The luxury yacht Radiant was built by the famous Lurssen Shipyard as a sistership to Pelorus and was delivered to her owner in 2009. Radiant has a length of 110 meters (361ft) and is designed by Tim Heywood with an interior by Glenn Pushelberg. She can accommodate 16 guests and a crew of 44. It is said that the yacht has an extreme powerful water canon, so it can defend itself from (pirate) attacks.
At her delivery she was one of the largest yachts in the world. Radiant was built for the Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky. He ordered the yacht at Lurssen for an amount of EUR 148.540.000. When Berezovsky ran into financial difficulties, he failed payment on installments and the construction of the yacht was delayed. There was a contractual risk of losing the yacht, if payments were not made on time.
Berezovsky asked Edmiston to sell his yacht with an asking price of EUR 350 million. Edmiston asked Merle Wood to assist in the sale. Merle Wood contacted Al Futtaims captain Sean Wrigley, who forwarded the yacht’s details to the Al Futtaim family, claiming a commission of EUR 3 million if the family would actually purchase the yacht. The Al Futtaim family negotiated the purchase with Mr Berezovsky and agreed to purchase the yacht for EUR 240 million. Edmiston claimed a sales commission on the purchase, which Mr. Berzovsky denied to pay.
In a 2011 London court decision, a commission of EUR 6.0 million was rewarded to Edmiston, of which 70% was payable to Merle Wood. It is unclear whether Al Futtaim’s captain received his claimed EUR 3 million. All photos on this page are made by Ship Dreams.
The yacht Radiant is not available for charter
Abdulla al Futtaim is the owner of the luxury yacht Radiant. Who is Abdulla al Futtaim? Al Futtaim is owner of the Al Futtaim Group.
The Al Futtaim Group is a Dubai based conglomerate active in retail, automotive, technology and real estate. Al-
Forbes estimates the net worth of Abdulla al Futtaim at US$ 3.1 billion. The Al Futtaim family is one of the richest in the UAE.
The family has owned many yachts, including the 52 meter Amels Radiant (now named Lightning)