10 of the most impressive superyachts owned by billionaires

From a sailing yacht owned by a russian billionaire industrialist to the luxury launch of the patek philippe ceo, here are the best billionaire-owned boats on the water….

Words: Jonathan Wells

There’s something about billionaires and big boats . Whether they’re superyachts or megayachts, men with money love to splash out on these sizeable sea-going giants. And that all began in 1954 — with the big dreams of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

Onassis, keen to keep his luxury lifestyle afloat when at sea, bought Canadian anti-submarine frigate HMCS Stormont after World War II. He spent millions turning it into an opulent super yacht, named it after his daughter — and the Christina O kicked off a trend among tycoons. To this day, the world’s richest men remain locked in an arms race to build the biggest, fastest, most impressive superyacht of all. Here are 10 of our favourites…

Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich

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Built by: Blohm+Voss of Hamburg, with interiors and exteriors designed by Terence Disdale. Launched in 2009, it cost $500 million (the equivalent of £623 million today).

Owned by: Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, the owner of private investment company Millhouse LLC and owner of Chelsea Football Club. His current net worth is $17.4 billion.

Key features: 162.5 metres in length / 9 decks / Top speed of 22 knots / Two swimming pools / Disco hall / Mini submarine / 2 helicopter pads / 24 guest cabins

Sailing Yacht A, owned by Andrey Melnichenko

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Built by: Nobiskrug, a shipyard on the Eider River in Germany. The original idea came from Jacques Garcia, with interiors designed by Philippe Starck and a reported price tag of over $400 million.

Owned by: Russian billionaire industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, the main beneficiary of both the fertiliser producing EuroChem Group and the coal energy company SUEK. Though his current net worth is $18.7 billion, Sailing Yacht A was seized in Trieste on 12 March 2022 due to the EU’s sanctions on Russian businessmen.

Key features: 119 metres in length / 8 decks / Top speed of 21 knots / Freestanding carbon-fibre rotating masts / Underwater observation pod / 14 guests

Symphony, owned by Bernard Arnault

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Built by: Feadship, the fabled shipyard headquartered in Haarlem in The Netherlands. With an exterior designed by Tim Heywood, it reportedly cost around $150 million to construct.

Owned by: French billionaire businessman and art collector Bernard Arnault. Chairman and chief executive of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods company, his current net worth is $145.8 billion.

Key features: 101.5 metres in length / 6 decks / Top speed of 22 knots / 6-metre glass-bottom swimming pool / Outdoor cinema / Sundeck Jacuzzi / 8 guest cabins

Faith, owned by Michael Latifi

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Built by: Similarly to Symphony above, also Feadship. With exteriors designed by Beaulieu-based RWD, and interiors by Chahan Design, it cost a reported $200 million to construct in 2017.

Owned by: Until recently, Canadian billionaire and part-owner of the Aston Martin Formula 1 Team , Lawrence Stroll. Recently sold to Michael Latifi, father of F1 star Nicholas , a fellow Canadian businessman with a net worth of just under $2 billion.

Key features: 97 metres in length / 9 guest cabins / Glass-bottom swimming pool — with bar / Bell 429 helicopter

Amevi, owned by Lakshmi Mittal

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Built by: The Oceanco shipyard, also in The Netherlands. With exterior design by Nuvolari & Lenard and interior design by Alberto Pinto, it launched in 2007 (and cost around $125 million to construct).

Owned by: Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company. He owns 20% of Queen Park Rangers, and has a net worth of $18 billion.

Key features: 80 metres in length / 6 decks / Top speed of 18.5 knots / On-deck Jacuzzi / Helipad / Swimming Pool / Tender Garage / 8 guest cabins

Odessa II, owned by Len Blavatnik

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Built by: Nobiskrug, the same German shipyard that built Sailing Yacht A . Both interior and exterior were created by Focus Yacht Design, and the yacht was launched in 2013 with a cost of $80 million.

Owned by: British businessman Sir Leonard Blavatnik. Founder of Access Industries — a multinational industrial group with current holdings in Warner Music Group, Spotify and the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat — he is worth $39.9 billion.

Key features: 74 metres in length / 6 guest cabins / Top speed of 18 knots / Intimate beach club / Baby grand piano / Private master cabhin terrace / Outdoor cinema

Nautilus, owned by Thierry Stern

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Built by: Italian shipyard Perini Navi in 2014. With interiors by Rémi Tessier and exterior design by Philippe Briand, Nautilus was estimated to cost around $90 million to construct.

Owned by: Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern. Alongside his Gulstream G650 private jet, Nautilus — named for the famous sports watch — is his most costly mode of transport. His current net worth is $3 billion.

Key features: 73 metres in length / 7 guest cabins / Top speed of 16.5 knots / Dedicated wellness deck / 3.5 metre resistance pool / Underfloor heating / Jet Skis

Silver Angel, owned by Richard Caring

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Built by: Luxury Italian boatbuilder Benetti. Launched in 2009, the yacht’s interior has been designed by Argent Design and her exterior styling is by Stefano Natucci.

Owned by: Richard Caring, British businessman and multi-millionaire (his wealth peaked at £1.05 billion, so he still makes the cut). Chairman of Caprice Holdings, he owns The Ivy restaurants.

Key features: 64.5 metres in length / Cruising speed of 15 knots / 7 guest cabins / Lalique decor / 5 decks / Oval Jacuzzi pool / Sun deck bar / Aft deck dining table

Lady Beatrice, owned by Frederick Barclay

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Built by: Feadship and Royal Van Lent in 1993. Exteriors were created by De Voogt Naval Architects, with interiors by Bannenberg Designs. She cost the equivalent of £63 million to build.

Owned by: Sir David Barclay and his late brother Sir Frederick. The ‘Barclay Brothers’ had joint business pursuits including The Spectator , The Telegraph and delivery company Yodel. Current net worth: £7 billion.

Key features: 60 metres in length / 18 knots maximum speed / Monaco home port / Named for the brothers’ mother, Beatrice Cecelia Taylor / 8 guest cabins

Space, owned by Laurence Graff

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Built by: Space was the first in Feadship’s F45 Vantage series , styled by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and launched in 2007. She cost a reported $25 million to construct.

Owned by: Laurence Graff, English jeweller and billionaire businessman. As the founder of Graff Diamonds, he has a global business presence and a current net worth of $6.26 billion.

Key features: 45 metres in length / Top speed of 16 knots / Al fresco dining area / Sun deck Jacuzzi / Breakfast bar / Swimming platform / Steam room

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A multimillion-dollar superyacht once owned by a Russian oligarch has gone to auction

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The Axioma superyacht, seen in Gibraltar in March, once belonged to Russian oligarch Dmitrievich Pumpyansky. The vessel was seized last March in accordance with sanctions imposed by Britain and the European Union. It will be auctioned off Tuesday, with the proceeds going to JP Morgan Chase. JON NAZCA/REUTERS hide caption

The Axioma superyacht, seen in Gibraltar in March, once belonged to Russian oligarch Dmitrievich Pumpyansky. The vessel was seized last March in accordance with sanctions imposed by Britain and the European Union. It will be auctioned off Tuesday, with the proceeds going to JP Morgan Chase.

