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The largest superyachts in the world and the wealthy people who own them.
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The Latest SuperYacht Owners News
December 13, 2017 - Sultan Bin Khalifa al Nahyan is the owner of the yacht Moonlight II. Sheikh Sultan is the oldest son of Sheikh Khalifa al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Moonlight II was built as Alysia for Andreas Liveras. More here
December 1, 2017 - Russian billionaire Igor Kesaev is the owner of the yacht Sky. Kesaev is the owner of Megapolis, Russia’s market leader in cigarettes. In 2013 he sold 40% of the shares for US$ 1.7 billion. The yacht Sky was delivered in 2010 by Heesen Yachts. More here
November 29, 2017 - Samuel Tak Lee is the owner of the yacht Pelorus. We were told that Hong Kong based property billionaire Samuel Tak Lee is the current owner of the yacht Pelorus. He reportedly also owns the yachts Kogo and Caipirinha. More here
November 27, 2017 - Amancio Ortega - Europe’s richest man - is the owner of the yacht Drizzle. We found out that Amancio Ortega owns the yacht Drizzle. Ortega is the founder of Inditex, the world’s largest retail chain, known for its Zara brand. His net worth is US$ 76 billion. More here
November 7, 2017 - Yacht Ownership structures disclosed in Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers - a set of leaked offshore investment documents - disclosed several yacht ownership structures. Examples are the ownership of the 123 meter yacht Golden Odyssey by Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Azziz through the Bermudan company Actaeon Shipping Ltd and the ownership of the 38 meter yacht Santa Maria T by Ukrainian parliament member Anton Prigodsky. More here
November 5, 2017 - Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, owner of the yacht Kingdom 5KR arrested. PrinceAlwaleed Bin Talal, a member of the Saudi royal family, was reportedly detained on November 4th. The billionaire businessman was among at least 17 Saudi princes and top officials detained on Saturday More here
October 28, 2017 - Alexander Khloponin is the owner of the yacht Eminence. Khloponin is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. He was Chariman at Norilsk Nickel in the 1990’s. His yacht Eminence was built by Abeking & Rasmussen. More here.
October 18 2017 - Charles S Cohen is the owner of the yacht Seasense. Cohen is a NY based real estate developer and active in media. His net worth is US$ 3.3 billion. His yacht Seasense was built by Benetti to a design of Cor D. Rover. More here.
October 16, 2017 - Alexander Svetakov is the owner of the yacht Cloudbreak. Alexander Svetakov is the founder of the Absolut Investment Group. He sold his Absolut Bank for US$ 1 billion. Cloudbreak was built at Abeking and Rasmussen. More here.
October 3, 2017 - Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the yacht Queen Miri. Adelson is the founder of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. With a net worth of US$ 36 billion, he is one of the world’s richest yacht owners. His yacht Queen Miri is named after his wife Miriam. More here.
September 27, 2017 - John Christodoulou is the owner of the yacht Zeus (ex Enigma) We were informed that UK billionaire and property developer Yianis ‘John’ Christodoulou purchased the yacht Enigma earlier this summer fur EUR 48.5 million and named her Zeus. More here.
September 4, 2017 - Tilman Fertitta bought the Houston Rockets NBA Team
It was announced that Tilman Fertitta bought the Houston Rockets Basketball team for US$ 2.2 billion from Leslie Alexander. Fertitta is owner of the yacht Boardwalk, named after his Kemah Boardwalk in Houston More here.
August 20, 2017 - Paul Allen’s Expedition Vessel Petrel has found the USS Indianapolis
The 76 meter RV Petrel discovered the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, 5,500 meters below the surface in the North Pacific Ocean. She was sank by an Japanese torpedo in the final days of WWII. She had just delivered components of the Atomic Bomb used in Hiroshima More here.
