clark

Atlantis II - Stavros Niarchos

Aurora - Charles Wang

Azzam - Sheikh bin Zayed al Nahyan

Baton Rouge - Martin Bouygues

Battered Bull - Donald Flynn

Boardwalk - Tilman J. Fertitta

C2  -  Ronald Perelman

Cakewalk - Charles Gallagher

Capri - John Caudwell

Carinthia VII - Heidi Horten

Como  -  Neville Crichton

Coral Island - Sheikh Abdul Mohsen

Dilbar - Alisher Usmanov

Eclipse - Roman Abramovich

Ecstasea - Alshair Fiyaz

Enigma - Aidan Barclay

Event -Russian yacht owner

Faith - Lawrence Stroll

Force Blue - Flavio Briatore

Galaxy - Hans Thomas Gross

Graceful  -  Russian billionaire

Hampshire II - Jim Ratcliffe

Happy Days - David C. Copley




Harbour Island - Steve Hudson

Hermitage  -  Anatoly Sedykh

Ice - Suleiman Kerimov

Indian Empress  -  Vijay Mallya

Indigo Star -  Robert Geiss

JeMaSa - Richard Kayne

Katara - Emir of Qatar

Kingdom 5KR - Prince al Waleed bin Talal

Kismet - Shahid Khan

Lady Ann Magee - Michael Smurfit

Lady Beatrice - The Barclay Brothers

Lady Britt  - Sten Warborn

Lady Lola - Duane Hagadone

Lady M  - Swedish billionaire

Lady Moura- Dr. Nasser Al Rashid

Lady Sheridan - John Eddie Williams

Lammouche - Ayman Asfari

Limitless - Leslie Wexner

Lionheart  -  Philip Greene

Luna - Farkhad Akhmedov

Madame Gu - not Andrei Skoch

Majestic - Bruce Sherman

Mariu  -  Giorgio Armani

Martha Ann - Warren E Halle

Mayan Queen - Alberto Bailleres

Melek - Turgay Ciner

Mirabella V - Joseph Vittoria

Montkaj - Prince Mohammed al Saud

Musashi - Larry Ellison

Mylin IV - Micky Arison

Nafisa  - Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel

Natita - William Kallop

Norge - King Harald of Norway

Octopus - Paul Allen - with interior photos!

Pacific - East European billionaire



Paloma - Vincent Bollore

Pelorus - David Geffen

Plan B - Ted Waitt

Phoenix 2 - Jan Kulczyk

Predator - Iksander Makhmudov

Privacy - Tiger Woods

Quattroelle - Michael Lee-Chin

Radiant - Abdullah al Futtaim

Rising Sun - David Geffen

Samar  -  Kutayba Alghanim

Sapphire  -  Filaret Galchev

Sarafsa - Prince Fahad bin Sultan al Saud

Satori - Eric Benson

Sea Force One - Raffaele Costa

Sea Owl - Robert Mercer

Shahnaz  - Waleed bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim

Siran - Bob Manoukian

Sirona - Micky Arison

Skat  - Charles Simonyi

Solemar - Mikhail Prokhorov

Sunrays - Ravi Ruia

Sussurro - Roman Abramovich

Tatoosh - Paul Allen

Tueq - Prince Salman al Saud

Ulysses - Graeme Hart

Utopia - Bill Miller

Valerie  -  Yuriy Kosiuk

Vava - Ernesto Bertarelli

Venus - Steve Jobs

Vertigo - Rupert Murdoch

Vive La Vie - Willy Michel

Wedge Too - Issam M. Fares

White Cloud - Craig McCaw

White Rose of Drachs - Michael Evans



Superyacht Madame Gu

Superyacht Madame Gu

Superyacht Katara

Superyacht Katara

Superyacht Kismet - Shahid Khan - Net worth US$ 4.3 billion

Superyacht Kismet

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Superyacht Gallant Lady

Superyacht Gallant Lady

Superyacht Kingdom 5 KR

Superyacht Kingdom  5KR

Superyacht Lady Moura and Little Saf

Superyacht Lady Moura and her tender Little Saf

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