3. The World’s Largest Sailing Yacht: Sailing Yacht A, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko
6. The Luxury Yacht with the Most Crew Members: probably also Al Salamah: 94 crew and 40 personal staff, in a total of 60 crew cabins
8. The World’s Most Famous SuperYacht: probably Octopus, owned by Microsoft co-
9. The World’s Ugliest SuperYacht: probably Yas, a converted navy frigate (re)built for Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi
10. The World’s Richest Yacht Owner: Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle with a net worth of US$ 54 billion
11. The Man with the Most Yachts (in private use): Paul Allen, with Octopus, Tatoosh and Meduse (he sold Meduse in 2016)
12. The Man who ordered the Most New Yachts in his life: probably the late Jim Moran, who ordered 8 new Feadships
13. The World’s Largest Explorer Yacht: the 116 meter Ulysses, owned by Graeme Hart
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A superyacht (or super yacht, or mega yacht) is a large and usually, privately-
A Luxury 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 of the yacht, will probably have been considerably less, around US$ 500 million.)
Based on the data of several hundred yachts, we created this rough indication of yacht prices (in US$ millions), related to the yacht’s length (in meters). See our list of the world’s top superyacht builders here.
Or in a simplified table. There is an obvious exponential influence of the yacht’s length to the yachts price. Which can easily be explained by the fact that longer yachts have more decks and are wider than smaller yachts and thus have more volume.
Most luxury yachts 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.
What are the cost of owning a yacht? The yearly running costs of a luxury yacht (including crew, maintenance, insurance and fuel) roughly account for 10% of the build price, or US$10 million a year on a US$100 million vessel. It seems smarter to charter a yacht…. Or you have to win big at a casino.
Nowadays the largest superyachts are owned by Arabs or Russians. The biggest yacht 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-
The largest superyachts are not necessarily the world's longest. One of the largest boats measured by volume is Al Salamah. Built for Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, it was put up for sale in 2012 (after Prince Sultan died) with an asking price of EUR 250 million (US$350 million).
The new Dilbar, built for Alisher Usmanov also seems to be one of the largest yachts in the world. The largest sailing yacht is ‘Sailing Yacht A’, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. The longest yacht is Azzam.
One of the most modern (styled) yachts is a superyacht called, simply, A that was built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. Another very modern boat is YAS, a 140-
The most famous of them all is probably the yacht Kingdom 5 KR owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia). It featured in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again”. The members of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia own dozens of yachts.
Superyachts are often purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals.
A UHNWI is some one with net assets over US$ 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.
The most famous UHNWI yacht owners include Roman Abramovich, Larry Ellison and Google’s Larry Page.
US President Donald Trump has been owner of the yacht Trump Princess, while the world’s richest man Bill Gates does not own a yacht. He owns an extremely large house though, watch Bill Gates’ house here.
It is expected that the amount spent on superyachts worldwide, is increasing 25% the coming 5 years. There is a trend towards expedition yachts, in stead of (fast) displacement yachts, but also new built yachts seem to grow bigger over the years. The yacht building industry is doing well.
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