A superyacht once belonging to a Russian billionaire went to auction Tuesday in the British territory of Gibraltar. The vessel, estimated to have a value in the tens of millions of dollars, was seized in March as part of Western sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

Gibraltar's Admiralty Marshal was tasked with appraising and selling the yacht, which received 63 bids, according to court documents. Its official appraised value is "a confidential matter which cannot be disclosed," although outside estimates reportedly place it anywhere from $42 million to $75 million. Details about who ultimately purchases the vessel and for what price will be made public when the transaction is complete.

Measuring 236 feet long and weighing over 1,600 tons, the Axioma is a sight to behold. It can accommodate 12 guests in six cabins — along with a 20-person crew in 12 other rooms — and features a gymnasium, full-service spa, infinity pool and luxury cinema, as stated on the Howe Robinson Partners auction site.

The cost to charter the Axioma for a week runs an average of roughly $500,000 , not including other operating costs, according to Yacht Charter Fleet.

The former owner of the ship is Dmitrievich Pumpyansky, once Russia's largest steel pipe manufacturer and currently worth $2 billion, according to Forbes . Unfortunately for Pumpyansky, he was sanctioned by Britain and the European Union after the invasion.

Other superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs have been detained as a result of the sanctions, but the Axioma is the first to be sold off, the Guardian reported.

Despite calls for the proceeds of the sale to benefit Ukraine, the funds will instead be paid to JP Morgan Chase. According to the Guardian, the international bank had a loan agreement with Pumpyansky's holding company, Pyrene Investments.

However, the sanctions against Russia prevented JP Morgan Chase from accepting payments from the holding company, breaching the agreement, and the bank filed a legal claim to have the vessel seized and sold at auction.

Other superyachts belonging to Russian elites have been detained all over the world — including the Amadea, which was seized in Fiji at the request of the United States in May. That $300 million yacht belonged to Suleiman Kerimov, a Russian gold producer worth over $12 billion, according to Forbes .

The fate of the Amadea is uncertain, however; it, too, could be sold to the highest bidder, which would be in line with President Biden's aims to hold Russian oligarchs accountable for their role in the invasion and, potentially, use the proceeds to aid Ukraine.

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Inside the World of Superyachts Owned by Billionaires

Introduction: The Ultimate Status Symbol

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In the rarefied world of the ultra-wealthy, few possessions symbolize success and affluence more than a luxurious superyachts owned by billionaires. These floating palaces represent the zenith of luxury, offering unparalleled comfort, cutting-edge technology, and bespoke design. Owned by billionaires who spare no expense in their pursuit of perfection, superyachts are the epitome of opulence on the high seas.

The Top Luxurious Superyachts Owned by Billionaires

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Commissioned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the Eclipse is one of the most famous luxurious superyachts in existence. Launched in 2010, this 162.5-meter vessel was the largest yacht in the world at the time. It boasts a range of luxurious features including two helipads, a disco hall, swimming pools, hot tubs, and even a missile detection system. The Eclipse can accommodate up to 36 guests and a crew of 70, ensuring that every whim of its passengers is catered to.

azzam

Currently holding the title of the largest private yacht in the world, Azzam measures an astounding 180 meters. Owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Azzam is not just remarkable for its size. It is also one of the fastest superyachts, capable of reaching speeds of over 30 knots. Designed by Nauta Yachts and built by Lürssen Yachts, Azzam features an incredibly sophisticated and elegant interior, inspired by the Empire style.

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Owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, Dilbar is another luxurious superyacht that exemplifies luxury. At 156 meters long, Dilbar is known for having the largest gross tonnage of any yacht in the world. Built by Lürssen, this yacht includes a 25-meter swimming pool, a helipad, and lavish accommodations for 40 guests and 80 crew members. Its interior, designed by Andrew Winch, reflects a sophisticated, modern style that provides an exquisite living experience on the water.

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Life Aboard a Luxurious Superyacht

Living on a luxurious superyacht owned by a billionaire is akin to residing in a five-star hotel, but with the added benefit of mobility. These vessels come equipped with the finest amenities and technologies to ensure the utmost comfort and entertainment. Gourmet kitchens and luxury dining rooms – private cinemas – state-of-the-art gyms, every detail is designed to provide special experience for the owner.

Superyachts also feature luxurious staterooms and suites, often customized to reflect the owner’s personal taste and style. With expansive decks, private beaches, and Jacuzzis, relaxation and enjoyment are at the forefront of the yachting lifestyle. Additionally, many superyachts have specialized tenders and toys, including jet skis, submarines, and even small sailboats, ensuring endless fun and adventure on the water.

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Famous superyachts owned by billionaires

Many of the world’s wealthiest individuals are drawn to the allure of luxurious superyachts. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is reportedly commissioning a 127-meter sailing yacht named Koru. This vessel, designed by Oceanco, is expected to be one of the most advanced and luxurious yachts ever built, featuring a support yacht complete with a helipad.

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Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has also shown interest in the superyacht lifestyle. He was reported to be interested in the hydrogen-powered superyacht Aqua, designed by “Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design”. This 112-meter yacht emphasizes sustainability, with its innovative use of hydrogen fuel cells, representing a step forward in eco-friendly yachting.

A Closer Look: Roman Abramovich and His Yacht, Eclipse

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Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire with a net worth of over $14 billion, is perhaps one of the most renowned yacht owners in the world. His luxurious superyacht, Eclipse, reflects his penchant for luxury and innovation. Launched in 2010, Eclipse was the largest yacht in the world until Azzam took the title in 2013. Nevertheless, Eclipse remains one of the most impressive and expensive yachts, with an estimated cost of $500 million.

  • Roman Abramovich: Biography and Success Story

Born on October 24, 1966, in Saratov, Russia, Roman Abramovich experienced a challenging early life. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his relatives. Despite these hardships, Abramovich demonstrated a keen business acumen from a young age. He initially made his fortune in the oil industry, co-founding the oil company Sibneft in 1995. His business ventures expanded rapidly, and he became one of Russia’s wealthiest individuals.

Abramovich is perhaps best known in the Western world for his ownership of the Chelsea Football Club, a premier soccer team in the English Premier League. Under his ownership since 2003, Chelsea has experienced significant success, winning numerous domestic and international titles. His involvement in various industries, from steel to telecommunications, further solidified his status as a global business magnate.

Beyond his business endeavors, Abramovich is also a notable philanthropist, contributing to various charitable causes, particularly in education and healthcare. His luxurious superyacht Eclipse serves as both a symbol of his success and a mobile retreat where he can entertain guests and enjoy the pleasures of yachting.

