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24 Karat –
60 Years –
Adamas II –
After Eight –
Aifos (renamed Drad) –
Al Adaid –
Robbie Williams –
Superyacht Al Adaid is a Riva Athena, built by as MY RW for UK singer Robbie Williams. Williams ordered the yacht in 2005, but it is unclear if he really used the yacht. The yacht was sold to an Arab owner and is now named Al Adaid. SuperYachtFan is not sure who owns Al Adaid, but it seems to be a Qatar-based millionaire named Essa Bin Mohammed Al Sulaiti.
Al Asmakh –
Al Diriyah –
Al Mirqab –
Al Said –
Al Salamah –
Alexandar V –
Andrey Boyko –
Burevestnik Group www.burevestnik.ru
Andrey Boyko is the owner of the yacht Aleksandria. Boyko is the founder of the Burevestnik Group, which is the Russian importer of Sunseeker, Overmarine and Chris Craft yachts. Boyko also owns several yacht clubs and marinas such as the Yacht Club “Petrel”, one of the oldest yacht clubs in Russia, founded in 1953, and the Imperial Moscow River Yacht Club. Further, he is the owner and publisher of the Russian Yachting Magazine and owner of a yacht transport company.
Alfa Nero –
Altair III –
Alouette II –
Amarula Sun –
Andrei Borodin –
We were told that the Abeking and Rasmussen yacht Amaryllis is owned by Russian banker Andrey Borodin. Borodin was the President of the Bank of Moscow. In 2011 Borodin sold his 20% stake in the Bank of Moscow for US$ 1.1 billion. In August 2012 Borodin bought Park Place (near Henley-
motor yacht – 106.5 meter (350 ft) – Lurssen Yachts – Espen Oeino Design – The Amadea yacht was listed for sale. The yacht Amadea Owner is unknown.
Amazon Express –
Amore Mio II –
Anad 3 –
Abdullah Al Masaood –
Al Masaood Group –
H.E. Abdulla Al Masaood is the owner of the yacht Anad 3. Abdulla Al Masaood is the owner of the Al Masaood Group. The Al Masaood family has a long trading tradition as merchants in the Arabian Gulf. Al Masaood has grown to establish itself as one of the largest integrated industrial, commercial, and service organizations in the Middle East. Now employing over 7,000 people, Al Masaood serves the collective business interests of the Al Masaood family. AI Masaood is active in automotive, construction, oil and gas, retail, and several other segments. Al Masaood Automobiles represents the complete range of Nissan, Infiniti, and Renault vehicles in Abu Dhabi. Advanced Car Rental is an Abu Dhabi-based car rental and leasing company, Al Masaood Travel Services is a travel and tourist agency. Al Masaood represents Harley Davidson in the UAE.
Ann G –
Oleksandr Guzenko –
The yacht Ann G was built at Heesen to a design of Clifford Denn.
Her owner is Oleksandr Guzenko. He is the owner of the Ukrainian wallpaper company Edem. He named the yacht after his daughter Ann.
Gilles Gibier is the owner of the yacht Bintador. He is the owner of the famous Hotel de La Messardiere in St Tropez. It is one of the biggest and one of the most prestigious hotels in the French Riviera. In 2019 it was reported he would sell the hotel to investor Stephane Courbit. Gibier named his yacht after his partner Bintador.
Calliope (now named Ninkasi) –
Candyscape II (now Sealyon) –
Carinthia VII –
Carl Linné (ex: Christoffels Lighthouse) –
Harald Örneberg –
ORN Capital –
Harald Örneberg is the owner of the sailing yacht Carl Linné. Orneberg founded Orn Capital, a hedge fund management company. Orn Capital managed funds in excess of US$ 650 million.
In 2006 Orneberg sold Orn Capital to Morley Fund Management. Morley is the UK-
The Forest Company invests in trees, timberland and timber-related assets. The Forest Company focuses on forest plantations in areas with high biological growth rates, such as Brazil and Colombia. The company has raised USD 355 million in equity capital and as assets of USD 375 million. Örneberg’s sailing yacht Carl Linné was built at Holland Jachtbouw as Christoffel’s Lighthouse. Carl Linne is currently for sale.
Massimo Moratti –
Saras Group –
Italian billionaire Massimo Moratti is the owner of the sailing yacht Carlotta. Massimo Moratti is the CEO of the Saras Group. The Saras Group, founded by his father Angelo Moratti, is a leading independent oil refinery and trading group, active in Europe.
Saras refines, sells, and distributes oil products such as diesel, gasoline, heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and aviation fuel. In 2013 Russian state-owned petroleum company Rosneft took a 21% share in Saras, of which 14% acquired from the Moratti Brothers, who each received EUR 90 million or USD 120 million for their shares.
Massimo and his brother Gian Marco Moratti (Chairman at the company) still own 25.01% of the Saras shares each. In 2013 Saras realized revenue of US$ 15 billion and a net loss of USD 370 million. Massimo Moratti owned all the shares of the Italian soccer club Inter Milan, but in 2013 sold 70% of the shares to International Sports Capital, for USD 340 million.
Massimo still owns 30% of the shares in Inter Milan and remains Honorary Chairman. Forbes estimates the net worth of Massimo Moratti at US$ 1.5 billion. The sailing yacht Carlotta was delivered by Perini Navi in 1992. She is built out of steel and powered by a single Volvo engine.
Robert (Bob) and Lynne Grossman –
Southern Container Corporation (sold in 2008)
Bob and Lynne Grossman are the owners of the Alloy expedition yacht Caryali. Bob Grossman is the son of Louis Grossman, who founded the Southern Container Corporation.
The Southern Container Corporation was sold in 2008 to RockTenn for USD 1 billion. It is not clear whether Bob still owned shares in the company at that moment, so SuperYachtFan estimates Grossman’s net worth at USD 100 million.
Bob is the brother of Steven Grossman, owner of the Huisman motor yacht Arcadia. Bob Grossman is still connected to a company named Southern Kraft Corporation, based in Plantation, Florida. The company was (or still is) also active in the paper industry.
The Grossman family is now active in real estate development, through several companies all with names related to Caryali. The family owns DMH Press, which publishes the children’s storybooks The Dolly Adventures.
The books are actually written by Alison Grossman, daughter of Bob and Lynne. Bob and Lynne Grossman have owned several yachts all named Caryali. Their yachts are named after their children Cary and Alison. Before their current Alloy Yacht, they owned a Nordhavn 86, also named Caryali.
Casino Royale –
David McDonald –
David McDonald is the owner of the yacht Casino Royale. David McDonald was CEO of Pelco. Pelco is a worldwide leader in the design, development and manufacture of video security systems, with 2,200 employees worldwide. In 2007 Pelco was acquired by Schneider Electric for USD 1.5 billion.
At that moment 50% of the shares of Pelco were owned by Gerald and William Lyles, while the other 50% was owned by Freedom Acquisitions, Incorporated, which was partially owned by David McDonald.
It is estimated that David McDonald received around 25% of the USD 1.5 billion, or USD 375 million. In the same year, David McDonald founded McDonald Aviation, LLC. McDonald Aviation owns a Gulfstream 550 with registration N560DM, which is available for charter.
David McDonald acquired the yacht Casino Royale from legendary yachtsman John Staluppi. John Staluppi currently owns two yachts and has a third in order, all three are named Skyfall.
Cedar Sea II –
Mouawad family –
The Mouawad family are the owners of the superyacht Cedar Sea II. Mouawad is a privately held international jewelry company that designs, manufactures, and sells exclusive jewelry.
During the last 40 years, the company has transformed from a family business into a global empire. Mouawad is known for its exclusive collections, haute joaillerie, objects of art, and luxury watches. Mouawad is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland but they have offices worldwide.
Mouawad was founded in 1891 in Beirut, Lebanon by David Mouawad and is currently led by 4th generation. Cedar Sea used to have a customized Range Rover as a tender.
C’est La Vie –
Franck Muller –
Franck Muller Geneve –
Franck Muller is the owner of the motor yacht C’est La Vie. Franck Muller is the founder of the Geneva-based watch-making company Franck Muller.
After graduating from the Watch-making School of Geneve, Franck Muller started repairing exclusive watches. In 1991 he started his own watch-making company, focusing on tourbillions watches.
His famous clientele includes rapper 50Cent and actress Demi Moore. Annual sales of the Frank Muller Group is estimated at USD 350 million a year.
Franck Muller’s yacht C’est La Vie was built in 2003 at the German Kaiserwerft. In 2012 Franck Muller ordered a larger 45-meter yacht at Kaiserwerft for Eur 21 million. The yacht order was later canceled, which started a legal dispute.
C’est La Vie –
Gary Chouest –
Edison Chouest Offshore –
Gary Chouest, who purchased Westport Yachts early June 2014, is the owner of several sportfishing yachts. He and his family own the ACY 90 ft C’est La Vie, the ACY 80 ft Patriot, the ACY 65 ft Freedom and the Monterey 58 Chach.
A large number of ACY yachts isn’t surprising as Chouest actually owns the shipyard CY, or American Custom Yachts. Gary Chouest is a wealthy man, his net worth is estimated at least US$ 1 billion.
The source of wealth is the company Edison Chouest Offshore, or ECO. ECO was founded by Edison Chouest, the father of Gary Chouest. Edison Chouest started as a shrimp fisherman.
In 1960 he bought a small utility vessel to support a petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Later he started to refurbish old vessels and nowadays Edison Chouest Offshore owns more than 200 offshore service vessels, five shipbuilding facilities (North American Shipbuilding, LaShip, Gulf Ship, Tampa Ship, and Navship), and two superyacht builders: ACY and since 2014 Westport Yachts.
Further, the group owns several ship terminals, dry dock facilities, and other ship service-related companies. Chouest also co-
He purchased the Westport shares from John Orin Edson, founder of Bayliner Marine Corporation and owner of the Westport yacht Evviva. According to a Westport Yachts press release, Gary Chouest owns a Westport Yacht.
SuperYachtFan found out that Gary Chouest is the owner of the Westport 164 My Girl. The yacht was delivered in 2007 and is the 3rd yacht in the 164 series.
Marty Sutter –
health care investments –
Marty Sutter is the owner of the yacht Chanticleer. Sutter founded a number of successful healthcare companies.
Marty Sutter is the founder and managing director of Essex Woodlands. Established in 1985, Essex Woodlands is one of the oldest healthcare equity and venture capital firms in the world.
They have $2.5 billion under management. Investments include ATS Medical, BioForm Medical, Lifecell and several others.
Scott McQueen –
Bluewater Radio Broadcasting –
Scott McQueen is the owner of the yacht Charisma. Scott McQueen is the founder of Bluewater Broadcasting.
Bluewater Broadcasting owns and operates seven radio stations in the Montgomery Alabama area. Stations include WQKS HD3 Yo! 107.1 (classic hip hop/R&B) and WACV – News Talk 93.1.
Russian Presidential yacht –
The yacht Chayka is known as the Russian Presidential yacht. The yacht was acquired by the Russian government in 2011. She was originally built for an Italian businessman who named her Leo Fun.
When acquired by Russia, she was first known as Sirius, but soon renamed Chayka, which means Seagull in Russian. In 2011 it was reported that she was purchased on behalf of Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia’s president, now Russia’s Prime Minister.
Chayka’s home port is Sochi, the host city of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. It is expected that Vladimir Putin and or Dmitry Medvedev will use the yacht Chayka as the basis for their visits to the Olympic Games.
Eric E Verbeeck –
real estate –
Eric Verbeeck is the owner of the sailing yacht Che. Verbeek owns Interbuild, a Belgium real estate developer.
The company was founded in 1980 by Erick Verbeeck, and was one of the largest Belgium real estate companies. The company was sold to the Dutch BAM group in 1998.
Chevy Toy –
Gene Reed –
Gene Reed Enterprises –
Gene Reed used to be the owner of the yacht Chevy Toy. Reed sold the yacht Chevy Toy in 2011, she is now named Cocktails.
Gene Reed founded the Gene Reed Enterprises, an automotive group based in Charleston, South Carolina. Reed was mainly active as Chevrolet and Toyota dealership. In 2011 Reed sold his Toyota dealerships to Hendrick Automotive Group for around USD 70 million.
Reed still owns Daytona Toyota in Florida and owns Reed-
Chopi Chopi –
Taha Mikati –
M1 Group / Investcom –
Taha Mikati or his brother Najib Makati is the owner of the yacht Chopi Chopi.
Christina O –
Ivor Fitzpatrick –
Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company –
The yacht Christina O was built for the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, who named his yacht after his daughter Christina Onassis.
When Onassis died in 1975, the yacht was acquired and later restored by John Paul Papanicolaou, a friend of the Onassis family. Papanicolaou was president of Titan Brokerage Corporation of Piraeus, Greece.
Papanicolaou was also responsible for the conversion of Galeb, the former Yugoslavian presidential yacht. John-
Luxury yacht Christina O is now co-
Merle Wood –
Merle Wood & Associates –
Merle Wood is the owner of the yacht Claire. Merle Wood is the founder and owner of Merle Wood & Associates, one of the most successful yacht brokerage companies.
The company has concluded sales with a cumulative value exceeding USD 26 billion. The yacht Claire was built as Seahawk. Wood previously owned a smaller yacht, a 115ft Broward yacht also named Claire.
Wood named the yachts after his wife Claire. Wood also owns or owned a 75ft Hatteras yacht named Victory. Claire is available for charter.
Clan VI –
Clan VIII –
Bertram R.C. Rickmers –
Rickmers Group –
Bertram Rickmers is the owner of the sailing yachts Clan VI and Clan VIII. Bertram Rickmers is owner and chairman of the Rickmers Group, based in Hamburg Germany, and active in shipping and ship management.
Through its Rickmers Linie the group offers breakbulk, heavy lift, and cargo liner services. With 12 vessels Rickmers Linie offers the “Round-
With vessels following a fixed itinerary serving 16 ports around the globe on an eastbound route with departures every 14 days. Rickmers Maritime assets manage vessels that are owned by it or by third parties.
Rickmers’ fleet of more than 125 vessels includes container vessels, multi-
Bertram Rickmers owns 100% of the shares, giving him a net worth of more than USD 500 million. Rickmers’ sailing yacht Clan VIII was built by Perini Navi and delivered in 2011.
She is designed by Ron Holland Design and offers accommodation for 8 guests. His smaller and older yacht Clan VI is available for charter.
Tom Murphy –
Coastal Construction –
Tom Murphy is the owner of the yacht Cocktails. Murphy is the founder of Coastal Construction.
Coastal is one of the largest construction firms in Florida. The company builds hotels, resorts, office buildings, condominiums, and homes. Clients include Donald Trump (Trump Hollywood) and Opray Winfrey, Coastal built a house for her.
Part of the Coastal group is Coastal Environmental Services, which specializes in disaster relief and environmental cleanup. Tom Murphy is an active philanthropist, his Coastal Cares supports local and regional charities including the Boys & Girls Club and Education Fund/Teach-
His yacht Cocktails was built as Chevy Toy for Gene Reed.
The ruling family of Qatar –
The yacht Constellation is owned by the ruling family of Qatar. Constellation has an identical sister ship, named Stargate, which is owned by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamid bin Khalifa Al-
Constellation was built as Stargate I in 1999. Luxury yacht Constellation has a shadow vessel named Al Shoua.
Neville Crichton –
Car dealership / Balverona / Ateco –
New Zealand based automotive entrepreneur Neville Crichton is the owner of the yacht Como
Steven Sablotsky –
Noven Pharmaceuticals –
Steven Sablotsky is the owner of the yacht Copasetic. Sablotsky is the founder of Noven Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company active in the research, development, manufacture, marketing and sale of prescription pharmaceutical products.
Steven Sablotsky founded Noven in 1987 and brought it to the stock market a year later. He kept approx. 25% of the shares. The company grew rapidly, realizing a revenue of US$ 108 million in 2008, with a net profit of USD 21 million.
In 2009 the Japanese pharma company Hisamitsu acquired Novem for USD 430 million, netting Sablotsky more than USD 100 million. His expedition yacht Copasetic was built by Hike Metal Works and delivered in 2006. The yacht is currently (2014) for sale.
Coral Island –
Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Abdulmalik Al-
investments (Zeem Trading Company) –
Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Abdulmalik Al-
Cracker Bay –
Gary Morse –
The Villages www.thevillages.com
Gary Morse is the owner of the yacht Cracker Bay. Cracker Bay was built as Campbell Bay by Hakvoort Shipyard. Gary More is the owner of The Villages Ltd. The Villages is an age-
The Villages consistently ranks as a very high growth area. A 2008 Census Bureau report ranked The Villages the No. 1 fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States.
The Villages was founded by the father of Gary Morse. His father began selling land tracts via mail order in the 1960s. Unfortunately, Federal law in 1968 banned mail-order sales of real estate.
Stuck with considerable portions of Florida land, in the early 1970s, Gary Morse’s father began the development of a mobile home park, Orange Blossom Gardens, in the northwestern corner of Lake County. By the early 1980s, though, the community had sold only 400 units.
Morse noted that the successful retirement communities offered considerable numbers of well-
Gary Morse built and sold more than 44,000 homes since 1983. He’s created 39 golf courses and developed 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, including two hotels, 60 restaurants, and two movie theaters. In 2011, the Holding Company of The Villages Ltd. generated at least USD 550 million in revenue, according to filings.
Based on the value of his various businesses and real estate –
Criss C –
former owner: Eric Wittouck –
Weight Watchers –
The Wittouck family was owner of the Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, Belgium’s largest sugar producer. In 1989 the Tiense Suikerraffinadery was sold to the German company Südzucker for approx. EUR 950 million.
Since then Erik Wittouck founded Artal, a private investment vehicle, based in Luxembourg. Thought Artal his investments include Eurobake, Europe’s largest baking company, Pizza Hut Finance, operating more than 100 restaurants, and Neuhaus, a chocolate manufacturer.
Prior investments include Weight Watchers, which was purchased from Heinz for USD 735 million in 1999 and which was floated on the NYSE stock market in 2001 with a USD 400 million profit.
In 2007 Artal received another USD 540 million for shares Artal still owned in Weight Watchers. And in 2010 and 2011 Artal sold another 12 million shares for more than USD 1 billion.
Martin Brooks –
Martin Brook is the owner of the Moonen yacht Crystal. Martin Brook is the founder of Brooks Leisure, the UK’s fourth-largest operator of nightclubs and bars.
Brook’s father founded Brooks Cash and Carry a wholesaler, which was sold in 1990. Martin Brook then founded Brook Leisure. In the last few years many clubs have been sold and the group changed it focus to real estate development.
Brook’s yacht Crystal was originally built at Royal Denship but when that company went bankrupt, the yacht was finished at Moonen.
Darnice III –
Hussein Nuaman Soufraki –
HSN Group –
Hussein Nuaman Soufraki is the founder and Chairman of HNS Group. HNS Group is an international contractor and real estate developer.
Founded in 1961 the group specializes in commercial construction and civil engineering works for infrastructure and public works projects. HNS Group’s international investments include the Finsbury Tower in London and the Sun City Mall & Hotel in Cairo.
Hussein Nuaman Soufraki was born in Libya ad holds Canadian citizenship, he resides in Monaco and London. Soufraki is the owner of the Benetti-built yacht Darnice III.
SS Delphine –
Jacques Bruynooghe –
Top finition –
Jacques Bruynooghe is the owner of the yacht SS Delphine. He is the founder of Jacques Bruynooghe Garments S.A.R.L.. His company produces denim jeans for brands like Levi’s.
The company is based in Tunesia, where it employs 5.000 workers. In 1997 Jacques Bruynooghe purchased SS Delphine – originally built for US carmaker Horace Dodge in 1921-
She was re-
Marcel Boekhoorn –
Marcel Boekhoorn is a Dutch entrepreneur. He started his career as a CPA (auditor) but soon focused on private equity. His first major investment was the Dutch bakery retail chain Bakker Bart.
His biggest success was the Dutch mobile phone operator Telfort which he acquired for EUR 300 million and sold 9 months later to KPN for EUR 1.2 billion. His current investments include Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the McGregor Fashion Group, and Spyker Cars.
Boekhoorn named his investment company BoWoLaRi, short for Boekhoorn Wordt Lachend Rijk, which translates as Boekhoorn becomes rich while smiling. Boekhoorn is owner of the Dutch zoo Ouwehands Dierenpark.
His net worth is estimated at USD 1,5 billion. Marcel Boekhoorn named his yacht Deniki after his three daughters Denise, Nicole, and Kim.
Destination Fox Harb’r Too –
Ronald Vaughan “Ron” Joyce –
Wendy’s International –
Ron Joyce is the owner of the yacht Destination Fox Harb’r Too. Ronald Vaughan Joyce is a Canadian billionaire. He co-
Joyce began to franchise the company throughout the late 1970s until the 1990s. Later Joyce would merge his company with Wendys. Joyce became the largest single shareholder of Wendys.
Ron Joyce eventually sold his stock but continued to be active in his holding company, Jetport Inc, which has significant real estate, aviation, and commercial interests. In 2000, Joyce opened Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, a five-star resort.
Diamonds are forever –
John Staluppi –
Atlantic Auto Group –
John Staluppi was the owner of the yacht Diamonds are forever. Staluppi started with a gas station and made it a big success. He was selling cars in his twenties and became one of the first Honda dealers in the US.
Within 10 years he owned 20 dealerships. Later he added Hyundai dealerships. His New York Autogiant now represents 10 brands including Audi, Cadillac, and Volkswagen. Together with John Rosatti, he is the owner of Millennium Super Yachts.
D’Natalin IV –
Dennis Jones –
Jones Pharma –
Dennis M. Jones (together with his wife Judith Jones) is the founder of Jones Pharma. Jones Pharma is a specialty pharmaceuticals manufacturer. In 2000 the company was acquired by King Pharmaceuticals. The market value of the company on its closing trade was $3.6 billion.
After the sale of their company, Dennis and his wife founded The Dennis M Jones Family Foundation, providing to underprivileged students. The foundation was funded with 1,000,000 shares of King and converted into cash through the public sale of the shares at $52 per share.
They purchased their yacht D’Natalin in 2000. She was built in 1996 by Delta Marina as Sally An. In 2014 Dennis Jones had his new 164 ft yacht D’Natalin IV delivered by US yacht builder Christensen. Their previous yacht was put for sale.
Carlos Ancira Elizondo –
Carlos Ancira Elizondo is the owner of the yacht Domani. Elizondo is founder of Grupo Chartwell de Mexico S de RL de CV, Grupo Chartwell is active in the hotel business in Mexico.
Hotels owned or operated by Chartwel are Hilton Mexico City International Airport, the Quinta Real hotel chain, and NH Hotels. Chartwell is also active in the development of shopping malls and residential condominiums in Mexico
The hotels are operated under the Krystal brand. Carlos Ancira Elizondo‘s yacht Domani is available for charter
Dorothea III –
Steven Green –
Greenstreet Partners –
The luxury yacht Dorothea III is owned by Steven Green. Steven Green is an investor and founder of the private investment company Greenstreet Partners.
He was Chairman and CEO of Samsonite Corporation from 1988 to 1996 and US Ambassador to Singapore from November 1997 to March 2001. Green is an active philanthropist, through his Green Family Foundation.
Donations include US$ 20 million to the Florida International University, forming the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs. The net worth of Steven Green is estimated at US$ 500 million. His yacht is named after his wife Dorothea.
Dorothea III was built as Marco Polo and was purchased by Green in 2011.
Murat Vargi –
Investments (MV Holding) –
Murat Vargi is the owner of the yacht E&E. Vargi is the founder of Turkcell, Turkey’s largest cell phone operator. His investment company MV Holding owns 2.5% of Turkcell, and has other investments in telecom, energy, and tourism.
He also owns a stake in KVK, the largest mobile service and telephone distribution network in Turkey. He was the owner of Enta Tekstil, a manufacturer of upholstery fabric. Murat Vargi is one of the richest Turks.
Ebony Shine –
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue –
Vice President of Equatorial Guinea
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue is the owner of the yacht Ebony Shine.
Wendy Schmidt –
Married to Eric Schmidt –
Wendy Schmidt is the owner of the sailing yacht Elfje. The yacht Elfje was built at Royal Huisman in the Netherlands.
Elfje is an eco-friendly yacht, designed to have a minimum impact on the environment. Schmidt is married to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.
Wendy Schmidt also owns an 80 ft Swan sailing yacht named Selene, which she received as a birthday gift. Selene is available for charter. Wendy and her husband Eric are also rumored to be the owners of the motor yacht Oasis.
El Jefe –
Jeff Boyd –
Marina development: CMMC / IGY –
Jeff Boyd is the founder and managing director of Caribbean Marine Management and Consulting N.V. in St. Maarten.
He has developed several marinas on St. Maarten including Port de Plaisance, Isle de Sol, Orient Express (Cupecoy Yacht Club and Villas), and Dock Maarten.
Marine Management and Consulting were acquired by Island Global Yachting (IGY), one of the world’s premier owners, developers, and managers of luxury marinas and yachting lifestyle destinations. Mr. Boyd owns and operates the yacht El Jefe.
Franklin Haney –
Franklyn L Haney Company –
Franklin Haney is the owner of the yacht Emelina. Franklyn Haney is a real estate developer who founded the Franklyn L Haney Company LLC in 1976.
Haney has a portfolio of more than $10 billion and 15 million square feet of space. The company is mainly active in the Washington area and some southern states.
Developments include 1 million square feet of office space in the Portals Office Complex, which currently houses the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and multi-
The company’s initial projects were located in Tennessee and included the Internal Revenue Service building in Memphis. In the 1980s, FLH diversified into food and beverage investments, including the purchase of a Coca-
He resides in the 50 room USD 20 million Villa Venezio in Manalapan (near Palm Beach), Florida which he purchased from Veronica Hearst, the widow of media scion Randolph Hearst. The Codasa built yacht Emelina is named after his wife Emeline.
Dmitry Yakubovskiy –
Engelberg Industrial Group (EIG) –
Dmitty Yakubovskiy is the former owner of the Amels yacht Engelberg. Yakubovskiy and his brother Stav Jacobi founded the Engelberg Industrial Group (EIG), based in Engelberg, Switzerland.
EIG invests in several industry-related companies, such as Thermission and Machinery and Industrial Group. According to an interview with a Swiss magazine, Dmitry Yakubovskiy earned his wealth with Moscow real estate. He sold his real estate investments to the Sistema Group.
There are also some ties with Russia’s largest oil-producing company Bashneft, as Stav Jacobi sits on the board of Bashneft Trading, registered in Switzerland. Sistema is the controlling shareholder in Bashneft.
Jacobi is President of Volero Zurich, a Swiss volleyball club active in the Women’s CEV Champions League. Dmitry Yakubovskiy ‘s net worth is estimated at SFR 600 million or US$ 750 million, by Bilanz Magazin.
Barry Diller –
Jho Low –
Jynwel Capital Limited –
Jynwel Capital CEO Jho Low is the owner of the yacht Equanimity. (Although his London based lawyers claim he is not)
Erica XII –
Bertil Hult –
EF Education –
Espresso III –
Francis Tedesco –
Academy Bus –
Francis Tedesco is the owner of the yacht Espresso III. Frank Tedesco is the founder of Academy Bus.
Academy Bus is the largest privately owned motor coach operator in North America, operating more than 650 motor coaches with 1,500 employees. The company, based in New Jersey is active with commuters, casino tours, cruise ship transfers, and tours.
Tedesco bought his yacht Espresso from United Capital Markets founder John Devaney. Her previous name was Positive Carry.
Isabella Seragnoli –
Coesia Groep –
Isabella Serganoli is the owner of the sailing yacht Esense. Isabelle Serganoli is the President and shareholder of the Coesia Group.
The Coesia Group is an Italian-based industrial group active in a range of industries, including tobacco, electronics, healthcare, and consumer goods. Group companies include Acmavolpak (packaging machinery), Cima (produces gear transmissions for the Formula 1 race series, Flexlink (production logistics solutions), GD (machinery for cigarette production), R.A. Jones (packaging machinery for food and consumer goods), and several other companies.
In 2013 Coesia realized sales of EUR 1.4 billion with 6,000 employees. Isabella Seragnoli is one of the richest Italians, with a net worth of more than US$ 300 million. Isabella Seragnoli is an active philanthropist, donating millions through her Fondazione Isabella Seragnoli.
Seragnoli’s sailing yacht Esense was built by Wally Yachts in 2002. Esense is a high-performance yacht designed by Luca Bassani. Bill Trip is responsible for the naval architecture. Isabella Seagnoli also owns the Perini Navi sailing yacht Is a Rose.
Sun Microsystems –
Bill Joy is the owner of the yacht Ethereal. Joy is an American computer scientist. Bill Joy co-
In 1999 Joy co-
KPCB specializes in investments in incubation and early-stage companies. More than 150 of the firm’s portfolio companies have gone public, and many other KPCB ventures have achieved success through mergers and acquisitions.
Its investments include Google, Amazon, and Netscape. Ethereal, built by Royal Huisman, is one of the most energy-efficient superyachts in the world, using a hybrid electro-
John Orin Edson –
Bayliner Marine Corporation –
John Orin Edson is the owner of the yacht Evviva. John Orin Edson founded the Bayliner Marine Corporation in 1957 when he started selling outboard engines and boating accessories.
