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David Geffen

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Yacht Name: Rising Sun

Yacht Length: 138 m (454 ft)

Guests: 16 in 8 cabins

Crew: 45 in 30 cabins

Yacht Value: US$ 300 million

Owners Name: David Geffen

Owners Net Worth: US$ 6.5 billion

Owners Company: Geffen Records

Owners Country: USA

Rising Sun was built for Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He considered the yacht too large and built the ‘smaller’ 88 meter yacht Musashi

David Geffen is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist.

Geffen Records

David Geffen is known for creating Asylum Records in 1970 and Geffen Records in 1980. Geffen Records launched the careers of the Eagles, Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses. In 1990 Geffen Records was sold to MCA Records for USD 550 million.

DreamWorks SKG

Geffen is also one of the founders of DreamWorks SKG. David Geffen is an active philanthropist, supporting medical research, AIDS organizations, the arts and theatre.


In 2002 David Geffen supported the University of California with USD 200 million, which was renamed in the David Geffen School of Medicine. In March 2015 Geffen donated USD 100 million to New York’s cultural institution Lincoln Center, which will be used to renovate the Avery Fisher Hall. The concert hall will be renamed David Geffen Hall.

Net Worth

Forbes estimates the net worth of David Geffen at USD 6.5 billion. Geffen also owned the luxury yacht Pelorus.  

David Geffen House

David Geffen owns a large house in the East Hamptons which he purchased for US$ 50 million and he owns a Malibu Beach House with a value over USD 20 million. Geffen also owns an estate in Beverly Hills, which was built for Warne Bros founder Jack Warner.

Yacht Rising Sun

The yacht Rising Sun is designed by the late Jon Bannenberg, and built by Germany's Lürssen.

Built for Larry Ellison

Rising Sun was originally purchased by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and is currently owned by David Geffen.

One of the Largest in the World

The super yacht is the 6th largest in the world with a length of almost 138 meters (453 ft). It reportedly cost over USD 200 million to build. The yacht is seen here in 2011 in the bay of Cannes.

Oprah Winfrey

In the summer of 2013 famous talk show host Opray Winfrey was guest on board superyacht Rising Sun. Opray Winfrey does not own a yacht herself (as far as Superyachtfan is informed…). The yacht Rising Sun is not available for charter, but enquire for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts.

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David Geffen’s yacht Rising Sun in the Bay of Cannes

superyacht Rising Sun owned by David Geffen

David Geffen founder of Geffen Records

Lurssen Rising Sunowned by David GeffenDavid Geffen House

David Geffen House

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