Conclusion – Superyachts owned by billionaires

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The world of luxurious superyachts owned by billionaires is a testament to human ingenuity and the pursuit of luxury. These vessels showcase what happens when limitless resources combine with visionary design. Whether for leisure, status, or both, luxurious superyachts represent the fascinating aspect of modern wealth and lifestyle.

In exploring the stories behind these floating palaces, we not only get a glimpse into the luxurious lives of their owners but also into the incredible craftsmanship and innovation that make these superyachts possible.

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9. Pelorus is worth $300 million (tie).

9. Pelorus is worth $300 million (tie).

Initially built for a Saudi businessman, Russian billionaire bought the megayacht Pelorus in 2004. His ex-wife received the ship in their divorce settlement, and Hollywood movie mogul David Geffen bought Pelorus for $300 million in 2011.

The 115-meter yacht has two helipads and a garage full of toys, including jet skis.

9. Al Said is worth $300 million (tie).

9. Al Said is worth $300 million (tie).

Al Said was built for Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the billionaire Sultan of Oman. The massive, 155-meter yacht has space for 70 guests and 154 crew.

It has a helicopter landing pad, elevator, and concert space that can accomodate a 50-piece orchestra.

8. Dubai is worth $300 million (tie).

8. Dubai is worth $300 million (tie).

At 162 meters, Dubai is one of the largest yachts in the world. It was commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei, but put on hold for a decade before being acquired by Sheikh Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai.

Dubai can accomodate 115 guests and crew , and has seven decks, a swimming pool, a squash room, helicopter pad, and even a small submarine.

6. Radiant is worth $320 million.

6. Radiant is worth $320 million.

Originally commissioned by Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, this 360-foot yacht was sold to Abdulla Al Futtaim, a billionaire car dealer from the United Arab Emirates. Radiant's amenities put a James Bond twist on the typical superyacht experience.

It's equipped with sonic guns that would burst the eardrums of attackers, along with water cannons that could sink an approaching boat from 100 yards away. There's even a smaller speedboat designed specifically for a quick escape. Radiant has a jacuzzi, gym, and garage for tenders, as well as space for 20 guests.

5. Serene is worth $330 million.

5. Serene is worth $330 million.

Russian vodka distributor Yuri Scheffler owns this 440-foot yacht, which has turquoise neon lights that give it a nighttime glow.

It has a combined 48,000 square feet of covered space on its seven decks, including indoor and outdoor pools, 12 staterooms, and an outdoor screening room. Scheffler purchased the Italian-designed yacht for $330 million in 2011.

4. A is worth $390 million.

4. A is worth $390 million.

This elegant, Philippe Starck-designed superyacht belongs to Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko. Among its luxurious amenities are bath faucets worth $40,000, staircase banisters worth $60,000, and a bed that rotates with the touch of a button, allowing for perfect views of the sunrise and sunset.

A has had its fair share of controversies, however, as the Melnichenkos sued Dutch paint corporation Akzo Nobel, claiming the yacht's paint is not as reflective as they had requested.

3. Topaz is worth $520 million.

3. Topaz is worth $520 million.

The 147-meter Topaz was built in 2012 by Lurssen Yachts. It cost an estimated $527 million to build, and has a jacuzzi, helicopter landing pad, garage for tenders, fitness center, and movie theater.

Topaz is owned by Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, who is worth around $8.7 billion, according to Wealth-X.

2. Azzam is worth $600 million.

2. Azzam is worth $600 million.

Azzam is a staggering 590 feet long (longer than some commercial cruise ships) and owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates.

It took German shipbuilders Lürssen Yachts four years to build this behemoth of a ship, which is rumored to have up to 50 private suites. According to Wealth-X, the $627 million purchase was only about 3.5% of Sheikh Khalif's net worth of $18 billion.

1. Eclipse is worth $1 billion.

1. Eclipse is worth $1 billion.

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich purchased the 536-foot-long Eclipse in 2010, when it still held the title for world's largest yacht.

Eclipse has two helipads , a disco, cinema, hair salon, and restaurant, plus it's rumored to have a laser defense system against paparazzi trying to photograph high-profile guests.

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The 15 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

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As superyachts continue to get bigger and more extravagant than ever before, so too do the accompanying price tags. According to the Boats Group’s market index, the average cost of a yacht above 80 feet in the US last year was $5.3 million. As you’ll see below, though, there are a handful of high-end vessels that blow that figure out of the water.

Although it’s difficult to get exact prices in what is a fiercely secretive industry, sales of luxury yachts have surged amid the pandemic and the ultra-wealthy are more willing than ever to fork out for ostentatious ocean goers. Case in point: Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly parted with $485 million for his Oceanco megayacht that’s currently in build.

Believe it or not, that’s quite a modest price compared to at least half of the entries on this list. Lürssen’s Dilbar , for instance, is rumored to have cost in the ballpark of $800 million. As alluded to, the shipyards behind these lavish, nine-figure designs seldom share details regarding ownership or price. Therefore, the amounts cited here are estimates pulled together from Wikipedia and other reliable sources. Still, the 15 vessels here give you a good idea of what’s possible when money is no object and the best builders in the business are at your whim.

Lürssen: ‘Dilbar’ — $800 Million

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Delivered in 2016, Lürssen’s Dilbar is the largest motor yacht in the world by gross tonnage. It’s also the most expensive with an original price tag in the ballpark of $800 million. Weighing in at 15,917 tons, the monolithic 512-footer is one of the most complex and challenging vessels the German yard has ever built. Penned by Espen Øino, Dilbar features a classic profile and a light ivory hull with bronze accents. Onboard, meanwhile, the elegant interiors were brought to life by Winch Design and outfitted with only the best luxury materials. The pièce de résistance is, of course, the 82-foot swimming pool. Lürssen says it is the largest pool ever to have been installed on a yacht. Seafarers also have access to 41,000 square feet of saloons, staterooms, spas and cinemas to explore. German authorities impounded Dilbar earlier this year after establishing it was linked to a Russian billionaire. According to the US Treasury Department, the yacht is now worth between $600 million and $700 million, with annual maintenance costs of about $60 million.

Blohm+Voss: ‘Eclipse’ — $600 Million

Blohm & Voss "Eclipse" Superyacht

The epic 533-foot Blohm+Voss superyacht Eclipse took half a decade to come to fruition before it was finally delivered to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2010. At that time, it was the largest yacht in the world and certainly one of the most expensive. It has now been 20-odd years and Eclipse still sits at the top of both lists and is estimated to be worth over $600 million. Designed inside and out by Terence Disdale, the vessel is equipped with 17 staterooms, a 185-foot-long owner’s deck with a palatial owner’s suite, a giant swimming pool that doubles as a dance floor, a gym, a beach club and a spa. Other highlights include a helicopter hangar with space for three choppers and a garage that can hold six tenders. On top of that, Eclipse has a top-end speed of 21 knots, with a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

Lürssen: ‘Azzam’ — $600 Million

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Lürssen has proven itself adept at delivering sizable (and expensive) vessels. In fact, the German yard is behind the world’s longest superyacht, which reportedly set one private owner back more than $600 million. Delivered in 2013, Azzam measures just shy of 593 feet and offers a volume of 13,136 GT. Penned by Nauta Yacht, the yacht’s exterior is characterized by a long, sleek forward area and a series of tiers ascending to the skydeck. The interior, meanwhile, was brought to life by Christophe Leoni and showcases luxurious decor inspired by the Empire style of the early 19th century. Azzam is no slouch on the high seas, either, with a top speed of more than 30 knots. Astonishingly, the behemoth only took three years to build after one year of engineering. Azzam also underwent a refit in 2020 that likely resulted in a few more dollars being spent on her.