The company’s first name was actually Advanced Outboard Marine, the brand name Bayliner was acquired later for US$ 100. Orin was very innovative, he introduced the Total Value Package, offering a boat, a motor, and a trailer together.
In 1966 he started making fiberglass boats. Nowadays Bayliner is the world’s largest producer of recreational boats. In 1986, when Bayliner sold 43,000 boats a year, Orin Edson sold Bayliner to Brunswick Corporation for US$ 385 million in cash and US$ 50 million in stock.
Until June 2014 Orin Edson was the majority shareholder in Westport Yachts (who built Orin Edson’s own yacht Evviva). He sold his shares to Gary Chouest, President at Edison Chouest Offshore. Chouest is the owner of the yacht C’Est La Vie, see above.
Excellence V –
Herb Chambers –
Car dealer –
Eric Wittouck –
Weight Watchers –
Eric Wittouck is the owner of the yacht Exuma. The Wittouck family was owner of the Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, Belgium’s largest sugar producer. In 1989 the Tiense Suikerraffinadery was sold to the German company Südzucker for approx. EUR 950 million.
Since then Erik Wittouck founded Artal, a private investment vehicle-based in Luxembourg. Thought Artal his investments include Eurobake, Europe’s largest baking company, Pizza Hut Finance, operating more than 100 restaurants, and Neuhaus, a chocolate manufacturer.
Prior investments include Weight Watchers, which was purchased from Heinz for USD 735 million in 1999 and which was floated on the NYSE stock market in 2001 with a USD 400 million profit. In 2007 Artal received another USD 540 million for shares Artal still owned in Weight Watchers.
And in 2010 and 2011 Artal sold another 12 million shares for more than USD 1 billion.
Finish Line –
Brian France –
Brian France is the owner of superyacht Finish Line. Brian France is the CEO and Chairman of Nascar.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (or NASCAR) sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events. Nascar was founded by France’s grandfather Bill France sr and is still fully owned by the France family.
Nascar realizes annual sales of more than $ 3 billion, it’s races are broadcast in more than 150 countries. Brian France also owns the licensing rights of Britney Spears, Jenny McCarthy, Sheryl Crow, and Halle Berry, through his licensing company Brand Sense Partners.
In 2005 Brian France had an estimated net worth of more than $ 550 million. But as his father Bill France died in 2007, he probably inherited a multiple of that. Brian France is considered to be a billionaire. Before owning the current Trinity, France owned the 84ft Lazarra, also named Finish Line.
Eric Bijlsma –
Scotch & Soda –
The sailing yacht Firefly is owned by Eric Bijlsma. Eric Bijlsma was a shareholder in the Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda.
Bijlsma had acquired Scotch and Soda in 2000, together with Joep Krouwels and Patrick Munster. Scotch & Soda founder Laurens Hompens remained a 20% shareholder.
Scotch and Soda was sold to Sun Capital in 2011 for an approx. USD 400 million. Sail yacht Firefly is an F-
Eric Bijlsma also owns the Tansu yacht Bartender. Bartender functions as a chase-
Force Blue –
Flavio Briatore –
Benetton franchise/ Formula one –
The luxury yacht Force Blue is owned by Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore.
Forever One –
Bruce Grossman –
Arca Continental –
Bruce Grossman is the owner of the yacht Forever One.
Paul McDonald –
Construction materials –
Paul McDonald is the owner of the yacht Fortrus. McDonald was the owner of Sunshine Coast Quarries. Sunshine Coast Quarries operated several open-pit mines extracting building materials in Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
McDonald sold Sunshine Coast Quarries for approx. USD 80 million to Boral Limited. Boral Limited is Australia’s largest building and construction materials supplier with operations in Australia, the USA and Asia.
McDonald is also the owner of Fortrus Pastoral (a droughtmaster –
Edward Lampert –
ESL Investments –
Donald Macpherson –
Macpherson Energy Company –
Donald Macpherson is the owner of the sailing yacht Freya. Macpherson is president and CEO of the Macpherson Energy Corporation, active in oil and gas production, green power, and geothermal energy.
Macpershon Energy was founded by Donald’s father in 1959, when he became an independent oil producer. The Macpherson Oil Company is currently the 8th largest on-land oil producer of California.
Macpherson also produces electricity through their Mt. Poso Cogeneration Plant. Sailing yacht Freya is Nautor’s Swan’s 2,000th yacht. She accommodates 6 guests and a crew of 3. Freya is designed by German Frers. The yacht has its own website.
G Force –
Gerald Ronson –
Gerald Ronson is the owner of the yacht G Force. Gerald Maurice Ronson left school at the age of 15 and joined his father in the family furniture business, named Heron.
The company expanded into real estate development. Around 1965 Ronson brought the first self-
Around 1980 Heron was one of the largest private companies in the United Kingdom, with assets of over GBP 1.5 billion. Later the company almost collapsed with debts of more than GBP 2 billion.
The company was supported by Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Craig McCaw, and Larry Ellison and survived. Before owning G Force, Ronson has owned several yachts named MY Gail, named after his wife Dame Gail Ronson.
More information on Gerald Ronson in the Estates Gazette Rich list.
Vagit Alekperov –
Vagit Alekperov is the owner of superyacht Galactica. He is actually also the owner of Heesen Yachts itself, which he purchased from Frans Heesen in 2008.
Vagit Alekperov is president and shareholder of the Russian oil company Lukoil. Lukoil is one of the largest oil companies in the world. Vagit Alekperov is one of the richest Russians, with an estimated net worth of USD 14,8 billion.
Galactica Star –
Kola Aluko –
Seven Energy –
Kola Aluko is the owner of the yacht Galactica Star. Aluko acquired the yacht in the summer of 2013. Akulo is a Nigerian energy tycoon. He is the founder of Fossil Resources, an oil trading company.
Aluko was CEO of Exoro Energy until its merger with Seven Energy, a leading independent oil exploration company. Aluko is now Deputy CEO and a large shareholder of Seven Energy and co-
Aluko is also a member of the advisory board of Vistajet, a private jet charter company founded by Thomas Flohr. Thomas Flohr is also the owner of a large yacht: he owns the yacht Nina J.
Hans Thomas Gross –
Runningball – www.rball.com
Runningball founder Hans Thomas Gross purchased the yacht Galaxy in 2013 from Australian real estate developer John Gandel.
John Gandel –
Chadstone Shopping Centre –
Gallant Lady –
Moran family –
Automotive (JM Family Enterprises) –
Jim Moran was an automotive billionaire, who ordered eight superyachts at Feadship, all named Gallant Lady. He was yacht builder De Vries’ best client.
Dr. Peter Wacker –
Chemicals Wacker Chemie AG –
Peter Wacker is the owner of the sailing yacht Ganesha. Wacker is – together with his family – the controlling shareholder of Wacker Chemie AG. The company, founded in 1914, is operating more than 25 chemical production sites in Europe, Asia, and the US.
Wacker Chemie has more than 16.000 employees and annual sales of around USD 5 billion. In 2011 Peter Wacker was the 23rd richest German, with a net worth of over USD 4 billion.
Ghost I –
Ghost II –
Anthony Bell –
Bell Partners –
Anthony Bell is the owner of the superyachts Ghost I and Ghost II, both built by Warren Yachts. Anthony Bell is an Australian accountant, known as ‘the celebrity accountant’.
Clients of his Sydney-based accounting firm Bell Partners include actors, sports stars, and TV personalities. Anthony Bell is married to Australian television presenter Kelly Landry.
Anthony Bell was listed on the BRW Young Rich list (of the 100 richest Australians aged 40 or less). Bell has an estimated net worth of $ 100 million.
Giant I –
Rene J Herzog –
Rene Herzog was a race car driver in his teens and at age 18 competed in the Ferrari World Championship. In 1977 Rene founded Alucraft, a company that built 70’ aluminum yachts.
In the 1980s Rene built several megayachts, including 140’ Texas and 143’ Galaxy at Proteksan Shipyard in Turkey. Rene closed out the decade by buying the company that built their first boat—Chris-
Gin Tonic –
Giuseppe Cipriani –
Restaurants Harry’s bar –
Giuseppe Cipriani is the son of Arrigo Cipriani, owner of the company Cipriani S.A. a corporation based in Luxembourg.
The company owns restaurants around the world including Harry’s Bar in Venice and the Rainbow Room in New York City. Guiseppe’s grandfather founded Harry’s Bar in Venice in 1931.
The group currently owns several restaurants in Venice, New York, London, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Cipriani’s yacht Gin Tonic is named after the famous cocktail.
Kenneth P Weiss –
Kenneth Weiss is the owner of the sailing yacht Gitana. Weiss is the founder of Security Dynamics Corporation.
Gabriele Volti –
Orlean Invest –
Italian billionaire Gabriele Volti is the owner of the yacht GIVI.
Built for Marco Vögele –
Vogele Mode –
Sailing yacht Gliss was built for Marco Vögele. He sold the yacht to take delivery of his new Vitters-built sailing yacht Inoui.
Golden Eagle –
Peter Munk –
Barrick Gold –
Peter Munk is the owner of the yacht Golden Eagle. Peter Munk is the founder of the mining company Barrick Gold. Barrick Gold is the world’s largest gold-
Peter Munk was also the founder of one of Canada’s largest real estate company Trizec Properties, which he sold to Brookfield Office Properties in 2006 for USD 1.4 billion.
Through his Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundations, Munk donated more than USD 100 million to charity. Following his donations, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Munk School of Global Affairs were established.
The net worth of Peter Munk is estimated at USD 350 million.
Golden Odyssey –
Golden Shadow –
Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz –
Saudi Royal Family –
Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is the owner of the yachts, Golden Odyssey, Golden Odyssey II and Golden Shadow
Gorgous Gal –
Marc Anthony –
Marc Anthony Productions –
US singer, producer and actor Marc Anthony is the owner of the yacht Gorgeous Gal.
Anthony is a two-
In 2009 Marc Anthony was a guest judge in The X Factor. From 2004 until 2014 he was married to Jennifer Lopez. According to some sources his net worth is more than USD 20 million.
In 2014 Marc Anthony purchased the Azimuth 86 yacht Gorgeous Gal. She was for sale with an asking price of USD 2.3 million.
Henk Koster –
Medical patents –
Henk Koster is the owner of the yacht Grace. Koster is a Dutchman living in Monaco. Henk Koster is active in real estate and medical research.
He has an important medical patent registered to his name (Ventilatory system). Henk Koster was involved in the design of superyacht Grace, launched in 2003 at the Dutch yard Sijperda.
Grace E –
built as: Andale for Raymond Lutgert, now owned by Robert Stiller –
Real estate: Lutgert companies –
The Lutgert Companies is acknowledged as Southwest Florida’s pre-
The Lutgert Companies has over 300 employees and 215 sales associates. The company was founded by Raymond Lutgert more than 40 years ago. Raymond Lutgert died in 2011 at the age of 90. Grace E is now owned by Robert Stiller.
Robert Stiller is the founder of Green Mountain Coffee. Robert Stiller’s wealth started with his company E-
With the cash, Stiller bought a coffee store in Vermont. The coffee store started supplying local restaurants. The company grew rapidly and went public in 1993.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc acquired several companies as Keurig Inc, and Quebec-based Van Houtte. In 2011 Green Mountain Coffee made commercial deals with Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts.
In 2011 the company realized net sales of USD 2,7 billion with a profit of USD 200 million. Approximately 200.000 hotels rooms feature a Keurig in-
Robert Stiller also owns Heritage Aviation and owns an 11% stake in Krispy Kreme. Robert Stiller purchased the yacht Andale in 2007 and rechristened her Grace E. Stiller’s net worth was estimated at USD 1.3 billion by Forbes.
Gran Finale –
John Sobrato –
Real estate –
John Albert Sobrato is the owner of the yacht Gran Finale. Sobrato is the founder of the Sobrato Organisation, which includes the Sobrato Development Companies, a residential and commercial real estate developer in Silicon Valley.
In 1960 John Sobrato founded Midtown Realty, selling residential properties. He soon started developing commercial real estate in Santa Clara County before it became known as Silicon Valley.
In the following decades, Sobrato develops large buildings for companies like Apple Computer, Motorola, and BEA systems. Sobrato now owns more than 86 commercial properties in Silicon Valley and over 400 acres of land.
The company owns office buildings comprising 8 million square feet and owns 30 apartment communities totaling 7,300 units along the West Coast.
John Sobrato´s yacht Gran Finale was awarded the 2003 Showboats International Award for Best Motor Yacht over 38 meters. In 2012 John Sobrato and his family member signed the Buffett-
Hamilton II –
Charles Dunstone –
Carphone Warehouse –
Charles Dunstone is the owner of the yacht Hamilton II. Dunstone is chairman and co-
The Carphone Warehouse (also known as The Phone House) is Europe’s largest independent mobile phone retailer, with over 1,700 stores across Europe. Charles Dunstone started Carphone Warehouse with GB 6,000 savings in 1989.
Combined with his stake in Best Buy Europe and personal assets, his USD 1 billion wealth takes him to the top of the digital and online retail millionaires in 2011’s Sunday Times Rich List.
Hamilton II was built in 2005 by CNB Bordeaux. Philippe Briand was her naval architect.
Hampshire II –
Jim Ratcliffe –
The yacht Hampshire II was built for Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe.
Hani Jabsheh –
Al Bawaba –
Hani Jabsheh is the owner of the yacht Hana. Jabsheh is co-
Since its inception, Al Bawaba has been at the forefront of wholesale media aggregation and syndication through its Al Bawaba and Syndigate brands in the region.
Al Bawaba operates several of the top websites in the Middle East and the Arab world. Hani Jabsheh named his yacht Hana after his mother.
Jim Clark –
James H. Clark is the owner of the yacht Hanuman. Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, and Healtheon.
With stakes in Apple as well as investments in Facebook and Twitter James Clark’s net worth is estimated at USD 1 billion. He also owns the yacht Athena.
Happy Days now named Victoria del Mar –
David C. Copley –
Motor yacht Victoria del Mar was built as Happy Days for David C. Copley.
Harbour Island –
Steve Hudson –
Real estate development –
Superyacht Harbour Island was built for Steve Hudson.
Michael J. Saylor –
software: MicroStrategy –
Michael Saylor is the owner of the yachts Harle and Usher
Otto ‘Buzz’ Divosta –
Burg & Divosta Home Development –
The yacht Harmony is built for US home developer Otto Divosta. Buzz Divosta is the founder of Burg & Divosta Home Development, active in the (partly prefabricated) construction of homes in Florida.
Divosta had built more than 40,000 homes in Florida, when he sold his company to the Pulte Group for USD 155 million (of which USD 109 million in cash).
Divosta is now president of Divosta Investments, based in Palm Beach. His motor yacht Harmony, built by Westport, was sold in 2014.
Helios 2 –
Dennis Mehiel –
US Corrugated –
Herculina (ex: Iroquois) –
Heerema Marine Contractors –
Eric Heerema is the owner of the yacht Herculina. Eric Heerema was a shareholder –
The group was founded in 1948 by their father Pieter Schelte Heerema. The company started as a small construction company constructing and providing service to oil platforms in Venezuela.
The development of a pre-
Nowadays Heerema is a world-leading marine contractor, operating some of the world’s largest crane vessels. When Pieter Schelte Heerema died in 1981, his 5 sons inherited the company.
In 1991 his son Pieter Heerema bought out his four brothers for a total sum of NLG 1 billion (approx USD 500 million in that time). Eric Heerema invested his share in a UK-based wine estate named Nyetimber.
He also started collecting classic cars. In 2012 he sold a rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO –
He had purchased the car in 2000 for USD 8.5 million. This transaction made the Ferrari the ‘world’s most expensive car’. Eric Heerema bought his yacht Herculina in 2013 from US investor John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox.
Anatoly Sedykh –
United Metallurgical Company –
Superyacht Hermitage is rumored to be owned by Russian billionaire Anatoly Sedykh
Otto Happel is the owner of the sailing yacht Hetairos. Happel inherited a company from his father and turned into a large conglomerate.
In 1999 Happel sold GEA to the MG Group (Metallgesellschaft) for USD 1 billion and 20% of the shares in the new group. In 2006 he sold the remainder of his shares for USD 600 million.
The group is now called GEA Group. Otto Happel owns an island in Seychelles named Fregate Island.
High Energy –
Robert Braithwaite –
Robert Braithwaite is the owner of the Sunseeker yacht High Energy. Braithwaite is the founder and Life President of the yacht builder Sunseeker. Sunseeker is the UK largest builder of yachts.
Based in Poole on the south coast of England, Sunseeker has some 2000 employees and is represented on every continent by a network of distributors. In August 2013, Wanda Group acquired 91.81% of shares in Sunseeker International (Holdings) Limited.
Wanda Group is owned by billionaire Wang Jianlin, who was named China’s richest person by Forbes Magazine in 2013. High Energy is 92ft / 28.15 meter Sunseeker 88 motor yacht. She is available for charter
Highland Breeze –
Ben Kolff –
McGregor Fashion Group –
Dutch millionaire Ben Kolff is the owner of the sailing yacht Highland Breeze. Ben Kolff is the co-
In 1992 the company was sold and in 1993 Kolff and his partner founded the Emergo Fashion Group. The group was re-branded the McGregor Fashion Group, when they acquired the rights for the McGregor brand in Europe. In 2000 the Gaastra brand was acquired, and nowadays the McGregor Fashion Group realizes annual sales of USD 350 million with 1,200 employees.
The Dutch magazine Quote estimates the net worth of Ben Kolff at EUR 165 million or approx. US$ 225 million. Ben Kolff’s yacht Highland Breeze was built by Swan in 2002 as Eratosthenes.
The yacht was acquired by Kolff in 2007. Highland Breeze actively participates in sailing regattas and is available for charter.
High Power III –
built for Mario Sbarro –
Sbarro pizza chain –
Superyachtfan does not know who the current owner of superyacht High Power III is, but the yacht was built for Mario Sbarro.
Mario Sbarro was the owner – together with his brothers – of the famous New York-based Italian pizza chain Sbarro. The company was founded by the Sbarro family in 1959 at which time the family owned and operated several gourmet Italian delicatessens and provided catering for family and business events.
Under the “Sbarro” and “Sbarro The Italian Eatery” names, the Company developed one of the first quick-service concepts that extended beyond offering one primary specialty item (e.g., pizza or hamburgers) and also developed an exhibition kitchen where customers could watch the preparation of many of the Company’s fresh food products.
The Company’s menu includes pizza, pasta, and other hot and cold Italian entrees, salads, sandwiches, beverages, and desserts, including the Company’s “signature” cheesecake prepared in its original kitchen in Brooklyn, New York.
With the development of enclosed shopping centers in the 1970s, the Company opened its first mall restaurant. Since the Sbarro family opened their first Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, Sbarro has grown into the world’s premier owner, operator, and franchisor of Italian quick-service restaurants and the largest mall-
Mario Sbarro was CEO from 1977 until 2006. In 1985 Sbarro went public, offering around 65% of the shares, the family held 35%. In 1999 the Sbarro family reacquired the shares.
In 2007 the Sbarro chain was sold to the private equity investor Mid Ocean for USD 450 million, at that moment Mario Sbarro held approximately 20% of the shares. The net worth of Mario Sbarro is estimated at USD 200 million.
Nikole Kidman –
Nicole Kidman is (or at least was..) the owner of the yacht Hokulani. Kidman is an Australian actress and film producer.
Some of her famous film roles include performances in Days of Thunder (1990), the romance Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and the erotic thriller Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.
Nicole Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films. Nicole Kidman’s net worth is estimated at US$ 250 million. Her yacht Hokulani is a 2002 Sunseeker Manhattan 74. The yacht is currently for sale.
She is probably not the owner of the Palmer Johnson Hokulani which is much larger. Do you know who owns the Palmer Johnson Hokulani? Please do send us a message.
Michael Bozzuto –
Michael A. Bozzuto is the owner of the Westport 112 yacht Honey. Michael Bozzuto is Chairman of Bozutto’s, a wholesale distributor of food and household products.
Bozutto’s was founded in 1945 by Michael’s father Adam Bozutto. Bozutto’s sells to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The group realizes revenues of more than USD 1 billion with more than 10,000 employees.
The group also operates 8 supermarkets under the Adams Super Food brand. Michael Bozutto is Honorary Chairman of the Adam J Bozzuto Memorial Charity Classic , a fundraising event for charities.
The yacht Honey is hull number 7736 is Westport‘s successful 112 series, of which already more than 50 hulls have been built.
Hurricane Run –
Michael Tabor –
Betting, horses –
Michael Tabor is the owner of the yacht Hurricane Run. Tabor was the owner of Arthur Prince, a successful chain of English betting shops. Tabor started with 2 shops. In 2003, when Tabor had 114 shops and 600 employees, he sold them for USD 50 million to Bass plc.
The group is now named Coral. He used his wealth to enter thoroughbred horse racing. Michael Tabor has owned several superyachts, all named after successful racehorses: Thunder Gulch, High Chaparral, and currently Hurricane Run.
Hye Seas II –
Arthur Tay net worth < USD 100 million -
Lifestyle products: SUTL group –
Arthur Tay is the owner of the yacht Hye Seas. Tay is owner, Executive Chairman and CEO of SUTL Global Pte. Ltd., a family-
In 2009 Arthur Tay acquired a 23% stake in Achieva, an electronics firm. Achieva currently focuses on distributing computer peripherals and software such as hard disk drives to markets including Malaysia and Singapore. Arthur Tay purchased the Azimut yacht Hye Seas II in 2007.
Suleiman Kerimov –
Super yacht Ice is owned by Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov. Kerimov is one of the richest Russians and an active philanthropist.
SuperYachtFan received the information that Thomas Leclercq is the owner of the yacht Idol.
Mr. Leclercq’s family are shareholders of the Decathlon Group, a major French sporting goods chain store.
Decathlon was founded by Michel Leclercq in 1976 and is currently one of the worlds largest sport equipment retail chains.
The net worth of Michel Leclercq is estimated at USD 2.6 billion. We were contacted by someone claiming to represent the Leclercq family, stating that the family does not own the yacht.
I Dynasty –
I Dynasty –
Alijan Ibragimov –
Eurasian Resources Group –
Alijan Ibragimov is the owner of the yacht I Dynasty
Frank P. Lowy –
Shopping centers –
Frank Lowy is the owner of the yacht Ilona.
Il Sole –
Michael Hirtenstein –
Michael Hirtenstein is the owner of the yacht Il Sole. Hirstenstein is the founder of Westcom, a telecommunications company that provides network services to the financial industry.
Hirtenstein sold Westcom in 2005 to One Equity Partners for USD 270 million. With the proceeds, he started investing in New York real estate. Here you find an article about some of his properties.
In 2010 he acquired the yacht Candyscape from Christian Candy, founder of Candy and Candy. The yacht had been on the market for a few years with an asking price of USD 17 million, as Christian Candy was awaiting delivery of his new yacht. Hirstenstein bought the yacht in an ‘as is’ deal for EUR 4,5 million (USD 6 million).
However immediately after delivery,one of the engines suffered a major failure. This was the start of some legal procedures, read the full text here. In the end he kept the yacht, renamed Il Sole, and sent her for a full refit to Rybovich in Florida. The yacht Il Sole is now available for charter.
Hank Freid –
New York real estate, Impulsive group –
Hank Freid is the owner of the yachts Impulsive and Impulsive Too. Freid founded the Impulsive Group in 1996.
The Impulsive group is active in New York real estate development and owns several luxury Manhattan hotels. The company of Hank Freid owns the yacht Impulsive and has her available for charter.
The Impulsive group currently owns four hotels including the Marrakech Hotel and the Sanctuary Hotel and a residential building. Freid is an active philanthropist.
Built as Man of Steel for Barry Zekelman –
Atlas Tube / JMC –
Barry Zekelman and his brothers inherited the company Atlas Tube when his father died in 1986. Atlas Tube grew to be the largest structural steel tubing producer in North America.
In 20 years’ time the turnover grew from USD 2 million to USD 1.2 billion. In 2006 Zekelman and his brothers sold a majority stake in Atlas Tube to the Carlyle group for USD 1,5 billion.
After this transaction Atlas Tube merged with JMC Steel Group. In 2011 Barry Zekelman and his brothers acquired all shares in JMC steel group. Currently, he is executive chairman of the group.
Before owning the 50 meter Heesen yacht Man of Steel, which he sold in 2010, Zekelman owned a smaller 37 meter yacht with the same name. The 37-meter yacht was sold to peanut tycoon Dikran Izmirlian and is now named Totally Nuts.
Indian Empress –
Vijay Mallya –
United Breweries Group / Kingfisher –
Vijay Mallya is the owner of the luxury yacht Indian Empress.
Indigo Star –
Robert Geiss –
Uncle Sam –
Robert and Carmen Geiss are the owners of the yacht Indigo Star. Robert Geiss is the founder of Robert Geissini.
Andrea Recordati –
Andrea Recordati –together with his family-
Recordati is a large pharmaceutical group listed on the Milan stock exchange. With a staff of 3.200, it operates in the main European countries. In 2011 Recordati spa had a turnover of EUR 760 million and a net profit of EUR 116 million.
Andrea Recordati’s Wally sail yacht Indio was the winner of the 2012 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta. Indio is Recordati’s nickname.
Eric Smidt is the owner of the yacht Infinity
Howard Meyers –
Howard M. Meyers is the owner of superyacht Ingot. Mr. Meyers us smelting and refining facilities, three anode and flat roll producing facilities, and several plastic-
The company has facilities in Europe, North American and South Africa. Quexco is the largest lead producer in the world. Group companies include RSR Corporation and Eco-
Howard Meyers is also the owner of the Burger Boat Company, who built his yacht Ingot Mr Meyers is an active philanthropist, publicly donating more than $ 40 million to good causes. The net worth of Howard M. Meyers is estimated at more than $ 200 million.
Marco Vögele –
Vogele Mode –
Marco Vögele is the owner of the sailing yacht Inoui. The Swiss Vögele family are the founders of the European textile retail company Vögele Mode. In 1995 founder Charles Vögele retired from the company, his sons Marco Vogele and Carlo Vogele taking over management.
In 1997 the Vögele family sold the majority of its shares to Schroder Ventures for reportedly more than USD 900 million. Before owning the yacht Inoui, Vogele owned the Huisman-built Gliss and the Jongert built sailing yacht Vivid.
Intuition II –
Patrick E Malloy –
Goodrich Petroleum –
Patrick E Malloy is the owner of the yacht Intuition II.
James Gabbert –
Radio Broadcasting –
James Gabbert is the owner of the Codecasa superyacht Invader. James Gabbert is a US radio and television entrepreneur, known for owning KOFY-
Later Gabbert purchased several broadcasting stations including K101 which was the first radio station to integrate its call letters with it’s dial position. This technique made K101 San Francisco’s most successful radio station.
Later Gabbert acquired KEMO-
KNBR converted it into a sports talk station. In 1998 Gabbert sold WB20 to Granite Broadcasting for USD 170 million. James Gabbert has an estimated net worth of more than USD 200 million.
Rick Caruso –
Caruso Affiliated –
Rick Caruso is the owner of the yacht Invictus.
Philippe and Anne Gudin –
Institut Le Rosey –
Philippe and Anne Gudin are the owners of the sailing yacht Ipharra. Philippe and Anne Gudin are the fourth generation owners of the Swiss private boarding school Le Rosey.
Le Rosey is considered to be on of the most expensive boarding schools in the world, with a yearly tuition of more than USD 100.000. The school was founded in 1880 by Paul Carnal. Students enjoy a bilingual (French and English) and bicultural education in an exclusive summer campus on Lake Geneva and a winter campus in Gstaad.
The school educates some of the best-
Famous parents of students have included Elizabeth Taylor, Aristotle Onassis, David Niven, Diana Ross, and John Lennon. Sail yacht Ipharra is a catamaran built by Polish yacht builder Sunreef Yachts.
Iroquois (sold now named Herculina) –
John William Henry II net worth USD 1,5 billion –
Asset Management: John W Henry & Company –
Billionaire John Henry was the owner of the yacht Iroquois, until 2013 when he sold her to Dutch millionaire Eric Heerema. John William Henry II is the founder of John W. Henry & Company (JWH).
He is owner of Liverpool F.C and the Boston Red Sox. John W. Henry & Company, Inc is a futures and foreign exchange trading advisor. Henry began speculating in commodities in 1981, when he developed a highly effective trading formula.
Henry’s yacht Iroquois was named after a client who left Henry for a rival advisor after he lost 10 percent of this clients’ money in 1985. This fund and the rival advisor went bankrupt. The net worth of John Henry is estimated at USD 1.5 billion.
In 2011 John had an accident on his yacht, slipping down the stairs and injuring his neck. In 2013 the yacht was sold to Dutch investor Eric Heerema, she is now named Herculina.
Is a Rose –
Isabella Seragnoli –
Coesia Groep –
Isabella Serganoli is the owner of two sailing yachts: the Perini Navi Is a Rose and the Walli sailing yacht Esense. Isabelle Serganoli is the President and shareholder of the Coesia Group.
Read more about Isabella Seragnoli at her yacht Esense. The Perini Navi yacht Is a Rose is a twin screw ketch, she is the fourth yacht in Perini’s 50-meter series. She can accommodate 8 guests in 4 staterooms, including a large owners suite. She has a crew of eight.