August 4, 2017 - Frank Zweegers, owner of the yacht Unicorn arrested
Dutch website Quote revealed that Dutch real estate developer Frank Zweegers was arrested, while having holiday on his 55 meter yacht Unicorn in Capri, Italy More here.
July 27, 2017 - US TV Host Stephen Colbert visited SuperYacht owner Mikhail Prokhorov
Stephen Colbert and his Late Show visited Mikhail Prokhorov and talked about his ‘Oligarch Lifestyle’. They talked about his superyacht and show one of his houses. Prokhorov is the owner of the yacht Palladium. More here.
July 14, 2017 - The brothers Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta are both building a new yacht at Feadship
We were informed that Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who sold their Ultimate Fighting Championship operation for US$ 4 billion in 2016, are both building a Feadship yacht. And we received proof… More here.
July 3, 2017 - The Feadship Project 1007 is the new yacht for Dmitry Rybolovlev
The 110 meter project will be the largest superyacht built by Feadship. Her interior will be designed by Michael Leach Design, who is also responsible for Rybolovlev’s current yacht Anna. More here.
June 25, 2017 - The Oceanco Barbara is the third yacht owned by Vladimir Potanin
Vladimir Potanin now owns three yachts, all built by Oceanco and designed by Sam Sorgiovanni. His latest yacht is named after his youngest daughter Barbara. His other yachts are Anastasia and Nirvana More here.
June 17, 2017 - The USA Government seeks civil forfeiture of the yacht Equanimity
It seems that Malaysian billionaire Jho Low transferred US$ 1 billion of government funds to a private bank account. Among other things, he purchase the yacht Equanimity for US$ 250 million and a US$ 35 million Bombardier Global 5000 private jet. More here.
June 14, 2017 - The Feadship yacht Joy is owned by Sameer Gehlaut
We were informed that Sameer Gehlaut is the owner of the yacht Joy. Gehlaut is the founder of the Indiabulls Group, active in finance and real estate. Gehlaut is one of the richest Indians with a net worth of US$ 2.6 billion. More here.
June 6, 2017 - The Feadship yacht Hasna is built for John Symond
Feadship has launched a 73 meter yacht named Hasna. She is built for Australian money lending tycoon John Symond. He founded Aussie Home Lending, which lends money to home owners and business owners. He sold the majority of his shares to a large Australian bank. His net worth is US$ 600 mililon. More here.
June 2, 2017 - The yacht Ona (ex Dilbar) has been put up for sale
Alisher Usmanov’s yacht Ona (replaced by the new Dilbar, currently the world’s largest yacht) has been put for sale asking EUR 250 million (US$ 280 million). The 110 meter yacht features a private hospital, a cinema, a large pool, a conference room and accommodations for 16 guests, 41 crew and 8 staff. More here.
May 29, 2017 - The Amels 180 Driftwood is probably owned by Nicholas Woodman.
The Amels 180 Driftwood, has been delivered to her owner. We think she is owned by Go Pro founder Nicholas Woodman. Not only related the yacht’s name to Woodman, we were actually told he ordered a new Amels 180 to be delivered in 2017. More here.
May 20, 2017 - The CRN Cloud 9 has been delivered to Brett Blundy
The CRN Yacht Cloud 9 is delivered. She is built for Brett Blundy, a retail entrepreneur form Australia. Blundy is the founder of BB Retail Capital, which owns chains of jewellery and fashion stores. His net worth is estimated at US$ 645 million. More here.
May 14, 2017 - The new Aviva has been delivered to Joe Lewis
The new Aviva has been delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen. She is owned by billionaire Joe Lewis. Lewis owns the #Tavistock Group, which invests in more than 200 companies including the football club Tottenham Hotspur, the Mitchells & Butlers plc group (owner of 1,600 pubs, bars and restaurants) and Pampa Energia (Argentina’s largest electricity company). His net worth is US$ 5.7 billion. Lewis also owns a US$ 30 million Embraer Legacy 600 private jet, with registration G-THFC. More here
May 13, 2017 - The Aga Khan’s Yacht Alamshar is at Lurssen for a Refit
The yacht Alamshar is currently in Germany at Lürssen for a refit. She was built for His Highness the Aga Khan. She was designed to deliver a top speed of 65 knots, but was not able to reach that speed due to design issues. The Aga Khan is the Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. His net worth is estimated at US$ 800 million. He owns a Bombardier Global 6000 private jet, with registration LX-PAK More here.