Lürssen: ‘Al Said’ — $600 Million

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Another nine-figure Lürssen megayacht on the list is Al Saïd . Delivered in 2008, the 508-footer reportedly set the Sultan of Oman roughly $600 million and, well, you can tell. Designed by Espen Øino, Al Saïd ’s exterior is reminiscent of a classic cruise liner with the twin-exhaust stacks in the center of the superstructure. Sporting a steel hull and lightweight aluminum superstructure, the yacht is capable of 25 knots flat out, with a cruising speed of 22 knots. Inside, meanwhile, the contemporary interior was penned by Redman Whiteley Dixon. Highlights include a concert hall that can hold a 50-piece orchestra.

Lürssen: ‘A+’ (Topaz) — $527 Million

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Lürssen megayacht A+ , previously known as Topaz , reportedly cost approximately $527 million (€400 million) to come to fruition. It is the fourth-largest yacht ever built by the German shipyard and was launched back in 2012. It’s rumored that Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the UAE and owner of Manchester City Football Club, took delivery of the vessel and is the current owner. A+ ’s exterior was penned by Tim Heywood Designs, while her interior was brought to life by Terence Disdale. She is equipped with cabins for 62 guests and 72 crew, as well as two helipads, a pool and a large swim platform. What more do you need?

Fincantieri: ‘Serene’ — $444 Million

A float plane flies over the super yacht Serene during take off in Ketchikan, Alaska Friday morning. Work began on the 493-foot 3-inch yacht in 2007 by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri. The ship has a crew of 52 and room for 24 guests. The seven deck vessel has landing capabilities for two helicopters and for a submarine and a sea water pool. (AP Photo/Ketchikan Daily News, Hall Anderson)

Fincantieri’s first superyacht turned out to be big in terms of both proportions and price. The 439-footer was the largest yacht ever launched in Italy when it hit the water in 2011 and cost approximately $444 million (€450 million) to complete. Designed by Espen Øino, the seven-deck vessel is characterized by a sleek blue hull, a contrasting white superstructure and a ton of racy curves. She’s brimming with amenities, too, including an enclosed winter garden for dining in any season, a tender garage large enough to house a submarine and a supersized swimming pool for soaking. She also has two helipads and a hangar to facilitate comings and goings. Although the details of Serene ’s interior remain tightly under wraps, we do know Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design penned the 43,056-square-foot living quarters.

Platinum Yachts: ‘Dubai’ — $400 Million

DUBAI UAE - DEC 16: Dubai - yacht of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. December 16 2014 in Dubai UAE

Dubai was, quite literally, built for royalty at a princely fee of roughly $400 million. The superyacht was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei as a joint project between Blohm+Voss and Lürssen. The duo only got to finish the bare hull and skeletal superstructure before construction was halted in 1998. The incomplete design was then sold to the government of Dubai and turned into a royal yacht for the country’s ruler. The 532-footer, which was finished off by Platinum Yachts, was delivered to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2006. Penned by Winch Design, Dubai spans seven decks and can sleep 24 guests and 88 crew. Befitting a sheikh, she is also equipped with a landing pad for a Black Hawk helicopter, a submarine garage, a disco and a cinema.

Blohm+Voss : ‘Motor Yacht A’ — $300 Million

Motor Yacht A 2008

Legend has it that architect Philippe Starck sketched the design for Motor Yacht A on a napkin in a matter of minutes. Blohm + Voss then sold the superyacht for approximately $300 million. Commissioned by Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, the 390-footer is characterized by a minimalist exterior and a highly distinctive pelican bow that cuts a striking silhouette. With a beam of 62 feet, the vessel offers a generous interior volume of 5,500 GT. She offers accommodation for 14 guests and 42 crew. She also has no less than three swimming pools, one of which has a glass bottom that creates a wow factor on the deck below. Melnichenko kept  Motor Yacht A for nearly a decade before replacing it with Nobiskrug’s Sailing Yacht A . The 468-footer is not only the largest sailing yacht in the world, but also the most expensive with an estimated value of $578 million .

Lürssen: ‘Radiant’ — $300 Million

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The tale behind Radiant ’s price tag is almost as long as the 360-footer itself. Rumor has it, the superyacht was built for Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky at a cost of roughly $149 million (€148.5 million). After Berezovsky ran into financial difficulties, he asked Edmiston to list the vessel for $352 million (€350 million) and it eventually sold for a hair under that. Delivered in 2010, Radiant sports a steel hull, an aluminum superstructure and gorgeous teak decking. She can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests in 10 suites, as well as up to 44 crew. Her top-tier amenities include a movie theatre, a beauty salon, a beach club, a gym, a pool, a Jacuzzi, a helipad and a fully stocked tender garage. Certainly sounds worthy of $300 million to us.

Lürssen: ‘Pelorus’ — $300 Million

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In the late ‘90s, Saudi Arabian businessman Abdulmohsen Abdulmalik Al-Sheikh commissioned Lürssen to create Pelorus . The 377-footer hit the seas in 2003 and was the 11th-largest yacht in the world at the time. During her maiden voyage, Pelorus was sold to Roman Abramovich. The Russian entrepreneur had it altered by Blohm & Voss, adding a second helipad and other lavish amenities. Fast forward to 2009, Irina Abramovich received the yacht as part of her divorce settlement from Roman. She sold it to David Geffen in 2011 via broker Merle Wood for $300 million. Pelorus features a sleek exterior designed by Tim Heywood and a beachy chic interior penned by Terence Disdale. She has several terraces with doors that open out to the sea to create a true indoor/outdoor feel.

Peters Werft: ‘Al Mirqab’ — $300 Million

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The 436-foot Al Mirqab is one of the largest yachts in the world and has a price tag to match. Launched in 2008, the $300 million vessel was built for Qatar’s former prime minister under the supervision of Kusch Yachts in the Peters Werft shipyard in Germany. Penned by Tim Heywood, the elegant exterior pairs a long, navy-blue hull with a contrasting white superstructure. The interior, meanwhile, was brought to life by Andrew Winch and has won several awards. Arguably, the most striking feature is the Arabic-influenced motifs on the marble floors. Another highlight is the swimming pool on the lower deck, which can be opened up to the sea via side hatches in the hull. Al Mirqab has staterooms for 36, and crew quarters for 45. She was also treated to a refit in 2014 and thus looks fresher than your average 14-year-old vessel.