Is a Rose can reach a top speed of 15.8 knots and has a range under power of 3.400 nm.
Issham Al Baher –
Niarchos family (sold her later to Latsis, gift to Saudi Arabia) net worth USD 2.0 billion –
Niarchos Ltd, art collection –
Stavros Niarchos was a Greek shipping tycoon. In the fifties Niarchos founded Niarchos Ltd. The company was the first to build supertankers for the transport of large quantities of oil.
At a certain point Niarchos owned more than 80 tankers. Niarchos became a billionaire after the Suez Canal crisis increased demand for the large tonnage ships that Niarchos owned. Following Stavros Niarchos death in 1996, his family established the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is a philanthropic organization, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. Issham al Baher was the first yacht in a series of three that Niarchos ordered. Superyacht Issham al Baher was sold to Latsis, who gave her to the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
Atlantis II was the second, which Niarchos kept as a private yacht. There was a third hull, but she was never finished as Niarchos died.
Nerio Allesandri –
Nerio Allesandri is the owner of the yacht Istranka. Allesandri is the founder of Technogym, the world’s leading manufacturer of gym equipment. Technogym was founded in 1983.
Nowadays Technogym has more than 2,000 employees and realizes a turnover of more than USD 400 million a year Technogym has been the official supplier of many Summer Olympic Games.Allesandri also owns a large stake in Starpool and he is a director at the French Italian fashion brand Moncler.
Allesandri’s yacht Istranka was the presidential yacht of Marshal Tito, the 1st President of Yugoslavia. Istranka is available for charter.
Past owner: Steve Wynn –
Wynn Resorts –
Super yacht Jaguar has been owned by Steve Wynn, who named the yacht Allegro. Steve Wynn is a US casino entrepreneur. Wynn is Chairman of the Board at Wynn Resorts, Wynn Resorts has developed the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino and Wynn Macau a casino resort in Macau.
Steve Wynn inherited his father’s string of bingo parlors in the eastern United States. In the early seventies, he also owned a wine and liquor importing company. He used the profits to invest in a small stake for the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and later also acquired the Golden Nugget Las Vegas. Wynn renovated and turned the Golden Nugget from a gambling hall into a resort hotel and casino.
He was very successful and even attracted a new kind of premium clientele to Las Vegas. Wynn Resorts is now a publicly traded corporation realizing sales of USD 1.5 billion with 8,800 employees. Forbes estimates the net worth of Steve Wynn at USD 2.8 billion. Steve Wynn sold his super yacht Allegro in 2009.
Mehmet Sepil –
Genel Energy –
Mehmet Sepil is the owner of the yacht Jasmin, which he bought from Murat Vargi. Sepil is the founder of Genel Energy. Genel Energy is an oil company with exploration and production operations in Iraqi Kurdistan.
After a USD 2.4 billion take-
Turkcell is the largest mobile phone operator of Turkey and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company had 34 million subscribers in 2011. Murat Vargi is also co-
Jazz Jr. –
Mehmet Karabeyoglu –
Mehmet Karabeyoglu is one of the owners of the Proteksan Turquoise yard in Turkey. Proteksan Turquoise builds all aluminum or aluminum/steel yachts and has a reputation that attracts high-
The Russian government purchased the Proteksan built Leo Fun and renamed her Sirius. She is to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Karabeyoglu had his wooden sail yacht Jazz Jr built at his own yard.
Richard Kayne –
Kayne Capital Advisors –
Superyacht JeMaSa (now named Hadia) was owned by US investor Richard Kayne, chairman of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. He still owns the yacht Suri.
Joy Me – motor yacht – 49.9 m (164ft) – Philip Zepter Yachts – 2011
Philip Zepter – net worth USD 5 billion – Monaco
Zepter Group –
Philip Zepter is the owner of the yacht Joy Me. Zepter is the founder of the Zepter Group, which produces, sells and distributes exclusive, high-
Zepter International owns 8 factories in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy. His net worth is estimated at USD 5 billion, although he is not listed on Forbes Rich List. The yacht Joy Me was built at a ship yard owned by Philip Zepter.
Just J’s –
Just J’s –
Jay Schottenstein –
SB Capital Group –
Jay Schottenstein is the owner of the yacht Just J’s.
Oleksandr Yaroslavsky –
Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is the owner of the motor yacht Kaiser. Oleksandr Yaroslavsky is co-
It is believed that he received. Yaroslavsky invested the profits in the Development Construction Holding (DCH) Group. DCH invests in real estate and other sectors. Its investments include XXI Century (real estate development), the Kharkiv Palace Hotel , the Kharkiv International Airport, and the Ukrainian rugby club RC Olimp.
Yaroslavsky’s yacht Kaiser was built at the German yard Abeking and Rasmussen. She features a Bannenberg and Rowell interior. (Photo of Kaiser by Krongy / Flickr)
Kauris III –
Marco Tronchetti Provera –
Marco Tronchetti Provera is the owner of the Wally sailing yacht Kauris III. Marco Tronchetti Provera is the CEO and Chairman of the Pirelli Group.
Pirelli is one of the world’s largest tire makers with 20 factories around the world. In 2013 Pirelli realized sales of EUR 6.1 billion (US$ 8.2 billion) and a net profit of EUR 306 million (US$ 416 million).
The group has 38,000 employees and is active in 160 countries around the world. The Pirelli Group is worldwide famous for its annual Pirelli Calendar, which is distributed only to a selected group of important customers and celebs.
Marco Tronchetti Provera owns approx. 10 percent of the shares in Pirelli, as he holds 39% of the shares in Gruppo Camfin, which in its turn holds 26% of the shares in Pirelli Group. Mr. Tronchetti Provera’s 48 million shares are worth around EUR 600 million or USD 800 million (May 2014).
His yacht Kauris III was built by Wally Yachts in 2002. Sailing yacht Kauris III has participated in several regattas, including the Pirelli Regatta.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani –
Emir of Qatar –
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was the Emir of the State of Qatar. His son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-
Kelly Sea –
Robert E Schmidt –
real estate –
Robert E. Schmidt is the founder of Boulder Venture. Boulder Venture was originally a custom home building company but entered commercial development in the seventies.
Since 1992 the company developed over USD 700 million in real estate. Robert Schmidt’s Westport yacht Kelly Sea is named after his wife Kelly Schmidt.
Keri Lee III –
Trevor Lee –
Australian Country Choice –
Keri Lee was built as Katharine for Lee Reuben Anderson. Lee Anderson is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the owner and chairman of the Minnesota-
In 1964, Anderson took over Asbestos Products, Inc., an insulation contractor that was a division of his father’s business, a successful plumbing contractor. After he purchased an industrial fire sprinkler company in 1969, Lee Reuben Anderson continued to acquire other firms, primarily in the construction and fire-
The growing conglomerate was renamed APi Group Inc. in 1997. APi Group owns more than 33 independently managed businesses, reaching about 9,000 employees. Anderson sold his yacht Katharine to Travor and Keri Lee. Trevor Lee owns Australian Country Choice.
ACC is one of the largest beef processing companies in the world, with an annual turnover of more than $ 1 billion. The company owns 433,000 hectares of land and processes 150,000 pieces of cattle each year.
Alexander Mamut –
SUP Media –
Motor yacht Kibo is owned by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut.
Kimberly II –
Spiros Metaxas –
Luxury yacht Kimberly II was built for Spiros Metaxas. Spiros Metaxas inherited the famous Greek Metaxa liquor brand. Metaxa is a blend of brandy, spices, and wine, exported to over 60 countries.
Metaxa is the only Greek industry that survived both World Wars. Metaxa has won several gold medals in international spirit competitions, showcased in many of its bottles. In 1989 Metaxa was acquired by the British drinks group Grand Metropolitan (now called Diageo) and was later sold to the Remy Cointreau group.
Kingdom 5KR –
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulazziz Al Saud –
Kingdom Holding Company –
Shahid Khan –
Shahid Khan is the owner of the yacht Kismet. More information here.
Norman Braman –
Car dealership –
Norman Braman is the owner of the yacht Kisses. Braman founded Braman Enterprises. The company owns 23 car dealerships in Florida and Colorado, selling brands as Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes, Porsche and Rolls-
Braman Motorcars includes Braman Rolls-
His art collection includes works of Picasso and Andy Warhol and is worth more than USD 100 million.
Kiss the Sky –
Sidney Kimmel –
Jones Apparel / Sidney Kimmel Entertainment –
There are some unconfirmed rumors that Mr. Sidney Kimmel is the owner of the yacht Kiss the Sky. Mr. Kimmel is the founder of the Jones Apparel Group and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
The Jones Group Inc. is a leading global designer, marketer and wholesaler of over 35 brands in apparel, footwear, jeans wear, jewelry and handbags.The Company’s internationally recognized brands and licensing agreements include: Nine West, Jones New York, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Jessica Simpson, Givenchy, and many other brands.
The group operates around 800 retail stores and another 400 outlet stores. In 2012 the group realized USD 3.8 billion in sales. Over the last years Mr. Kimmel sold al his shares in the Jones Group, including 1 million shares early 2014.
Mr. Kimmel founded Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in 2004, the production company released several successful movies including Death at a Funeral and MoneyBall (with Brad Pitt). Sidney Kimmel is an active philanthropist, he is the namesake behind the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, The Kimmel Cancer Research Center, and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He is known to be one of the biggest names in cancer cure support, donating several hundred million dollars. Mr. Kimmel has an estimated net worth of USD 1.3 billion.
Mansour Ojjeh –
TAG Group (Holdings) SA –
Mansour Ojjeh is the owner of the yacht Kogo.
Al Juffali family –
Al Juffali Group –
The Al Juffali family of Saudi Arabia are the owners of the yacht Kolaha
Max Rutherston –
Rutherston Japanese Art –
Japanese art dealer Max Rutherston is the owner of the expedition yacht Koi. Rutherstone is a London-based art dealer specializing in netsuke. Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-
Netsuke evolved over time from being strictly utilitarian into objects of great artistic merit and an expression of extraordinary craftsmanship. Rutherson was Chairman of Asian Arts London.
His yacht Koi was built by McMullen & Wing in 2001 and is available for charter.
Kokomo III –
Lang Walker –
Walker Corporation –
Lang Walker is an Australian businessman and owner of Walker Corporation. Walker Corporation is Australia’s largest privately owned developer of residential, commercial and industrial real estate.
The group was founded by Lang Walker and his father in the 1960s. The company grew to a turnover of over USD 2 billion, employing a staff of 375. In 1999, Lang Walker sold his shares in Walker Corporation Limited to Australand Holdings Limited but reserved the rights to re-
He kept running his private development company McRoss Developments Pty Ltd and renamed her Walker Corporation in 2003. Lang Walker has owned several sailing yachts all named Kokomo. Lang Walker also owns a 38-meter motor yacht named Kokomo II.
Brian O’Sullivan –
Mexico Power Group –
Brian O’Sullivan is the owner of the yacht Komokwa. Brian O’Sullivan is an entrepreneur, active in wind energy. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association and is the founder of the California Wind Energy Association.
O’Sullivan is now President of the Mexico Power Group, but was previously the owner of Coram Energy and English Bay Energy Limited. Coram Energy Corporation manages and produces wind energy.
It is involved in the development of projects from India to California. The company is based in Mojave, California. Mexico Power Group is active in developing, building, operating and maintaining wind and solar-powered projects in Mexico.
Mexico Power Group is currently developing projects in nine Mexican states, spanning practically every significant wind area that has been identified in Mexico. The yacht Komokwa was built by Horizon Yachts in their Premiere Shipyard in Taiwan.
Lady A –
Lord Alan Sugar –
Lord Alan Sugar is the owner of the yacht Lady A. She was built as Southern Cross for Australian entrepreneur Alan Bond.
Lady Anastasia –
Built as Aria for Bob Milhous –
Publishing: TC Advertising –
Bob Milhous is the co-
They bought a used printing press to publish advertising circulars. Within five years the company was operating six U.S. plants that were printing advertising circulars. Sales grew rapidly to USD 100 million in 1980 and more than USD 500 million in 1993, running 15 plants.
In that year Bob and Paul Milhouse sold their company to Big Flower Press Holdings for about USD 235 million. The company, now called Vertis Communications, is currently the leading supplier in the United States of advertising inserts, newspaper supplements, and other advertising products. It realizes sales of more than USD 1 billion with 5,000 employees.
Bob Milhous has sold his yacht Aria, she is now named Lady Anastasia. In early 2012 Bob and Paul Milhous sold their art collection for around USD 40 million.
Lady Ann Magee –
Michael Smurfit –
Smurfit Kappa –
Michael Smurfit is the owner ot the luxury yacht Lady Ann Magee.
Lady B –
Gerald Hines –
Real estate –
Gerald Hines is the founder of Hines, an international real estate firm. Hines started in real estate in 1957 with warehouses and small office buildings. He started large scale development in 1967 when he build a downtown Houston headquarters for Shell Oil Company.
Hines is now one of the largest real estate developers in the world, active in the US, the UK and 16 other countries. The Hines portfolio of projects underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties consists of more than 1,190 properties including skyscrapers, corporate headquarters, mixed-
Currently, the firm controls assets valued at approximately USD 23 billion. Gerald Hines’ yacht Lady B was named after his wife Barbara Hines.
Lady Beatrice –
David and Frederick Barclay –
The Telegraph Group –
Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, known as the Barclay Brothers, are the owners of the yacht Lady Beatrice.
Lady Britt –
Sten Warborn –
Jewellery: Iduna Group of Sweden –
Sten Warborn is owner the owner of the yacht Lady Britt.
Lady Christine –
Lord Irvine Laidlaw –
IIR conferences, sold to Informa –
Irvine Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw is a Scottish member of the House of Lords. Laidlaw bought a small US publishing company in 1973, producing newsletters.
In the late 80’s Irvine Laidlaw entered the seminar and training business. Laidlaw’s company turned into the Institute for International Research, the world’s largest conference organizer.
Laidlaw sold the company in 2005 for approx. GBP 750 million to Informa.
Lady Gayle Marie –
Tom Benson –
Tom Benson Car dealership www.tombenson.com
Tom Benson is the owner of the yacht Lady Gayle Marie. Tom Benson is a successful car dealership entrepreneur. Benson owns several dealership around San Antonio and New Orleans.
Dealerships include Tom Benson Chevrolet, Best Chevrolet, Benson Honda and Mercedes Benz of San Antonio. Benson invested the profits of his car dealership in local banks, forming Benson Financial Corporation. In 1996 Benson sold Benson Financial to Norwest Banks for USD 77 million.
Norwest Bank later merged with Wells Fargo. Benson is the owner of the New Orleans Hornets and the New Orleans Saints. Tom Benson also owns real estate: he is the owner of the Benson Tower. Forbes estimates Benson’s net worth at USD 1.2 billion.
Lady Gulya –
Andrei Skoch –
Metallo Invest –
Super yacht Lady Gulya is owned by Andrei Skoch. The yacht was named Gu, but renamed to Lady Gulya when Skoch’s new yacht Madame Gu was delivered. The yacht is now sold and renamed Astrid Conroy.
Lady Joy –
Denise Rich –
Denise Rich is the owner of the yacht Lady Joy. Denis Rich was born as Denise Eisenberg, daughter of a wealthy shoe manufacturer. Her father Emile Eisenberg founded the Desco Shoe Corporation after he fled Europe at the start of WW2.
Desco Shoe Corporation became one of the US largest shoe manufacturers with six factories in the US and 1,500 employees. Desco was sold in 1988, and Denise inherited a fortune when her father died in 2003.
Denise married commodities trader Marc Rich in 1966. Marc Rich founded the commodities trading company Marc Rich & Co, which later became Glencore Xstrata Plc. In 2010 Forbes estimated the net worth of Marc Rich at USD 1 billion.
When she and Marc Rich divorced in 1996, Denise Rich received a reported USD 500 million divorce settlement, although some sources say the amount was nearing USD 900 million.
Denise had a successful music career as a singer and songwriter, she was nominated for three Grammy Awards. Denise Rich has an estimated net worth of USD 1 billion. The yacht Lady Joy is available for charter.
Lady K II –
Achilleas Kallakis –
Pacific Group of Companies
Achilleas Kallakis is the owner of the yacht Lady K II. Kallakis is a real estate developer mainly active in the UK. Achilleas Kallakis was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of one of UK commercial property’s largest frauds in recent times.
He and a business partner were found guilty of obtaining £740m in fraudulent loans from Allied Irish Bank between 2003 and 2007. They had forged overriding leases that they had said had been signed by Hong Kong property giant Sun Hung Kai properties.
They were also found guilty of fraudulently obtaining £26m from HBOS to convert a ferry into a super-
Kallakis was also involved in legal proceedings around his yacht Lady K II.
Lady Kathryn V –
Leo & Kathryn Vecellio –
Road and Bridge construction –
Leo and Kathryn Vecellio are the owners of the motor yacht Lady Kathryn V, read more here.
Lady Lau –
Joseph Lau –
real estate: Chinese Estates Holding –
Joseph Lau Luen Hung is a real estate investor. Lau owns a 61% stake in Chinese Estates Holdings.
Chinese Estates Holdings, based in Hong Kong is a major property developer and brokerage company. Joseph Lau is one of the richest men in Hong Kong and was one of the first purchasers of a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.
Lady Lara –
Lady Lara –
Alexander Machkevitch –
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation –
Alexander Machkevitch is the owner of the yachts Lady Lara. His new Lady Lara was delivered in 2015, while his older Benetti Lady Lara was put for sale.
Lady Linda –
Doug von Allmen –
Von Allmen Capital, Group One –
Doug von Allmen is the owner of the yacht Lady Linda. Von Allmen is a US venture capitalist. He started his company Von Allmen Capital Partners in 1997.
His most successful transaction was the purchase of State Beauty Supply, which he transformed in Beauty Alliance, and sold for USD 400 million to L’Oreal. He also sold the 350-
Von Allmen Capital Partners offer a Porsche Cayman for anyone who brings them a USD 10 million deal. Not all investments by Mr von Allmen are successful though, as he lost an approximate USD 100 million in the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme.
In an interview he said that it was a large sum, but it wouldn’t change his lifestyle. In 2006 Doug von Allmen had two superyachts delivered: the 60 meters (197-
Both yachts were sold in the aftermath of the ponzi scheme, but a new Lady Linda built by Trinity was delivered in 2012.
Lady Lola –
Duane Hagadone –
Publishing (Hagadone Corporation) –
Duane Hagadone is the owner of the yacht Lady Lola, and chairman of the Hagadone Corporation.
Lady M –
Alexei Mordashov –
Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov is the owner of the yacht Lady M.
Lady M –
John D Moran –
Moran Industries –
John D Moran is the owner of the Intermarine Savannah yacht Lady M. Moran is the owner of Moran Industries, a logistics provider based in Watsontown, Pa.
Moran Industries was founded in 1975 as a warehouse operation, but turned in to Pennsylvania’s largest logistics provider, operating in 48 states. Moran Logistics owns 18 warehouses and has 350 employees. Moran’s yacht Lady M is available for charter.
Lady M II –
Lord Ashcroft of Chichester –
Michael Anthony Ashcroft is the owner of the yacht Lady M II. Baron Ashcroft started his work at a cleaning and business service company. He started his own business, Michael A.
Ashcroft Associates at the age of 26. He purchased a loss-
Ten years later, after several acquisitions in the cleaning and service industry his company had revenues of more than USD 1.3 billion. After taking over several companies in the security services business, the company changes his name into ADT. In 1997 Michael Ashcroft sold ADT to Tyco International for USD 6.7 billion.
Lady Marina –
Sergio Mantegazza –
Globus (travel) –
Sergio Mantegazza is the owner of the yacht Lady Marina
Lady Mona K –
Saudi Arabian lawyer Dr Al-
Robert Maxwell was once a successful media entrepreneur, he owned the Maxwell Communications Corporation. His companies owned the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mail, the Daily Record, Prentice Hall and even a part of MTV Europe.
After purchasing the US publishing firm MacMillan for USD 2,6 billion, his companies ran into financial troubles. When his empire was collapsing, he drowned in 1991 after falling overboard from form his yacht Lady Ghislaine. Some speculated about suicide.
Maxwell had named the yacht after his youngest daughter Ghislaine. After Maxwell’s death, his companies filed for bankruptcy. Not much is known about dr Al-
Lady Moura –
Nasser Al Rashid –
Rashid Engineering –
See SuperYachtFan’s Lady Moura page
Lady Petra –
Frans Heesen –
Heesen yachts –
Motor Yacht Lady Petra is owned by Heesen Yachts founder Frans Heesen.
Lady S –
Daniel M. Snyder –
Washington Redskins –
Lady Sheridan –
John Eddy Williams –
John Eddie Williams is a famous US Lawyer, known for a US tobacco settlement that netted him USD 600 million.
Saulius Karosas –
SK Impex –
Saulius Karosas is the owner of the yacht Ladyship. Karosas is the founder of SK Impex, active in the international trade of dental and other medical equipment.
Saulius Karosas also owns the Medicinos Bankas, a financial institution, providing banking services to private persons and business customers. Medicinos Bankas was among the first banks in Lithuania to offer Internet banking services.
Karosas started in the oil business in 1990 as a mediator between Swiss banks and Russian oil extraction companies. Later he established the Swiss-based oil management company Western Petroleum. Western Petroleum realized annual revenues of US$6 billion by the time it was liquidized in 2010, mostly because oil trading moved online.
Karosas is an active philanthropist, his Saulius Karosas Charity Foundation supports young musicians in their training and supports participation in international competitions, seminars, and conferences. Karosas resides in Geneva, Switzerland.
His net worth is estimated at USD 1.5 billion. Karosas purchased his yacht Ladyship in 2010, she was built at Heesen in 2004.
Lady Victoria –
Tommy Baker –
Baker Motor Cars –
Tommy Baker is the owner of the yacht Lady Victoria. Baker is the founder of Baker Motor Company. Baker Motor Company started as a Mercedes Benz dealership and grew into the largest privately held auto dealer in South Carolina.
The company represents 12 brands, including Mercedes-
Baker’s yacht Lady Victoria was built in 2004 at Rayburn Custom Yachts. She can accomodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. Lady Victoria is named after Tommy’s wife Victoria. The yacht currently for sale.
Ayman Asfari –
Ayman Asfari is the owner of the 44 meter yacht Lammouche. Asfari is the founder of Petrofac.
La Masquerade –
Sir Robert Ogden –
The Ogden Group, real estate –
Sir Robert Ogden is the owner of the yacht La Masquerade. Ogden was an early investor in the London Docklands area. He saw potential in the industrial zone and redeveloped it into a recreational area.
His successful coal recovery, land remediation and regeneration business Ogden & Sons Limited was sold to ATH Resources in 2006. In 2010 his yacht La Masquerade was damaged by a tanker in Curacao. The net worth of Robert Ogden is estimated at more than GBP 100 million.
Ogden is an active philanthropist, donating to cancer research and other good causes.
Hennie Holterman –
Hennie Holterman is the owner of the yacht Lars. Lars started as a tugboat and was transformed into a yacht. Her original owner was planning to take her to the North Pole region.
But he abandoned the plan and Lars was purchased by Holterman, who had her finished by Balk Shipyard. Holterman was co-
Holterman owned 5% which he sold in 2002. With the funds he started the Orbys real estate group.
Tom Golisano –
Tom Golisano is the owner of Laurel, which he acquired from the Berwind family in 2013. Golisano also owns the yacht Match Point –
The Berwind family owns Berwind Corporation. Berwind Corporation was known as Berwind-
Their current investments include Elmers’s products (glue), National Pen Company and Wellpet, a pet’s food producer. The Berwin Corporation employs 4,500 people.
Lazy Z –
Mortimer Zuckerman –
Boston Properties –
Mortimer Zuckerman is a self-
Forbes estimates his net worth at USD 2.4 billion. Zuckerman’s luxury yacht Lazy Z is available for charter through Camper & Nicholsons.
Leading Fearlessly –
Leander G –
Sir Donald Gosling –
National Car Parks –
Sir Frederick Donald Gosling is the owner of the yacht Leander G. Gosling was the owner of National Car Parks. After serving in World War II he founded Central Car Parks, which he started at a central London bombsite. Together with his business partner Ronald Hobson he took over National Car Parks in 1959.
The company expanded rapidly, buying sites and converting them into car parks. In 1998 the company was sold to US-based Cendant, netting Gosling and Hobson GBP 300 million each. National Car Parks is now the largest car park operator in the UK, with over 200,000 spaces at more than 700 locations. Donald Gosling is active in charity, his THE GOSLING FOUNDATION LIMITED, donates GBP 3 million each year to charity.
Gosling’s yacht Leander G is available for charter at a rate of USD 450.000 per week. Gosling sold Leander G in 2017. There are rumors that she is now owned by the Barclay family.
Peter Halmos –
Safecard Services was renamed to Ideon Group, acquired by CUC International, which merged into Cendant Corporation, which sold Ideon to Avis Budget Group. www.avisbudgetgroup.com
Peter Halmos is the owner of the yacht Legacy. Halmos co-
Between 1985 and 1987 Peter Halmos sold shares worth US$ 48 million. Halmos left as chairman in 1990. Later Safeguard ran into financial difficulties and was sold to CUC International and renamed Ideon. In 1993 Peter Halmos started several legal proceedings claiming compensation for damages such as wrongful interference, defamation, breach of contract, refusal to indemnify expenses, and wrongful prevention of the exercise of stock options.
In a 1997 settlement with Avis Budget Group, who had acquired the company, Peter Halmos received US$ 71 million in one up-
Peter Halmos’ sailing yacht Legacy, which he had purchased for USD 17 million (including several ‘after delivery works’) was damaged and grounded by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. While trying to ride out Hurricane Katrina, Legacy’s anchor broke and the yacht ended up in sand and sea grass in a federally protected area near Key West.
It took three years and several million dollars before Legacy was finally freed in 2008. Halmos received USD 24 million in damage compensation from the Insurance Company of North America. The yacht Legacy had to be considered as a ‘total loss’ due to the Katrina damage.
You can read some court documents about Legacy and the insurance claim here. Peter Halmos is an active philanthropist, donating through the Vicki and Peter Halmos Family Foundation.
Le Grand Blue –
Evgeny Shvidler –
Sibneft (oil), Millhouse LLC –
Evgeny Markovich Shvidler is the owner of the yacht Le Grand Blue. Shvidler started his career in New York, working for Deloitte & Touche. He returned to Russia, where he started the oil trading company Runicom, together with Roman Abramovich. In 1995 they took control of Sibneft.
Sibneft was Russia’s fastest growing and most profitable oil company. Evgeny Shvidler was president of the company. In 2005 state company Gazprom acquired Sibneft for USD 13 billion. Currently, Shvidler still invests with Abramovich as they together own the investment and asset management company Millhouse.
Le Pharaon –
Ghaith Pharaon –
Saudi Research And Development Corporation
Ghaith Pharaon is a Saudi businessman. Ghaith Pharaon founded the Saudi Research And Development Corporation, Ltd.(REDEC).
Pharaon was an important player in the global oil and banking industries and a big Saudi investor in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. Pharaon was a major investor in Arbusto Energy, President George W. Bush’s business venture.
Sigfried Steiner –
Steiner Film –
Sigfried Steiner is the owner of the yacht Lethantia. Steiner is the owner of Steiner Films. Steiner Films produces corporate films and commercials in HD and 3D. Steiner’s clients include BMW and Mercedes-
He was the first to introduce aerial filming for car commercials. His company owns a helicopter and two private jets. Steiner uses his yacht Lethantia for the production of documentaries.
Tim Roberts –
The yacht Lexa was originally known as Triple Seven or 777. She was purchased by Multiplex heir Tim Roberts. Read more about Tim Roberts at his previous yacht Anya.
xa was built for the Rueben brothers, who sold her to Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov. He sold her to Roberts in 2013.
Andrea Bocelli –
Andrea Bocelli is the owner of the yacht Libertas. Bocelli is an Italian singer, famous for his opera and pop music. He has sold more than 100 million records.
s single ‘Time to Say Goodbye, is one of the best selling singles of all time. Bocelli is blind, losing his eyesight at the age of 12. Andrea Bocelli’s net worth is estimated between USD 40 and USD 150 million.
s yacht Libertas is a Gamma 20 yacht and was delivered in 2014. Although Gamma is an Italian brand name, the yacht was actually built at Jetten Yachting in the Netherlands.
John Malone –
Liberty Media –
There are rumors on the Internet that Liberty Global chairman John Malone is the owner of a yacht named Liberty. Superyachtfan does actually not believe that Malone owns this ISA Yachts named Liberty.
In NBC interview in 2013 Malone said that he likes to use the yacht EOS, owned by Barry Diller. That could indicate that Malone does not own a yacht anymore. John Malone is chairman of Liberty Global, the largest international cable company, and Liberty Media, investing in media and communications.
Since 2011 Malone is the largest individual private landowner in the USA. His net worth is estimated at $ 6.7 billion. Malone is an active philanthropist, donating $ 80 million in 2011 alone.
built as Seascape for Marc Stuart Dreier –
In 2009 Marc Dreier pleaded guilty to eight charges including one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, one count of money laundering, one count of securities fraud and five counts of wire fraud in a scheme to sell $700 million in fictitious promissory notes.