May 12, 2017 - Howard Leigth and his yacht Leight Star
Howard Leight is the owner of the yacht Leight Star. Leight founded Howard Leight Industries, active in in-ear hearing protection. He sold his company in 1998 for US$ 120 million and became active in real estate investments. He owns the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards. More here
Luxury SuperYachts: 13 Crazy Facts
1. The World’s Largest SuperYacht (measured by length): Azzam, 180 meter (590 ft) owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi (Azzam is the longest yacht).
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What is a SuperYacht?
A superyacht (or super yacht, or mega yacht) is a large and usually, privately-owned luxury yacht, which is professionally crewed and extremely expensive. (A few are owned by state organizations.)
What does a SuperYacht cost?
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, 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).
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.
Superyachts are owned by the Richest People on Earth
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. The larger superyachts (longer than 80 meters or 260 feet) are invariably owned by billionaires. Most billionaires also own or charter a private jet.
The Running cost of a SuperYacht
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….
The Biggest Yachts in the World
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-wife, as part of a divorce settlement). Until 2014 Abramovich also owned the expedition yacht Luna, but he sold her to Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov.
The largest Yacht by Volume (or gross Tonnage)
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$350 million). The new Dilbar, built for Alisher Usmanov also seems to be one of the largest yachts in the world. The largest sailing yacht will be ‘Sailing Yacht A’, under construction for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. The longest yacht is Azzam.
One of the most modern is a superyacht called, simply, A that was built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko. Another very modern boat is YAS, a 140-meter yacht which Sheikh Hamdan of the United Arab Emirates converted out of a warship.
The most famous of them all is probably the yacht Kingdom 5 KR owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal (a cousin of the King of Saudi Arabia). It featured in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again”. The members of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia own dozens of yachts.
Superyacht Owners - UHNWI
Superyachts are often purchased by UHNWI or Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. A UHNW is some one with net assets over US$ 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.
Famous Yacht Owners
The most famous UHNWI yacht owners include Roman Abramovich and Larry Ellison. US Presidential candidate 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 a large house though, watch Bill Gates’ house here.
The Yacht Industry
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.
Displacement - Displacement or displacement tonnage is the weight of water that a ship displaces when it is floating, which in turn is the weight of a ship (and its contents).
Gross Tonnage - Gross tonnage (often abbreviated as GT, G.T. or gt) is a unitless index related to a ship's overall internal volume
Beam - The beam of a ship is its width at the widest point as measured at the ship's nominal waterline. Beam may also be used to define the maximum width of a ship's hull, or maximum width plus superstructure overhangs.
Draft - The draft (American) or draught (British) of a ship's hull is the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull (keel), with the thickness of the hull included. Draft determines the minimum depth of water a ship or boat can safely navigate.
Sloop - A sloop is a sailing boat with a single mast and a fore-and-aft rig. A sloop has only one head-sail.
Ketch - A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts. The distinguishing characteristic of a ketch is that the forward of the two masts (the "mainmast") is larger than the after mast
Range - The distance a motor yacht can sail without refueling
Nautical Mile - A nautical mile (symbol M, NM or nmi) is a unit of distance, set by international agreement as being exactly 1852 meters (about 6,076 feet), compared with the 5,280 feet in a statute mile.
Knot - The knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (1.852 km) per hour, approximately 1.151 mph
UHNWI -A UHNW is some one with net assets over US$ 30 million
Yatch -A frequently used type error of the word yacht.
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