Abeking & Rasmussen: ‘Aviva’ — $250 Million

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Abeking & Rasmussen’s Aviva shows what kind of lavish amenities you can get with $250 million. The 323-footer, which was delivered in 2017, features the largest gym on any yacht. It’s so big, in fact, that it houses a full-size paddle tennis court that pulls double duty as a soccer field when the nets are down. Penned by Toby Silverton and Reymond Langton Design, Aviva pairs a curvacious blue exterior with a chic modern interior. She is equipped with a hybrid propulsion system that enables her to reach up to 11 knots using only electric motors or 20 knots with the addition of diesel power. The yacht is reportedly the sequel to another smaller Aviva that was delivered to British billionaire Joe Lewis in 2007. The yacht was launched just 33 months after the signing of the contract, which is quite an impressive feat given the complexity and scope of the project.

Lürssen: ‘Octopus’ — $200 Million 

Octopus Superyacht Exterior

Launched in 2003 at a cost of approximately $200 million, Octopus was built by Lürssen for late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The 414-footer is regularly loaned out for expeditions and scientific research initiatives. A true explorer, it features a dive center with a hyperbaric chamber, a yellow submarine named Pagoo and a remotely operated vehicle that can dive thousands of feet below the surface. Of course, this is complemented by state-of-the-art research technology. In addition, Octopus features two helipads, a hangar and seven tenders to facilitate comings and goings. She is also equipped with 13 staterooms, several bars, a recording studio, a cinema, a spa, a gym, a library and a basketball court. (You might remember Allen once owned the Portland Trail Blazers.) What’s more, Octopus appears to be climbing in price as time goes on. In 2019, the vessel was listed for sale for a cool $325 million .

Lürssen: ‘Rising Sun’ — $200 Million

Lürssen Rising Sun superyacht

Rising Sun was designed by one of the brightest minds in the industry: the late, legendary Jon Bannenberg. In fact, it was the last yacht the Australian designer penned before he died in 2002. The $200 million vessel was built by Lürssen and delivered to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison two years later in 2004. The 138-footer is characterized by large expanses of glass that let in plenty of the sun’s rays. In addition, it offers 86,000 square feet of living space brought to life by Seccombe Design. There are nine cabins for up to 18 guests and generous crew quarters for up to 46 crew. Elsewhere, you’ll find a gym, a cinema, a wine cellar and a basketball court. As for grunt, Rising Sun promises a maximum speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots. She was last refitted in 2011 and is currently owned by billionaire David Geffen.

Lürssen: ‘Solandge’ — $150 Million

Lürssen’s Solandge

Lürssen’s Solandge is rumored to have cost $150 million to come to fruition, and you can tell. Delivered in 2013, the 279-footer is replete with the finest materials. The floor, for example, sports no less than 50 types of exotic wood. There are also around 50 samples of natural stone in the bathrooms. Designed by Espen Øino, Solandge has a sleek exterior with elegant, clean lines. Aileen Rodriguez’s interior, meanwhile, is full to the brim with extravagant amenities. The spa comprises multiple pools on different decks, along with a hammam and a sauna. In addition, the yacht features a beauty salon is equipped with a sink and crane that together creates “snow” à la a snow room, as well as a gym and a massage room. As Lürssen puts it, Solandge was built with pure yachting pleasure in mind.

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The world's most expensive superyachts come with helipads, movie theaters, and swimming pools — take a look

  • Many superyachts cost upwards of $200 million dollars and are owned by the wealthiest billionaires in the world.
  • The most expensive yacht ever built is made from solid gold, and costs a whopping $4.8 billion.
  • The yachts have features like movie theaters, concert halls, and multiple swimming pools. 

Some of the world's wealthiest individuals own the most outlandish yachts. 

With features like helipads, swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, and more, the most expensive yachts in the world are the definition of luxury. Russian tycoons, oil  Sheikhs, and entertainment moguls are vacationing on yachts spanning over 200 feet that often cost over half a billion dollars, not to mention the  maintenance costs  of owning a superyacht.

Check out some of the most expensive yachts in the world below: 

$200 million: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns this 414-foot yacht called the Octopus. It has 41 suites, a pool, two helicopters, a basketball court, and a recording studio.

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$200 million: The Seven Seas yacht has a movie theater, infinity pool, gym and helipad. Reportedly, it once belonged to Stephen Spielberg.

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$210 million: Billionaire Nassar Al-Rashid owns this yacht embellished with 24-karat gold lettering.

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$250 million: Qatar's former Prime Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, owns the $250 million Al Mirqab. It has a movie theater, outdoor bar, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, and helipad.

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$256 million: The Dilbar is owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. With more than 3,800 square meters of living space, the Dilbar makes for a comfortable way to travel. It also has two helipads and an indoor swimming pool.

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$300 million: The Sultan of Oman owns the 509-foot long Al Said yacht. It has room for more than 60 guests and a concert hall that can house a 50-piece orchestra.

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$350 million: Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko owns Motor Yacht A, which resembles a military-style submarine and has a helipad.

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$400 million: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, owns the massive Dubai yacht, which costs an estimated $400 million. It has a mosaic swimming pool, circular staircase, and helipad.

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$500 million: Andrey Melnichenko also owns Sailing Yacht A, which has an underwater viewing pod.

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Source: CNN Money 

Source: Boat International 

$560 million: Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, owns this 440-foot yacht dubbed the Serene. At $560 million, it has 15 rooms, a club, multiple swimming pools, a spa, a gym, and two hot tubs.

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$590 million: Entertainment mogul David Geffen owns this 454-foot superyacht know as the Rising Sun, complete with a basketball court and space for 18 overnight guests. In April 2017, Geffen hosted the Obama family on his yacht.

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Source: Business Insider

$600 million: The Azzam yacht is the world's biggest private superyacht, and is rumored to have a submarine with a missile defense system. It is speculated to be owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

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$600 million: Russian billionaire Roman Abramovitch's yacht, dubbed the "Eclipse" is estimated to be anywhere from $600 million to $1.5 billion. The superyacht features several helipads, more than 20 guest cabins, two swimming pools, a sauna, and several hot tubs.

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$4.8 billion: The History Supreme is made from solid gold and is the most expensive yacht in the world. It reportedly sold to a Malaysian businessman in 2011.

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Yachts define sophistication and luxury, serving as the ultimate representation of what the luxurious lifestyle is all about. With theatres, concert halls, and even onboard beaches, these yachts demonstrate how to live a life of luxury. 

List of Top 10 Royalty and Russian Billionaire Yachts

Here are some of the most expensive Russian billionaire yachts to ever sail the open sea:

1. Lady Moura ($210 million)

Apart from its 24-karat gold name and escutcheon, Lady Moura also features a retractable roof pool. However, the yacht’s highlight is its extendable beach. The sand bar extends from beneath the boat’s hull and can be adjusted to rest slightly above the waterline. If it isn’t enough to impress you, the onboard beach is lined with palm trees, creating the ideal retreat.