Marc Dreier was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on July 13, 2009. He is scheduled for release on October 26, 2026. Marc Dreier´s Heesen yacht Seascape was sold for USD 12.5 million by the court-
Leslie Wexner –
Limited Brands –
Leslie Wexner is a USA billionaire who owns the yacht Limitless
Linda Lou –
Doug von Allmen –
Von Allmen Capital, Group One –
See the information about Doug von Allmen at his current super yacht Lady Linda, above. Doug van Allmen has sold Linda Lou, but had his new yacht Lady Linda delivered in 2012.
Philip Green –
Retail: Arcadia Group –
See more of Philip Greene’s yacht Lioness here
Harrold Goddijn –
Harold Goddijn is the owner of the sailing yacht Lionheart. Harrold Goddijn is the co-
Later he was director of the UK company Psion Computers plc. In the same time Goddijn founded the company Palmtop together with some friends. Later Palmtop was renamed TomTom. Following the IPO of TomTom, Goddijn’s net worth became EUR 400 million or USD 500 million.
TomTom is now the world’s leading supplier of in-
His yacht Lionheart was originally built for Jan Ebus, founder of the fruit and vegetables wholesaler Seabrex. When Ebus ran into financial problems he sold his (unfinished) yacht to Harrold Goddijn.
Philip Green –
Retail: Arcadia Group –
See more of Philip Greene’s yacht Lionheart here
Loaloat Al Behar –
Qaboos bin Said Al Said –
Oman royal family
Qaboos bin Said Al Said is the Sultan of Oman. He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970. Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said owns 8 palaces and three super yachts: Al Said, Fulk al Salamah and Loalat al Behar.
Lone Ranger –
Peter Lewis –
Progressive Insurance –
Peter B. Lewis is shareholder and chairman of Progressive Insurance Companies. Progressive Insurance Companies was founded in 1937 by his father Joseph Lewis and Jack Green. Peter Lewis began working full time at Progressive in 1955.
He became chief executive officer of The Progressive Corporation in 1965, and during his time as CEO, Progressive grew to become the fourth largest private passenger auto insurance group in the United States. The group now has 25.000 employees in more than 450 offices.
In 2011 Progressive Insurance had a turnover of USD 15 billion and a net profit of USD 1 billion. Peter Lewis purchased the yacht Lone Ranger in 1997 from Jack Setton. Lewis resides in Florida.
Loretta Anne –
Rogers family –
Rogers Communications –
The yacht Loretta Anne, is owned by Loretta Anne Rogers.
Farkhad Akhmedov –
Superyacht Luna was built for Roman Abramovich, but in 2014 he sold the yacht to Azerbaijani billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov. See more here.
sailing yacht – 75.2m (246.78ft) – Vosper Thornycroft – 2004
Rodney Lewis –
Lewis Energy Group –
Built as Mirabella V for : Joseph V. Vittoria –
Travel Services International; Puradyn –
Rodney Lewis is the owner of the yacht M5. M5 was built as Mirabella V for Joseph Vittoria
Madame Gu –
motor yacht – 99m (325ft) – Feadship – 2013
Andrei Skoch –
Metallo Invest –
Madame Gu is owned by Russian billionaire Andrei Skoch.
Madame Kate –
motor yacht – 60m (197ft) – Amels – 2015
Alexandre Grendene Bartelle –
Alexandre Grendene Bartelle is the owner of the yacht Madame Kate
motor yacht – 55.5m (182ft) – Feadship – 2005
Jeffrey Soffer –
Turnberry Associates –
Jeffrey Soffer is the owner of the yacht Madsummer. Jeffrey Soffer is Chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates. Turnberry Associates is one of Florida’s largest real estate developers, having developed more than US$ 7 billion in commercial property worldwide.
This transaction lay the basis for what would become one of the US most successful real estate developers. Jeffrey Soffer has owned several yachts all named Madsummer.
One of his largest yachts was a 78 meter (258ft) built in Germany at Lurssen and delivered in 2008. Unfortunately during that time, Turnberry Associates ran into some financial troubles with their Fontainbleau project.
Soffer swapped his 78-meter yacht with the smaller (45 meters) Feadship yacht of Mexican billionaire Emilio Fernando Azcarraga Jean, receiving some cash with the transaction. Soffer’s Madsummer was renamed TV, while the 45-meter yacht TV was renamed Madsummer.
Soffer owned the 45 meter Feadship for a few years. Luckily, Turnberry Associates ‘s financial situation improved again and Soffer stepped up to a larger 55 meter yacht in 2014. He purchased the yacht, originally built as Twizzle, in May 2014. Jeffrey Soffer was married to supermodel Elle Mcpherson.
Magna Grecia –
motor yacht – 58.5m (192ft) – Elsflether Werft – 1986
Rene Benko –
Signa Holding –
Austrian billionaire Rene Benko is the owner of the yacht Magna Grecia. Rene Benko is the founder of Signa Holding, Austria’s largest privately owned real estate developer.
Benko dropped out of school at the age of 17 and became active in real estate development. At the age of 21 he co-
Signa became one the most successful real estate development companies in Austria. The group has a real estate portfolio of USD 7.5 billion. Signa is also active in retail, it owns the German department store group Karstadt.
Benko holds 50% of the shares, the other 50% percent is owned by Greek shipping tycoon George Economou (owner of the sailing yacht Barracuda Valetta). The net worth of Rene Benko is estimated at EUR 850 million, or USD 1 billion.
Maghreb V –
motor yacht – 43.8m (144ft) – Burger Boat Company – 2006
Bradley Hubler –
Hubler Automotive Group –
Bradley Hubler was the owner of the yacht Maghreb V. (Mahgreb is sold and now named Mim). Hubler is the owner of the Hubler Automotive Group, which was founded by his father Frank Hubler in 1961.
50 years later, The Hubler Automotive Group is the largest group of car dealerships in the Indianapolis area, with 10 locations and 600 employees. The group sells several car brands such as Chevrolet, Buick, Ford and Mazda.
Mahgreb was sold as Hubler reportedly is building a larger yacht. Do you know more about this yacht? Please do send us a message.
motor yacht – 62m (203.42ft) – Icon Yachts BV – 2012
Alexander Shnaider –
Midland Group –
Alex Shnaider is the owner of the yacht Maidelle. Shnaider is co-
Alex Shnaider started trading electronics and textiles while he was still living with his parents. At the age of 25 he started a steel trading firm and acquired the Ukraine steelmaker Zaporizhstal for USD 70 million three years later together with his partner Eduard Shifrin.
Zaporizhstal is one of Ukraine’s largest steelmakers, producing cold-
Other investments include a large shareholder ship in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, partnering with Donald Trump in a USD 500 million investment. In 2010 Forbes estimated the net worth of Alex Shnaider at USD 1,3 billion.
Before owning his current yacht Maidelle (built by Dutch yacht builder Icon Yachts as project Midlandia), Shnaider owned a 50 meter Benetti yacht with the name Midlandia.
motor yacht – 65m (213.25ft) – Codecasa S.p.A. – 2008
Giorgio Armani –
Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is the owner of the yacht Main. Before Main he owned the yacht Mariu.
motor yacht – 61.2m (200.79ft) – Feadship – 2007
Bruce Sherman –
Private Capital Management –
Bruce Sherman is the owner of the luxury yacht Majestic.
Maltese Falcon –
sailing yacht – 88m (288.71ft) – Perini Navi – 2006
Elena Ambrosiadou –
sailing yacht – 32.97m (108 ft) – Alloy Yachts – 2004
Mark M. Shores –
Mark and Mary Shores are the owners of the sailing yacht Marae. Mark and Mary reside in Dallas. He is an executive at ExxonMobil.
motor yacht – 37.6m (123.49ft) – Delta Marine – 2008
Peter Kevin Jaffé –
Behr Paint Corporation –
Peter Kevin Jaffé and his wife Terese own the Delta superyacht Marama. Jaffe also owns or used to own the yacht Amante, he owns a Bombardier Challenger private jet (registration N604KJ) and he owns real estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
But any links to a company (other than an empty Marine Charter Enterprises Ltd) or source of wealth is unknown. So, if you have any information, please send an email to [email protected] .
Update 2014: We received the information that Mr. Peter Kevin Jaffé was co-
Peter Kevin Jaffe started his career in a marketing position in the supermarket industry. In 1970 Jaffe was introduced to Otto Behr and started working for his company. In 1978 Behr started selling their products through The Home Depot and in 1988 Behr introduced custom color matching and formulation, the first in the industry.
Peter Kevin Jaffe became vice-
According to the Masco 1999 annual accounts, Masco exchanged 104 million shares (worth US$ 3.2 billion) for two big companies, one of which was Behr. So the value of Behr at that moment was probably around US$ 1 billion. Assuming that Peter Kevin Jaffé owned at least 10% of the shares in Behr, his net worth is estimated at US$ 100 million.
motor yacht – 54.2m (177.82ft) – CRN Spa – 2007
Sean “Diddy” Combs –
Bad Boys Records –
Sean John Combs is rumored to be the owner of the yacht Maraya. Combs. also known as Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, and record producer.
Combs founded Bad Boys Records in 1993. An early success was the signing of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. Combs has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and is the producer of MTV’s Making the Band.
His business ventures include the clothing lines Sean John and “Sean by Sean Combs” – for which he earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award – a movie production company, and two restaurants called Justin’s, named after his son.
The restaurants have been closed in 2007 and 2012. Combs is the brand ambassador of the vodka brand Ciroc and receives a 50% profit stake. In 2012 Forbes estimated Combs’ net worth at USD 550 million, making him the richest figure in hip hop.
Diddy’s yacht Maraya was built by CRN in 2008.
UPDATE: Sean John Combs probably just chartered Maraya, and he is not the owner. Do you know who owns the super yacht Maraya? Please do sent us an email.
motor yacht – 32.9m (107.11ft) – Sunseeker – 2009
Aliko Dangote –
Dangote Group –
Aliko Dangote, known as Africa’s richest man, is the owner of the yacht Mariya. Mariya, named after Dangote’s mother, is a Sunseeker Predator 108. Dangote is the founder of the Dangote Group.
The Dangote Group is a diversified conglomerate, but mostly known for its activities in cement and sugar. Dangote Sugar owns Africa’s largest refinery (and the 2nd largest in the world), with a capacity of 1.44 million tons of sugar annually.
Dangote Sugar realizes sales of more than USD 500 million with a net profit of USD 50 million (2013). Dangote Cement is Nigeria’s largest cement producer and the largest company traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Dangote Cement realizes annual sales of USD 2 billion and a net profit of USD 1 billion (2013).
Other significant Dangote activities are pasta factories (spaghetti, macaroni), DANGOTE EQUITY ENERGY RESOURCES (oil field investments), steel production, salt production, textile, and real estate. Dangote has an estimated net worth of US$ 14.7 billion.
His yacht Mariya is a Sunseeker Predator 108, with a base price of US$ 10 million. The yacht was built as ‘Seadoo for Dad’ for a Bombardier executive, based in Florida.
Marjorie Morningstar –
motor yacht – 52m (170.6ft) – Amels Holland B.V. – 2004
Ward family –
Ward Air –
The Ward family is the owner of the luxury yacht Marjorie Morningstar. Max Ward (1921) is the founder of Wardair Airlines.
Wardairlines was the third largest airline in Canada. Wardair was founded in 1953 with just one small plane, carrying passengers and freight. In the 1960s Wardair started overseas charters with destinations in Europe and Mexico.
Wardair was known for its friendly staff, high-quality meals, and affordable prices. Wardair had 20 planes –
The family’s yacht Marjorie Morningstar is named after Max’s wife Marjorie Ward.
motor yacht – 54m (177.17ft) – Brooke Marine Ltd. – 1989
Solomon Lew –
Retail and investments –
Solomon Lew is an Australian billionaire, he is the owner of the yacht Maridome.
motor yacht – 54.6m (179.27ft) – Vitters Shipyard – 2010
Ed Bosarge –
Finance, energy –
Ed Bosarge is the owner of the sailing yacht Marie. Bosarge owns a group of companies which include Xtreme Holdings (scrap and metal recycling) Petrodome Energy LLC and Quantlab Financial LLP.
Quantlab, founded in 1998, is active in quantitative investment management. Petrodome is active in oil and gas exploration. His yacht Marie was named after his wife Marie Bosarge.
Ed Bosarge and his sail yacht Marie were featured on the 2013 Discovery Channel TV series Superyachts.
motor yacht – 49.9m (163.71ft) – Codecasa S.p.A. – 2003
Andreas Hadjiyiannis –
Shipping: Cyprus Maritime –
Andreas Hadjiyiannis is the owner of the yacht Mariu. Mariu was built for fashion designer Giorgio Armani.
Martha Ann –
motor yacht – 70.2m (230.31ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2008
Warren E Halle –
Real estate –
Warren E Halle is the founder of ‘The Halle Companies’. The company is active in real estate development.
Masquerade of Sole (now named A2) –
motor yacht – 42.3m (139ft) – 1983
Previous owner: Michael Rockall –
Whittlebury Hall Limited –
Michael Rockall was the owner of the yacht Masquerade of Sole, until 2008 when the yacht was sold by the bank. Michael Rockall was the owner of Whittlebury Hall, a luxury hotel and training center near the Silverstone F1 circuit.
The hotel was a financial success, especially during the British F1 championship season. Unfortunately, following the financial crisis the company went into administration in 2011.
Mr. Rockall became subject of a tax audit, relating to the private use of the yacht, which was owned by his company. Masquerade of Sole was the first Limitless, owned by USA billionaire Leslie Wexner.
Match Point –
motor yacht – 48.8m (160ft) – Christensen Shipyards Ltd. – 2009
Tom Golisano –
Tom Golisano is the owner of the yacht Match Point. Golisano founded Paychex, a provider of payroll and human resource outsourcing. Founded in 1971 with a budget of USD 3,000, Paychex now realizes annual sales of more than $ 2 billion with 12,000 employees and more than 100 office locations. In 2013 the net income of Paychex amounted $ 569 million.
Golisano owns around 38 million shares (10 % of the company) worth around USD 1.7 billion. His net worth is estimated at $ 1.9 billion. Tom Golisano is an active philanthropist, donating more than $ 200 million to charity. His Thomas Golisano Foundation, provides support for those with developmental disabilities and their families.
In 2012 Golisano donated $ 20 million to the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers. Golisano has been dating famous tennis star Monica Seles since 2009. This probably explains the name of his yacht Match Point.
The yacht is for sale, as Mr. Golisano purchased the yacht Laurel from the Berwind family.
Maverick II –
motor yacht – 37.5m (123.03ft) – Nishii Shipyards – 1988
Johnny Warrillow –
consulting / investments –
Johnny Warrillow is the owner of the yacht Maverick II. Warrillow is a serial entrepreneur and successful book writer. He started (en sold) four companies, including Warrillow & Co –
He is known for writing the books Built to sell and Drilling for Gold. In 2009 Warrillow sold Warrillow & Co to The Corporate Executive Board Company.
Maximus II –
motor yacht – 33m (108.27ft) – Horizon Yachts – 2005
Clive Palmer –
Queensland Nickel –
Clive Palmer is the owner of superyacht Maximus. Clive Palmer is known for his plans to develop Titanic II, a replica of the Olympic-
Titanic II is being designed to be as similar in internal and external appearance to the Titanic as possible, but with modern safety regulations and engineering. Clive Palmer is the owner of Queensland Nickel, a nickel and cobalt refinery with 1000 employees.
Palmer also owns Mineralogy, a company that secured access to 160 billion tonnes of iron ore reserves in remote Western Australia. Mineralogy was paid USD 415 million by the Chinese infrastructure company CITIC Pacific to for the rights to mine a small portion of the ore.
Mineralogy could collect USD 100 million a year in royalties when all ore is mined. Forbes estimates the net worth of Clive Palmer at USD 900 million.
Mayan Queen –
motor yacht – 92m (301.84ft) – Blohm & Voss – 2008
Alberto Bailleres –
Grupo Bal –
Alberto Bailleres is the owner of the luxury yacht Mayan Queen
sailing yacht – 56m (183.73ft) – Perini Navi – 2010
Turgay Ciner –
Ciner Group –
Turgay Ciner is the owner of the Ciner Group. The Ciner Group is one of Turkish biggest companies, with activities in mining, energy, media, textile, and real estate. Ciner’s sailing yacht Melek has its own website.
sailing yacht – 51.59m (169.3ft) – Royal Huisman Shipyard BV – 2007
John Risley –
Clearwater Fine Foods –
John Risley is the owner of the yacht Meteor.
Mia Elise –
motor yacht – 49.9m (164ft) – Trinity Yachts – 2010
Terry Taylor –
Automotive Management Services, Inc –
Florida based car dealer Terry Taylor is the owner of the yacht Mia Elise.
Milisa VI –
motor yacht – 35m (115ft) – Horizon Yachts – 2006
Ralf Hermann Karl Klingler –
VTAG Holding –
Ralf Hermann Karl Klingler is the owner of the motor yacht Milisa VI. Ralf Klingler is the son of Swiss textile magnate Walter Klingler, founder of Klingler Textil AG. Although his family owns a large company, Walter Klingler is really a self-made man.
He founded Verwaltungs-
In 2010 Klingler co-
Klingler’s yacht Milisa VI was built by Horizon Yachts, then under the brand name Elegance 115, marketed by Drettmann Yachts.
motor yacht – 39.6m (139ft) – Burger Boat Company
Stanley S. Hubbard –
Hubbard Broadcasting –
Stanley S Hubbart, Chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting is the owner of the yacht Mimi.
Mine Games –
motor yacht – 49.9m (163.9ft) – Trinity Yachts, LLC – 2007
Chris Cline –
Coal Industry / Foresight Reserves –
Chris Cline is the owner of the yacht Mine Games.
motor yacht – 48.7m (160 ft) – Hakvoort – 2010
Mohammed Alshaya –
Mohammed Alshaya is the owner of the yacht Mirgab V. The Alshaya family are the founders of the Alshaya Group, based in Kuwait. The Alshaya Group is active in retail and real estate.
They also own hotels such as the Sheraton in Kuwait and restaurants. The retail business has more than 44,000 employees and more than 2,800 stores. In 2015 Alshaya Co. has been named Best Multi-
Alshaya’s Chairman Mohammed Alshaya is an active philanthropist, donating to good causes such as Dubai Cares. The net worth of Mohammed Alshaya is estimated ad USD 6.5 billion. His yacht Mirgab was built in the Netherlands at Hakvoort to a design of Diana Yacht Design.
Alshaya previously owned a 44 meter Burger, which was sold and now named Mim.
Mi Sueno –
motor yacht – 57.91m (189.99ft) – Trinity Yachts, LLC – 2010
Michael Moreno –
Moreno Group –
Michael Moreno is the owner of the superyacht Mi Sueno. Mi Sueno was built by Trinity and delivered to her owner in 2010. Moreno is the founder of the Moreno Group which is active in the oil and gas business and in real estate.
The Moreno Group is comprised of five subsidiaries: Dynamic Industries; Arc Equipment Rental; Dii LLC; Southern Steel and Supply; and Dynamic Marine Services. Moreno provides infrastructure fabrication, equipment rentals, and maintenance services to the energy industry.
In 2007 Riverstone/Carlyle purchased half of Moreno Group Holdings for an estimated USD 500 million. Moreno is also co-
Further, Moreno invests in real estate through Moreno Properties Inc, and he is active in horse breeding and horse racing with his Southern Equine Stables. Moreno owned a successful horse with the name Mi Sueno, so he probably named his yacht after her.
Michael Moreno has an estimated net worth of more than $ 500 million.
motor yacht – 49.9m (163,7ft) – Overmarine SRL – 2012
David Stern –
David J Stern Law Office
Superyacht Misunderstood is owned by attorney David Stern. David Stern started as a lawyer for mortgage lenders, but he opened his own firm in 1994 in Plantation, Florida.
Stern’s firm grew rapidly when mortgage giant Fannie Mae named Stern to its exclusive attorney network. That meant Fannie directed banks to use Stern when foreclosing in Florida. Revenues grew rapidly from USD 41 million in 2006 to USD 260 million in 2009. Stern’s law firm handled sometimes more than 100,000 foreclosure cases.
In 2010 DJSP Enterprises, a publicly-traded company acquired the back-
Stern shut down his practice in 2011 after an investigation by the Florida attorney general’s office into whether his law firm falsified documents to speed up foreclosures.
motor yacht – 73m (241ft) – Nobiskrug – 2012
Bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim family –
SuperYachtFan was informed that the yacht Mogambo is owned by either Khalid bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim or Abdul-
Their sister was a wife of the late King Fahd. Their brother Waleed bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim owns the yacht Shahnaz, which was given to the Saudi Royal family by the late Greek shipping tycoon John Latsis.
Monaco Wolf –
motor yacht – 49.8m (163ft) – Heesen Yachts – 2014
Christian Candy –
CPC Group –
Christian Candy is the owner of the yacht Monaco Wolf.
motor yacht – 62m (203.41ft) – Codecasa S.p.A. – 2006
Leonardo Del Vecchio –
Luxottica Group –
motor yacht – 78.03m (256ft) – Amels Holland B.V. – 1995
Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Azziz –
Muhammad bin Fahd bin Abdul-
motor yacht – 49.9m (164ft) – Overmarine – 2014
Mark Silver –
Direct Energy –
Canadian millionaire Mark Silver is the owner of the Mangusta yacht Moonraker. Mark Silver is an entrepreneur, active in the energy business. He founded Direct Energy and Universal Energy, both active in natural gas retail marketing. Silver co-founded Direct Energy in 1986.
The company grew to become America’s largest retail energy provider. In Direct Energy was acquired by Centrica PLC in 2000 for USD 912 million. Universal Energy, a gas and electricity retailer active in Canada and the USA, was founded in 2002 and was acquired by Just Energy in 2009 for USD 250 million.
At that moment Universal Energy had 430,000 customers. Mark Silver founded Optus Capital Corporation as an investment vehicle for his profits. Optus Capital’s investments include real estate and companies such as Totally Green, a pioneer in organic food processing systems and compostable packaging alternatives.
The net worth of Mark Silver is estimated at more than USD 500 million. Before owning the current Mangusta 165 Moonraker, Mark Silver was the owner of the Norship yacht Moonraker.
Moonraker was built in 1992 as one of the fastest yachts in the world, capable of reaching a top speed of 33 knots. Rumors that Indian millionaire Gautam Hari Singhania is the owner of superyacht Moonraker are not true. Singhania is an Indian businessman.
He is the Chairman & Managing Director of the Raymond Group. He became director in 1990 and chairman in 2000. He restructured the group and sold Raymond’s non-
The group now focuses on fabrics, apparel brands, prophylactics (KamaSutra condoms) and men’s toiletries. The Raymond Group is now one of India’s largest branded fabric and fashion retailers. The Group owns apparel brands like Raymond, Raymond Premium Apparel, Manzoni, Park Avenue, ColorPlus, Parx & Notting Hill.
All the brands are retailed through ‘The Raymond Shop’ (TRS) –
Morning Glory –
sailing yacht – 48.17m (158ft) – Perini Navi – 1993
Silvio Berlusconi –
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is the owner of the sailing yacht Morning Glory. Berlusconi is most known for serving three times, a total of nine years, as Prime Minister of Italy.
He is actually one of the richest Italians, with a net worth of USD 8.5 billion. His assets include a 41% stake in Mediaset, Italy’s largest commercial media company with a USD 4.6 billion revenue in 2013.
Berlusconi is Deputy Chairman of Mediaset and received a EUR 1,9 million (US$ 2.6 million) total compensation in 2013. Through his family holding Fininvest, Berlusconi also owns large stakes in Medusa Film Spa (active in the cinema sector), Mediobanca (an Italian investment bank), Arnoldo Mondadori (Italy’s biggest publishing company) and the soccer club AC Milan.
Berlusconi purchased his sailing yacht Morning Glory from Rupert Murdoch, who had a new yacht delivered named Rosehearty. Berlusconi’s previous yacht Principessa Vai Via was sold to his business partner Ennio Doris. Ennio Doris is the founder of Mediolanum, in which Fininvest holds a stake.
motor yacht – 87.8m (287.99ft) – Feadship – 2011
Larry Ellison –
Larry Ellison is the owner of the yacht Musashi. Larry Ellison has owned several superyachts: the 58-meter Lurssen yacht Ronin, the 75 meter Blohm, and Voss yacht Katana, the 123-meter Lurssen yacht Rising Sun and now the 88 meter Feadship yacht Musashi.
My Colors –
motor yacht – 39.6m (130ft) – Westport Yachts – 2005
Lawrence Herbert –
Pantone Colors –
Lawrence Herbert is known as the King of Color. He is the founder of Pantone Color Systems, the world’s premier color standards company.
Pantone is known for the Pantone Matching System (PMS), a standardized colors reproduction system, used in printing and the manufacture of paint, plastics and fabrics. Lawrence Herbert started working in a printing company in 1956.
He systemized and simplified the companies pigments and colors. In 1962 he purchased the company’s assets and founded Pantone. In 1963 he created the Pantone Matching System which became the world’s standard in the color definition. In 2007 Lawrence Herbert sold Pantone for USD 180 million in cash to X-
Danaher is a science and technology leader that designs, manufactures, and markets innovative products and services to professional, medical, industrial, and commercial customers. Danaher is stock listed on the NYSE. Lawrence
Herbert named his yacht My Colors. Superyacht My Colors was delivered by Westport as Infinity in 2005. My Colors was sold in 2013
My Lady Arraya –
motor yacht – 39.9m (130.91ft) – Oceanfast – 1990
Alpha Superyachts –
Mr Philippe Chettou was managing director of Alcatel Thailand. He is now the owner of Aquamarine Divers Ltd and Alpha Superyachts. Chettou is the owner of superyachts Lady Arraya and Phillkade
Mylin IV –
motor yacht – 61m (200.13ft) – Feadship – 1992
Micky Arison –
Carnival Corporation –
The yacht Mylin is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines billionaire Micky Arison.
motor yacht – 36.6m (120.08ft) – Benetti SpA – 2007
Miro Mikati, son of Najib Mikati –
Investcom / M1 group –
Miro Mikati is the owner of the yacht Mylo. Miro Mikati is the son of the Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. In 1982 Najib Mikati co-
At the end of 2005 Investcom had 4.9 million customers in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The company was based in Beirut and used the Areeba brand name for mobile operations in several countries in Africa.
Investcom also provided international carrier services through Med Net, a subsidiary based in Monaco, and fixed telephony services in the UK and telecom engineering and consulting services. In 2005 Taha and Najib sold stocks with a value of USD 740 million at an IPO at the London stock exchange.
In 2006 South Africa-
Najib Mikati withdraw from his position in the group when he became prime minister of Lebanon. Forbes estimates the net worth of Najib Mikati at USD 3 billion.
My Little Violet –
motor yacht – 45.6m (149.61ft) – Abeking & Rasmussen – 2005 – Robert Tchenguiz – net worth > USD 100 million – UK
Real estate (Rotch Property Group) –
Robert Tchenquiz is the owner of the yacht My Little Violet. Robert Tchenquiz is a British entrepreneur born in Tehran. In 1998 he and his brother Vincent founded the Rotch Property Group. In 2010 Rotch Property Group-owned real estate worth GBP 100 million.
Robert and his brother also own R20 and Consensus Business Group. On March 10th, 2011, Vincent Tchenguiz was arrested by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of a wider investigation into the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing.
However, he was released the same day without charge. Subsequently, on March 16th, 2011 the High Court in London ruled that Vincent Tchenguiz could sue Icelandic bank, Kaupthing for damages of £1 billion ($1.6 billion).
In September 2011, Kaupthing reached an out-of-court settlement with the Tchenguiz Family Trust in their pursuit of damages against the Icelandic bank. All details of the settlement remain confidential.
On 22nd December 2011, the SFO and the Treasury Solicitors Department (TSoI) admitted factual errors in the information used to obtain the warrants against Vincent Tchenguiz; stated that the warrants should be quashed; and that material seized under the warrants would be returned that day. Furthermore, the SFO offered to pay reasonable legal costs.
Tchenquiz is about to launch a GBP 100 million lawsuit. Vincent Tchenquiz is the owner of the 130-
She is available for charter and has her own website. Around 2005 the net worth of the Tchenquiz brothers was estimated at GBP 1 billion.
My Petra –
motor yacht – 44m (144.36ft) – Heesen Yachts – 2009
Frans Heesen –
Yacht building –
See Lady Petra above.
sailing yacht – 43.2m (141ft) – Vitters Shipyard – 2006
Jurgen Pierburg –
Swiss billionaire Jurgen Pierburg is the owner of the sailing yacht Mystere. Pierburg is the grandson of Pierburg founder Bernard Pierburg. Pierburg was producer of carburetors.
The carburetor was originally used on the Solex bike, but in the 1960s all German car manufactures used Pierburg carburetors. In 1986 Pierburg was sold by Jurgen Pierburg to the German Rheinmetall Group. Pierburg is often referred to as a billionaire.
