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The World’s Biggest Yachts and their Owners

The largest yachts in the world (2018), measured by length

In general the size of a large yacht is measured by its length, but a more accurate factor is the displacement of a yacht.

What is the Displacement of a yacht?

The displacement is the weight of water that a ship displaces when it is floating, which in turn is the weight of a ship (and its contents). The displacement is measured in tons.

Biggest Yacht

The yacht Dilbar is currently considered to be the biggest private yacht in the world. With a length of 157 meter (512ft) the mega yacht is number #4 on the ‘list by length’, but with a displacement tonnage of 15.917 gross tons, she is actually the largest yacht in the world.  Who owns the biggest yacht in the world? Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov owns the biggest superyacht in the world.

Only Billionaire Owners

Only the world’s richest billionaires are able to purchase and maintain these big private yachts. Read our list of the World’s Richest Yacht Owners.

Royal Families

Most of these largest yachts in the world are owned by Royal Families, such as the Al Nahyan family, rulers of Abu Dhabi, who own three of the worlds largest yachts and the Sultan of Oman, who owns two. Also Russian billionaires own large yacht, Dilbar for example is owned by Alisher Usmanov.

# 1 - Azzam

Azzam - 180,6 meter (593 ft)  - Emir Of Dubai

The yacht Azzam is considered to be the World’s largest yacht.

E mir of Abu Dhabi

Azzam is owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Emir of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is one of the world's wealthiest royals, with a net worth of US$ 15 billion.  


Azzam was built by luxury yacht builder Lürssen for an estimated build price of US$ 400 million. Her exterior design is done by Nauta Yachts. Powered by two gas turbines and two diesel engines she can reach a top speed of 30 knots.

# 2 - Eclipse

Eclipse - 162 meter (533 ft)  - Roman Abramovich

The yacht Eclipse is known as ‘the US$ 1.5 billion yacht’, although her real cost price was considerably less.

US$ 500 Million Build Price

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.

Roman Abramovich

The yacht Eclipse is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, one of the richest people in the world. Eclipse has two swimming pools and two helicopter pads, and a crew of 70. Eclipse was delivered by Blohm and Voss in 2010.

# 3 - Dubai

Dubai - 162 meter (532 ft)  - Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai

The yacht Dubai is the royal yacht of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The yacht is more or less permanently based in Dubai and is often used by his children.

Built for Prince Jefri of Brunei

The yacht was originally commissioned at Lurssen Yachts by Prince Jefri of Brunei, but the project was abandoned in 1998. In 2006 she was finished by Platinum Yachts, on behalf of the Dubai Government. The yacht has accommodations for 24 guests, and has a crew of 115.

# 4 - Dilbar

Dilbar - 156 meter (512 ft)  - Alisher Usmanov

The yacht Dilbar is actually the largest yacht in the world, measured by displacement. This means she has the biggest interior and the highest weight.

Alisher Usmanov

She is built for Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, as a replacement for his ‘smaller’ 110 meter Dilbar (now Ona). Alisher Usmanov is one of Russia’s richest men with a net worth of US$ 13 billion.


He is the majority shareholder of MetalloInvest and he also owns Russia’s number one Internet company.

# 5 - Al Said

Al Said - 155 meter (509 ft) - Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said

The yacht Al Said is the royal yacht of Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman.

Crew of 140

The yacht can accommodate 65 guests and 140 crew members. Sultan Qaboos is one of the richest royals in the world,  his net worth is estimated at more than US$ 1 billion.

Two Yachts

Sultan Quaboos owns several yachts, including the Fulk Al Salamah, at 150 meter she is almost as big as Al Said, but acts as her support yacht. She #6 in our ‘List of Largest Yachts’

# 6 - Fulk Al Salamah

Fulk al Salamah - 150 meter (492 ft) - Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said

The yacht Fulk Al Salamah is the support vessel for Sultan Qaboos main yacht Al Said.

Support Vessel

Fulk al Salamah means ‘Ship of Peace’. The assumption of her use as a support vessel is due to a lack of exterior space on board. She is often seen together with Al Said.