2. Dilbar ($263 million)

Dilbar is luxury on water, a vision covered in bronze and white accents. However, do not be deceived by the yacht’s elegant look. She can sail at 22.5 knots thanks to a 30,000kw Diesel electric power plant. Despite where it’s located, Dilbar does not skimp on its indoor pool. Her 180 cubic meter swimming pool is reportedly the largest on any yacht. Along with her spectacular pool, Dilbar can accommodate up to 20 guests and 47 staff members.

3. The Rising Sun ($300 million)

The Rising Sun has an overall floor area of 8000 square meters, with 82 rooms located across five stories. It also includes onboard basketball courts that act as helipads in the event of an emergency.

4. Pelorus Yacht ($300 million)

This yacht is so large that it has a tender deck with a collection of smaller boats. The Pelorus is 377 feet long. Inside the cabins, distressed planking serves as the floorboards, creating an earthy atmosphere. One of its suites has a movable wall that can be transformed into a private veranda when lowered.

An example of a Russian billionaire yacht.

5.  Al Said ($300 million)

Al Said, another superyacht, is built on an aluminum base. Its interiors were made by Redman Whiteley Dixon and feature more than enough space for up to 70 guests — in addition to a crew of 154. The yacht’s concert hall, which is big enough to accommodate a 50-piece orchestra, is perhaps the most extravagant feature.

6. Serene ($330 million)

Serene spans seven decks and features 48,000 square feet of combined covered space, including a fully equipped spa, a cinema, and even a wood-fired pizza oven. Its incredible leisure and entertainment features will keep you from ever wanting to leave the yacht.

7. Dubai ($400 million)

Dubai is the sailing equivalent of its name at 524 feet. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, leader of the Emirate of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE, owns the world’s third-largest private yacht. The yacht includes seven stunning decks ideal for relaxing, as well as a small submarine for viewing the marine life below.

8. Superyacht A ($400 million)

Philippe Starck designed this 394-foot superyacht, which carries the initials of its owner Andrey Melnichenko . The interiors, which include a 2500 square foot master bedroom and six guest suites, are versatile due to the use of movable walls. Crystal, yacht glass, and mirrors are used widely throughout the interior, emphasizing the interior and furniture. Everything unusual appears to be in fashion, with white stingray hides decorating the walls and crocodile skin furniture scattered throughout the yacht.

9. Azzam ($600 million)

The world’s largest private yacht with a 590-foot length, Azzam beats Eclipse to claim the title. This behemoth was built by Lürssen Yachts and is owned by the President of the UAE and Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan . With a timeless design that does not compromise the yacht’s ferocity, Azzam is capable of reaching a top speed of approximately 30 knots.

10. Eclipse ($1.5 billion)

Eclipse is no doubt the most expensive yacht on our list, it is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich . It is a huge 528-foot masterpiece and the world’s second-largest private yacht. This yacht, designed by Blohm + Voss Hamburg Shipyard, does not skimp on features. Aside from having two helicopter pads and a mini-submarine,  Eclipse is built with a missile detection system plus bulletproof windows. According to rumors, it even includes lasers to prevent the paparazzi.

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Here’s what it’ll set you back to run the world’s most expensive superyacht… and it’ll cost four supercars to fill it up

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RUSSIAN billionaire Alisher Usmanov owns the largest superyacht in the world - and it will cost you the same as four supercars just to fill it up.

The plush 512ft vessel - which has the largest indoor pool ever installed on a superyacht - is said to cost up to £60million to run every year.

Dilbar is owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov

Dilbar, custom built for 68-year-old tycoon Usmanov, is the largest yacht in the world in terms of internal volume.

Although the details of the vessel have mostly been kept under wraps, the behemoth boasts an 82ft pool, two helipads for VIP guests, a beach deck and a floating observation bay.

It reportedly has a vast 40,900 sq ft of living space for 24 guests - and 1,000 cushions to keep them comfy.

According to Boat International , Dilbar is usually run by a crew of 80 to help maintain the vessel and wait on her guests.

But the crew can be ramped up to 96 members when needed - meaning Dilbar can carry as many as 120 people when sailing the seas at full capacity.

For guests missing dry land, the vessel also features a huge garden complete with a specially developed variety of grass that tolerates the salty sea air. 

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According to a video of the yacht being refuelled on The Yacht Mogul Instagram account, a 500,000-litre refuel would cost up to £1.1million with an average price of £2.20 per litre.

But social media users said the costs sounded too much and that final price could also include personnel, the dock price and transportation.

Yet taking into account the average price of fuel for yachts in the US, refuelling would still reportedly cost nearly £588,000 to fill up - the same price as four supercars.

One user pointed out: "If you spent $600M for the ship you certainly don't care how much fuel cost!"

The super-secretive yacht's price is estimated between £600million and £735million based on its mammoth size.

The owner, Usmanov, has an estimated net worth of £13billion.

The self-made billionaire made his fortune through investments in metals, media, telecommunications and sport, including a stake in Arsenal FC.

Usmanov ordered Dilbar to replace his other superyacht - a 377ft vessel which was previously called Dilbar and now known as Ona.

German ship builder Lürssen said Dilbar was "one of the most complex and challenging yachts ever built, in terms of both dimensions and technology".

According to reports, a massive 683 miles of cabling - almost the same length as the total land borders of the country of Bhutan - was laid to power all of the amenities and facilities on board.

Lürssen also claimed the 30,000kw electric-diesel hybrid power plant which Dilbar runs on is the most powerful to ever be fitted on a yacht.

The gigantic vessel has a cruising speed of 22.5 knots.

Dimitri Semenikhin, of  Yacht Harbour , previously said: "Yacht projects of this scale never fail to impress, especially when Lurssen is involved.

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"Dilbar is constructed in such a way that even through helicopter photo shoots, none of its features can actually be seen other than her two helipads.

"Although there are some outdoor spaces on the yacht, the majority of the living space is located indoors, which has led to Dilbar having the largest interior volume of any yacht ever built."

The yacht has a massive 1,100 kilometres of cabling

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Along with his $1.3 billion megayachts Eclipse and Solaris, Roman Abramovich owned a rather modest $40 million superyacht. Incidentally, he passed the ownership of the 165-ft long vessel to his close friend exactly on the day Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Floating Palaces: 10 Most Expensive Yachts In The World

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Roman Abramovich's yacht Pelorus at the new Hansahafen in Lubeck | Getty Images | Photo by Christiane Quentin

With amenities like swimming pools, dance floors, cinema halls, bars, and even soccer fields, it is not surprising that some of the most luxurious yachts in the world cost billions of dollars. Some of these stunningly beautiful vessels are often gilded, bejeweled and are powered by some of the world’s strongest engines. No surprise then that the owners of these yachts are also the richest in the world.