He is a philanthropist and art collector. In 2010 he sold a Matisse sculpture for USD 48.8 million. He was an official guest at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The yacht Mystere was built at Vitters. She was sold in 2015.
motor yacht – 49.5m (162.4ft) – Oceanfast – 1989
Herb Galen (1915-
Ellen Tracy Sports ware –
Herb Galen was the owner of the yacht Mystique. Galen (1915-
Galen sold Ellen Tracy Sport ware for USD 170 million to Liz Claiborne in 2002. Mr. Galen started Ellen Tracy in 1949 selling blouses. As women began entering the workforce in greater numbers, the company introduced a line of more stylish clothing for the workplace that sold in hundreds of department stores nationwide.
motor yacht – 49.3m (161.58ft) – Fr. Schweers Shipyard – 1986
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel –
ALJ Group –
Mohamed Abdul Latif Jameel’s is the owner of the yacht Nafisa. See more here
motor yacht – 91.44m (300ft) – John Brown and Co – 1930
James Dyson –
Dyson vacuum cleaners –
Sir James Dyson is the owner of the yacht Nahlin.
motor yacht – 49.0m (160.7ft) – Acico Yachts – 2012
Abdul Azziz Al-
Acico Industries –
Abdul Aziz Al-
Acico has multiple business activities such as ACICO Cement, ACICO Construction, ACICO Real Estate Hotels, ACICO Real Estate. The yacht Nassima is named after the Nassima Tower, which was developed by Acico. Nassima Tower is an office and residential building of 45 floors in Dubai. Part of the
Acico Group is Acico Yachts, which built Al-
motor yacht – 65.00m (213.5ft) – Benetti SpA – 2011
built for Graham de Zille –
Carrefour Health club –
The yacht Nataly was built as Amnesia for Graham de Zille. De Zille is the son of Brian de Zille. Brian de Zille established the Sweater Shop retail chain in 1973 and sold it for GBP150 million in 1995. In the mid ’90s the company had 78 shops, several factories, and 1,600 employees.
Recently de Zille launched a new brand: 019 Sweater Shop, which has now 3 shops. Graham de Zille is a former formula 3 racing driver. Mr. Graham de Zille has already ordered 4 superyachts at the famous Italian yacht builder Benetti. All his yachts were named Amnesia.
His latest yacht Amnesia IV was sold while still under construction. This yacht is now named Nataly. Graham’s nephew Ben is also a racing driver through his De Zille Butler Racing team. De Zille is the owner of the UK Carrefour Health Clubs Group. Read this interview with Graham de Zille at superyachttimes.com
motor yacht – 66m (216.54ft) – Oceanco – 2005
William Kallop –
Gas and oil exploration
William Kallop was the owner of the yacht Natita. Read more about William Kallop at superyachtfan’s yacht Natita page
Necker Belle –
sailing yacht – 32m (104.99ft) – CMN Yacht Division – 2003
Richard Branson –
Virgin Group –
Sir Richard Branson was the owner of the sailing yacht Necker Belle. Branson is an English entrepreneur, known as the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group.
The Virgin Group Ltd. is a multinational conglomerate. Its core business areas are travel, entertainment, and lifestyle and it consists of more than 400 companies worldwide. His most known brand names are Virgin Records (sold to EMI Music) , Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Mobile.
The brand name “Virgin” arose when Branson and a partner were starting their first business in the 1970s, a record shop. They considered themselves virgins in business. Each of the companies operating under the Virgin brand is a separate entity, with Branson holding different percentages of shares.
Occasionally, he simply licenses the brand to a company that has purchased a division from him, such as Virgin Mobile USA, Virgin Mobile Australia, Virgin Radio and Virgin Music. Forbes estimates the net worth of Branson at USD 4.2 billion.
Branson’s yacht Necker Belle is a 105-
motor yacht – 90.1m (295.6ft) – Corsair Yachts – 2007
Neil Taylor –
Game Group –
Neil Taylor is the owner of the yacht Nero. Neil Taylor is one of the founders of Game. Founded in 1990 by Peter Wickins and Neil Taylor, Game was created to exploit the growing market for entertainment software and hardware. Initial growth was funded by the Taylor family and venture capital investors.
The company retails entertainment software for games consoles and personal computers, appealing to a young clientele. Mr Taylor and his family made GBP 30 million when the company floated at GBP 2 a share in 1998. In 1999 Game was sold to Electronics Boutique Limited (now called EB Games) for GBP 99 million.
The deal valued the 21.5 percent stake held in Game by chairman Neil Taylor at GBP 21.3 million. At the time of the takeover, Game had 86 stores. In 2002, Electronics Boutique stores in the UK and Ireland were re-branded as Game, and the company name was changed to The Game Group.
In 2007 Neil Taylor had his yacht Nero built in China by Corsair Yachts. The yacht Nero was sold in 2014 and is now owned by Denis ‘O Brien.
Netanya 8 –
motor yacht – 58m (190.29ft) – CMN Yacht Division – 2007
Daniel Abraham –
Slim Fast –
Daniel Abraham is the owner of the yacht Netanya 8. Daniel Abraham is the founder of Slim Fast, a brand of shakes, bars, snacks, packaged meals and other dietary supplement foods.
Mr. Abraham is an active philanthropist to a variety of causes, including improving health care and nutrition and encouraging Middle East peace. His donation to the Mayo Clinic created the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. Abraham is the founder of the Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Abraham’s yacht Netanya 8 was named after the Israeli city of Netanya, where Abraham lived for a couple of years.
Nina J –
motor yacht – 42.2m (138.45ft) – Baglietto S.p.A. (Cantieri Navali) – 2005
Thomas Flohr –
Comdisco / VistaJet –
Thomas Flohr is the owner of the yacht Nina J. Thomas Flohr is the founder and Chairman of Vista Jet. When Thomas Flohr founded VistaJet in 2004 he was determined to redefine private aviation.
He wanted to start a revolution in the skies that would offer clients unrivaled choice, luxury, a simple business model and, of course, safety. He succeeded. Vista Jet is now the world’s fastest-growing private aviation company. Their fleet of Bombardier aircraft is based across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and West Africa.
VistaJet currently owns 4 types of jets, Global 6000, Challenger 850, a Challenger 605 and Lear jet 60XR. In November 2012 VistaJet placed orders for 56 Bombardier jet and options for 86 more, this is the single largest transaction placed with any aircraft manufacturer in the history of business aviation. Read the Bombardier press release here.
Thomas Flohr used to run the European activities of the US-based computer leasing firm Comdisco. In the mid-1990s, Comdisco’s founder died and Flohr clashed with his son over strategy. The tension led to Flohr’s resignation in 2000.
Flohr vested his 1.5 percent stake in the company, which had a total market value of about USD 2 billion at the time. A year after his departure, Comdisco filed for Chapter 11. In 2000 Flohr filed a lawsuit against Comdisco, charging, among other things, that they “prohibited (him) from performing any of the responsibilities of his positions.”
The suit, pending in federal District Court, seeks USD 7.75 million in compensatory damages and USD 25 million in punitive damages. However, when Comdisco filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the lawsuit was placed on stay.
In 2002 Flohr acquired the Comdisco Switzerland SA from Comdisco Global Holding, partially paying with the settlement of funds still owned by Comdisco to Mr Flohr. A link to the relevant documents.
Comdisco is now called Comprendium Finance. Here you can find a nice article about Thomas Flohr on the Wall Street Journal site. Thomas Flohr named his yacht after his daughter Nina.
sailing yacht – 53.48m (175ft) – Vitters Shipyard – 2007
Isak Andic –
Isak Andic is the owner of the sailing yacht Nirvana. Andic is the founder and owner of the Mango clothing retailer. Born in Turkey, he moved to Spain at an early age.
Andic started working in the clothing industry in the early ’70s: selling clothing to relatives. Together with his brother, Isak Andy opened his first Mango store in 1984. They purchased clothing in Asia, to sell in Spain.
In 1993 Mango had 100 stores in Spain and in 1998 Mango was one of the Spanish largest textile exporters. The Mango group now has more than 2.000 stores in 100 countries and has more than 11,000 employees.
Isak Andic Ermay is also the largest shareholder in Banco de Sabadell. Forbes estimates the net worth of Isak Andy at USD 4.8 billion.
motor yacht – 88.5m (290ft) – Oceanco – 2012
Vladimir Potanin –
Vladimir Olegovich Potanin is the owner of the yacht Nirvana. Potanin is a Russian businessman and oligarch. He acquired his wealth notably through the loans-
Potanin also controls Russia’s largest media group, ProfMedia, owner of magazines, radio stations, movie theaters; Profmedia also broadcasts Russian versions of MTV and VH1. Potanin’s wealth is estimated at USD 14,3 billion. Potanin is also the owner of the Oceanco yacht Anastasia, named after his daughter.
motor yacht – 69.49m (228ft) – Oceanfast – 2003
Wayne Huizenga –
Waste Management, Blockbuster, AutoNation –
The yacht Nomad was built as Aussie Rules for Australian golf personality Greg Norman. Aussie Rules was acquired in 2004 by Wayne Huizenga and renamed Floridian. Harry Wayne Huizenga is an American entrepreneur and billionaire.
He is the founder of Waste Management, which he founded in 1968 with a single garbage truck. The company grew quickly with Huizenga aggressively acquiring garbage hauling companies. In 1972 Wayne Huizenga had acquired 133 companies.
He took the company public in 1971 and in 1983 Waste Management was the largest waste disposal company in the US. Wayne Huizenga retired from Waste Management in 1984 and purchased the Blockbuster Video chain, then just a few stores, for USD 18 million. As with Waste Management, Huizenga grew Blockbuster rapidly buying every franchise available and opening new stores every 24 hours. In 1993 Viacom acquired Blockbuster for USD 8 billion.
Then in 1996 Huizenga founded AutoNation, a car retail company. AutoNation is now the largest US car retailer with 215 dealerships in the USA and 20,000 employees.
Huizenga sold the yacgt Floridian in 2010, she is now owned by George J. Prokopiou, a Greek billionaire shipowner, founder of Dynacom Tankers, Sea Traders and Dynagas. –
motor yacht – 80.25m (263.3ft) – Camper & Nicholsons Shipyard – 1937
King of Norway –
The Royal Yacht Norge was the Norwegian people’s gift to King Haakon VII in 1947. The yacht is owned by the King but maintained and manned by the Royal Norwegian Navy.
Northern Star –
motor yacht – 75.4m (247.38ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2009
John Risley –
Clearwater Fine Foods –
John Risley owns two superyachts: Meteor and Northern Star. See more about Risley at the yacht Meteor above.
Norwegian Queen –
motor yacht – 49.98m (163.9ft) – Trinity Yachts, LLC – 2008
Christine Lynn –
Lynn Insurance Group –
Christine E. Lynn is the owner of the yacht Norwegian Queen. Christine Lynn is president and chief executive officer of Lynn Insurance Group.
The Lynn Insurance Group finds it roots in the Lumberman’s Underwriting Alliance. Dating back to 1905 when twenty-
Their interests were reciprocal with no thought of individual gain; their single purpose was to provide insurance protection for all at the lowest possible cost. In 1921 the Lumberman’s Underwriting Alliance was acquired by JJ Lynn (not yet 30). Eager to apply the principles of reciprocal insurance to another high-
This company greatly prospered over the years and was eventually sold to Zurich in the 1980s for a respectable profit. When JJ Lynn died in 1954 his nephew Gene took over leadership. The Lumberman’s Underwriting Alliance grew rapidly under Gene Lynn.
In 1978 the LIG Insurance Agency, Inc. was formed to seek a financially sound insurance market for the forest products industry’s other insurance requirements. In 1980 Gene married Christine, she was introduced into the business in 1981 as Vice President of Administration.
In 1998 at the retirement of Gene, she became Chairman and CEO. Gene Lynn died in 1999. Christine Lynn was born in Norway, explaining the yachts name: Norwegian Queen.
Nourah of Riyad –
Nova Spirit –
motor yacht – 45.72m (150ft) – Trinity Yachts, LLC – 1999
Jim Pattison –
Jim Pattison Group –
The yacht Nova Spirit is owned by Jim Pattison.
motor yacht – 59.4m (194.88ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2006
Eric Schmidt –
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is the owner of the yacht Oasis.
Ocean Paradise –
motor yacht – 55m (180ft) – 2013
Adrian Lee Chye Cheng –
Ezra Holdings –
Adrian Lee Chye Cheng is the owner of the Benetti yacht Ocean Paradise. Adrian Lee Chye Cheng is the son of Lee Kian Soo, who founded the oil and gas exploration group Ezra Holdings.
In 2013 Ezra realized sales of US$ 1.2 billion million with a net profit of US$ 64 million. Lee Kian Soo stepped down as chairman of Ezra in 2012. Adrian Lee’s brother Lee Chye Tek Lionel is Managing Director and CEO of Ezra. He holds approximate. 23% of the shares, worth around USS 250 million.
Adrian Lee Chye Cheng is the managing director of Jit Sun Investments (which holds shares in Ezra), Select Group, Interlink Petroleum, and Loyz Energy. Select Group is a food service provider in Singapore, the group owns restaurant chains, catering companies, and cafeterias.
Interlink Petroleum is active in oil and gas exploration in India. Loyz Energy invests in oil and gas exploration around the world.
The net worth of Adrian Lee Chye Cheng is estimated at US$ 250 million, the same net worth as his brother Lionel. Superyacht Ocean Paradise is available for charter.
Ocean Victory –
motor yacht – 140m (459 ft) – 2014 – Viktor Rashnikov – net worth US$ 2.8 billion – Russia
Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works –
Russian billionaire Viktor Rashnikov is the owner of the yacht Ocean Victory.
motor yacht – 126.2m (414.0ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2003
Paul Allen –
See superyachtfan’s Octopus page. The yacht is owned by the late Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen.
motor yacht – 48.77m (160.01ft) – Christensen Shipyards Ltd. – 2009
Lukas Lundin –
Lundin Mining –
Lukas Lundin has put his yacht Odessa for sale, as he is taking delivery of his new Feadship Savannah.
Odessa II –
Len Blavatnik –
Access Industries –
Billionaire Len Blavatnik is the owner of the yacht Odessa II.
motor yacht – 66.4m (217.8ft) – ISA Yachts – 2014
Theodore Angelopoulos –
Metrostar Management –
Greek shipping tycoon Theodore Angelopoulos is the owner of the yacht Okto. He previously owned several other yachts such as Alfa Nero, Alfa Four and Alfa Sea.
motor yacht – 57m (187.01ft) – Feadship – 2002
Vladimir Putin –
The luxury yacht Olympia is said to be Vladimir Putin’s yacht, although the yacht Chayka is also linked to him. Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia.
According to official state documents Vladimir Putin’s net worth is USD 150.000, although several sources mention that Putin is at least a billionaire, due to stakes in large Russian companies.
Superyacht Olympia was built as Netanya VII in 2002 by De Vries for Slim Fast founder Daniel Abraham.
motor yacht – 82.5m (270.67ft) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. – 1987
Paris Dragnis –
Paris Dragnis is the owner of the yacht O’Mega, He actually owns several other yachts.
One More Toy –
motor yacht – 47.2m (154.99ft) – Christensen Shipyards – 2001
Gary L. Markel –
Gary Markel is the owner of the yacht One More Toy. Markel is president of Clearwater, Florida-
Markel also is a limited partner in the area’s Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays. Gary Markel´s grandfather is the founder of Markel Corporation an insurance holding company. Markel Corporation was founded by Samuel Markel in the 1920s.
The company started insuring motor freight carriers. In a few years, time became the largest insurer of trucks and buses in the country. The company later expanded beyond truck and bus companies, led by the third generation of Markels; Anthony (Vice-Chairman), Steve, and Gary.
In 1980, the company founded Essex Insurance Company,a property insurance company. Markel Corporation’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products.
Markel Corporation also owns interests in various industrial and service businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace.In 2011 Markel Corporation realized premium volumes of USD 2 billion, with a net profit of USD 140 million.
Total shareholders’ equity is USD 3 billion. Gary Markel is also owner of ProQuip USA. ProQuip, founded in 1981 is synonymous with ultra-
Gary Markel is owner of the Preferred Restaurant Group, a Taco John’s franchisee. In 2011 Gary Markel created Operation Cruise with purpose to allow wounded Special Operation Force veterans the ability to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience aboard Markel´s yacht One More Toy.
motor yacht – 45 m (150 ft – Palmer Johnson – 2009 – Victor Pinchuk – Net worth > USD 1.3 billion – Ukraine
Outta Touch –
motor yacht – 32m (105ft) – Intermarine Savannah – 2002
Steven Mariano –
Patriot National Insurance Group –
Steven Mariano is the owner of the yacht Outta Touch. Steven Mariano is the founder of Strategic Outsourcing, a staffing company that he founded in the 1990s and sold in 2000 for $ 55 million to the Union Planters Bank.
At that time Strategic Outsourcing realized sales of $ 500 million, payrolling more than 40,000 employees. In 2003 Steven Mariano founded Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc., an insurance holding company that owns the Guarantee Insurance Company and Patriot Underwriters, specializing in workers’ compensation insurance.
Mariano also founded Contego Services Group, a provider of insurance and risk management services. . In 2011 Mariano sold Patriot Risk Management, a spin-
Mariano is active in charity and economic development, he donated $1.5 million to the University of Miami School of Law. Steven Mariano has an estimated net worth of more than $ 200 million. Superyacht Outta Touch is available for charter.
sailing yacht – 38m (124.67ft) – Perini Navi – 2008
Gerhard Andlinger –
Investments (Andlinger & Company) –
Gerhard R. Andlinger is the owner of the yacht P2. Andlinger is the founder of the private investment firm Andlinger & Company. Gerhard Andlinger started his career at McKinsey and later became an executive at ITT corporation.
In 1976 he founded Andlinger & Company, Inc. and has been involved in over 100 corporate acquisition transactions since then. His current portfolio includes Cyber Alert, Primus and Spoolex.
One of his biggest successes was the acquisition of Netoptix, which he sold to Corning Inc for more than USD 600 million. In 2008 Andlinger made an USD 100 million gift to Princeton University to accelerate research on effective and sustainable solutions to problems of energy and the environment.
Andlingers Perini Navi yacht P2 is actively participating in regattas. Before owning P2, Andlinger was the owner of the yacht Perseus now called Silencio.
Pacha III –
motor yacht – 36.25m (118.9ft) – Camper & Nicholsons Shipyard – 1936
Princess Caroline of Monaco –
Princess Caroline of Monaco is the owner of the yacht Pacha III.
motor yacht – 85m (280ft) – Lurssen Yachts – 2010
Leonid Mikhelson –
Russian billionaire Leonid Mikhelson is the owner of the yacht Pacific
motor yacht – 96m (314.96ft) – Blohm & Voss GmbH – 2010
Mikhail Prokhorov –
Onexim Group –
Milhail Prokhorov is the 7th richest man in Russia. He owns two yachts: Solemar and Palladium.
60.25m (197.6ft) – Ishikawajima- Harima Heavy Ind. – 1965
Vincent Bolloré –
Groupe Bolloré –
Superyacht Paloma is owned by French industrialist Vincent Bolloré
motor yacht – 60.1m (197.18ft) – Feadship – 2002
Built for: Mike Kittredge –
sold: Yankee Candle Company –
The yacht Parrafin was built for Mike Kittredge. Kittredge is the founder of the Yankee Candle Company. The Yankee Candle Company is one of the largest manufacturers of scented candles.
The Yankee Candle Company was founded in 1969 when Kittredge created his first scented candle for his mother. With help from some friend, the company was created.
The company grew rapidly and in 1998 Kittredge sold the company for USD 500 million to Forstman Little, a NY private equity company. In 2011 the company realized almost USD 800 million in sales with a USD 33 million net profit.
Kittredge’s yacht Parrafin was sold in 2011 by Fraser. She is currently available for charter.
Param Jamuna –
motor yacht – 49 meter (159 ft) – Rossinavi – 2013 – Prakash Hinduja – net worth USD 15 billion – India
motor yacht – 42.6m (140ft) – CMN Yachts – 2002 – Michael O’Keeffe – net worth > USD 100 million – Australia
Parsifal III –
sailing yacht – 53.8m (176.51ft) – Perini Navi – 2005
Scanomat coffee machines –
Kim Vibe Peterson is the owner of the yacht Parsifal. Peterson is the founder of Scanomat. Scanomat launched the world’s first fully automatic Cappuccino machine.
Nowadays Scanomat manufactures, develops, and markets some of the world’s best professional coffee brewers. With the innovative Topbrewer you can operate your coffee machine with an Iphone app. Scanomat was founded in the 1960s, operating from a garage.
Now Scanomat’s machines make over 500 million cups of coffee each year. The company realizes sales over USD 50 million with 200 employees. Kim Vibe Peterson and his wife Nina have owned 3 sail yachts, all named Parsifal.
Their current yacht Parsifal III was built by Perini Navi in 2005.
Party Girl –
motor yacht – 44.5m (146ft) – Christensen Shipyards Ltd. – 2007
Charles West –
Pet Supermarket –
Charles West is the owner of the yacht Party Girl. Charles West founded Pet Supermarket in 1973. Pet Supermarket sells more than 8,000 pet care products, including food, toys, medicine, and clothing.
The company started as Pet Circus in South Florida. Pet Supermarket now has 1,400 employees and 135 stores and realizes annual sales of more than $ 250 million. Charles West has an estimated net worth of more than $ 200 million. The yacht has its own website.
motor yacht – 29,5m (95,11ft) – Bloemsma & Van Breemen – 2003 Mark Grosvenor – net worth > USD 150 million – USA
Grosvenor Industries –
Mark Grosvenor was the owner of the yacht Patrior. Grosvenor is Chief Executive Officer of Grosvenor Industries, established in San Diego about 30 years ago. Grosvenor Industries has built several hotels and has become involved with several other US companies.
In 1984, Mark Grosvenor founded Medallion Foods, Inc. in Newport, Arkansas, a snack food manufacturing company, supplying companies including Wal-
In 1989, Grosvenor formed GHG Hospitality, Inc., which owns and operates more than ten hospitality projects including hotels and marinas across the United States. Grosvenor Industries also owns and operates Grosvenor Square Shopping Center.
Mark Grosvenor has sold his yacht Patriot,
she is now called C1.
Pegaso (now named Naia) –
motor yacht – 73.6m (241ft) – Freire Shipyard – 2011 – Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga – net worth USD 1 billion – Mexico
Grupo Pegaso –
Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga is the owner of the yacht Pegaso. Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga is the owner of Grupo Pegaso. Grupo Pegaso owns interests in several companies such as Neology, PanAmSat de México and Bagan.
Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga is the owner of several soccer teams in Mexico (Atlante FC) and the adviser of the FIFA President. In 2000 Alejandro Burillo Azcarraga sold his 25% share in Grupo Televisa, which is led by his cousin Emilio Azcarraga Jean, owner of the luxury yacht TV.
In 2014 the yacht Pegaso was sold, she is now named Naia.
Pegasus V –
motor yacht – 76.91m (252.33ft) – Royal Denship A/S – 2003
Ron Tutor –
Pegasus V was owned by Ron Tutor, until he sold the yacht in June 2014
motor yacht – 115m (377.3ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2003 – David Geffen – net worth USD 4.6 billion – USA
Geffen Records –
More about David Geffen and Pelorus. Pelorus was sold and is now owned by Samuel Tak Lee
Perfect Persuasion –
motor yacht – 45.72m (150ft) – Oceanfast – 1997
built as Perfect Prescription for
Michael Ashkin –
The Darby Group –
Superyacht Perfect Persuasion was built as Perfect Prescription for Michael Ashkin. Michael Ashkin is the chairman of the Darby Group. The Darby Group is a distributor of dental and veterinary supplies.
The Darby Group was founded by Joseph Ashkin –
In 1993 –
Darby Dental Supply is the US largest distributor of dental merchandise.
Perle Bleue –
motor yacht – 38m (125ft) – Hakvoort – 2007
Stanley Bey –
Stanley Bey is the owner of the yacht Perle Bleue. Perle Bleue was delivered by Hakvoort in 2008, and was a replacement for Stanley Bey’s previous yacht Campbell Bay – also built by Hakvoort.
Stanley Bey is the founder of the Russell-
From 1950 through the 1980s the Company experienced steady growth and expanded by acquisition into plastic drum manufacturing. The company manufactured the containers in 13 plants throughout the United States and Canada.
In 1989 Russell-
Perseus 3 –
sailing yacht – 60m (197ft) – Perini Navi – 2015
Mark Byrne –
Haverford Insurance –
Mark Byrne is the owner of the yacht Perseus 3. Byrne is the founder of Haverford Insurance and St. Bernard Insurance, active in the car insurance business in Switzerland.
Mark Byrne previously founded and owned the Bermuda based insurance group Flagstone, which was sold in 2012 for USD 623 million. Mark Byrne also founded the Bermuda based West End Capital Management. Mark comes from a family active in insurance: his grandfather owned a small insurance agency, while his father John Byrne founded the White Mountains Insurance Group.
Byrne resides in Bermuda and also has a house in Bagnes, Switzerland. As the names says.. Perseus 3 is the 3rd sailing yacht for Byrne named Perseus.
His current yacht was built by Perini Navi in Italy, while he previously owned a 30 meter and 50 meter (163ft) also built by Perini.
motor yacht – 58.2m (190.94ft) – Proteksan Turquoise Yachts – 2005
Bernie Ecclestone –
Formula One Group –
Bernie Ecclestone is the owner of the yacht Petara. Ecclestone is the President of Formula One Management. .
Phoenix 2 –
motor yacht – 87.2m (286.09ft) – Lürssen Yachts – 2010
Jan Kulczyk –
Kulczyk Investments SA –
Jan Kulczyk was the richest person in Poland until his death in 2015. His luxury yacht Phoenix was built by Lurssen in 2010.
motor yacht – 31.45m (103.18ft) – Astondoa S.A. (Astilleros) – 2004
Florentino Pérez –
ACS Group –
Florentino Perez is the owner of the yacht Pitina. Flores is the ceo of the ACS Group. The ACS Group or (Grupo ACS) is Spanish largest construction group. The group is active in construction, infrastructure and industrial services.
In 2011 ACS acquired Hochtief, German’s largest construction company. Florentino Perez owns 17% of the ACS Group. Florez founded Construcciones Padros in 1983, through several mergers and acquisitions, this company became Spanish largest construction company, making Perez one of the richest people from Spain.
Perez has an estimated net worth of USD 1.3 billion. Florentino Perez is best known for being the President of the Real Madrid Football Club. His yacht Pitina was built in Spain at the Astondoa ship yard.
Plan B –
motor yacht – 49 m (160 ft) – HMA Naval Dockyard – 1973
Ted Waitt –
Ted Waitt is the owner of the yacht Plan B. Waitt is the founder of US-based PC maker Gateway. The yacht Plan B was rumored to be owned by Brad Pitt.
Plan B was built as Flinders in 1973 by H.M.A. Naval Dockyard. She carried a Eurocopter with registration VP-
Polar Bear –
motor yacht – 31.09m (102ft) – Citadel Yachts – 2011
Larry Jodsaas –
Larry Jodsaas is the owner of the yacht Polar Bear. In 1990 Larry Jodsaas and partner Gregory Peterson acquired the micro-
They built the company, named VTC to a revenue of USD 177 million with a 65% market share of the world’s pre-
Upon the sale of VTC, Jodsaas started PolarFab, the only privately held semi-
In June 2014 his yacht Polar Bear was destroyed in a fire while being dry docked for maintenance.
motor yacht – 48.29m (158 ft) – Rossi Navi – 2014
Vagif Mamishev –
Vagif Mamishev is the owner of the yacht Polaris. Mamishev is the owner of Autoarmatura, a supplier to the Russian car industry, based in St Petersburg.
Mamishev is also Chairman of the Association of the Azerbaijan National Cultural Autonomy of St. Petersburg.
Polaris was built at RossiNavi and was delivered in 2014. In 2018 she was listed for sale and renamed Polaris I. This probably means Mamishev is building a new yacht.
motor yacht – 41m (134.51ft) – Alloy Yachts – 2006
Neville Crichton –
Car dealership / Balverona / Ateco –
Superyacht Polly was built as Como for Neville Crichton
motor yacht – 72.8m (238.85ft) – Feadship – 2008
Iksander Makhmudov –
UGMK Holding –
Luxury yacht Predator is owned by Iksander Makhmudov, one of the richest persons in Russia. He also owns the yacht Elsea.
Prima Donna (now Aghassi) –
motor yacht – 44.2m (145.01ft) – Christensen Shipyards Ltd. – 2002
Gary Primm –
Primadonna Resorts –
Gary Primm was the owner of the yacht Primadonna. Primm sold Primadonna, she is now called Aghassi. Gary Primm is a casino developer and former chairman, chief executive of Primm Valley Resorts.
In the mid-
Whiskey Pete’s was the first of their hotels. The Primadonna Resort was the second hotel built, and it was later renamed to the Primm Valley Resort. These two hotels are connected by a single car monorail across the I-
Buffalo Bill’s and Primm Valley Resort are connected by a larger train. The Las Vegas Outlet Mall was added as a part of the Primadonna Resort in 1998. In 1999, MGM Grand Inc. acquired Primadonna Resorts in an USD 400 million transaction.