Not Much Known

Not much is known about Fulk Al Salamah and ever her length is not sure. We follow the numbers of Do you know more about Fulk al Salamah? Please do send us a message.

# 7 - Topaz

Topaz - 147 meter (483 ft) - Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The yacht Topaz is owned by Mansour bin Zayed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Half-brother of the President of the UAE

He is half-brother of the President of United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the yacht Azzam (See #1 above).


Topaz was delivered by Lurssen in 2012. Not much is known about the yacht, but she is frequently used by the Al Nahyan family. In June 2014 Leonardo Do Caprio was spotted on board, during the football world cup in Rio de Janeiro

# 8 - Prince Abdul Aziz

Prince Abdulaziz - 147 meter (482 ft) - King of Saudi Arabia

Royal Yacht of Saudi Arabia

The yacht Prince Abdul Aziz is assumed to be the official Royal Yacht of the King of Saudi Arabia. Most of the times she is based in Greece (where many Arab royals berth their yachts). But when traveling she can often been found near Marbella, Spain or Antibes, France, where the Saudi King owns summer palaces.

King Fahd

Prince Abdul Azziz was built in 1984 in Denmark, for the late King Fahd. The yacht is probably named after King Fahd’s youngest son Prince Abdul Azziz bin Fahd.

# 9 - El Mahrousa

El Mahrousa - 146 meter (478 ft) - Egypt Presidential yacht.

The yacht El Mahrousa was built in 1863 as the Egyptian Royal yacht for Khedive Ismail Pasha.

Presidential Yacht

Later she became the official Presidential yacht. She was the first ship to cross the Suez Canal in 1869 during its inauguration, and was again the first ship to cross the New Suez Canal in 2015.

Oldest Active SuperYacht

El Mahrousa is the oldest active superyacht, and is cared for by the Egyptian navy. She rarely leaves her home berth: not more than 3 times a year. The movie (under) has some rare interior photos.

# 10 - Yas

Yas - 141 meter (463 ft) - Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The # 10 on our list is the yacht Yas.

Also owned by the Al Nahyan Family

She is the 3rd yacht in this top 10, owned by the same Al Nahyan Family, just like Azzam and Topaz. Sheikh Hamdan is a half-brother of the current Emir and UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Former Dutch Navy Frigate

Yas was originally a Dutch navy frigate, known as the HNLMS Piet Hein. She was converted into a yacht at  Abu Dhabi MAR to a design of Pierrejean Design Studio. We think she is not the prettiest yacht around, but she is a head turner. Unfortunately she rarely leaves the UAE.

The Biggest Sailing Yachts in the World

# 1 - Yacht A

A - 143 meter (468 ft) - Andrey Melnichenko

Sailing yacht A is the largest sailing yacht, although she is sometimes referred to as ‘sail assisted motor yacht’. The Yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck

The yacht’s value is widely reported in the media to be over EUR 400 million or US$ 500 million. She has 8 decks and features a 1 ft thick glass underwater observation area, located in the keel.

The yacht is owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko

# 2 - Yacht Black Pearl

Black Pearl - 106 meter (348 ft) - Oleg Burlakov

Black Pearl is a 106 meter sailing yacht, built by Oceanco.

She features a 3 mast Dynarig system. The masts are freestanding with the yards attached rigidly to the masts. To adjust the angle of the sails, the entire mast rotates in place. When fully deployed the sails have no gaps at all between them, creating a single panel to capture the wind. It is estimated to have twice the efficiency of a traditional square rig.

Burlakov is co-founder of the oil and gas company Burneftegaz

# 3 - Yacht Maltese Falcon

Maltese Falcon - 88 meter (289 ft) - Elena Ambrosiadou  

Maltese Falcon is a three masted schooner, built by Perini Navi.

She was built for US investor Tom Perkins. When he died the yacht was purchased by Elena Ambrosiadou. The interior of the yacht is designed by Ken Freivokh.

Maltese Falcon is powered by a three mast Dyna Rig system.

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The yacht Dilbar (Photo by DrDuu)

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