The rich and the famous are distinctive in their choice of transport on land, in the air and especially at sea. The ocean—nature’s great untamed expanse – holds many treasures, not the least of which are the many gorgeous yachts that belong to some of the most talked-about celebrities today. This countdown of the five most luxurious celebrity yachts includes vessels belonging to a globetrotting media magnate, two world-renowned musicians, America’s wealthiest record executive and one of the world’s richest businessmen.
Rich and powerful men from around the world express their power and affluence with the fastest and most impressive leisure craft to ever sail the seven seas. Starting at about $18 million, this list traces a maritime display of wealth that is worth over $1.8 billion. Whether docked in the Cayman Islands or in New York, these sleek vessels are weekend getaways for their owners and in some cases, an additional source of wealth because of their high-status charter prices. Needless to say, the title of “most expensive yacht in the world” is greatly coveted with some of the world’s richest men—oil magnates, royalty, businessmen, stars of track and the silver screen—pushing the limits of shipbuilders and designers to create the largest, fastest and most decadently luxurious yachts ever built.
These vessels represent the new age of the ‘super yacht,’ vessels that exceed 175 feet in length and offer the smoothest cruising experience through the use of anti-rolling stabilizers and satellite navigation. The last couple of years have seen a great demand for convertible deck features such as swimming pools that can transform into basketball courts and sun decks being turned into lounge extensions. Designers from around the world create super-vessels that show off the glamour and opulence of their owners while competing to create iconic works of art that are instantly recognizable anywhere on the water. Let us start counting down the list of the most expensive celebrity yachts.
5 Richard Branson's Necker Belle: $18 Million
4 Bono's The Cyan: $50 Million
3 Sean Combs' Maraya: $65 Million
2 David Geffen's Rising Sun: $250 Million
1 Roman Abramovich's Eclipse: $1.5 Billion
The owner of the most expensive celebrity yacht in the world, Roman Abramovich gains his celebrity status from being the owner of the Chelsea football club and one of the richest men in the world. While the rest of the world was reeling under the global financial crisis of 2008, Abramovich was able to maintain his lifestyle and flaunt his wealth and apparent immunity to the slowdown by spending over $1.1 billion on the Eclipse, the final word in sea travel. At 536 feet, the Eclipse is the second largest privately owned yacht in the world and is rumored to be the most expensive yacht ever built.
Abramovich is believed to have spent an additional $400,000 on the vessel, placing its final cost at $1.5 billion dollars, making it the most expensive yacht afloat. The vessel is second only to a military ship in its defensive capabilities including an anti-paparazzi laser net that automatically prevents photography, bulletproof windows, three launches and a submarine with a diving depth of 50 meters. The boat is believed to have a top speed of over 20 knots and is equipped with the comforts that only Abramovich’s billions can buy: 15 ultra-luxury cabins, two helipads, a 16-meter swimming pool and interior design by award-winning designer Terrence Disdale.
With some of the world’s best chefs, wines, entertainment and every creature comfort that the mind can conjure up, these vessels are closer to the idea of a floating palace in their grandeur and opulence. Each one of them is a fitting tribute to what money and power can create and both work and play equally enjoyable.
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