The transaction included Primadonna`s assets in Primm, 50% ownership of New York –
Prince Abdulaziz –
motor yacht – 147m (482.28ft) – Helsingor Vaerft – 1984
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia –
Superyacht Prince Abdul Aziz was built for the King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The yacht is now owned by the current King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah has an estimated net worth of $ 18 billion.
The yacht still is one of the largest yachts in the world. She has an opulent interior-
Princess Mariana –
motor yacht – 76.91m (252.3ft) – Royal Denship A/S – 2003
Carlos Peralta Quintero –
Lusacell sold to Vodafone –
Princess Mariana is built for Carlos Peralto Quintero who owned the Mexican cell phone company Lusacell. Lucasell was sold to Vodafone.
Quintero sold his yacht to Ronald Tutor, owner of the Tutor-
Principessa Vai Via –
sailing yacht – 40m (131ft) – Perini Navi – 1991
Ennio Doris –
Italian billionaire Ennio Doris is the owner of the sailing yacht Principessa Vai Via, which he purchased from Silvio Berlusconi. Ennio Doris founded Mediolanum, active in financial services such as investment banking, insurance, and mutual funds.
Doris owns 40% of the shares, while his co-
Ennio Doris’ yacht Principessa Vai Via participated in the 2011 Perini Navi Cup. The yacht accommodates 10 guests with a crew of 6. She is available for charter.
Quantum Blue –
Sergey Galitskiy –
Sergey Galitskiy is the owner of the yacht Quantum Blue. More here.
Quantum of Solace –
John Staluppi –
Atlantic Auto Group –
The yacht Quantum of Solace was built as Alfa III in 2001. She was acquired by Alexander Shnaider, founder of the Midland Group, who named her Midlandia.
In 2008 she was purchased by John Staluppi who named her Quantum of Solace. He sold her again in 2011, and she is now named Elysium.
US millionaire John Staluppi is the owner of the yacht Quantum of Solace. Staluppi is a successful car dealer and founder of the Atlantic Auto Group.
Staluppi owns several other yachts all named Skyfall. See more hereunder.
Portland Holdings –
Queen K –
Oleg Deripaska –
Quinta Essentia –
Valentin Zavadnikov –
Liquor: Synergy Group –
Abdullah al Futtaim –
Al Futtaim Motors –
Abdullah al Futtaim is the owner of the luxury yacht Radiant.
Bill Duker –
Built for Kenneth Rainin –
Rainin Instrument Company (sold to Mettler Toledo) –
Bill Duker is the owner of the yacht Rasselas. Rasselas was built for Kenneth Rainin, the founder of the Rainin Instrument Company. Initially, Rainin distributed laboratory instruments and supplies.
Later Rainin secured the rights to sell Pipetman, a line of laboratory pipettes, and through design improvements, built the Pipetman into the dominant brand of pipettes used in laboratories. In 2001 Mettler Toledo acquired Rainin Instrument Company for USD 290 million.
Rainin’s yacht Rasselas was named after Samuel Johnson’s fictional character, The Prince of Abyssinia, who traveled throughout ancient Arabia in search of happiness. Kenneth Rainin passed away in 2007.
The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is active in health, education, and arts. Bill Duker is also owner of the yacht Sybaris.
Roberto Cavalli –
Fashion Roberto Cavalli –
Robert Cavalli Is an Italian Fashion designer. Roberto Cavalli has 130 sales points worldwide and realized a turnover of USD 200 million in 2010. The net worth of Roberto Cavalli is estimated at USD 500 million.
Charles Butt –
H.E. Butt –
Built as Boadicea for Reg Grundy –
Reg Grundy Productions –
Reg Grundy is an Australian media entrepreneur. He started as a radio sports commentator and founded the production company Reg Grundy Organization in 1960. He produced successful shows as Sons and Daughters, Neighbours, and The Restless Years.
In 1995, he sold the Grundy Organization for USD 400 million to the media and publishing company Pearson PLC, now FremantleMedia. In 2008 the net worth of Reg Grundy was estimated at USD 850 million. Grundy named his yacht Boadicea after the queen of the Iceni Celts. Grundy sold the yacht Boadicea in 2009.
The current owner of Reborn is French investor and politician Bernard Tapie. Tapie is famous for investing in the sports brand Adidas. In 1990 Bernard Tapie acquired 80% of Adidas for EUR 244 million, in 1991 he acquired an additional 15% for EUR 10 million. In 1992 he sold Adidas for approx. EUR 317 million to Credit Lyonnais.
Tapie later claimed that he was swindled by Credit Lyonnais who resold the company to French investor Robert Louis Dreyfus for EUR 617 million. In a controversial court decision, Tapie was awarded EUR 385 million in 2008. In 2013 French prosecutors charged Tapie with fraud in this case and seized assets worth several hundred million.
It is unclear whether Tapie’s yacht Reborn was seized as well. The yacht was sold to Gabriele Volpi, who named her Boadicea again.
Red Dragon –
Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall –
Weight Watchers –
Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten is the owner of the sailing yacht Red Dragon. He is heir to the Wittouck family fortune. The Wittouck family was owner of the Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, Belgium’s largest sugar producer. In 1989 the Tiense Suikerraffinadery was sold to the German company Südzucker for approx. EUR 950 million.
Since then Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten and his family member Erik Wittouck founded Artal, a private investment vehicle based in Luxembourg. Artal’s investments include Eurobake, Europe’s largest baking company, Pizza Hut Finance, operating more than 100 restaurants and Neuhaus, a chocolate manufacturer.
Artal’s most successful investment is Weight Watchers, which was purchased from Heinz for USD 735 million in 1999 and which was floated on the NYSE stock market in 2001 with a USD 400 million profit. In 2007 Artal received another USD 540 million for shares Artal still owned in Weight Watchers.
And in 2010 and 2011 Artal sold another 12 million shares for more than USD 1 billion. Baron Ullens de Schooten is an active philanthropist, donating to good causes through his Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation. He is a leading art collector, who founded the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, based in Beijing it is the first private non-
UCCA has one of the most comprehensive collections of Chinese art. Guy Ullens de Schootens’ sailing yacht Red Dragon is designed by Dubois Naval Architects, while her interior is designed by Wilmotte & Associes. The yacht’s name refers to the owners Chinese passion. Red Dragon is available for charter.
Reef Chief –
James Dicke –
Crown Equipment –
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum –
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the owner of the yacht Reem. Sheikh Ahmed is a brother of the Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Ahmed is President of the Al Wasl Sports Club which one of the most successful sports clubs in the UAE.
He is also active in Thoroughbred horse racing through the Godolpin Stables and is considered to be one of the biggest horse owners in the world. The yacht Reem was built at Trinity Yachts and delivered in 2013. The yacht features a total of 9 guest cabins.
Dogukan Boyaci –
Pruva Yachting –
Dogukan Boyaci is the owner of the yacht Regina. The Boyaci family actually owns the Pruva Yachting company, builder of the yacht Regina. SuperYachtFan tried to find more information about the Boyaci family, but due to a lack of fluency in the Turkish language, was not able to find more information.
Do you know more about the Boyaci family? Please do send us a message. The sailing yacht Regina was featured as Chimera in the James Bond movie Skyfall. Regina is available for charter.
Regina d’Italia –
Stefano Gabbana –
Dolce & Gabbana –
Stefano Gabbana is the owner of the yacht Regina d’Italia. Gabbana founded the Italian fashion house Dolce and Gabbana together with Domenico Dolce. Established in 1985, today Dolce&Gabbana is one of the leading international groups in the fashion and luxury goods sector.
The D&G Group designs, produces and distributes high-
Gabbana’s yacht Regina d’Italia features a lavish interior with gold-
Jamie Coulter –
Lone Star restaurant chain lonestarsteakhouse.com
Jamie B. Coulter is the owner of the yacht Relentless. Coulter is Chairman and CEO of Coulter Enterprises, Inc., a private investment firm. He was the founder of Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc. In 2006 he sold the company for more than USD 100 million to a private equity investor. Lone Star operated more than 200 restaurants.
Remember When –
John Rosatti –
Plaza Auto Group
Alexandr Tkachev –
Governor of Krasnodar Krai –
Alexandr Tkachev was the owner of the yacht Renegade. Tkachev is the Governor of Krasnodar, a federal subject of Russia. He is the owner of a large company named Agricultural Complex, which was founded by his father.
Agrocomplex is Russia’s largest agricultural company, active in the growing of crops, dairy products, meats, poultry, and bakery. Agrocomplex has 16,000 employees and 200,000 hectares of land. The yacht Renegade was sold and is now named Robusto.
David V. Johnson –
Real estate, Victor International Corp. –
David V. Johnson is the owner of the yacht Resolute. David Johnson is the founder of the Victor International Corporation. Victor International is a U.S. real estate and resort developer.
The company has created more than 40 developments, including Bay Harbor, Michigan, a USD 1 billion, 1,200-acre luxury resort community, Turtle Lake, a USD 400 million private community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Oil Nut Bay.
Oil Nut Bay is an island paradise resort community that features 88 home sites on 300 acres (121.4 hectares). David Johnson is active in philanthropy. In 1988, Johnson established The Victor Foundation, providing charitable contributions to foster programs for children, the physically challenged and young adults.
Peter Sperling –
Apollo Group –
Peter Sperling is the owner of the yacht Reverie. Peter Sperling is the son of John Sperling, who founded the for-
Apollo Group, Inc., owns several for-
Peter Sperling sold most of his shares, in early 2013 he still owns 4 million shares worth USD 80 million. John Sperling founded the University of Phoenix in his fifties with no investors and no track record in businesses. Peter Sperling’s yacht Reverie is the largest yacht ever built in Italy.
Reverie was launched in 1999 by Benetti for Kjell Inge Rökke, owner and CEO of the Norwegian industrial giant Aker Solutions ASA
Roy E Carroll –
The Carroll Companies –
Roy E Carroll is the owner of the yacht Rhino. More here.
Richmond Lady –
Don Davis –
Richmond Yachts –
Don Davis is the owner of the yacht Richmond Lady. In fact Ron Davis owns the Richmond boatyard itself.
Davis is a successful restaurant entrepreneur, he owns the Great Texas Food Corporation which operates several restaurants, including the Ralph & Kacoo’s restaurant chain, Cafe Del Rio, Brazos Cattle Company and the Cattle Company of Texas.
Don Davis acquired the boatyard when the company ran into financial troubles while building Davis’ yacht Cloud Nine, later named Penny Mae.
Rising Sun –
David Geffen –
Geffen Records –
Rising Sun is owned by David Geffen, founder of Geffen Records.
RL Noor –
Tarek Nour –
Tarek Nour Communications –
Tarek Nour is the owner of the yacht RL Noor. Tarek Nour is the CEO and shareholder of Tarek Nour Communications. Tarek Nour Communications (TNC) is Egypt’s largest communications services groups.
The group is active in advertising, media, consultancy, Branding and PR Marketing. TNC was founded by Tarek Nour in 1976 when he started the first Egyptian advertisement agency. The group now includes the Egypt TV channel Al Kahera Wal Nas.
Nour ‘s yacht RL Noor is built in Turkey by Bilgin Yachts. The yacht RL Noor is built out of mahogany, in Turkish wood building tradition.
Jimmy John Liautaud –
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches –
Jimmy John Liautaud is the owner of the Feadship yacht ROCK.IT
Russ Weiner –
Rockstar Energy –
Russ Weiner is the owner of the motor yacht Rockstar. Weiner is the founder of Rockstar Energy, a leading energy drink brand in the US. In 2013 Rockstar was the 3rd largest energy drink in the US, with sales of more than US 800 million.
Russ Weiner’s father is Michael Savage, the US radio host. Forbes estimates the net worth of Russ Weiner at USD 2.5 billion. The yacht Rockstar was built as Blind Date for investor Peter Hochfelder, founder of Brahman Capital.
Victor Vargas –
Banco Occidental de Descuento –
Victor Vargas is the owner of the superyacht Ronin. Victor Vargas is the owner of Banco Occidental de Descuento, the fifth-largest bank in Venezuela. As a young man Vargas married into one of Venezuela’s elite banking families: the Cisneros family.
Vargas later became one of the country’s smartest en most successful bankers. In a Wall Street Journal interview, Vargas said that he owns two yachts, three planes and six houses.
Victor Vargas’ other yacht is the 2001 Feadship Sea Racer. Vargas purchased Ronin from Larry Ellison.
Royal Romance – motor yacht – 92.5m (303ft) –
Viktor Medvedchuk – net worth USD 460 million – Ukraine
Viktor Medvedchuk seems to be the owner of the yacht Royal Romance
Rupert Murdoch –
News Corporation –
Rupert Murdoch is the owner of Rosehearty and Vertigo.
Jeroen Piqueur –
Optima Bank –
Jeroen Piqueur is the owner of the superyacht Rubeccan. Piqueur is the founder of the Belgium-based Optima Bank. Optima started in 1991 as a Financial Planning adviser and in a few years became market leader in Belgium.
In 2011 Optima received a bank license with the acquisition of the Ethias Bank. Optiver is the publisher of the financial magazine Capital Magazine. Jeroen Piqueur named his yacht Rubeccan after his two children: Ruben and Rebecca.
Jeroen’s son Ruben Piqueur is the CEO of the real estate developer Optima Global Estate.
Anthony Bakker –
Anthony Bakker is the founder of Blackbaud Inc., a supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1981 and now employs over 2,100 people.
In 1999 Anthony Bakker sold a 60% stake for USD 155 million to San Francisco-
Before owning the yacht Safira, Bakker was owner of Mosaique, a 164-
Greg Meyer –
Greg Meyer is the owner of the yacht Sahana. Meyer founded the Rental Management Group, active in the lease of office equipment, doing the finance for corporations such as Motorola, NEC, Toshiba, and Panasonic. Meyer sold the company in 2004 to finance group Allco.
In 2005 he founded EPAC Salary Solutions, providing novated car leases and salary packaging solutions. In 2011 Meyer sold APAC to RACV for AUS$ 23.7 million. Meyer is now active in real estate development, he owns the BASK Gili Meno Resort.
His yacht Sahana was built in 2008 as Eendracht for Austal founder John Rothwell. She is available for charter.
Saint Nicolas –
Vassily Anisimov –
Mohamed al Fayed –
Hotel Ritz Paris –
Mohamed al-Fayed is the owner of the sailing yacht Sakara. Mohamed al-Fayed is a successful businessman born in Egypt. He is known a s the owner of the Ritz Hotel in Paris and as the former owner of the Harrods Department Store in London.
He sold Harrods in 2010 for USD 1.5 billion. His son Dodi al-Fayed died in a car crash in Paris along with Diana, Princess of Wales. AL Fayed also owned the motor yacht Sokar, which he sold in 2014.
Salperton IV –
Barry Houghton –
Barry Houghton is the owner of the yacht Salperton. Houghton is founder of Rainford, a mechanical and electromechanical components manufacturer. Rainford was sold to Reltec, a US electronics company for USD 134 million in 1996.
Reltec itself was later sold to the Marconi Group, which collapsed in 2005. Barry Houghton named his sailing yacht Salperton after the village of Salperton in Gloucestershire (UK) where he owns a large estate.
John Groenewoud –
real estate –
John Groenewoud is the owner of the yacht Salute. Groenewoud is a Dutch real estate developer. He and his family are the owners of the Groenewoud Vastgoed Group (Groenewoud Real estate group) now known as Built to Build.
The Dutch magazine Quote estimates Groenewoud’s net worth at EUR 110 million or approx. USD 150 million. Groenewoud purchased the yacht Salute from Dutch retailer Eric Albada Jelgersma while the yacht was still in built at Perini Navi.
Eric Albada Jelgersma became paralyzed after a 2005 injury on this 52-meter yacht Liberty II also built by Perini Navi.
Daniel Loeb –
Third Point –
Daniel Loeb is the owner of the yacht Samadhi.
Kutayba Alghanim –
Alghanim Industries –
Kutayba Alghanim is the owner of the yacht Samar, see more here.
Filaret Galchev –
Euro Cement Group –
Filaret Galchev is the founder and chairman of the Eurocement Group. His yacht Sapphire was built in a series of five yachts, ordered by the Reuben Brothers.
Prince Turki Bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz –
Saudi Royal family
Prince Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz is the owner of the yacht Sarah. Turki bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz is a grandson of the late King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.
He is the President of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, responsible for the protection of the environment and the conservation and development of natural resources in Saudi Arabia.
His yacht Sarah was built at Amels. Sarah is available for charter for approx. USD 400.000 per week.
Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al Saud
Saudi Royal Family
Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz is the Governor of Tabuk. His yacht Sarafsa was built by Devonport Yachts.
Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch –
News Corporation –
Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch are the owners of the sailing yacht Sarissa. Sarissa was built by Vitters and delivered to her owners in 2011.
Lachlan is the son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is the owner of the media conglomerate News Corporation.
McGuirk family –
McGuirk Sand Gravel –
The McGuirk family of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan are the owners of the yacht Sassy. The family owns McGuirk Sand Gravel, a contracting firm specializing in road works and site work development.
The company was founded in 1943 as Jim McGuirk and Sons Excavating and is now lead by the 3rd generation. The family owns several other companies in the Mt. Pleasant area such as McGuirk Mini Storage and the McGuirk Arena, home of the Chippewas basketball team.
The family are active philanthropists through their McGuirk Family Fund. They have owned several yachts, all built by Hargrave and all named Sassy. In November 2014, famous pop star Katy Perry was pictured on the families former 2004 yacht Sassy, which is based in Australia now. (Katy Perry was in Australia for her world tour).
The yacht was sold by the family in 2009 when they had a new and larger yacht delivered. In 2014 their latest and largest yacht was delivered by Hargrave, a 101-foot yacht again named Sassy.
Eric Benson –
Pacific Coast Steel –
Satori was owned by Pacific Coast Steel founder Eric Benson until he sold her in 2014.
Thomas Wathen –
Pinkerton Security –
Thomas Wathen is the owner of the yacht Savannah. Wathen founded California Plant Protection (CPP) , a security guard firm. CPP was the fourth-
Pinkerton is the US oldest security firm. The combined firm realized sales of USD 650 million with 50.000 employees. In 1990 Pinkerton went public. In 1999, when Wathen still owned 30 percent of the company, he sold Pinkerton to the Swedish firm Securitas for USD 384 million. Thomas Wathen has an estimated net worth of USD 150 million.
His yacht Savannah was built by Intermarine in 2000 , to a Luiz de Basto Design. Savannah is currently for sale through MerleWood.
Lukas Lundin –
Lundin Mining –
Lukas Lundin is the owner of the yacht Savannah.
Hahraman Sadikoglu –
Sadikoglu Group –
Kahraman Sad?ko?lu is the owner of the yacht Savarona. He owns the Istanbul-
The group is also active in dredging, towing and even yacht building, as the company was involved in the construction of superyacht Dubai, the yacht for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al-
Kahraman Sad?ko?lu is known for the restoration of the classic motor yacht Savarona. Although Savarona is owned by the Republic of Turkey, she has been leased out to Kahraman Sadikoglu for 49 years.
Scott Free –
Scott Niswonger –
Transportation Forward Air –
Scott Niswonger is the founder of the cargo companies Forward Air and Landair. Both companies are specialized in truckload operations and logistic services to the air cargo industry.
Scott Niswonger started Forward Air in 1973 and cofounded Landair in 1981. Forward Air was taken public to the Nasdaq exchange. According to 2011 SEC filings, Forward Air realized operating revenue of more than USD 500 million and a net profit of around USD 50 million.
Landair was also taken public (in 1990) but was purchased back by Niswonger in 2003. In the last SEC filing (2001) the company realized a revenue of more than USD 100 million with a net profit of USD 5 million. In the last decade, Niswonger sold all his shares in Forward Air.
His net worth is estimated at more than USD 200 million. Scott Niswonger is an active philanthropist through his Niswonger Foundation, donating more than USD 30 million. Scott Niswonger’s yacht Scott Free was custom build by US yacht builder Christensen.
Scott Niswonger also owns a USD 30 million Gulfstream private jet with registration N1SN.
Sebastian Loeb –
WRC Rally driver –
Sebastian Loeb is the owner of the yacht Scratch. Loeb is the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship (WRC). He won the world championship nine times in a row.
He realized the most wins, the most podium finishes and the most points. Loeb has participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and has done several Formula One tests.
Superyacht Scratch is a Mangusta 92, which can reach a top speed of 30 knots with twin water jets.
Sea Bear II –
Jack Niklaus –
Jack Niklaus is the owner of the yacht Sea Bear II.
Sea Diamond –
Robert Graham Fessler –
Cloud Investment Partners –
Robert Graham Fessler is the owner of the sailing yacht Sea Diamond. Fessler founded The Ages Group, active in aircraft management, sales and leasing. The Ages Group was sold in 1999 to Volvo Aero Corporation.
A part of the Ages Group was renamed Magellan Air limited and later sold to the TAT Group. Robert Fessler later co-
Cloud has invested in several airplanes such as Boeing 737, Saab 340 and Airbus A320. Fessler has owned several yachts, including his current yacht Sea Diamond and the Jack Hargrave-designed Burger yacht Grand Cru, built in 1984.
Sea Force One –
Sea Owl –
Sea Racer –
built as Detroit Eagle for : Roger Penske –
Penske Corporation –
The luxury yacht Detroit Eagle was built for Roger Penske. Roger Penske is a US automotive entrepreneur.
Penske is the owner of the Penske Corporation, with revenues in excess of USD 19 billion, operating in more than 3,300 locations and employing approximately 39,000 people worldwide.
Penske started as a successful race car driver in the 1950’s and 1960’s, financed by trading second-hand cars. In 1985 Roger Penske acquired the Truck Rental division from Hertz renaming it Penske Truck Rental.
Also in 1985 Penske purchased the Longo Toyota dealership – a sales record braking Toyota dealership for many years –
Later adding Lexus dealerships, the Penske Motor Group was formed. In 1999 Roger Penske acquired the United Automotive Group, which was renamed to Penske Automotive Group in 2007. The Penske Automotive Group operates 340 car dealerships, representing 37 car brands and 26 repair centers. Penske also owns Penske Racing, which competes in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series and has 15 Indy 500 victories.
Superyacht Detroit Eagle was acquired by Venezuelan banker Victor Vargas, who renamed her Sea Racer. Victor Vargas also owns the yacht Ronin, see above.
Michael Potter –
Cognos Software –
Michel Potter is the owner of the motor yacht Seawolf. Michael Potter is cofounder of the business intelligence software company Cognos. Cognos was founded in 1969 as a consultancy company.
Later Cognos changed its focus to selling software. In 1986 Cognos went public on the NASDAQ exchange. Potter owned around 44% of the shares at that moment. Since 2000 Potter has been selling large quantities of stocks. In 2000 he sold around 1 million stock, in 2001 Potter sold 1.3 million shares at USD 25, netting him around USD 30 million.
Early 2002 Michael Potter owned 9.582.594 shares or 10.75% of the share capital. Later in 2002, he sold 3.6 million shares at USD 17.50 each, netting USD 72 million. In 2007 Cognos was acquired by IBM for USD 58 per share, netting Michael Potter another USD 347 million.
Michael Potter is a vintage plane collector and founder and President of Vintage Wings of Canada. Vintage Wings owns and operates many classic aircraft, most notably various Allied World War II era Aircraft. Potter resides in Ottawa, his net worth is estimated at more than USD 600 million.
Potter’s yacht Seawolf started as a tug boat built in the Netherlands in 1957. She was rebuilt into a yacht in 2002. She is available for charter for USD 180,000 per week.
Richard DeVos –
The DeVos family is the owner of the yacht Seaquest.
Sedation A –
Rovnag Abdullayev –
SOCAR Oil Company –
Rovnag Abdullayev is the owner of the yacht Sedation A. Or at least the yacht Sedation A is registered to the Azerbaijan oil company Socar, where Abdullayev is CEO.
Sedation A was built as Sedation II for a UK millionaire but was sold before completion to Abdullayev, and renamed Sedation A. The A probably stands for Abdullayev.
Rovnag Abdullayev is a member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan, a member of the Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Committee and he is president of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan.
Larry Page –
Larry Page is the owner of the yacht Senses.
Serena III –
Richard Paul Matheson –
Richard Paul Matheson is the owner of the yacht Serena III. The yacht was built in Brazil, where Matheson is based.
Matheson is the chairman of BRMALLS, the largest shopping mall company in Latin America and the only shopping mall company in Brazil with nationwide presence. BRMALLS owns 48 malls, and has a 27% market share in Brazil. Matheson owns approx 20% of the shares.
His yacht Serena III sank 13 miles of the coast of Florida in January 2016. Fortunately, all 13 people on board were rescued.
Seven Seas –
Steven Spielberg –
Steven Spielberg is the owner of the yacht Seven Seas.
Sevens Sins –
Hugo Verlinden and Baron Betrand de Sadeleer –
Van Dessel www.vandessel.be –
Superyacht Seven Sins is co-
Baron de Sadeleer is a Belgium aristocrat, who’s family married into one of Belgium’s richest families: the Emsens family, who own the industrial group Etex, known for fiber cement brand Eternit. Superyacht Seven Sins was delivered by Heesen Yacht in 2005, and is available for charter.
Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-
Katara Hospitality –
Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-
Katara Hospitality is one of the leading hospitality organizations in the world, operating 13 hotels, including the Ritz Carlton Sharq Village & Spa. Katara Hospitality is owned by Qatar Holding LLC (QH) which was founded by Qatar Investment Authority (QIA.
The yacht Sharq is actually registered to the Sharq Village & Spa resort. It is possible that the Sheikh is also linked to superyacht Katara. Motor yacht Sharq was sold in 2014 to Michael Silver, she is now named Moonraker.
Michael McKinnon –
Michael McKinnon is the owner of the yacht Showtime. McKinnon is the president of McKinnon Broadcasting Corporation in San Diego. At the moment McKinnon owns Kusi-
In 2010 McKinnon sold KIII TV and KBMT TV, both ABC affiliates, to the London Broadcasting Corporation. McKinnon also owns the San Diego Home Garden magazine. Michael McKinnon put his yacht Showtime up for sale.
Klaus Kurt Bytzek –
Magna International –
Klaus Kurt Bytzek is the owner of the luxury yacht Siete. Bytzek is an automotive inventor, with several patents on his name. Most patents are related to belt and chain tensioners.
Klaus Bytzek also invented a power-
Magna is one of the largest automotive parts manufacturers in the world. According to the book Magna Cum Laude, about Magna and Stronach, Btyzek ‘became very wealthy due to his involvement in Magna.
Bytzek is also somehow related to the Litens Automotive Partnership, but it is not clear if he also owns this company. Bytzek’s yacht is a Benetti Classic, delivered in 2002. Siete was sold in 2013.
Silver Angel –
Richard Caring –
Fashion, Restaurants –
Richard Caring is the owner of the superyacht Silver Angel. Richard Caring is a UK fashion billionaire. Caring founded International Clothing Designs (ICD) in the 1970s after the family business (Louis Caring Originals) went into trouble.
He started selling miniskirts with his girlfriend, selling 25,000 a week after a couple of years. After moving production to Hong Kong, he started selling cheap garments to UK retailers. ICD is now the main supplier to Phillip Green’s Arcadia Group.
Richard Caring invested his fashion profits in UK and Hong Kong real estate. In 2005 Richard Caring acquired the Le Caprice Group, owner of several restaurants in London. Later Caring acquired several restaurant chains: Strada, Belgo, Bath & Racquets Club, the Birley Group, Harry’s Bar, SOHO House.
Richard Caring is an active philanthropist, donating USD 5 million per year. Caring resides in North London, in a mansion known as the Versailles of London. Richard Caring has a net worth of USD 1.2 billion.
In 2013 Richard Caring’s yacht Silver Angel was chartered by Tamara Ecclestone and her friend Jay Rutland.
Silver Cloud motor yacht –
The Dreyfoos Group –
Alexander Dreyfoos is the owner of the yacht Silver Cloud. Alexander Dreyfoos is the founder of The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm. In the 1960’s Dreyfoos founded the Photo Electronics Corporation (PEC), which was the designer and manufacturer of the digital image processing “Professional Video Analyzing Computer” (PVAC).
The Professional Video Analyzing Computer is a machine used by color labs to make high-
In 1970, the Photo Electronics Corporation received an Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its development of the motion picture video analyzer.
Dreyfoos also owned the television station WPEC TV-
In 1997, Mr. Dreyfoos pledged USD 1 million to support Palm Beach County’s public arts magnet high school, which was subsequently named The Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. For the past 7 years the Dreyfoos School has been ranked in the top 60 schools in the United States.
Silver Fast –
Guido A. Krass –
Pari Group –
Guido Krass is the owner of the yacht Silver Fast. Krass is actually the owner of the yacht’s builder Hanseatic Marine. Guido Krass is the founder and CEO of the Pari Group.
The Pari Group is a diversified investment group active in real estate, green technologies, solar energy, healthcare and software. Through Pari Pharma the Pari group is active in aerosol technologies, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medication delivery.
