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French newspaper Le Monde disclosed in an article today that French billionaire Xavier Niel is the owner of the sailing yacht Phocea (now: Enigma) and it seems he is not denying his ownership of the yacht.
Niel is co-
Phocea was built in 1976 for French sailor Alain Colas, who named her Club Méditerranée. Later she was purchased by Bernard Tapie, who named her La Vie Claire after his French chain of health product stores. In 1997 the yacht was purchased by Mona #Ayoub, known as the ex-
In the last few years the yacht has been 'managed' or used by Vanuatu based business man Paskal Saken, but if we understand the French article correctly, she is still owned by Xavier Niel.
Sailing yacht Enigma (ex: Phocea) is owned by French billionaire Xavier Niel
The yacht Le Pharaon was put for sale early 2017, after her owner passed away in January.
Le Pharaon was built for Ghaith Pharaon, who named the yacht after himself. Le Pharaon was built in 1993 and had a refit in 2003, when she was extended by 5 meters and received a glass bottom observation room. She can accommodate 12 guests. Ghaith Pharaon was a Saudi business man and founder of the Saudi Research And Development Corporation, Ltd one of the largest companies in Saudi Arabia. His father was an advisor to Saudi King Faisal and was the Saudi Ambassador to Europe from 1948 until 1954. Ghaith Pharaon lived on his yacht Le Pharaon. His net worth was estimated at US$ 500 million.
Le Pharaon was built for Ghaith Pharaon
The yacht, known as project Y714 ‘Jubilee’ is built for the Royal Family of Qatar, Al Thani. Dutch magazine Quote comes to this conclusion after research which revealed that the project under construction is registered to Al Menwar Limited. Al Menwar (now known as Yaakun) is a 66 meter yacht built in 1987 for the the (then) Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad al-
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Motor yacht Lexa -
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The yacht Lexa is owned by Tim Roberts. Tim is the son of the late John Robert, who founded the Sydney based construction firm Multiplex. The company became very succesfull and is known for large projects such as King Street Wharf in Sydney and Wembley Stadium in London. In 2007 Tim and his brothers and sisters sold their remaining 26% share in the company for AUD 1.2 billion (US$ 900 million). Lexa was built as Triple Seven (777) for Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov. Photo by Tom Gulbrandsen
Motor yacht My Little Violet
My Little Violet -
Robert Tchenquiz is the owner of the yacht My Little Violet. Robert Tchenquiz is a British entrepreneur born in Tehran. In 1998 he and his brother Vincent founded the Rotch Property Group. In 2010 Rotch Property Group owned real estate worth GBP 100 million. Robert and his brother also own R20 and Consensus Business Group. Vincent Tchenquiz is the owner of the 130-
Motor yacht Lady K II
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Achilleas Kallakis is the owner of the yacht Lady K II. Kallakis was active in real estate development. In 2013 Kallakis was convicted in a GBP 740 million real estate fraud and sentenced to jail. The case is considered to be one of UK commercial property’s largest frauds in recent times. Kallakis was also involved in legal proceedings around his yacht Lady K II.
Hurricane Run -
Hurricane Run -
Michael Tabor is the owner of the yacht Hurricane Run. Tabor founed Arthur Prince, a successful chain of English betting shops. Tabor started with 2 shops. In 2003, when Tabor had 114 shops and 600 employees, he sold them for USD 50 million to Bass plc. The group is now named Coral. He used his wealth to enter the thoroughbred horse racing. Michael Tabor has owned several superyachts, all named after successful race horses: Thunder Gulch, High Chaparral and currently Hurrican Run.
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Marcel Boekhoorn is a Dutch entrepreneur. His first major investment was the Dutch bakery retail chain Bakker Bart. His biggest success was the Dutch mobile phone operator Telfort which he acquired for EUR 300 million, and sold 9 months later to KPN for EUR 1.2 billion. Boekhoorn named his investment company BoWoLaRi short for Boekhoorn Wordt Lachend Rijk, which translates as Boekhoorn Becomes Rich While Smiling. Marcel Boekhoorn named his yacht Deniki after his three daughters Denise, Nicole and Kim.
Indian Empress -
Indian Empress -
Vijay Mallya is the owner of the luxury yacht Indian Empress. Vijay Mallya is the chairman of the United Breweries Group – one of India's largest conglomerates, with wide interests including brewing, aviation, pharmaceuticals, real estate, engineering, fertilizers, biotechnology and information technology. Mallya’s luxury yacht Indian Empress was built as Al Mirqab for the prime minister of Qatar. Vijay Mallya aqcuired Indian Empress in 2006.
Helen McCaw is the owner of the yacht Katrion. Helen is the widow of Keith McCaw. Keith and his brother Craig McCaw sold McCaw Cellular to AT&T and became billionaires. Keith died in 2002 at the age of 49, while having two yachts under construction. The largest one ‘Utopia’, was sold to Bill Miller. Keith’s family kept the smaller yacht named Katrion.
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Giorgio Armani is the owner of the yacht Main. Giorgio Armani is a famous fashion designer from Italy. He started the Giorgio Armani Corporation in 1979. Giorgio Armani now has 300 stores across 37 countries and realizes a turnover of USD 1.6 billion. Before owning the yacht Main, he owned the yacht Mariu
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Superyacht Reverie was built for Kjell Inge Rökke, owner and CEO of the Norwegian industrial giant Aker Solutions ASA. Later the yacht was purchased by Peter Sperling a US billionaire and owner of the Apollo Group. In 2013 the yacht Reverie was sold again to yet unknown owners.
Paul Fireman is the owner of the superyacht Solemates. Fireman was the CEO of Reebok from 1979 until 2005. In 2005 he sold the company to Adidas for US$ 3.8 billion, netting himself US$ 650 million for his 17% stake. Paul Fireman founded Reebok USA in 1979, after he bought the rights to the Reebok line of running shoes from the British shoe manufacturer J. W. Foster & Sons.
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Joaquin Folch Rusinol i Corachan is the owner of the yacht Buka. Joaquin Folch Rusinol is CEO of the family’s paint factory Industrias Titan. Industrias Titan produces paints, varnishes and coats for both home decoration and professional usage. Industrias Titan was founded in 1917 and realizes sales of around US$ 200 million, with more than 500 employees. The group has factories in Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Folch Rusinol is also shareholder and non-
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