The yacht Eclipse is known as ‘the USD 1.5 billion yacht’, although her real cost price was considerably less. Her original contract price was around EUR 400 million, or USD 500 million. Superyacht Eclipse was the largest yacht in the world, but this title is now reserved for superyacht Azzam.
The yacht Eclipse is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, one of the richest people in the world. He sold his oil company Sibneft for US$ 13 billion.
Eclipse is said to have an anti paparazzi system, a laser which is used to detect the electronic light sensors that digital cameras use. The camera is then targeted with a beam of bright light that overexposes the photo, which becomes useless. Many online sources doubt whether such technology actually exists.
In March 2016 Boat International had an amazing photo shoot of Eclipse interior. But further there is not much known about the yachts inside.
Eclipse has two swimming pools and two helicopter pads, she has a crew of 70. Eclipse was delivered by Blohm and Voss in 2010. She was built in total secrecy. Early 2013 Eclipse arrived in New York and docked in Manhattan. In June 2014 Eclipse was laying for anchor near Antibes, France for a few days.
Early 2015 Eclipse was seen in a drydock at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg for a refit.In June 2015 she visited Bergen in Norway. And in November 2015 she was back at Blohm & Voss for some maintenance.
See some photos by Tom Gulbrandsen here. Source of some of the photo’s on this page: Marinetraffic.com . The yacht Eclipse is not available for charter. Every winter Eclipse visits St Barth for New Years Eve.
Roman Abramovich is the 12th richest Russian with an estimated net worth of USD 12 billion (May 2018). In 1988 he and his wife set up a company making dolls, which was an immediate success. Within a few years he also started investing in other businesses. From 1992 to 1995, Abramovich founded five companies that conducted resale, produced consumer goods, and acted as intermediaries, specializing in the trading of oil and oil products. Abramovich set up and liquidated at least 20 companies during the early 1990s, in sectors as diverse as tire re treading and bodyguard recruitment.
In 1995, Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky, an associate of President Boris Yeltsin, acquired the controlling interest in the large oil company Sibneft. Each partner paid USD 100 million for half of the company and rapidly turned it into billions. Abramovich sold his stake in Russian Aluminum to billionaire Oleg Deripaska and his stake in Sibneft to Gazprom for USD 13 billion in 2005.
Abramovich owns the U.K.'s Chelsea soccer team, which he acquired in 2003. He spent millions acquiring players. Since the takeover, the club have won 13 major trophies , making Chelsea the most successful English trophy winning team in the decade.
Abramovich owns a Boeing 767 private jet (registered as P4-
Roman Abramovich also owns the gas turbine powered yacht Sussurro and he owned the expedition yacht Luna. He also owned the yacht Le Grand Blue, but he gave her to his friend Eugene Shvidler in 2006. Early 2014 Abramovich sold a London mansion for US$ 40 million to Tetra-
He is married to Dasha Zhukova and they have two children. Dasha comes from a rich family, her father is oligarch Alexander Zhukov. Abramovich was married twice before: his first wife was Olga, but that was before he became rich. His second wife Irina was a stewardess, she apparently received a US$ 300 million divorce settlement and is said to have received the yacht Sussurro as part of the settlement.
In August 2017 is was announced that Abramovich and Dasha will separate after a 10 year marriage, but will continue to work together in business. She will probably receive a divorce settlement of a few hundred million.
Roman Abramovich owns several houses, or residences, around the world.
On of his most expensive real estate is his Lowndes Square, London apartment. Lowndes Square is an expensive residential community in Belgravia, London. Abramovich purchased six adjoining flats over the years at this address. He plans to transform the flats into a single home. It will have a value of around US$ 200 million when completed.
In 2013 Abramovich purchased a mansion on 828 Fifth Avenue in New York. He paid US$ 75 million, a record price for a housing cooperative building. The mansion was built in 1886 for Edward Berwind and is therefore known as the Berwind Mansion. In 2014 some legal troubles occurred with the purchase, as the previous owners’ widow, Angelika Ivanc, is challenging the sale in court, trying to get even more money.
Abramovich owns another UK property: Fyning Hill estate in West Sussex. It is a seven bedroom house with polo pitches, a clay pigeon range, a trout lake, a private go-
In the South of France, or more precise in Cap D’Antibes, Abramovich owns the Chateau de la Croë. Previous residents in this castle were The Duke of Windsor, Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos. Abramovich is rumored to have spend more than US$ 40 million on the renovation of Chateau de la Croë. Abramovich has another Mediterranean area property, as he owns Villa Bover, on Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. He purchased Villa Bover from famous Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher for a report amount of US$ 24 million.