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Pelorus - Yacht - Yacht Name: Pelorus - Yacht Length: 115 m (377 ft) - Guests: 18 in 9 cabins - Crew: 41 in 20 cabins - Yacht Value: US$ 150 million - Owners Name: Sheikh Abdullah - Al Nahyan Net Worth: US$ 150 billion - Owners Company: Al Nahyan family - Owners Country: UAE - Sheikh Abdullah ‘s father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the founder of the United Arab Emirates. Update: we were informed that Pelorus is actually owned by a Hong Kong based billionaire.

Yacht Pelorus

The superyacht Pelorus (from the Greek word pelorios, meaning vast) is one of the world's biggest yachts. She has a length of 377 feet 3 inches (115 metres). The yacht Pelorus was built at the Lürssen yard in Bremen, Germany to the design of Tim Heywood and was launched in 2003. It was briefly owned by a Saudi businessman who sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich the following year.

Roman Abramovich

Abramovich had it refitted to his own requirements by Blohm & Voss. This included the addition of a second helicopter pad forward, four new zero-speed stabilizers and modifications to the exhaust, mast and stern. Abramovich also owned Ecstasea, and gave away Le Grand Bleu to friend Eugene Shvidler.

Sold for US$ 200 Million

In 2011 he sold Pelorus to David Geffen, for EUR 150 million or US$ 200 million. Pelorus is powered by two 5,500-hp Wärtsilä 12v 26 engines, which will give her a maximum speed of 19 knots, but often cruises between 12 to 14 knots. The yacht has a number of tenders on board and a garage full of 'toys', including jet skis and wave runners.

A crew of 46

A full time crew of up to 46 people lives aboard all year long. Pelorus will often be found cruising around the Western Mediterranean during the summers and commonly cruises down through the Suez Canal for the winters.

Sold to Abdullah al Nayhan

Mr. Geffen sold Pelorus to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the yacht is now based in Abu Dhabi. Geffen still owns his yacht Rising Sun, which was built for Larry Ellison.  Update: we were informed that Pelorus is actually owned by a Hong Kong based billionaire active in real estate development.

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Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the minister of foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates. His father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the Emir of Abu Dhabi and founder of the United Arab Emirates.  

Emirates Media Inc.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed previously served as Minister of Information and Culture and as Chairman of Emirates Media Incorporated, as Chairman of the UAE Football Association and as the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture. Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan is active on Twitter.

Net Worth

The combined net worth of the Al Nahyan family is estimated at US$ 150 billion.

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David Geffen

David Geffen (1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist and one of the richest people in the entertainment industry. David Geffen created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and was as one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994. In 1990 he sold Geffen Records for USD 550 million to MCA. David Geffen is a collector of American art, owning works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns  and Willem de Kooning. In 2006 he sold Jackson Pollocks  No5 , 1948 for USD 140 million to David Martinez, a Mexican financier. Geffen has an estimated net worth USD 5 billion.

Luxury yacht Pelorus was owned by Roman Abramovich and David Geffen, and is now owned by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the minister of foreign affairs of the UAE

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Pelorus was built by Lurssen

Pelorus in Antibes

Pelorus in Antibes, France

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David Geffen sold his superyacht to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

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Geffen now owns the yacht Rising Sun

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