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02/25/2015 US retail billionaire Jay Schottenstein is the owner of the yacht Just J’s

02/10/2015 Greek shipping tycoon Paris Dragnis owns more than 10 superyachts

02/07/2015 Motor yacht Elsea is owned by Russian billionaire Iksander Makhmudov, who also ows Predator

01/29/2015  - Mining tycoon Lukas Lundin is the owner of the new Feadship yacht Savannah

01/17/2015 - Lebanese billionaires Taha and Najib Makati are the owners of the yacht Chopi Chopi

01/11/2015  -  Real estate developer Roy E Carroll is the owner of the yacht Rhino

12/25/2014 - Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is the owner of the yacht Oasis

12/15/2014 - Australian billionaire Kerry Stokes is the owner of the yacht Antipodean

12/13/2014 - Austrian real estate developer René Benko is the owner of the yacht Magna Grecia

12/10/2014 - Galen Weston, Chairman at the George Weston Group, seems to be the owner of the yacht Bread

12/08/2014 Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil is the owner of the sailing yacht Tiara

12/07/2014 Gregg Ostrander is the owner of the motor yacht SnowbirD

11/28/2014 - New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart owns a 56 meter yacht and has two large yachts in order

11/27/2014 - Russian billionaire Sergey Galitsky is the owner of the Lurssen yacht Quantum Blue

11/22/2014  - The McGuirk family of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan own the yacht Sassy

11/16/2014  - Australian mining tycoon Michael O’Keeffe is the owner of the yacht Paramour

11/15/2014  -  NY real estate investor Michael Hirstenstein is the owner of the yacht Il Sole

11/13/2014  - Famous opera star Andrea Bocelli is the owner of the motor yacht Libertas

11/08/2014 - UkrSibbank founder Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is the owner of the motor yacht Kaiser

10/21/2014 The new 94 meter (312ft) yacht Kismet, built for US billionaire Shahid Khan

10/20/2014 - Ukrainian billionaire Konstyantin Zhevago is the owner of the Amels yacht Z

10/17/2014 - Energy entrepreneur Mark Silver is the owner of the Mangusta yacht Moonraker

10/11/2014 - Noven Pharmaceuticals founder Steven Sablotsky is the owner of the yacht Copasetic

10/6/2014 - The Mangusta 165 yacht Al Asmakh (built as Sharq) is owned by Ibrahim Hassan Al Asmakh

10/5/2014  - The Van Tuyl family, who sold their Van Tuyl automotive group to Warren Buffet, are the owners of the yacht Vango

09/17/2014 - Majid al Futtaim is the new owner of the yacht Quattroelle

Super yacht Yalla, owned by Naquib Sawiris

Motor yacht Equanimity owned by fashion billionaire Do Won Chang

Motor yacht Serene, owned by vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler

Motor yacht Amore Mio  -  Evangelos Marinakis

Motor yacht Blue Moon, owned by Richard Duchossois

Motor yacht Kibo, owned by Alexander Mamut

Motor yacht Lady Petra, owned by Heesen Yachts founder Frans Heesen

Super yacht Lady Kathryn V, owned by US millionaire Leo Vecellio

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

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

Superyacht Luna, sold by Roman Abramovich to Farkhad Akhmedov

Super yacht 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

Retail billionaire Jay Schottenstein is owner of the yacht Just J’s The yacht’s name refers to his relatives’ names, all starting with a J. (Photo by SBGrad)

What is a super yacht?

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 meters/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 the yacht 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.

Yacht Charters

Some UHNWI decide not to buy a yacht, although they can afford one. When someone just wants to enjoy a holiday a few weeks a year, chartering a yacht makes much more sense than buying a yacht. First of all the investment is much smaller, as chartering a luxury super yacht will cost around USD 100,000 till USD 500,000 per week for a ‘normal large yacht’. Mega yachts with a length of more than 100 meters will cost much more to charter: USD 1 million till USD 2 million a week. This is a lot of money, but buying a yacht for USD 50 million, with annual costs of USD 5 million is still a lot more.. Also while you charter a yacht, you only have the benefits, and don’t suffer the yachts problems: finding and keeping good crew, paying and arranging maintenance, logistics. Also it is much easier to change your destination with every holiday: just charter a yacht which is already in your dream destination. Famous charter destinations include Croatia, Miami, Newport and the Bahamas.  

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. Some yachts employ a master chef, with experience in a multi-Michelin starred restaurant. 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

Al - Asmakh  -  Ibrahim Al Asmakh

Alejandra  -  Ferruccio Fiorucci

Alfa Nero  - Theodore Angelopoulos

Alwaeli - King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa

Amadeus - Bernard Arnault

Amevi - Lakshmi Mittal

Amore Mio II - Evangelos Marinakis

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

Blue Moon - Richard Duchossois

Boardwalk - Tilman J. Fertitta

C2  -  Ronald Perelman

Cakewalk - Charles Gallagher

Capri - John Caudwell

Carinthia VII - Heidi Horten

Chopi Chopi -  Taha and Najib Makati

Como  -  Neville Crichton

Coral Island - Sheikh Abdul Mohsen

Dilbar - Alisher Usmanov

Eclipse - Roman Abramovich

Ecstasea - Alshair Fiyaz

Enigma - Aidan Barclay

Equanimity - Jho Low

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

Kibo - Alexander Mamut

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 Kathryn V - Leo Vecellio

Lady Lola - Duane Hagadone

Lady M  - Swedish billionaire

Lady Moura - Dr. Nasser Al Rashid

Lady Petra  -  Frans Heesen

Lady Sheridan - John Eddie Williams

Lammouche - Ayman Asfari

Limitless - Leslie Wexner

Lionheart  -  Philip Greene

Luna - Farkhad Akhmedov

M5- Rodney Lewis

Madame Gu - not Andrei Skoch

Majestic - Bruce Sherman

Mariu  -  Giorgio Armani

Martha Ann - Warren E Halle

Mayan Queen - Alberto Bailleres

Melek - Turgay Ciner

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

Oasis  -  Eric Schmidt

Octopus - Paul Allen - with interior photos!

Pacific - East European billionaire

Paloma - Vincent Bollore

Paramour - Michael O’Keeffe

Pelorus - David Geffen

Plan B - Ted Waitt

Phoenix 2 - Jan Kulczyk

Predator - Iksander Makhmudov

Privacy - Tiger Woods

Quantum Blue - Sergey Galitskiy

Quattroelle - Majid al Futtaim

Radiant - Abdullah al Futtaim

Rising Sun - David Geffen

Rhino - Roy E Carroll

Samar  -  Kutayba Alghanim

Sapphire  -  Filaret Galchev

Sarafsa - Prince Fahad bin Sultan al Saud

Satori - Eric Benson

Savannah - Lukas Lundin

Sea Force One - Raffaele Costa

Sea Owl - Robert Mercer

Serene -  Yuri Shefler

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

Yalla  - Naquib Sawiris

Z- Konstyantin Zhevago

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: #1 to B

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: C to H

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: I to L

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: M to P

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: Q to S

The Superyacht Owners Register, yacht names: T to Z

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Superyacht Gallant Lady

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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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Yacht Just J's owned by Jay Schottenstein