Revealed: The most expensive yachts in the world
Many of the most luxurious are owned by wealthy Arabs, including seven of the most expensive 15 superyachts in the world. But all of them are set to be overtaken by Triple Deuce. The superyacht’s broker claims it will be the longest and most expensive privately owned in the world when it is launched in 2018. At a whopping 728 feet it is expected to cost well over $1bn.
Valued at $1bn, Eclipse is adorned with a disco, hair salon, restaurant and two helipads. Built by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich and launched in 2010, it reportedly has a laser defence system. The 536-foot yacht, which was the largest at the time of its launch, underwent renovations in Germany last year. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has the longest yacht in the world, Azzam. The 590-foot yacht sailed into second place with a $600m price tag in 2013. Longer than some commercial cruise ships, it can still reach top speeds of 30 knots. Fellow Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and owner of Manchester City FC, owns the third most expensive, Topaz. The 482-foot yacht was built in 2012 for $520m and has been used by Hollywood star Leonardo Dicaprio. Dissatisfied with his already enormous boat “Motor Yacht A”, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko last year upgraded to Sailing Yacht A. Priced at $377m, the 368-foot yacht’s main mast rises 300 feet, while it also includes a glass underwater observation pod that weighs two tonnes. The 440-foot superyacht Serene is owned by Russian vodka titan Yuri Scheffler. Glowing with turquoise neon lights, it is worth an estimated $330m and includes 12 staterooms. The UAE’s Abdulla Hamad Al Futtaim’s $320m superyacht Radiant features a helipad, swimming deck, cinema and accommodation for 20 people. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, fittingly named his superyacht Dubai. Worth an estimated $300m, it is often a feature of the emirate’s coastline. Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al Said’s luxury yacht Al Said is also worth about $300m. Launched in 2008, it is about 510 feet long. Commissioned by a Saudi businessman in 2003, the $300m Pelorus is now owned by US film executive David Geffen. One of the older luxury superyachts, it was refitted in 2007. The largest yacht launched in 2015 was Project Omar, at 511 feet. It is reportedly Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s replacement for Dilbar, a yacht that cost him $263m in 2008.