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John Risley: Net Worth, House, Private Jet, yachts Meteor and Northern Star

Author: Peter Yachtfan, Update: 2020-04-27

SY Meteor Yacht

Risley Boat:


Yacht Length:

51.6 m (169 ft)


6 in 3 cabins


8 in 4 cabins


Royal Huisman


John Munford Design



Maximum Speed:

15 knots


MTU 12V2000


246 ton



Meteor Boat Price:

US$ 30 million

Meteor Yacht For Sale:

Meteor was sold early 2019

Meteor Yacht Charter:

US$ 126,000 per week, Y.CO

John Risley

Full Name:

John Carter Risley OC (past owner; sold 2019)



John Risley Net Worth:

US$ 1.2 billion


Clearwater Fine Foods


April 26, 1948


Amy Gordinier-Regan


Michael Risley, Sarah Risley


Nova Scotia, Canada

Private Jet:

Bombardier Global 5000 (C-FFIJ)

Bombardier Challenger (C-FFIK)


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Risley was co-owner of the sailing yacht Meteor, together with Dan Meyers. He used to own the US$ 95 million motor yacht Northern Star, which he sold in 2017. But he is building a new Northern Star at Lurssen Yachts.

John RisleyWho is John Risley?

He is the co-founder and President of Clearwater Fine Foods. He was born in April 1948. He was married to Judy, they divorced. He has 2 children (Michael and Sarah).

Clearwater Fine Foods

At the age of 28 he opened a small lobster retail company in Nova Scotia, Canada.

This turned into one of the worlds leading seafood companies. Clearwater is the largest holder of shellfish licenses in Canada.

The companies sells their sea products in over 40 countries. Clearwater has branches all over the world, including Glaciar Pesquera in Argentina and CLEARWATER FINE FOODS (EUROPE) LIMITED in the UK.

In 2016 Clearwater realized sales of more than US$ 600 m illion with an US$ 121 million EBITDA.

Columbus Communications

He is also co-founder of Columbus Communications, an Internet provider based in Barbados. He owned the company with Michael Lee Chin, the original owner of the yacht Quattroelle.  The company was sold to Cable and Wireless for US$ 1.85 billion.

John Risley Net Worth

His net worth is estimated at US$ 1.2 billion. This makes him one of the richest Canadians.


Risley in an active philanthropist, donating to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

In 2016 he donated US$ 25 million to an ocean research project at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

He also supported a student residence building at Dalhouse, named the John Risley Hall. Risley was named Officer of the Order of Canada.

Risley Residence

He owns one of the largest houses in Nova Scotia. His mansion is situated on a 300 acre ocean front forest land in Nova Scotia.

The Risley residence includes several buildings, stables, a large greenhouse  and has direct access to a golf course.

The house was built for oil tycoon Joseph Pew, founder of Sun Oil. Since his divorce, Risley built a new house with his girlfriend Amy.

Amy Gordinier-Regan is president of organic skin-care company Skinfix.

Private Jet

He owns a fleet of private jets. Including a US$ 50 million Bombardier Global 5000 (C-FFIJ) (Clearwater Fine Foods International). And a Bombardier Challenger (C-FFIK). He also owns  a Learjet and a Cessna.

SY Meteor

The sailing yacht Meteor was built at Royal Huisman and delivered in 2007. Meteor is designed by Gerard Dijkstra with an interior by John Munford.


The Meteor yacht can accommodate 6 guests and a crew of 8. She actively participates in regattas such as the America’s Cup and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta. Meteor is powered by a MTU engine. Her max speed is 15 knots.


Meteor was sold early 2019.

MY Northern Star Yacht

He was also owner of the Lurssen built superyacht Northern Star. The luxury yacht was delivered in 2009 and built to a design of Espen Oeino.


Northern Star is powered by 2 Caterpillar engines. Which bring her a top speed of 18 knots. Her cruise speed is 15 knots. Her range is more than 6,000nm.


She can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 22. She has an interior designed by Pauline Nunns. The yacht was sold in 2017 and is now named Bella Vita.

Dwight Schar

Her new owner is Dwight Schar. Schar is the founder of  NVR one of the largest home builders in the United States. Dwight Schar net worth is US$ 1 billion.

Risley also owned the 2005 Lurssen Northern Star, now named Polar Star.

New Motor Yacht Northern Star

He is apparently building a new 100 meter expedition yacht at Kleven in Norway. The project is being built in a collaboration between Kleven and Lurssen.

The 100 meter project under construction was recently registered in the Norwegian shipping register as Northern Star III.

Yacht Charter

The boat is not available for yacht charter. And she is not listed for sale.

John Risley Sources

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yacht Meteor

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Huisman MeteorJohn Risley yachtMeteor interiorMeteor

John Risley House

John Risley HouseJohn Risley Residence

Private Jet

C-FFIJ - John RisleyC-FFIK - John Risley private jet

Lurssen Yacht Northern Star

Northern Star yachtLurssen Northern Star

Waterskiing behind Meteor.

Interior of the yacht.

His Lurssen yacht, now sold and named Bella Vita. She is owned by Dwight Schar.

An overview of his estate in Nova Scotia

His amazing residence.

His Bombardier Global 5000 private jet C-FFIJ.

Risley’s other jet, a smaller Bombardier.

Inside the Sailing Yacht.

new Northern Star - 100 meter expedition Kleven - Lursseninside john risley yacht

Lurssen Northern Star III Yacht

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The 107 meters Northern Star III, to be delivered in 2021.

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