These are the largest, most lavish toys on the planet and not surprisingly, they belong to some of the world’s wealthiest individuals…
From helipads to beauty salons and glass staircases to submarines, these massive sea vessels have it all and typify the height of luxury. That being said, you’ll need to have a pretty packet to buy one as some are tens of millions of dollars to build, and that doesn’t include ongoing docking taxes. While some of these superyachts are still under construction, many are docked in a port right now and are a true spectacle to see for any yachting enthusiast.
Le Grand Bleu
Launched in 2000, this $90 million, 371-foot long yacht was originally owned by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovitch. Details about the interiors are scanty as Abramovich is protective of his family’s privacy and is highly security-conscious. It was designed by Terence Disdale. In June 2006, Abramovich gave Le Grand Bleu to her current owner, friend and business partner, Eugene Shvidler.
Owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, Tattosh, is 416ft long. It boasts extremely lavish interiors including five decks, a movie theater, and a shaded six-foot long swimming pool. In May 2010, Tatoosh was listed for sale with Fraser Yachts, at €125 million. The listing was withdrawn in 2014 after failing to attract a buyer.
With 15 staterooms, this megayacht can easily hold over 50 people, not including the crew. Priced at $103 million, this superyacht also has a Yamaha Grand Piano, a health center with an indoor Jacuzzi, a beauty salon, and a massage room. It stretches a whopping 280 feet and can travel up to 16 knots.
A prized possession of Greek businessman Andreas Liveras, this yacht comes with a number of toys, including private decks and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Priced at $116 million, this 280-foot superyacht has two outside bars, water jets, diving equipment, fishing equipment and a small speedboat used for dives away from the yacht. It was renamed moonlight in 2010.
Priced at $119 million, this super yacht is owned by an undisclosed billionaire from Hong Kong. Its interiors are full of exquisite high-end furnishings with display cases, which house pieces of fine art and crystal. The top deck features a helicopter pad, outdoor sundecks with a spa pool, wet bar, and a barbecue.
With a Price tag of more than $150 million, this stunning superyacht has five staterooms and a submarine. It is owned by Elena Ambrosiadu of IKOS Asset Management, a Cyprus-based hedge fund. At 289 feet, it is one of the largest privately owned sailing yachts in the world.
Pelorus is another of Abramovitch’s yachts, which he owned for some time until losing it in his divorce settlement with his ex-wife Irina. She sold it for $300 million. When the family originally owned it, Pelorus would cruise the Western Mediterranean during the summers, and commonly ventured down through the Suez for the winters.
This yacht is owned by Diane von Furstenber, the famous fashion designer and her media billionaire husband Barry Diller. The top deck of Eos features an enormous sculpture of von Furstenber. The 200-foot masts of the yacht are the maximum height allowed to enable the craft to pass underneath bridges across the globe. Eos is valued in excess of $150 million.
Currently on sale at a mere snip of $161.8 million, this mega yacht comes with swimming pools, a spa, and a designated business area. Its unique design includes an enclosed living garden, a back lit onyx fireplace and a glass bridge. It sits on the water at 298-feet long and is a stunning floating structure which needs to be seen to be believed.
Evidently running a global software company requires more than just one measly yacht. This time Paul Allen is back with the Octopus, a 414-foot mega yacht equipped with not one but two submarines. It also has a glass bottom swimming pool, a cinema and even a music recording studio! Some think that such features are over the top, but when you have that much money in the bank it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks.
The only thing cooler than this yacht’s name is the fact that no one knows who owns it. While it was formerly in the hands of Roman Abramovich, it has been sold recently to an undisclosed buyer. Many believe it was purchased by well-known philanthropist Sonja Zuckerman. Her mansion in Gables Estate was retrofitted with a large 150-foot dockage and pictures of the Ecstasea docking were seen with her on board.