Here’s a look at the 10 most expensive yachts and their owners:

1. History Supreme: $4.51 billion

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The History Supreme is regarded as the “world’s most expensive yacht” with an estimated worth of $4.51 billion, as per The Sun . The vessel is covered in 100,000 kg of gold, and platinum and has a statue made from genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. Its master bedroom features genuine dinosaur bone shaved from a skeleton. It was reportedly bought by Malaysian businessman Robert Kuok, the founder of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, as per Lifestyle Asia.

2. Dilbar: $600 million

Super yacht Dilbar alongside the cruise ship Queen Victoria in Weymouth bay | Getty Images| Photo by Finnbarr Webster

Dilbar, the largest superyacht in the world is valued at $600 million, as per Forbes . The 156-meter superyacht reportedly owned by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, features entertainment and recreation spaces never seen on a yacht. The yacht was impounded in Germany in 2022 after an investigation into "offshore concealment" and it remains at a shipyard in Hamburg.

3. Al Said: $600 million

Megayacht Al Said | Wikimedia Commons

The 508-foot Al Said is valued at $600 million and it currently sits in the Lürssen shipyard in Germany, as per a Robb Report . The vessel was purchased by the former Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2008. The yacht features a concert hall that can accommodate a 50-person orchestra, and it can travel up to 25 miles per hour.

4. Azzam: $600 million

Yacht Azzam at Lürssen Yard | Wikimedia Commons

One of the largest and fastest private yachts in the world, the 590-foot ship is valued at a whopping $600 million, as per Forbes India . The yacht is believed to have a top speed of 35 miles per hour thanks to its gas turbines and two stratospherically potent diesel engines. It is reportedly owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of the UAE. The design is based on 19th-century empire-style and it has a fully bulletproof primary suite and high-tech missile deterrence capabilities.

5. Eclipse: $600 million

M/Y Eclipse at Frederikshavn | Wikimedia Commons

The 533-footer is reportedly the world’s second-largest private yacht. Owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, the vessel features swimming pools, helipads, hot tubs, large meeting and dining spaces, and a disco, as per SCMP . The yacht is believed to be parked in Turkey to keep it safe from getting impounded due to the UK’s sanctions on Russia, as per prestigeonline.

6. Topaz: $527 million

MY Topaz Superyacht at the North Mole, Port of Gibraltar | Wikimedia Commons

Owned by Abu Dhabi tycoon Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Topaz is essentially a 482-foot-long floating palace. There is a helipad, a swimming pool, a conference room, a gymnasium, and even a cinema hall on the superyacht, valued at $527 million as per Forbes India.

7. Dubai: $350 million

Dubai Yacht at Port Rashid | Wikimedia Commons

The Dubai, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, is valued at $350 million, as per Forbes India . The yacht features a helipad, a large dining room, a squash court, a cinema room, a swimming pool with handmade tiles that can hold 115 people, and a disco hall. It also features a submarine that takes its passengers for deep sea diving.

8. Radiant: $300 million

Luxury yacht Radiant under at Neue Jadewerft in Wilhelmshaven | Wikimedia Commons

The megayacht Radiant was built for Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in 2010. The $300 million, 360 feet long vessel is currently owned by Emirati automotive and retail billionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim, per Money Inc . The megayacht can carry 20 guests and 44 crew and it features amenities like a beauty salon, gym, pool, and jacuzzi.

9. Octopus: $278 million

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The 414-foot superyacht was formerly owned by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The vessel was listed for sale for $278 million and was scooped up for an undisclosed amount by an anonymous buyer who is believed to be a Scandinavian, Bloomberg and The Guardian reported.

10. Aviva: $250 million

Aviva Super Yacht moored on the Thames | Wikimedia Commons

The 323-foot-long superyacht, Aviva, is valued at $250 million, according to Robb Report. The yacht built in 2007 has a paddle tennis court that doubles as an indoor soccer field. The Aviva is currently owned by British billionaire, investor, and philanthropist, Joe Lewis, who is widely recognized as the owner of the Tavistock Group.

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Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko has built a luxury yacht for a reported $450 million.

The vessel is expected to be one of the most advanced yachts of its kind and boasts three masts, all of which stand taller than Big Ben, the clock tower beside the Houses of Parliament in London. The boat itself is approximately 468 feet long – roughly the size of a standard American football field – dwarfing everything that surrounds it.

The yacht, named Super Yacht A, boasts eight decks while its keel includes one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made measuring 193 square feet. The three masts are more than 328ft tall each and stand above Big Ben, which by comparison, measures 298ft. They all carry sails that when places side by side are larger than a football pitch. There will be room for approximately 54 crew members and will also have a high-tech digital control system. It will be powered by two diesel engines and two electric motors, and while the interior design is being kept under wraps, it is expected to incorporate luxury and technology.

Melnichenko is no stranger to yachts, having previously built Motor Yacht A, a superyacht that was developed using similar technology to Super Yacht A. Once again the Russian billionaire called on the help of yacht designer Philippe Starck to help oversee the project.

The yacht is due to begin its first trials later this year and will dwarf other superyachts, including The Maltese Falcon , which is 298ft.

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The lifestyles of the ultrarich can be deadly. Private planes are 32 times more likely to crash than commercial airliners, and crash they do, killing 23 people on U.S.-registered jets alone last year. In an especially chilling incident, from 1999, a luxury jet flew across the U.S. off-course and unmanned for 1,500 miles before slamming into a field in South Dakota. Everyone inside was already dead or unconscious: The cabin had depressurized, and the two pilots and handful of sports professionals onboard had likely died of hypoxia. Helicopters are no more safe a form of elite travel; more than 500 crash each year on average. Last year, seven yachts unexpectedly burst into flames. The adventuring members of the privileged class often seem to court disaster: Take the case of the Titan submersible , which imploded on its way down to visit the Titanic . Between 2010 and 2024, at least 124 climbers died attempting to summit Everest , a trip that costs an average of $59,000.

Of course, a position in the top income brackets can itself be perilous. Consider the fates of Russian oligarchs who regularly fall out windows, over the sides of boats, down staircases, and off balconies. In the past six years, at least ten crypto millionaires and billionaires have died under suspicious circumstances — found shot, stabbed, dismembered in a suitcase, and, in one case, drowned on a beach in San Juan shortly after posting online that the CIA and Mossad were running a sex-trafficking ring in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Heavy is the crown that controls the means of production and the flow of commerce: After a South Korean shipping magnate was blamed for an accident in which a vessel sank with hundreds of high-school students onboard, he was discovered dead in an apricot orchard, lying beside a magnifying glass, two bottles of soju, and a bottle of “peasant wine.”

