The yacht Graceful was originally constructed at the Russian Sevmash shipyard near Arkhangelsk. Sevmash is the largest ship-
SuperYachtFan became aware of some rumors that the yacht Graceful was built for Russian President Vladimir Putin. SuperYachtFan is not sure if these rumors are true, there is only circumstantial evidence to support these rumors. 1) The yacht was constructed at the Sevmash Shipyard, which normally only works for the Russian Navy (a billionaire who wants to have a new toy, will not have access to a site where the navy is building nuclear submarines), 2) after her delivery Graceful spent a lot of time at Sochi in Russia. She left Sochi in December 2014. (Sochi, home to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Formula One races, is considered to be Putin’s private prestige project. It is not a destination where you will normally leave your yacht for the cold November and December months. Putin is rumored to have a residence named ‘Bocharov Ruchey’ in Sochi). 3) Graceful has a Russian native captain, with a Russian navy background. So the above is not hard evidence, the yacht could also be built for a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Putin government. But until someone sends us a message with new information, we will list Vladimir Putin as the owner of the yacht Graceful. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (born 1952) started his career as an officer in the KGB. His last position was Lieutenant Colonel. In 1991 he entered politics, first in Saint Petersburg and later in Moscow. In 1996 he came a member of President Boris Yeltsin's staff. When Yeltsin resigned in 1999, Putin became Acting President. Putin has been ‘the leader of Russia’ since then: from 1999 to 2000 he was Prime Minister, from 2000 until 2008 he was President, from 2008 until 2012 he was Prime Minister and since 2012 he is President again. According to official sources Vladimir Putin has a net worth or around USD 150,000. Some journalists and opposition politicians claim that Putin is actually the richest person in Europe, with a net worth of more than USD 40 billion.