Late Saudi Arabian defense minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz really upped the ante when he included an indoor pool with a glass roof on this megayacht. Priced at $200 million, she rises eight decks high leaving many tourists mistaking her for a cruise ship. She’s said to have 82 rooms, one of which is that snazzy indoor swimming pool.
With 82 rooms, a basketball court, an extensive wine cellar and a movie theater, David Geffen, the famous media mogul, barely needs to leave his ship. The yacht is the 11th largest in the world with a length of almost 453 feet. It reportedly cost over $200 million to build but also costs a pretty penny to maintain and keep on the water.
This $200 million superyacht allegedly belongs to Steven Spielberg. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise as this yacht is equipped with an infinity pool whose walls double as a movie screen. The 280-foot custom motor yacht is capable of carrying up to 26 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.
This 295-foot long beauty belongs to Russian billionaire, Suleiman Kerimov. The Ice is one of the greenest yachts on the water with eight electric generators and a built-in wastewater management system. Ice won superyacht of the Year at the 2006 World Tattoos Awards, and is a truly special boat with all the mod cons one could ever want or need.
Nasser al-Rashid, advisor to the Saudi royal family, takes things to a whole new level with his onboard beach. The yacht comes with a sand-covered hydraulic platform that can be adjusted to sit right at the waterline. It’s priced at $210 million and has hosted several notable personalities, including George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara. This yacht is only for the super-rich and allegedly costs millions a year just to keep afloat.
You know what they say about people with big names … big yachts. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, former Prime Minister of Qatar, owns this quarter-billion dollar monster. The yacht can accommodate 24 guests. The suites are large, each with their own bathroom, living room and double bedroom. Some of the amenities on board include a cinema, outdoor bars, inside swimming pool and outside Jacuzzi, sunbathing spots, and a helicopter pad.
Owned by yet another Russian businessman, this yacht is often used by Alisher Usmanov to pay visits to his private islands. He paid a mere $256 million for it and named it after his mother. Sitting at 360.89 feet, its exquisite interiors were designed by Alberto Pinto and includes a helipad on the top deck as well as countless other amenities.
Not much is known about one of the most private yachts in the world except that it’s owned by Said al Said, the Sultan of Oman, and that it has a concert hall big enough to house a 50-piece orchestra. We do know that it cost $300 million at initial purchase and while it was being built it was called project sunflower.
When you are Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko you can name your yacht whatever you want, including your first initial. And just in case you were wondering about the interesting design, it’s so that he can cut through icebergs like a boss. It also cost him $323 million although he reportedly adores this yacht and spends as much time aboard as possible.
Owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, this $300 million floating city is appropriately named. Special features include a striking mosaic swimming pool and a spectacular staircase bathed in natural light from the top deck. This dramatic circular staircase features glass steps, which change colors.
It measures a whopping 432 feet, and despite the conspicuous size of the yacht, named Topaz, the identity of its owner remains shrouded in secrecy. Whoever the lucky owner is, they are likely to have very deep pockets as it’s estimated to be worth around $527 million! Details surrounding the yacht remain sketchy, but rumor has it, it was commissioned by the Saudi Royal Family.
Going back to pay our friend Roman Abromavich a visit, we might find him aboard his nearly billion-dollar mega yacht, the Eclipse. We’re still not really sure what sets it apart more though – the anti-missile defense system or the paparazzi zapping laser that scans the horizon for cameras and fires beams of light into their lenses destroying them completely. A full tank of gas for this thing costs around $110,000, just to give you some perspective.
This monster costs in the region of $4.8 billion. Made with more than 100,000 kg of gold and decorated with everything from T-Rex bones to miniature meteorites, this unfortunate case of ‘what the heck do I do with $5 million?,’ is owned by an anonymous Malaysian businessman, probably Robert Kuok. With a unique aluminum design in the bar area, you may come across a luxury liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, one of the world’s rarest.