But the truth — despite the unique challenges that accompany majority stakes in the world’s resources — is that most of the ultrarich seem to die bloodless, unperturbed deaths, and at advanced ages. Between March 2022 and March 2023, 29 of the world’s known billionaires, and one former billionaire, traveled on to the great beyond. The obituaries of about half of this departed class — among them a subprime lender, junk-food moguls, and the widow of a previously murdered (asphyxiated) billionaire — list no specific cause of death, describing the subjects as having “passed away,” either “peacefully” or of “old age.” Only one — or possibly two — had an exit that we would describe as anything other than natural: One died of suicide, and one was said to have had a “completely unexpected death” (the person in question was 81). The rest died of unspecified “illness,” pneumonia, neurological diseases, cardiac-related issues, and cancer. It seems they might have bought themselves some tranquility in death, but they definitely bought themselves time. The Dead Billionaires of 2022–23 enjoyed an average lifespan of almost 86 years, outperforming average Americans by more than ten years.

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This trend holds in the broader population. The very rich die of the same causes as everyone else — in the U.S., heart disease, cancer , and other smoking-related illnesses — but they live longer. How rich? Researchers have found that Americans who make more than $335,000 a year live 14 years longer than the poorest one percent. If you have more than $300,000 in assets, you have a 31 percent greater chance of surviving from ages 65 to 85 than those who have none. In fact, the fourth-greatest “risk factor” for death, according to a study published by the American Medical Association, is being poor: specifically, having an income less than 50 percent of the median income. Being in that lower half of the have-nots is responsible for 10.5 percent of American deaths per year. The mere presence of the rich can apparently kill the poor. In communities where poor people live next to wealthy people, the poor are more likely to die of suicide, alcoholism, and other deaths of despair.

But strangely, after that $335,000 a year in income, the rate of return dramatically declines: The ultrarich don’t live any longer than than a typical male dermatologist. Our late 2022–23 billionaires, despite having access to the best of everything, survived no longer, on average, than a typical American man who earns $335,000. The more interesting question may not be what kills the superrich but why, with their vast fortunes, aren’t they living any longer?

The death age gap between the rich and the poor is relatively new. Until the last century, the wealthy fared about as well as anyone else. The rich still tried to live forever: Medieval aristocrats sucked on gold nuggets and swallowed pearl powder to stave off the end, and 15th-century Italian doctors recommended infusions with the blood of “willing, healthy, happy” boys and avoiding sneezing, having sex, and clipping fingernails during improper star alignments. All to no avail. (A proponent of the last few was murdered by the family of a dissatisfied patient.)

When lifespans increased dramatically in the 19th and 20th centuries, wealth did not affect age of death. And as late as 2005, billionaires lived only three years longer, roughly, than the average American man. It was in the past 20 years that the rich really gained their lead, grabbing about 10 percent more time on earth than everyone else. This gain corresponded with the advent of concierge medicine, in which patients bypass insurance and purchase doctors’ time directly. Alexa Carlin, the chief administrative officer of the concierge service WorldClinic, where the average patient is worth about $5 million, says that clients seem to start worrying about death at around age 50, when they begin asking about ways to delay heart attacks and cancer.

But in reality there’s not that much that the superrich can do. “There is a ceiling,” says Haider Warraich, a cardiologist and the author of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life. “The best medical therapies become available before you become a billionaire.” Way before: The cutting edge is accessible once you make a few hundred thousand dollars a year. Most of these treatments — those that have proved effective — adds Warraich, are “boring,” like changing one’s diet, taking vitamins, joining drug trials, getting regular preventative MRI screenings (upwards of $2,000 a pop), and in some cases undergoing preemptive surgeries to reduce the risk of cancer, such as colectomies. (When purchased outside an insurance network, a common approach for wealthy patients like the clients of WorldClinic, this operation costs about $40,000.)

Of course, billionaire and multimillionaire longevity enthusiasts also try therapies that as of yet have no track record of success. According to Carlin, the rich have a particular penchant for supplements with no known medical value (these are “huge,” she says) — not the “Ultimate Krill Oil” of Alex Jones fame but the quietly luxurious fisetin, an extract of the smoke tree. The very wealthy also favor frequent blood transfusions (around $8,000 each), sometimes from teenagers, as in the case of tech entrepreneur Bryan Johnson, worth roughly $400 million, who is famous for having injected himself with his son’s plasma. (Last year, he admitted that the practice had not benefited his health.)

We should note that many of the superrich sampling unproven efforts to live forever are relatively young — in their 40s and 50s. Some of the practices they proselytize are free — eating and sleeping at weird times, for example — and many others are not especially expensive, such as following a paleo diet and frequently testing their fecal matter for signs of cancer. On the pricier and harder-to-access side are therapies like cryostimulation, photobiomodulation, and low-level electromagnetic radiation. Gonzo outliers include subjecting one’s penis to targeted sound waves.

But as of now, at least, death still comes for us all. Some longevity researchers currently believe that the average human life will never extend much above 85. And despite the chatter and experimentation among the Soylent and surveillance-contractor crowds, biologists suspect that there may be a distinct limit on our life-span: that it might be impossible for human beings to survive beyond their 120s. The oldest person to ever live, a Frenchwoman who died at the age of 122 in 1997, is often cited as support: Jeanne Calment, who smoked for almost a century and ate two pounds of chocolate a week. (“I’ve only got one wrinkle,” she declared. “And I’m sitting on it.”) The fact that no one has broken her record in the past nearly three decades, despite advances in medicine, bolsters reports from clinicians who deal regularly with supercentenarians and say that no mind or body lasts much beyond the age of 117. Researcher of risk management and insurance David McCarthy, at the University of Georgia, isn’t so sure if this boundary is inherent to human architecture. Based on his own mathematical modeling, he believes it might be an environmental effect: influenced by microplastics, forever chemicals, and any number of other human-engineered toxins, many of which are by-products of billionaire-owned enterprises.

Putting aside this physical limit — whatever its cause — it also seems that the wealthy learn to accept that we’re all going to die. The world’s 350th-richest person, who is 56 and worth $7.8 billion, maintains a strict paleo diet and has signed up to be cryogenically frozen and reanimated in the future on the off chance he dies. The world’s ninth-richest person, who is 93 and worth $134.6 billion, every day eats McDonald’s and drinks five cans of Coke. As Warraich says, people in general tend to accept the coming curtainfall as they get older. Fifty percent of all Americans die in hospice, where they willingly forgo further attempts to fight off the end. The wealthy patients of WorldClinic, Carlin says, generally stop efforts to prolong their lives when they have a neurological disease — “anything that has to do with memories,” she said — or when all of their friends and family have died.

At some point, if people live long enough, they wind up alone to a degree that’s difficult for most of us to imagine. Even if they remain healthy — not confused and reliving snippets of their childhood in the hallways of some care facility — all the luxury on earth isn’t enough to make them want to stay. When medically assisted suicide first began to be broadly available, late in the last century, ethicists feared it would be used disproportionately by the poor, who wouldn’t be able to afford the medical procedures required to comfortably stay alive. But the opposite has proved true. Those in the top 20 percent of incomes turn out to be 40 percent more likely to knock back a tall glass of barbiturates and take their leave.

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