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All You Need to Know About David Geffen, his Net Worth, his House, Private Jet and his Rising Sun Yacht

Yacht Specifications

Yacht Name:

Rising Sun

Yacht Length:

138 m (454 ft)


16 in 8 cabins


45 in 30 cabins






Jon Bannenberg




7.841 ton


US$ 400 million

Yacht Rising Sun Owner


David Geffen



Net Worth:

US$  8.5 billion


Geffen Records, Dreamworks


February 21, 1943


Carbon Beach, California, USA

Private Jet:

Gulfstream G650 (N221DG)

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Rising Sun was built for Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He considered the yacht too large and built the ‘smaller’ 88 meter yacht Musashi. Check out our amazing Rising Sun Photo Gallery down at this page.

10 Facts About David Lawrence Geffen you probably didn’t know

  1. He founded Asylum Records in 1970 and Geffen Records in 1980.
  2. Geffen Records signed with the Eagles, Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses.
  3. In 1990 Geffen Records was sold to MCA Records for US$ 550 million
  4. He founded DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
  5. His net worth is US$ 8.5 billion.
  6. He donated US$ 200 million to the University of California in Los Angeles.
  7. His yacht 138 meter yacht was built for Larry Ellison.
  8. Ellison considered her too big and ordered the smaller 88 meter Musashi.
  9. He owns a Gulfstream G650 private jet with registration N221DG.
  10. He is active on Instagram, often posting photos on board his yacht.

Who is David Geffen? David Geffen

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

Geffen Records

He 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 US$ 550 million.

DreamWorks SKG

He is also one of the founders of DreamWorks SKG. The co-founded the company with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Dreamworks is live-action and animation film studio. They founded in October 1994.

With financial backing of US $33 million from each of the three founders. And $500 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The founders agreed on three conditions. They would make fewer than nine movies a year. They would be free to work for other studios if they chose. They would go home in time for dinner.


He is an active philanthropist, supporting medical research. He also supports AIDS organizations, arts and theatre. In 2002 Geffen supported the University of California in Los Angeles with US$ 200 million. The university was renamed in the David Geffen School of Medicine.

David Geffen Net Worth

Forbes estimates his net worth at USD 7.8 billion. In March 2015 Geffen donated USD 100 million to New York’s cultural institution Lincoln Center.

The amount will be used to renovate the Avery Fisher Hall. The concert hall will be renamed Geffen Hall.

For a few years he owned the yacht Pelorus. Pelorus is now owned by Hong Kong based billionaire Samuel Tak Lee.

Geffen House

He owns a large house in the East Hamptons which he purchased for US$ 50 million. And he owns a Malibu Beach House at Carbon Beach with a value over USD 20 million.

He also owns an estate in Beverly Hills. It was built for Warner Bros founder Jack Warner.

Private Jet
He owns a Gulfstream G650 private jet. The jet has registration
N221DG. The jet was delivered in 2013. A Gulfstream G650 has a list price of US$ 70 million. The aircraft can accommodate 14 passengers.

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Rising Sun Yacht

The superyacht Rising Sun is designed by the late Jon Bannenberg. She is built by Germany's Lürssen. She was delivered in 2004.

The yacht has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. The yacht is powered by 4 MTU engines. They bring her a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots.

Built for Larry Ellison

The Rising Sun yacht was originally built for Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation. And is currently owned by David Lawrence Geffen.

He purchased her in 2010 after he was co-owner together with Ellison for 4 years. Ellison considered her too big. He purchased the ‘smaller’ 88 meter Musashi. The super yacht is the 6th largest in the world with a length of almost 138 meters (453 ft).

US$ 300 Million Value Yacht

It reportedly cost over USD 200 million to build. Rising Sun can accommodate 16 guests and she has 45 crew. Her interior is designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The yacht is seen here in 2011 in the bay of Cannes.

Oprah Winfrey Holiday

In the summer of 2013 famous talk show host Opray Winfrey had a holiday on board the superyacht. Opray Winfrey does not own a yacht herself (as far as Superyachtfan is informed…).

Yacht Charter

The boat is not available for yacht charter.  And she is not listed for sale. She is frequently spotted with celebrities on board.

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Superyacht Rising Sun in the Bay of Cannes

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Rising Sun
superyacht Rising Sun owned by David Geffen

He is the founder of Geffen Records.

Lurssen Rising Sun

The yacht was built for Larry Ellison, but he considered her to be too large.

luxury yacht Rising Sun

Owned by one of the founders of Dreamworks.

owned by David Geffen

David Lawrence Geffen has a net worth of USD 7.8 billion.

David Geffen House

Geffen Residence

David Geffen yacht Rising SunLurssen Rising Sun

She is one of the largest yachts in the world.

The interior of Rising Sun.

An exclusive view on the yachts interior designed by Bannenberg & Rowell.

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David Geffen private jet

The luxury yacht was built at Lurssen in Germany.

David Geffen Beverly Hills houseJack Warner estate

David Lawrence Geffen Private Jet

He owns this Gulfstream G650 private jet (N221DG). A Gulfstream G650 has a list price of US$ 70 million. She can accommodate 14 passengers.

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The house on Carbon Beach, Malibu

His Beverly Hills estate with tennis court and indoor swimming pool.

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Rising Sun Photo Gallery

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David Geffen Founder of Geffen Records and DreamWorks DreamWorks SGK 21 februari 1943 US$ 7,8 billion
Beverly Hills
yacht Rising Sun Value US$ 300 million
Gulfstream G650 private jet N221DG