This pretty little boat will set you back a cool $560 million, but it’s worth every penny. Having been purchased back in 2015 for that amount by Mohammed Bin Salman, the then-deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia, The Serene happens to be the largest yacht ever launched in Italian waters. The boat also has a unique shape and some dazzling onboard features which make it certainly fit for royalty.
The creators of this amazing boat are Lürssen Yachts. With a price tag of $650 million, it was another Sheikh who purchased this one. The proud owner is one Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. That price tag puts Azzam in the top five most expensive yachts in the world. At the same time, the owners said specifically about this one that it was “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built.” At 590-feet long, it’s also one of the biggest yachts to sail the seven seas.
Streets of Monaco
This is a very special yacht indeed and was built to replicate the streets of Monaco, just on water. At 500 feet long, Monaco replicates landmarks in the city itself, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as Hotel de Paris. Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and the Loews Hotel. This is a serious superboat, coming in with a price tag of $1.1 billion and includes numerous swimming pools, tennis courts, and seven luxurious guest suites.
This creation by Wider Yachts USA is humble compared to others on this list, coming in at just under $30 million. This is more on the modern side of yacht technology, boasting optimized diesel-electric propulsion, an interior seawater swimming pool, and massive beach club. Every inch of space aboard this beauty is utilized to the maximum, and the modern design and sharp edges make it a favorite for millionaires.
Dropping the bar slightly again, this boat is only $30 million like the last one, and while it may not be the most spectacular superboat ever constructed, it is pretty special in so many ways. Fashioned from steel and aluminum by Italian yard Sanlorenzo to a design by Officina Italiana Design, the 52-meter yacht was delivered at the beginning of 2017. The boat can accommodate up to 12 guests across five luxury cabins and is an affordable option for a first-time buyer.
This stunning superyacht of the future isn’t even fully built yet, but when it is complete it will be something special. That’s according to the people building it as we speak, a company called Gulf Craft based in the UAE. The boat also includes naval architecture by Yankee Delta Studios and will be Bureau Veritas-classed by the time it hits the water. With an asking price of $35 million, the Majesty will welcome up to 16 guests in seven cabins including a master suite on the upper deck, all with en-suite bathrooms.
A creation from the house of Nakhimov Yachts, this boat sports a $31 million price tag which many think is a steal in yachting terms. Launched by Admiral back in 2016, the 55-meter superyacht is currently for sale. The Quinta Essentia has a luxury spa onboard as well as a stunning pool, full gym and lots of space in which to relax and watch the world go by.
As we go back up to the big bucks, Project Infinity is only for those with plenty in the bank. With a price of roughly $185 million, there are good reasons why so many billionaires want to own this yacht. With a scheduled delivery date of 2020, this boat can accommodate 16 guests in 8 cabins, who can enjoy a beach club, indoor and outdoor pools and even a helicopter deck!
In a similar design to Project Infinity, the Barbara is also a pricey yacht, with a price tag of $180 million. Having been designed meticulously by Sam Sorgiovanni, this 88.5-meter motor yacht is made from steel and aluminum by Dutch yard Oceanco. A stunning master suite includes a private office with sea balconies on each side. The guest accommodation is also breathtaking, and that’s why so many people bid on this one at the time it was launched.
The Areti is also built in steel and aluminum, by German shipyard Lürssen. Coming in at $175 million, the 85-meter construction was delivered recently to its first owner. The exterior styling is done exquisitely by British studio Winch Design. The cream-colored hull and white structure with grey accents make the Areti a stunner by any standards. 18 guests are welcome aboard this yacht, as well as two double VIP cabins with accommodation for a crew of up to 27.
Our last superyacht for today is Project Intensity. That’s a great name for this one as it is an intense boat, at 88.8 meters long and costing a cool $138 million! Under construction at German yard Abeking & Rasmussen, it’s also designed in collaboration with Winch Design. As one of the world’s most expensive superyachts, there is nothing this baby doesn’t include and can satisfy the tastes and needs of even the richest people in the world.