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Superyacht White Cloud

White Cloud (formerly New Horizon L) is a 67.30m (220.80ft) superyacht, custom built in 1983 by Feadship (Royal Van Lent) in Kaag, the Netherlands. She was built for Dutch millionaire Bram van Leeuwen, also known as Prince de Lignac. For long she was known as one of the most expensive yachts ever built. With most of the interior fittings in gold and bathtubs made of Lapiz Lazuli.  The yacht was Bram van Leeuwen’s fulltime residence. After his death White Cloud was purchased by Craig McCaw, who sent her for a refit in 2004 to Peters Schiffbau in Germany. She was lengthened and had a new deckhouse added. White Cloud is currently for sale.

Craig McCaw

Craig McCaw is the owner of the yacht White Cloud. Graig McCaw is an entrepreneur who achieved success as a pioneer in the cellular phone industry. McCaw is the co-founder of McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Mobility) and Clearwire Corporation. In 1994, the McCaw brothers sold McCaw Cellular to AT&T for USD 11.5 billion.  Following the sale of McCaw Cellular, McCaw took interest in Nextel, a wireless carrier. In 1995 McCaw gained control of Nextel after investing USD 1.1 billion together with his brothers. Within four years Nextel grew significantly. In 1999 McCaw formed Nextel Partners, Inc. which was later acquired by Sprint Nextel, Inc. for USD 6.5 billion in 2006. McCaw was previously married to Wendy McCaw, a California newspaper publisher. They divorced in 1997 with Wendy receiving a reported USD 460 million divorce settlement. This was one of the most expensive divorces of all time. McCaw is married to Susan Rasinski McCaw, a former United States Ambassador to Austria. They have three children together. McCaw’s wealth is estimated at USD 1.6 billion. McCaw’s investment holding is named Eagle River Holdings L.L.C., and is based in Kirkland, Washington. Graig McCaw has owned a Boeing 737 business jet. In 2012 Graig McCaw paid USD 35 million for a 1962 Ferrari GTO. And in the same year he put his private island  - James Island - off the coast of Vancouver, BC, for sale.

Craig McCaw's yacht White Cloud superyacht White Cloud in Antibes Graig McCaw's private helicopter yacht White Cloud in Cannes White Cloud White Cloud with tender Craig McCaw McCaw Cellular McCaw Prince de Lignac Feadship White Cloud New Horizon L McCaw yacht

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Graig McCaw’s superyacht White Cloud

The yacht pictured in Antibes, France

McCaw’s private helicopter on the deck of the yacht

A party day in the bay of Cannes

The yacht was built as New Horizon L, for Prince de Lignac