With the company Centrotec the Pari group is active in climate and air treatment systems. The company ITAC develops software for production and manufacturing management such as just in time and traceability systems. Guido Krass founded Hanseatic Marine with the intention of builder ‘greener’, more eco-
Krass works together with renowned architect Espen Oeino. The yachts are built on speculation, or more precise: for Guido Krass’s own use. However, all yachts have been sold to new owners:
The first yacht Silver, was sold by Guido Krass to a royal family in the United Arab Emirates and renamed Rabdan, the second yacht Silver Zwei was sold to Google co-
Silver Shalis –
Larry Silverstein –
NY real estate: Silverstein Properties –
Larry Silverstein is a New York real estate developer. He established Silverstein Properties in 1957 with his father Harry Silverstein and his brother-
Harry died in 1966 and Mendik divorced Silverstein’s sister in 1977 and left the company. Silverstein acquired and developed several NY buildings in the next decades, including 7 World Trade Center, 529 Fifth Avenue and 570 Seventh Avenue.
In July 2001 Silverstein acquired the lease of the World Trade Centre (towers One, Two, Four and Five) for USD 3.2 billion. The Terms of Lease included the right and the obligation to rebuild the structures if destroyed.
After the September 11 attacks several years of disputes and discussions with the building’s insurers followed while Silverstein continued to pay a USD 10 million rent to the Port Authority of New York. In 2006 Silverstein ceded his rights to build Tower One to the Port Authority.
Silverstein Properties has currently USD 10 billion of real estate under development. Since 2010 Silverstein has a joined venture with the owner of superyacht Phoenix Jan Kulczyk, named Kulczyk Silverstein Properties. Larry Silverstein named his yacht Silver Shalis after his two daughters Shari and Lisa.
Bob Manoukian –
Midland Armenia Bank –
Bob Manoukian is the founder of the HSBC Bank Armenia.
Reuben Brothers –
real estate –
David and Simon Reuben are the owners of the yacht Siren.
Sirona III –
Micky Arison –
Carnival Cruise lines –
Sirona is owned by Micky Arison, CEO of Carnival Cruise lines. The yacht was built for US car dealer Ray Catena.
Charles Simonyi –
Charles Simonyi is owner of the yacht Skat. Read more here.
Skyfall II –
John Staluppi –
Atlantic Auto Group –
John Staluppi is the owner of the yacht Skyfall.
Jack Cowin –
Competitive Foods Australia –
Jack Cowin is the owner of the yacht Slipstream
James & Sujo Offield –
Yuryi Kachmazov –
Yuryi Kachmazov is the owner of the yacht Smile. Kachmazov is the founder of the SOK group, one of Russia’s largest producers of automobile components. In 1994, Yuriy Mikhailovich Kachmazov, at that time in his late 20s, created the SOK Group.
Kachmazov launched the auto business near the Russian town of Samara Hippodrome, dealing in new Zhiguli motor vehicles (known as Lada outside Russia) and replacement items within the car dealership. The Zhugli cars were manufactured by AvtoVAZ, and this complete focus proved profitable in 1990’s Russia.
By the early 2000s, the company began building foreign automobiles, such as KIA Spectra, on account of a revolutionary long-term contract with KIA Motors of South Korea. In 2004, the SOK Group was counted it as one of 200 of Russia’s major non-
In 2005, Yuriy Mikhailovich Kachmazov’s enterprise was designated Russia’s Organization of the Year, comprising 25 % of the Russian automotive parts market and 12 percent of the general car market. (Source: http://storify.com).
Smile was the first yacht built at the Russian Timmerman Yachts, founded by Roman Trotsenko.
Gregg Ostrander –
Michael Foods –
Gregg Ostrander is the owner of the motor yacht Snowbird. Ostrander was chairman and ceo of Michael Foods, a food processor active in egg products, cheese and potato products.
Michael Foods is the world’s largest egg processing company. In 2010 Michael Foods was acquired by GS Capital Partners for USD 1.7 billion. Gregg Ostrander and his family owned around 5% of the shares, so he received around US 90 million. Ostrander was also a director at Arctic Cat, a manufacturer of snowmobiles and all-
Ostrander’s yacht SnowbirD was built as Pretty Woman at Hakvoort. Before delivery, the original owner had to abandon the project due to financial problems. The yacht was then acquired by the Ostrander family in 2010.
The yacht is known for its large onboard art collection. Ostrander sold his yacht SnowBird to Tom and Judy Love, who named her Revelry
Peter Robert Harrison –
IT: sold Chernikeeff –
Peter Harrison acquired Chernikeeff – a PC integration network business –
In 1999 Peter Harrison sold 49% of his shares in Chernikeeff to South African Dimension Data Holdings for GBP 100 million and one year later sold the remaining shares for another GBP 200 million. Dimension Data is a specialist IT services and solution provider that helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures.
Peter Harrison is active in philanthropy through his Peter Harrison Foundation, to which he donated GBP 30 million. With his sailing yacht, Sojana Peter Harrison is active in ocean racing.
Sokar (ex: Jonikal) –
Mohamed Al Fayed –
Hotel Ritz / Harrods –
Mohammed Al Fayed is the owner of the luxury yacht Sokar. In the 1950s Al Fayed and his brothers founded the shipping company Genavco (The General Navigation Company), operating roll-
In 1968 Mohamed Al-Fayed established International Marine Services (IMS), active in salvage, towing, and servicing work for the fleets of oil tankers trading in Dubai’s waters. In those years Mohammed Al Fayed was involved in the development of Dubai.
Al Fayed advised the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum in the development of its infrastructure (the harbor, roads, hotels), In 1979 Al Fayed acquired L’hotel Ritz in Paris. In November 1984, Mohamed and his brothers acquired a 30 percent stake in House of Fraser, which included the London department store Harrods.
In 2010 Harrods was sold to Qatar Holdings, the sovereign wealth fund of the emirate of Qatar for USD 2.4 billion. In 1987 Al Fayed established the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation supporting British baby and children’s hospices In 1997 Mohammed acquired the Fulham Football Club (FFC).
Al Fayed owns Balnagown Castle in Scotland, which he uses as a family retreat. Forbes estimates the net worth of Mohammed Al Fayed at USD 1.4 billion.
Mikhail Prokhorov –
Onexim Group –
See more about Solemar and Mikhail Prokhorov here. Prokhorov is one of the richest yacht owners.
Paul Fireman –
Paul Fireman is the owner of the superyacht Solemates. Fireman was the CEO of Reebok from 1979 until 2005. In 2005 he sold the company to Adidas for US$ 3.8 billion, netting himself US$ 650 million for his 17% stake. Paul Fireman founded Reebok USA in 1979, after he bought the rights to the Reebok line of running shoes from the British shoe manufacturer J. W. Foster & Sons.
In 1981 he sold 60% of the company to Pentland Industries, a London-based investment company, to raise cash. Reebok became very successful and turned into one of the fastest growing companies of all time. The companies first success was the introduction of women’s athletics support shoes, which were comfortable and colorful.
Sales grew from US$ 3 million in 1982 to US$ 919 million in 1986. In the 1990s Paul Fireman’s annual salary amounted to US$ 30 million a year. In 2005 sales were US$ 3.8 billion, when Adidas acquired the company.
In 1990 Paul Fireman has his own investment firm named Fireman Capital Partners. Fireman Capital Partners invests in consumer-
Fireman is an active philanthropist: he and his wife Phyllis are co-
Primat Family –
The Primat family are the owners of the yacht Solis. The Primat family are heirs to the Schlumberger fortune.
Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing more than 93,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.
Didier Primat (who died in 2008) was a grandson of Marcel Schlumberger. Primat is the founder of Primland, 12,000-acre exclusive golf, hunting, and fishing resort in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Native Americans, this resort is designed to enhance the quality of life in the area without impacting negatively on the local wildlife. The Moonen Solis was delivered in 2015, she is designed by Claydon Reeves.
Leonardo Ferragamo –
Leonardo Ferragamo is the owner of the sailing yacht Solleone. Leonardo Ferragamo is CEO at Palazzo Feroni Finanziaria S.p.A, the Ferragamo family’s investment firm.
Leonardo directly holds approx. 2 % of the Ferragamo shares, which are worth around USD 100 million. The family’s holding holds around 60% of the shares with a value of around US$ 2.5 billion.
Ferragamo’s Swan was designed by German Frers. He owns another smaller Swan 42 racer named Cuordileone. In fact Leonardo Ferragamo actually owns the yacht builder Nautor Swan, which he purchased in 1998.
He now acts as Chairman of Nautor Swan. Leonardo Ferragamo co-
Something Cool –
Heineken family –
Heineken Beer –
The Heineken family is the owner of the yacht Something Cool. The yacht Something Cool was built in Holland in 1964 and later acquired by Freddy Heineken in 1971.
Freddy Heineken used the yacht frequently and invited many prominent quests, including the Dutch Royal Family. After Ferry Heineken passed away in 2002, his daughter Charlene de Carvalho-
Charlene de Carvalho-
Sean P. Downes –
Universal Insurance Holdings –
Sean P Downes is the owner of the yacht Sonas. Downes is the CEO of Universal Insurance Holding, active in insurance underwriting, distribution, and claims.
The company is the largest private personal residential homeowners insurance company in Florida. In 2015 the company realized USD 546 million in revenues and a net profit of USD 106 million. Mr. Downes owns approx 5% of the shares of Universal Insurance Holdings.
His yacht Sonas was built in 2002 and was refitted in 2014. In early 2016 she was put for sale asking for USD 4 million. The net worth of Sean P Downes is estimated at USD 100 million.
Jabil Circuit –
William Morean is the owner of the yacht Sorcha. Until 2013, Morean was the chairman of the electronics manufacturing company Jabil Circuit. Jabil was co-
Jabil is a world leader in the electronics manufacturing, with more than 60 plants in 33 countries. In 2012 Jabil realized sales of $ 17.1 billion and a net profit of $ 400 million.
According to recent SEC filings, Bill Morean still owns around 11 million shares in Jabil, worth approximately $ 220 million. In 2005 Morean owned around 25 million shares, with a share price of around $ 40, this made him a billionaire at that moment. Morean stepped down as chairman of Jabil in 2013.
Laurence Graff –
Jewellery: Graff Diamonds –
Laurence Graff is the owner of the yacht Space.
Spirit du Brazil –
Eike Batista –
Energy: EBX group –
Eike Batista is the owner of the yacht Spirit du Brazil. Eike Batista is a Brazilian mining and oil billionaire. Batista is chairman of the EBX Group, active in mining, oil and gas exploration and logistics.
At the age of 23 Batista started a gold trading firm, called Autram Aurem. Within two years Batista earned USD 6 million. 20 years later Batista operated eight gold mines in Brazil and Canada and a silver mine in Chile. In 2011 Eike Batista was the richest man in Brazil with a net worth of USD 30 billion.
In 2012 Batista’s assets lost USD 19 billion in value, making him the billionaire with the biggest drop in net worth. Batista’s current net worth is still USD 11 billion.
Carl Icahn –
Investor: Icahn & Co. Inc. –
Carl Icahn is one of the richest yacht owners, with an estimated net worth of USD 20 billion.
Icahn is the founder of Icahn Enterprises, an investment company operating in Automotive, Energy, Gaming, Railcar, Food Packaging, Metals, Real Estate, and Home Fashion. Investments include CVR Energy, Tropicana Entertainment and WestPoint Home Fashion.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani –
Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, half-brother of the former Emir of Qatar is the owner of the yacht Stargate
Star Sapphire –
Jack Sternlieb –
Heart surgeon –
Jack Sternlieb is the owner of the luxury yacht Star Sapphire. Jack Sternlieb is one of the most prominent heart surgeons in the US. Sternlieb founded the Heart Institute of the Desert in 1978 but sold the company on his retirement in 2000.
Sternlieb is also a patent holder on a mechanical heart device dubbed as S2000, a left ventricular assist device. It is a mechanical pump that’s used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts.
Sternlieb lived on board his yacht Star Sapphire for 4 year while acting as the captain himself.
St David –
built for Sir Stanley Thomas as Xanadu –
food (and real estate) –
In 1971 Sir Stanley Thomas started a pie baking firm with his brother Peter Thomas. The company sold pies to local shops under the name Peter’s Savoury Products.
Peter’s Savoury Products expanded quickly and was sold in 1988 to Grand Metropolitan for GBP 100 million. Peter Thomas founded the real estate developer Atlantic Property Developments which grew into one of the leading property developers in Wales.
Stanley Thomas started TBI with developer Paul Bailey. TBI acquired several airports including Cardiff International, Belfast International, Orlando Sanford International, Stockholm Skavsta and London Luton. In 2004 TBI was sold for EUR 785 million to the Spanish companies Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. (90%) and AENA Desarrollo Internacional S.A. (10%). At that moment the Thomas family owned about 20 percent of TBI.
In 2012 the net worth of Peter and Stanley Thomas was GBP 225 million or around USD 300 million. Stanley Thomas sold his yacht Xanadu in 2010.
Stella Maris –
Simone and Christiana Longarini –
Viareggio Superyachts –
Simone and Christiana Longarini are the owners of the superyacht Stella Maris. They are the founders of the shipyard VSY or Viareggio Super Yachts and built the yacht for themselves.
VSY was founded in 2004. Superyacht Fan is not certain about the source of wealth of the Longarini family, it seems to be something in fashion, as Christiana owned some fashion-related trademarks. If you do know the source of wealth: please send an email.
Jeff Greene –
Real estate –
Sunchase Holdings –
In the 1990’s Sunchase focused on acquiring assets from the Resolution Trust Corporation (a U.S.government-
Sunchase projects include Mountain House (California), Estrella (Goodyear, Arizona, Terra Bay (San Francisco), and Pont Royal (near Marseille, France). Sunchase also invests in promising companies, such as Intrix, which Sunchase fully owns. Intrix delivers payment processing technologies.
A recent project of Sunchase Holdings is the Hokuli’a project on Hawaii’s Big Island, which is developed together with Robert Walton, Walmart’s chairman. Hokuli’a includes a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Superyacht Sunchaser was built by Richmond Yachts. William Pope purchased the yacht while she was already under construction.
Sun Glider II –
Ger Visser –
bankrupt: Eurocommerce Real estate –
Sun Glider II was built for Ger Visser. Ger Visser is the founder of the now-bankrupt Dutch real estate developer Eurocommerce. Eurocommerce was mainly active in the development of Dutch office buildings.
In 2010 Ger Visser’s net worth was still estimated at EUR 150 million. Ger Visser used to own a successful horse stable: Stal Eurocommerce. His horse Eurocommerce London won silver in the 2012 London Olympic games. Eurocommerce financier Rabobank has seized both the stable and the yacht.
Ravi Ruia –
Essar Group –
Ravi Ruia is the owner of the yacht Sunrays. Together with his brother, Ravi Ruia co-
Edward Hayward –
Chepstow Group of Companies –
Edward Hayward is the owner of the yacht Supertoy. Hayward is chairman of the Chepstow Group of Companies, active in the trade and rental of of construction equipment and real estate development.
His companies include Chepstow Contract Rentals, Chepstow Plant International and Beacon Estates. Real estate projects include the Beacon Business Park in Caldicot Town. Hayward purchased the yacht Supertoy in 1998 with the intention to charter her commercially.
The yacht became a subject of a Tax Chamber Tribunal, which fortunately decided in favor of Mr. Hayward. The yacht is available for charter, more info here.
Susanne of Stockholm –
Alessandro Catenacci –
Nobis Group (hospitality) –
Alessandro Catenacci, is a Swedish hotel and restaurant entrepreneur. Catenacci is CEO and owner of Nobis Group.
Nobis Group owns several of Sweden’s most famous restaurants such as Café Opera, Operakällaren and Stallmästaregården. Nobis also owns a Lexus car dealership named Kaiser Bil.
Alessandro Catenacci began importing Italian restaurant equipment at a young age. At the age of 20 he opened Cain, his first restaurant in Stockholm. A few years later Catenacci bought the restaurant and nightclub Birger Bar.
Nowadays the group includes first-
José María Suescun Verdugo –
Corporacion Dermoestetica –
José María Suescun Verdugo is the owner of the yacht Suver. José María Suescun Verdugo is the CEO and majority shareholder of Corporacion Dermoestetica. The company is active in cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment.
Mr. Suescun started working at a German multinational in the hair cosmetics industry. At the age of 27 he bought a bankrupt company for EUR 7.200, together with some friends.
This was the start of what later became Corporacion Dermoestetica. First the company was only active in hair cosmetics but soon its activities expanded into cosmetic surgery and beauty treatment. In 2000 Suescun’s company – named Clinica Suver –
Nowadays Corporacion Dermoestetica owns 59 clinics and is active in Spain, Italy Portugal and the UK Through Soul Corporacion, Mr. Suescun invests in real estate properties, some of which house Dermoestetica’s clinics. He also invests in other industries through his investment firm Inversiones Suver.
In 2013 Inversiones Suver had an equity of EUR 40 million (US$ 55 million). José María Suescun Verdugo’s yacht Suver was built by the Spanish shipyard IZAR –
Bill Duker –
Amici LLC, sold to Xerox –
Sycara IV –
Ray Catena –
Car dealership –
Ray Catena is the owner of the yacht Sycara. Ray Catena is the founder of the Catena Car Dealership Group. The Catena group sells luxury car brands as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar and Maybach in NY and NJ.
Bernard Arnault –
Bernard Arnault, one of Europe’s richest men, is the owner of the yacht Symphony. More here.
John Spencer –
Caxton Paper (sold to CHH) –
John Spencer was the owner of the yacht T6. John Spencer even owned the yard that build his yacht: Flyghtship, although Flyghtship seems to be out of business.
The Spencer family is a well-
Caxton Paper was sold to Carter Holt Harvey in 1987 for NZD 300 million. Carver Holt Harvey in its turn was acquired in 2006 by Graeme Hart, New Zealand’s richest person.
Graeme Hart is the owner of the luxury yacht Ulysses. The net worth of John Spencer is estimated at around NZD 700 million, equal to more or less USD 550 million. He died in 2016.
Gordon Levett –
Pacific Coach Lines –
Gordon Levett is the owner of the classic motor yacht Taconite. Levett is the co-
His yacht Taconite was built in 1930 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for its founder William Boeing. The Boeing family used the yacht for more than 40 years. Taconite is available for charter.
Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-
Son of the Emir of Ajman –
Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi is the owner of the superyacht Taiba. Sheikh Rashid is the son of Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-
Ajman is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates federation. Sheikh Rashid is the head of Ajman Club a football club competing in the UAE Pro-
Hotels of the group include the Ramada Ajman Hotel and the Ramada Downtown Dubai. The ruling family of Ajman has a net worth of $ 1 billion.
Getty family –
Superyacht Talitha is owned by the Getty family. Getty Oil was founded by J. Paul Getty in 1964 after the Getty family had already accumulated wealth from earlier oil investments.
In the 1930s the Getty family was active in Saudi Arabia’s oil exploration through their Pacific Western Oil Corporation. Later their oil holdings were organized under Getty Oil. In 1984 Texaco acquired Getty Oil for USD 10 billion.
The Getty family remained the owner of the real estate/ tank stations through Getty Realty. A spin-off of Getty Realty was later sold to Lukoil. Getty’s son Gordon Getty is listed at Forbes with a net worth of USD 2 billion.
Tamer II –
Maamoun Said Tamer –
Tamer Group –
The Tamer family is the owner of the Jongert sailing yacht Tamer II. The family owns the Tamer Group, Saudi-based healthcare, prestige products, and fast-moving consumer goods company.
Tamer Group is the leading supplier of pharmaceutical products to the Saudi market. The group distributes laboratory diagnostic machines and reagents, interventional cardiology, radiology, and orthopedics.
Tamer supplies diverse food and nutrition products, ranging from baby food, sweeteners, confectionery, and nutritional products, Toiletries, Hair Care, Skin and Body Care. Tamer Group is a majority shareholder in the Saudi Arabian Japanese Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (SAJA).
Saudi Arabian Japanese Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd is a 50-
Firestone Family and Friends –
Somera Communications (sold) –
Sailing yacht Tamsen was built for a group of owners, centered around the Firestone family. The superyacht is named after the wife of Robert Firestone, a psychologist, and author.
His children and their friends founded several successful companies, including Century Computer Marketing, a distributor of computer equipment, which was sold for US$ 30 million, Somera Communications, a provider of new and used telecommunications infrastructure equipment and services, which was listed on Nasdaq (raising US$ 107 million) and is now owned by Jabil Circuit, and Global Power Supply, buying, selling and renting generators for example to the oil and gas industry.
Viktor Vekselberg –
Viktor Vekselberg is the owner of the yacht Tango.
Paul Allen –
US billionaire Paul Allen is one of the founders of Microsoft. Paul Allen owns the yachts Tatoosh, Octopus, and Meduse.
Mike Ryan –
Silverfin Development –
Mike Ryan is the owner of the sailing yacht Tenaz. Mike Ryan is a real estate developer specializing in residential properties and resorts. He is famous for developing The Ritz-
Unfortunately, in 2012 the Ritz Carlton went into receivership and is now owned by Five Mile Capital Partners, who purchased the property for US$ 177 million at the largest real estate auction in the history of the Cayman Islands.
Through his, Silverfin Development Company Ryan develops properties in the Cayman Islands, Asia, and London. His yacht Tenaz is currently for sale.
Solomon Lew –
Retail and investments –
Solomon Lew is the owner of superyacht Texas. Lew is an Australian billionaire. In 1964 he inherited a small retail business. This small business was turned in to a large group, importing textile, toys and other goods from China into Australia.
Currently Salomon Lew is chairman and the largest shareholder of Premier Investments Limited, a stock-listed investment company. The company is the owner of the Just Group, one of Australia’s largest clothing retailers.
Mr Lew is the owner of two superyachts: the 54 meter Maridome built by Brook Marine and the 45 meter Texas built by Turquoise. Mr Lew’s net worth is estimated at USD 1.1 billion.
Mikhail Khimich –
Waivera Water –
Mikhail Khimich is the owner if the sailing yacht Thalia. Khimich owns the New Zealand water bottling company Waiwera Water. Some 1.5 kilometers below New Zealand’s Waiwera Valley lies one of the South Pacific’s main geothermal aquifers.
Carbon dating reveals this water to be approximately 15,000 years old. In 1875, Waiwera water was first bottled in its distinctive Georgia Green bottle and promoted as ‘the elixir of life’. WAI means ‘water’ in M?ori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand.
And WERA means ‘hot’. Together, they make up WAIWERA, pronounced ‘why-
Mikhail Kimich’s sailing yacht Thalia was built by Vitters.
The Big Blue –
Tony Mayer –
Arta Tequila –
Tony Mayer is the owner of the yacht The Big Bue. Mayer is CEO of Captiva Resources, a Denver-
Mayer is the son of Frederick Mayer, who founded the Exeter Drilling Company in 1953. In 1980, when Exeter was the US largest privately held drilling company, he sold the company to the People’s Energy Company of Chicago for USD 134.5 million.
He then founded Captiva to manage his resources. Frederick Mayer was a philanthropist and a successful stamp and postal collector. His collections are displayed online at the FRM Foundation. Tony Mayer acquired Arta Tequila in 2011.
Arta Tequila was founded in 2008 and won several (Bronze and Silver) medals at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Superyacht The Big Blue was built (but never finished) as Imbros. She was refitted in 2012 and 2013 by Derecktor, in Florida.
The Highlander –
Victor Muller –
Spyker Cars –
Victor Muller is the owner of the yacht The Highlander. Victor Muller is a Dutch millionaire who became wealthy with the shipping company Wijsmuller and the clothing brand McGregor.
He is best known as the founder of Spyker Cars and CEO of Saab Automobile. Muller became the owner of shipping and salvage company Wijsmuller after a management buy-out.
Later he invested in the Emergo Fashion Group who acquired the rights for the bankrupt clothing brand McGregor. Muller led McGregor to success and cashed when McGregor was listed at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. In 2000 Victor Muller founded Spyker Cars.
Later Spyker Cars acquired Saab Automobile, which was declared bankrupt in 2011. The Highlander was built as the first large yacht for the Forbes family.
Ronald Motley –
Motley Rice –
Superyacht Themis was built for Ronald Motley. Motley was one of America’s most successful trial lawyers. He was a pioneer in the use of class-
His biggest success was in 1998 when tobacco companies agreed to pay states more than $246 billion over the next 25 years, the largest civil settlement in U.S. History. It was reported that his firm earned US$ 2 billion from the settlement. Ronald Motley died in 2013.
The One –
Francesco Bellavista Caltagirone –
Francesco Bellavista Caltagirone is the owner of the yacht The One. Caltagirona is an Italian real estate developer. In the 1970s and 80’s he developed real estate in Europe, the US, and South America.
In 1994 he acquired the Italian real estate company Aqua Pia Antica Marcia, which was founded in 1868 to exploit and manage an ancient aqua duct in Rome. Caltagirone was very successful and owned several houses in Italy and the South of France, a Falcon private jet, and the 71-meter Lurssen yacht The One.
n March 2013, however, Francesco Bellavista Caltagirone was charged with a US$ 200 million tax fraud, and his real estate, yacht, and private jet were seized by the tax authorities. Aqua Marcia was declared bankrupt in 2007.
The Snapper –
DJ Chris Evans –
Radio DJ for the BBC –
Motor yacht The Snapper was built for Formula 1 driver Eddy Jordan. In 2012 he sold the Snapper to BBC radio DJ Chris Evans, as he order a new Sunseeker 155 yacht named Blush in 2014.
Chris Evans is a successful radio DJ at the BBC. He hosted several programs such as The Big Breakfast and the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. In 2000 he was the highest-paid UK entertainer. IN 1994 he founded his own production company named Ginger Productions.
In 1997 Ginger Production –
Evans is a car collector, owning several classic Ferrari’s including a 1961 250 GT Spyder California SWB and a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. In 2014 Evans put his yacht The Snapper for sale.
This Is Us –
Dirk Cavens –
Antwerp real estate KVH
Dirk Cavens is the owner the Belgium real estate developer Kempens Vastgoed Holding (KVH). Dirk Cavens is married to Christine van Hool.
Van Hool is a major bus and coaches manufacturer in Europe, offering a range of buses for public transport for international markets. Van Hool manufactures approximately 1,400 buses and coaches, and as many as 4,000 commercial vehicles annually.
Thunder B –
Boris Berezovsky –
Berezovsky was the owner of the yacht ThunderB. Berezovsky was a Russian oligarch who was in constant struggle with Russian politics. He was a London-based exile, who criticized Putin.
He lost several legal battles, including a case claiming ownership of Sibneft, which he lost. Berezovsky was found dead in 2013. Berezovsky’s yacht Thunder B was sold to a Croatian owner in 2013.
The yacht is now named Lady K and is famous for its speed of more than 30 knots, powered by a 4,600 hp gas turbine. Berezovski was the original owner of the yacht Radiant.
He ordered her at Lurssen for EUR 149 million, but ran into financial problems and sold her to Abdullah Al Futtaim for EUR 240 million.
Anil Ambani –
Reliance Industries/ Ambani Group –
Anil Ambani is the chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The Ambani family is the richest family in India.
Ambani’s brother Mukesh Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Industries. Reliance Industries was founded by his late father Dhirubhai Ambani. Together with Mukesh, Anil had led the Reliance Group to India’s leading textiles, petroleum, petrochemicals, power, and telecom company.
After their father’s death, the brothers had a dispute about control of the family’s business. Their mother arranged a demerger in 2005, which gave Mukesh control of oil and gas, petrochemicals, refining, and manufacturing while Anil took control over electricity, telecom, and financial services.
Anil Ambani’s yacht Tian is named after his wife Tina.
Guy Laliberté –
Cirque du Soleil –
Jonathan Leitersdorf –
L Capital Partners –
Guy Laliberté is the owner of the sailing yacht Tiara. Guy Laliberte is the co-
Nowadays the Circus has 4,000 employees and realizes annual sales of more than USD 800 million. Forbes estimates the net worth of Guy Laliberte at USD 1.8 billion. He bought his yacht Tiara from Jonathan Leitersdorf. Leitersdorf is the founder of a New York venture capital firm, L Capital Partners.
The firm has made investments in small companies like Aquarius Technologies, a Wisconsin-
This company turned into an international cosmetics empire said to be worth tens of millions of dollars. Today Raphael controls the Israeli Ronit Raphael company and the international L. Raphael skincare company.
Mrs Georgia P. Gosnell –
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing –
Mrs. Georgia P. Gosnell is the owner of the yacht Timoneer. Georgia Gosnell is the widow of publisher Thomas Gosnell. Thomas Gosnell was the owner of The Lawyers Co-
In 1989 the The Lawyers Co-
After the sale of their business, the Gosnell family founded Stonehurst Capital Inc., as a private investment firm and family office. Stonehurst has made many successful investments including the Reilly Mortgage Group, Inc. – a commercial mortgage finance company-
Conrado Dornier –
Dornier Seaplane Company –
Conrado Dornier is the owner of the sailing yacht Tiziana. Conrado Dornier is the heir to the famous Dornier family, active in aircraft manufacturing.
The Dornier family is famous for the design, development, and manufacture of aircraft and flying boats. Dornier Flugzeugwerke was a German aircraft manufacturer founded in 1914 by Claudius Dornier.
Dornier produced many notable aircraft for both the civil and military markets Conrado Dornier currently owns the Dornier Seaplane Company. Dornier is famous for the design, development and manufacture of aircraft and flying boats.
