Alamshar - motor yacht - 50m (164.04ft) - Devonport Yachts - 2014
Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) - net worth USD 800 million - UK
Aga Khan Development Network www.akdn.org
Luxury yacht Alamshar was delivered to her owner His Highness the Aga Khan in 2014, after a 13 year long engineering and construction time. The Aga Khan, is the 49th hereditary Imam (Spiritual Leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. As a descendant of the Fatimids, the Egypt-based dynasty that founded Cairo and ruled much of North Africa and the Middle East from the tenth through the twelfth centuries, the Aga Khan retains the hereditary title of “Prince”. The title of “Aga Khan” dates to 1818, when Hassan Ali Shah, the 46th Ismaili Imam, was granted the honorary hereditary title of “Aga Khan” by the Shah of Persia. The title “His Highness” was granted by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain in 1957. The Aga Khan is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. The yacht Alamshar was built with 6 (!) gas turbines, to reach a top speed of 65 knots. However at test runs it reached only 30 knots. The yacht was named after the successful Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, which was bred at the Aga Khan’s Aiglemont Estate. The Aga Khan is founder of the Aga Khan Development Network, which spends USD 600 million a year on good causes. The Aga Khan has an estimated net worth of US$ 800 million.