The Dornier Seaplane Company holds the type certificate, the program rights, and assets to the world’s first all-composite amphibious aircraft named the “Seastar”. Seastar is the brainchild of Professor Claudius Dornier Jr., eldest son of aviation pioneer Claude Dornier and long-term chairman to the group of Dornier companies.
A composite flying boat overcomes the two major shortcomings of amphibious aircraft: namely corrosion and lack of seaworthiness. Sailing yacht Tiziana was built in 1963 by Abeking and Rasmussen and underwent an extensive refit at Vitters Shipyard in 2006.
TM Blue One –
Valentino Garavani –
Fashion designer Valentino Garavani is the owner of the yacht TM Blue One. Valentino is the founder of Valentino SPA, part of the Valentino Fashion Group.
In 1998, Garavani sold the company for approximately US$300 million to HdP, an Italian conglomerate controlled, by the late Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat. Valentino Garavani has an estimated net worth of USD 500 million.
His yacht TM Blue One was built by the Italian yacht builder Picchiotti. Her design is by Gerhard Gilgenast. She can accommodate 10 guests.
Dave and Cheryl Copham –
Liberty Enterprises –
Dave and Cheryl Copham are the owners of the yacht To-
Liberty provides financial institutions with card services, checks, financial supplies, database marketing, and creative services. Copham sold Liberty to the Atlanta-
Told U so –
Kirk Lazarus –
Kirk Lazarus is the owner of the luxury yacht Told U So. Kirk Lazarus is a South African businessman, who earned his wealth in the oil business. Lazarus is the founder of Molori, an exclusive hospitality brand.
Molori Private Retreats is comprised of Molori Safari Lodge in South Africa, Molori Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Molori Clifton in Capetown, South Africa; Molori Beach House in Santa Monica, California; and the luxury yacht Told U So.
Lazarus also owns Molori Air, a private jet charter company. Molori means ‘to dream’ .
HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan –
Depute Prime minister UAE
HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the owner of the luxury yacht Topaz.
Top Five –
Terrence Pegula –
East Resources –
Terence Pegula is the owner of the superyacht Top Five.
Totally Nuts –
Dikran Izmirlian –
Alimenta SA –
Dikran Izmirlian is the owner of the yacht Totally Nuts. Izmirlian is a Swiss-based businessman with Armenian background who made his fortune by creating a near-
He is chairman and chief executive of Alimenta, a company that has built up a large interest in the Gambian peanut market. Alimenta has established effective control of the processing and export of peanuts in Gambia.
In 1999, Gambia’s government accused Alimenta of money laundering and seized processing plants belonging to the company. Alimenta successfully sued Gambia in international courts and, in 2001 the Gambian government agreed to pay USD 11.4 million in compensation, money that was partly met using grants from the EU.
In 2011 Alimenta sold its 50% shares in the Golden Peanut Company to Archer Daniels Midland for USD 218 million. Izmirlian owns London Bridge Holdings, a Bahamas-based company that owns London City Hall and leases it to the Mayor’s Office of London.
Izmirlian also owns the rest of the 13-acre site City Hall sits upon, which is the second-largest commercial development in London and lies on the city’s south bank, between the Tower Bridge and the London Bridge. In 1994, Dikran established the Izmirlian Foundation in Yerevan, to support education and business.
His son, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian resides in Lyford Cay Nassau, The Bahamas. As Chairman and CEO of Baha Mar Ltd. Sarkis Izmirlian is the driving force behind the Caribbean’s largest single-
The USD 3.5 billion resort, financed by the Export-
Baha Mar acquired over 400 hectares of land within one kilometer of beachfront and will completely redevelop the Cable Beach area and re-
Antonio Accurso –
Montreal construction –
Tony Accurso is the owner of the yacht Touch. Accurso is a Quebec construction entrepreneur. He headed Constructions Louisburg and Simard-
In 2012 the Quebec’s building authority, suspended operations licenses of both companies after they were found guilty of tax evasion. Tony Accurso’s yacht Touch was put for sale.
Tom S. Holderby –
Woodland Heights of Burlington
Tom Holderby is the owner of the yacht Tranquility. Tom Holderby, or Thomas Stuart Holderby, is a real estate developer based in North Carolina, USA. He founded the TSH Development Company, active in the development of “Class B plus” apartments in North Carolina.
Successful projects include the Woodland Heights of Burlington and Woodland Heights of Reidsville. The Hatteras yacht Tranquility was previously owned by Tom Weickardt, owner of the River Club of Mequon golf course.
Tom Weickardt co-
Luciano Benetton –
Luciano Benetton is the owner of the yacht Tribu. Benetton co-
A few years later he opened his first shop and now the Benetton group has over 6,500 stores, realizing more than USD 2 billion in sales. Through the family holding Edizione SRL, the family also owns shares in Atlantia, Autogrill, and several hotels.
Luciano Benetton has an estimated net worth of USD 2 billion. His yacht Tribu, is a 50-meter explorer-style yacht, built by the Italian yacht builder Mondo Marine. In 2013 Tribu was put for sale for an amount of USD 13 million.
Triple Seven (now Lexa) –
Alexander Abramov –
EvrazHolding (steel) –
The yacht Triple Seven (777) was built for Alexander Abramov. Abramov is a Russian billionaire who is the head of Evraz Holding. Evraz Holding is Russia’s largest steel producer, which controls 20 % of Russia’s steel production.
The yacht Triple Seven was built by the UK-based Reuben Brothers and sold to Abramov in 2006. In 2013 Abramov sold 777 to Multiplex heir Tim Roberts, he named her Lexa.
Triumphant Lady –
Glenn Straub –
Palm Beach Polo –
Superyacht Triumphant Lady is rumored to be owned by Judith Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy, but actually, Wellington, FL real estate developer Glenn Straub is the owner of the yacht Triumphant Lady.
Glenn Straub is the owner of the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, but also owns plots as the former Miami Heat Arena in Miami and The Palm House Resort & Spa Hotel in Palm Beach.
Judith Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy is an American television personality. After her retirement as a judge in a criminal court in 1996, Sheindlin was approached about starring in a courtroom television program, featuring real cases with real rulings.
She accepted the offer. Soon the show had 10 million viewers daily. In 2005 Sheindlin’s salary was USD 25 million per year, in 2010 her salary was already USD 45 million a year.
The show is the top-rated daytime show in the US. Judge Judy was the owner of the Feadship yacht Her Honor.
John Darvish –
John Darvish is the owner of the yacht Tsalta. Darvish is the founder of DarCars, a Washington-based car dealer group. Darcars was founded in 1977 as a Chrysler –
Nowadays DarCars is one of the largest private-owned companies in the Washington area, realizing sales of USD 1.25 billion with 34 franchises and 2,000 employees. John Darvish is chairman of the company, while daily management is done by his three children, John, Jamie, and Tammy Darvish.
The family is active in philanthropy. In 2014 Tammy Darvish has been named the Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year. The yacht Tsalta (‘At Last’ spelled backward) was built by US yacht builder Westport.
Alfredo Chedraui Obeso –
Alfredo Chedraui Obeso is the owner of the Trinity motor yacht Tsumat. Alfredo owns the Mexican retail chain Grupo Comercial Chedraui. Chedraui operates more than 200 supermarkets and hypermarkets in more than 25 cities in Mexico and is Mexico’s fourth-
The group is also active in real estate development. Chedraui was founded in 1927 by Lázaro Chedraui Chaya, and now has more than 35,000 employees. In 2012 the group realized sales of more than $5 billion, with a net profit of $ 120 million. Alfredo Chedraui Obeso’s net worth is estimated at $ 1 billion.
The yacht Tsumat was built by Trinity and delivered to her owner in 2012. The interior design is done by Mexican designer Ramon Alonso of Loguer Design.
Prince Salman bin Abdul Azziz Al Saud –
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia –
The luxury yacht Tueq is owned by Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Azziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
Latsis family –
Shipping, European Financial Group
Superyacht Turama is owned by the Greek shipping family Latsis. The family now owns the EFG Bank European Financial Group.
built for the late: Gary Comer (passed away in 2006) –
Fashion: Lands End –
Superyacht Turmoil was built for Gary Comer. Gary Comer was the founder of Lands’ End, a mail-order clothing retailer. The company started as a supplier of sailing equipment.
Lands’ End soon expanded into general clothing and home furnishing. The company grew rapidly and was sold to Sears in 2002 for USD 2 billion. Gary Comer died in 2006 of prostate cancer, just a few months after his yacht Turmoil was delivered.
Comer had owned several other yachts, all named Turmoil.
Douglas Barrowman –
Aston Property Ventures –
Douglas Barrowman is the owner of the yacht Turquoise. Barrowman is the founder of Aston Ventures, an investment company with a focus on financial services and service sector businesses. Investments include B3 Cables and Coates Engineering Group.
B3 Cable is a leading manufacturer of copper and optical fiber cables. Coates Engineering is active as a high-quality stainless steel fabrication company for the nuclear, aerospace, environmental, semiconductor, and general fabrication industries.
Barrowman also owns the Knox Group and invests in real estate through his Aston Property Ventures, The net worth of Douglas Barrowman is estimated at more than USD 150 million. His yacht Turquoise was built at Turquoise yachts in 2011.
Barrowman purchased her in 2013 and had her refitted. She is now available for charter for approx USD 280.000 per week. Barrowman put his yacht for sale, as he is planning to build a larger yacht.
John Whitehead –
Goldman Sachs –
John Whitehead is the owner of the yacht Turquoise. Whitehead is a former Goldman Sachs banker, he was chairman of GS for more than thirty years. He was US deputy secretary of state under President Reagan. Currently, Whitehead is a board member of the WTC Memorial Foundation.
Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean –
Grupo Televisa –
Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean is the owner of the yacht TV. Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean is a Mexican businessman and owner of the Grupo Televisa. Grupo Televisa is the largest multimedia company in Latin America.
Azcárraga Jean is credited for turning around Televisa into the prosperous company it is today after it almost went into bankruptcy. Grupo Televisa nowadays is active in television production and broadcasting, publishing, cable television, radio production and broadcasting, and many other media activities.
Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean purchased the 78-meter yacht Madsummer from US real estate investor Jeffrey Soffer and traded in his smaller 45 meters Feadship (then named TV). The yachts changed owners and names: Madsummer is now named TV, while TV is named Madsummer.
Michael Stephen Bradfield –
Hospital Plan Insurance Services –
Michael Stephen Bradfield and his wife Bettina are the owners of the sailing yacht Twizzle.
Janna Bullock –
Real estate investor Janna Bullock is the owner of the yacht Tzarina. Janna Bullock is the founder RIGroup, a real estate development company active in Russia and New York.
She became famous for ‘flipping New York real estate, ‘flipping real estate is mostly referred to as buying real estate that needs repair and fixing it up before reselling it quickly for a profit. She became involved in legal troubles as the Russian government accused her and her ex-husband (Alexei Kuznetsov a former finance minister for the Moscow region), of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from the regional government.
Both Kuznetsov and Bullock left Russia in 2008 after Russian authorities announced a probe into whether companies tied to Bullock’s firm, RIGroup, illegally obtained real estate in the Moscow Region. In a lawsuit, it was alleged that Bullock purchased the Amels-built superyacht Tzarina with funds belonging to Gazprombank.
The yacht Tzarina was built as Tigre D’Or for Ian McGlinn. McGlinn was known for lending GBP 4,000 to Anita Roddick, who used the money to start the Body Shop. He received a 22% stake in the Body Shop which earned him a GBP 146 (USD 200) million fortune.
Graeme Hart –
Investments: Rank Group / Packaging –
The yacht Ulysses is owned by New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart.
Johnny Ronan –
Ronan Group –
The Benetti yacht Ulysses is owned by Irish real estate developer Johnny Ronan
Harry Macklowe –
New York real estate –
Harry Macklowe is the owner of the yacht Unfurled. Macklowe is a New York-based real estate developer. Macklowe started as a real estate broker but soon started developing.
He is famous for developing the Metropolitan Tower and for acquiring the General Motors Building. He later lost the General Motors Building as it stood as collateral on a $ 6 billion loan he defaulted. His current projects include 432 and 737 Park Avenue.
In 2015 his new 46-meter yacht, also named Unfurled, will be delivered by Vitters. She is designed by German Frers and will have some innovative features, such as retractable propulsion pods which reduce resistance while under sail.
Macklowe’s 34-meter yacht built by Huisman is for sale with an asking price of EUR 6,9 million.
Elena Ford –
Ford Motor Company –
Elena Anne Ford-
Her mother Charlotte Ford was shortly married to Stavros Niarchos, Elena was their only daughter. Elena Ford is currently Director of Global marketing at the Ford Motor Company.
The yacht Unity was built as Addiction at Amels in the Netherlands.
Michael Saylor –
Superyacht Usher was built as Mr. Terrible for the Herbst family. The Herbst family owns the Terrible Herbst gas station and car wash chain, based in Nevada. Ed Herbst started the gas station empire in the 1950s. The stations also sold food and cigarettes.
In the 1980s his grandsons introduced slot machines to the stations. That became a success and Herbst became the largest operator of (noncasino) slot machines in Nevada. The Herbst family is also active in motorsports.
In 2013 the yacht Mr Terrible was sold to Michael Saylor (founder of Microstrategy) who renamed the yacht Usher. Saylor also owns the yacht, Harle.
Utopia III –
JR and Loren Ridinger –
Market America –
JR and Loren Ridinger are the owners of the luxury yacht Utopia III. JR and Loren are the founders of the Internet marketing company Market America. Founded in 1992, Market America has generated cumulated sales of $ 3.8 billion.
A total amount of $ 2.2 billion in profit and commissions was realized. The company has 500 employees and is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2010 Market America acquired Shop.com, a shopping comparison site. JR and Loren Ridinger have an estimated net worth of $ 300 million. Follow JR Ridingers blog here.
Utopia DV –
Bill Miller –
Legg Mason Capital –
Bill Miller is the owner of the luxury yacht Utopia. Bill Miller is the chairman and chief investment officer of Legg Mason Capital Management Inc.
Va Bene –
Eric Clapton –
Eric Clapton is the owner of the yacht Va Bene. Eric Clapton is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Eric Clapton is considered to be one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time.
Clapton sold more than 50 million records. Clapton’s music catalog and his touring income earned him USD 150 million. Eric Clapton’s yacht Va Bene was previously owned by Bernie Ecclestone.
Yuriy Kosiuk –
Yuriy Kosiuk is rumored to be the owner of the Lurssen yacht Valerie
Amancio Ortega –
Spanish billionaire Amancio Ortega is the owner of the motor yacht Valoria.
Larry van Tuyl –
Van Tuyl car dealership –
Larry van Tuyl is the owner of the yacht Vanish.
John Pollock –
Elliott Management –
John Pollock is the owner of the yacht Vantage, he purchased the yacht for approx. USD 21 million. Pollock is an equity partner at the hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation.
Elliott was founded in 1977 and is one of the oldest hedge funds under continuous management. Elliott manages more than US$23 billion of capital for large institutional investors and wealthy individuals. Vantage is available for charter. John Pollock also owns a Bombardier business jet with registration N109QS.
Calvin Klein was the owner of the yacht Vantage. Calvin Klein founded Calvin Klein Limited in 1968. He designed coats and dresses. In 1971 Klein had added sportswear, classic blazers, and lingerie to his women’s collection. In 1977 revenues reached USD 30 million. In 1981, Fortune estimated Klein’s annual income at USD 8.5 million a year.
In 2002 Calvin Klein sold his company for USD 400 million in cash and USD 300 million in license fees to shirt maker Phillips Van Heusen Corp.
Johnny Depp –
Johnny Depp used to own the luxury yacht Vajoliroja. Johnny Depp is an American actor and film producer. He is very successful with films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, and Charly and the Chocolate factory.
His films have grossed more than US$ 3 billion in the USA and around US$ 8 billion worldwide. He has been nominated for and won several awards. In 2004, Depp formed his production company Infinitum Nihil. Depp is estimated to have earned US$ 350 million, of which $300 million for his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
Vajoliroja was named after his family: “VA”, for his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, “JO”, for himself, “LIRO”, for his 10-
Vava II –
Ernesto Bertarelli –
Yachts VaVa and VaVa II are owned by UK billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli.
Ronald de Waal –
Retail: WE Fashion –
Ronald de Waal is the owner of the sailing yacht Velsheda. De Waal owns WE Fashion, a Dutch fashion retail chain.
WE fashion was founded in 1917 by the grandfather of Ronald de Waal. The company started with fashion wholesale but focused to retail in the 1960s. The company now has 3.000 employees and 250 stores in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and some other European countries.
Ronald de Waal purchased J-
Veni Vidi Vici –
Vincent Tchenquiz –
Vincent Tchenquiz is the owner of the yacht Veni Vidi Vici. Tchenquiz is co-
Laurene Powell Jobs + net worth USD 7 billion –
Superyacht Venus was built for Apple co-
Jack Taylor –
Enterprise Rent a Car –
After the war, and after a job as a sales manager in a Cadillac dealership, Jack Taylor started a car leasing business named the Executive Leasing Company. In 1969 he changed the name in Enterprise (named after the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier upon which he had served in World War II.
The company grew rapidly and after the acquisition of National Car Rental and Alamo Rent a Car, Enterprise Rent a Car was 21st on the 2008 Forbes list of “Largest Private Companies in America”. Enterprise is now the largest rental car company in the United States, with USD 18 billion in revenues and 68,000 employees.
Jack Taylor now has a net worth of USD 11 billion. In 2012 Jack Taylor sold his yacht VF15, which she is now renamed Match Point.
Rupert Murdoch –
News Corporation –
Sailing yacht Vertigo is owned by publishing billionaire Rupert Murdoch.
Vibrant Curiosity –
Reinhold’s Würth –
Reinhold Wurth is the owner of the yacht Vibrant Curiosity. He owns The Wurth Group. The Wurth Group is an international wholesaler of power tools, fasteners, screws, fittings, and other construction materials.
The Wurth Group was founded by Reinholds’ father Adolf Wurth in 1945. The Worth Group is now the world market leader in fastening materials. The group consists of more than 400 companies in 80 countries, with 64,000 employees. Reinhold Würth is an art collector, owning more than 15,000 works of mostly Classical Modernity art.
Reinhold Würth’s yacht Vibrant Curiosity was delivered by Oceanco in 2008.
Victoria Del Mar II –
John R Miller –
National Beef Packaging Company –
John R Miller is the owner of the yacht Victoria del Mar, which he acquired from the estate of David Copley. Read more about John Miller here.
Victoria M –
Ziyad Manasir’s –
Russian billionaire Ziyad Manasir is rumored to be the owner of the yacht Victoria M. Ziyad Manasir is the owner of the Stroygazconsulting Group of Companies.
Stroygazconsulting is active in the construction of oil, gas, and condensate fields, compressor stations, trunk pipelines, motor roads, bridges, railroads, and metro lines. Clients include Gazprom, Transneft, Lukoil and Nord Stream. Ziad Manasir was born on in Amman, Jordan (and his yacht Victoria M is actually registered in Jordan).
Manasir moved to the USSR in the late ’80s and founded his first company in 1992. Nowadays Stroygazconsulting is the largest construction company in Russia, with more than 60,000 employees. With a net worth of US$ 1.3 billion, Ziyad Manasir is one of the richest Russians.
His yacht Victoria M was built as the Moscow-based Timmerman Yachts, which was founded by Roman Trotsenko. Manasir now owns the yacht Dar.
Vila Velebita –
Pavo Zubak –
Auto Zubak –
Pavo Zubak is the owner of the yacht Vila Velebita. Zubak is the founder of Auto Zubak. Auto Zubak is the importer of Volkswagen, Audi, Seat in Croatia. Auto Zubak also has dealerships in all larger Croatian cities.
Zubak also owned PZ Auto, a Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche dealership, but Zubak recently sold his shares in PZ Auto. Pavo Zubak is one of the richest Croatians with an estimated net worth of USD 100 million.
Vittorio Moretti –
Moretti S.p.a. –
Vittorio Moretti is the owner of the sailing yacht Viriella. Moretti is the founder of Moretti SPA, an Italy-based group active in construction and real estate development.
Moretti is specialized in prefabricated concrete solutions. Through the holding company Terra Moretti, the group invests in other activities such as yacht builder Maxi Dolphin, winemakers Contadi Castaldi, L’Albereta, and Petra Wine.
Sailing yacht Viriella was built at Moretti’s own yard Maxi Dolphin. The yacht is designed by German Frers.
Anthony Bamford –
Baron Anthony Paul Bamford is the chairman of JCB Limited. He is the owner of the yacht Virginian
Hasso Platner –
software: SAP –
Hasso Plattner is the owner of the yacht Visione.
Vive la Vie –
Willy Michel –
Medical devices: Ypsomed –
Willy Michel is the owner of the yacht Vive la Vie. He is a Swiss entrepreneur and known for developing insulin pumps for the treatment of diabetes.
Philip Rinaldi – net worth > USD 350 million –
Investments: Phoenix Capital –
Philip Rinaldi owns the 35-meter yacht Vivere. Rinaldi is chairman of Phoenix Capital, a US investment bank. Rinaldi is the founder of Coffeyville Resources.
Rinaldi had acquired the Coffeyville assets from the liquidation of Farmland, together with financial partner Pegasus Capital, a private equity firm with which Mr. Rinaldi was then affiliated. Coffeyville Resources is a petroleum refiner and producer of nitrogen fertilizer products.
The company generated more than $ 1.7 billion in sales before being sold in 2005 to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for around USD 750 million.
Michael Hill –
The yacht VvS1 is owned by New Zealand jeweler Michael Hill. Hill founded the global jewelry retailer Michael Hill Jeweller in 1979. The group now owns 240 stores in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
Michael Hill realizes annual sales of more than US$ 400 million with 2,000 employees. Hill also owns The Hill s golf course in Arrowtown, New Zealand. Michael Hill has an estimated net worth of around USD 200 million.
Wabi Sabi –
Arthur Kubert –
Alix Partners was sold to CVC Capital for $ 1 billion in 2012. Alix Partners was founded by Jay Allix in 1981 and became a very successful consulting firm with more than 1,000 employees. It is actually possible that Mr Jay Alix is the owner of Wabi-
Both Kubert and Alix are involved in Lakeview Capital, and it seems that Mr. Alix actually has the resources to own a yacht. Superyachtfan is not sure… Wabi Sabi was delivered by Westport Yachts in 2011.
Wedge Too –
Issam M. Fares –
The Wedge Group –
Superyachtfan has a webpage about Issam Fares and his yacht Wedge Too.
Rick Hendrick –
Hendrick Automotive Group –
Rick Hendrick is the owner of the yacht Wheels.
White Cloud –
Craig McCaw –
McCaw Cellular –
Superyacht White Cloud was owned by McCaw Cellular billionaire Graig McCaw. He sold the yacht in 2014, she is now named
White Pigeon –
Built as Constance for Alan Dabbiere –
Manhattan Associates (supply chain) www.manh.com
Mr. Dabbiere is the founder of Manhattan Associates, a supply chain execution software company, which is stock listed on the NASDAQ. Dabbiere is currently president of the investment firm Pegasys Inc, which owned 45% of the shares in Manhattan Associates.
White Rose Of Drachs –
Michael Evans –
Evans Property Group –
Superyacht White Rose of Drachs is owned by UK real estate developer Michael Evans. Evans is owner of the Evans Property Group.
Windrose of Amsterdam –
Roger Lips –
bankrupt (ex: real estate) –
Windrose of Amsterdam was built for real estate developer Chris Gongriep, owner of G&S Vastgoed. Chris Gongriep is actually the founder of the yacht builder Holland Jachtbouw.
In 2010 Gongriep sold the yacht Windrose of Amsterdam to Roger Lips. Roger Lips was a successful real estate developer with his Lips Capital Group. In 2013 Lips was declared bankrupt. His yacht is currently for sale.
Winning Drive –
Stephen Bisciotti –
Stephen or Steve J. Bisciotti is the owner of the yacht Winning Drive.
Kim Schindelhauer –
Aixtron AG –
Kim Schindelhauer is the owner of the sailing yacht WinWin. Schindelhauer is co-
Aixtron specializes in manufacturing metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment, for clients in the semiconductor industry. In 2014 Aixtron realized sales of EUR 194 million with 789 employees.
Kim Schindelhauer previously owned a 29-meter sailing yacht named Scorpione dei Mari.
Xerxseas II –
Rodin Younessi –
Younessi Racing –
Rodin Younessi is the owner of the yacht Xerxseas II. Younessi is an American racing driver and owner of Younessi Racing.
Younessi participated in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans. Younessi also owns some of the most successful Harley Davidson dealerships in Florida: SpaceCoast Harley, Falcons Fury Harley-
His Pershing 88 Xerxseas II can reach a top speed of 40 knots.
Giovanni Tamburi –
Tamburi Investment Partners –
Giovanni Tamburi is the owner of the sailing yacht Xnoi. Xnoi (pronounced as Per Noi or For US) was built by the famous Italian yacht builder Perini Navi and delivered to her owner Giovanni Tamburi in 2012.
Tamburi is the founder of Tamburi Investment Partners, an Italian stock-listed investment firm. Tamburi Investment Partners (or TIP) invests with minority positions in medium-sized companies. Investments include Amplifon (a leading hearing aid specialist), Bolzoni (lift trucks attachments), and Moncler (the famous winter clothing brand).
Giovanni Tamburi owns approx. 9,4 million shares worth around US$ 35 million (June 2014). The net worth of Giovanni Tamburi is estimated at US$ 50 million.
Offenship, shipping, Hamburg –
Offen Tankers operates eight tankers and has another 8 under construction in South Korea. Offen Bulkers operates four bunker vessels. In total, the Offen group has 4,500 employees.
Naquib Sawiris –
Orascom Group –
Naquib Sawiris is the owner of the yacht Yalla. Read more here.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
United Arab Emirates
The yacht Yas is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, son of the founder of the United Arab Emirates
Francois Fiat –
Francois Fiat is the owner of the yacht Yersin.
Stephane Courbit –
Entertainment Endemol / My MajorCompany –
Stéphane Courbit was the owner of superyacht Yogi, which sank in 2012. Courbit started his career as a television producer. In the middle of 90’s, he co-
Stephane Courbit became CEO of Endemol France. Courbit is now an investor through his LOV group. Financière Lov is involved in the digital and entertainment businesses with Banijay (television production, technical services, and programming), Mangas Gaming (online gaming, now called Betclic Everest Group), Rentabiliweb (Internet and Internet advertising networks), My Major Company (a community website dedicated to the production of cultural content.
Financière Lov is also the lead shareholder in Direct Energie.
Konstyantin Zhevago –
Ukrainian billionaire Konstyantin Zhevago is the owner of the yacht Z.
Salvatore Trifiro –
Trifirò & Partners Law Firm –
Salvatore Trifiro is the owner of the sailing yacht Zefira. Trifiro is the founder of the Italian law firm Trifirò & Partners. Trifiro & Partners is a large law firm based in Milan, with offices in Rome, Turin, and Trento.
With 85 employees the firm advises major Italian and foreign companies. Salvatore Trifiro and his wife Paola are active sailors. They have owned several sailing yachts including the Jongert sailing yachts Happy Taurus and Anamcara, a Cantieri di Pisa, the Ed Dubois designed Kokomo (built for Lang Walker), and recently the Fitzroy Zefira.
Sietse Koopmans –
ASEP (sold to National Oilwell Varco) –
Sietse Koopmans is the owner of the motor yacht Zeepaard. Koopmans was the president of the ASEP group, which was founded by his father. ASEP started as Aggreko (Aggregates Koopmans) in 1962.
The company became a leading producer of oil well equipment. In 2009 ASEP was acquired by National Oilwell Varco for approximately $ 200 million.
Bjørn Rune Gjelsten –
Gjelsten Holding –
Bjørn Rune Gjelsten is the owner of the yacht Zita. Bjørn Rune Gjelsten is the founder and chairman of Gjelsten Holding and is the co-
RGI invested in fishing, cement, and oil and gas. In the 1990s RGI acquired the Norwegian Aker Group. Aker ASA is active in offshore fishing, construction, and engineering. Bjorn Gjelsten was chairman of Aker and Aker RGI from 1996 to 2000.
Gjetsten now invests in real estate through Fabritius Gruppen and Profier Gruppen and is the owner of Kid Interior, Norway’s largest and most profitable home textile chain with 111 company-
Bjørn Rune Gjelsten is one of the richest people in Norway. A Norwegian rich list estimates his net worth at USD 600 million.
Zoom Zoom Zoom –
Built for: Jamie Coulter –
Lone Star restaurant chain –
Jamie B. Coulter was the owner of the yacht Zoom Zoom Zoom. Coulter is Chairman and CEO of Coulter Enterprises, Inc., a private investment firm. He was the founder of Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon, Inc.
In 2006 he sold the company for more than USD 100 million to private equity. Lone Star operated more than 200 restaurants. Jamie Coulter also owns the Fox and Hound Restaurant Group which was formerly known as the Total Entertainment Restaurant Corporation.
The Fox and Hound Restaurant Group owns and operates high-energy entertainment restaurants under the Fox and Hound and Bailey’s brand names.