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Inside the yachts of the 11 richest yacht owners

BEAM Staff
December 14, 2017

The world's billionaires have a long-standing history of owning some of the most luxurious yachts ever made. This can of course be explained through their wealth but also through their taste and expertise in yachting.

According to Forbes, there are currently 2,043 billionaires in the world. In this rating, we've reviewed the yachts owned by the richest of them according to international media.

Amancio Ortega

Yacht: Drizzle - 67m - Feadship

Position: Chairman, Zara (Inditex)

Net worth: $78,9 billion (2017)

According to Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, Ortega has sold his previous yacht, the Valoria in March of this year and acquired the 67-meter Feadship, Drizzle at an asking price of €30 million.

Launched in 2012 in the Netherlands by Feadship, the yacht had been ordered by the owners of the former 55-meter Drizzle that had wanted to create a bespoke yacht. With an interior by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Drizzle has accommodation for 12 guests across 6 cabins 

The richest man in Europe, Ortega, originally from Spain, began his career in textile manufacturing through a small family company in 1963. In 1975, he opened the first Zara store. Today the group spans over 6,000 stores and employs over 92,000 employees. Despite his status, Ortega has maintained a near anonymous lifestyle up until his company's IPO in 2001.

Aside from Zara, formally part of the Inditex group in which Ortega owns just over 59%, the Spanish billionaire is also reportedly the owner of the soccer team Deportivo La Coruna according to Forbes.

Bernard Arnault

Yacht: 101m - Symphony - Feadship

Position: Chairman, LVMH

Net worth: $64 billion (2017)

Symphony, formerly known as Project 808, was launched in January 2015. She is the first Feadship yacht to exceed the 100-metre mark, surpassing the builder's previous flagship, 99-metre Madame Gu, launched in 2013. It's also the first Feadship yacht built to be fully compliant with the new Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) regulations, which allows for pleasure yachts to carry 13 to 36 passengers. Building with PYC has allowed for a custom interior that makes use of veneers, leathers and exotic materials that are compliant with the new rules. She is also certified for chartering with helicopter operations.

The yacht features exterior design by legendary yacht designer Tim Heywood with naval architecture by Feadship's De Voogt Naval Architects. Her accommodation is spread over six decks, with up to 20 guests hosted in six staterooms, including one full-beam VIP cabin, double owner's stateroom and additional guest cabins on the lower deck.

Symphony is also kitted out with a gym, a beauty salon and massage room and carries no less than three custom Pascoe tenders of 9.6, 8.3 and 7.85 metres, as well as two wave runners, two Seabobs, windsurfers, watersides and various inflatable toys. Her layout includes an observation lounge, bar and Jacuzzi on the sun deck, while the bridge deck features a terrace and outdoor cinema. The main deck hosts a six-metre contraflow, glass-bottom swimming pool with waterfall, and below the pool on the lower deck is a lounge, beach club and wellness centre, as well as an ultra-high-definition megayacht cinema.

Larry Ellison

Yacht: 88m - Musashi - Feadship

Position: Founder, Oracle

Net worth:

The Japanese name of this Feadship XL-88 comes from the renowned samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, who is not only revered as the greatest samurai of all time but also as the author of The Book of Five Rings which deals with strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today. This choice of name does not come as a surprise knowing that Larry Ellison is an aficionado of Japanese culture.

Designed by the duo De Voogt Naval Architects/Sinot Yacht Design, the 87.78 metres of Musashi accommodate a total of 18 guests and a crew of 23. One of the two master suites faces forward on the upper deck, while the second one is aft on the bridge deck. Seven further double guest cabins are on the main deck.

Larry Page

Yacht: 59m - Senses - Schweers

Position: Co-founder, Google

Net worth:

Delivered by the German Schweers yard in 1999, this superyacht was designed, built and engineered to rise to the challenges of exploring the world's oceans. Senses carries a comprehensive inventory of equipment and exceeds the expectations of any 21st century adventurer.

She is the opportunity for a truly unique lifestyle in luxury yachting with stylish, well appointed interiors designed by Philippe Starck.

Water toys include no fewer than four high speed tenders, five waverunners, two jet skis, snorkeling gear, diving equipment and a range of towables.

Sergey Brin

Yacht: 73m - Dragonfly - Silver Yachts

Position: Co-founder, Google

Net worth: $47,6 billion (2017)

Built by Silver Yachts in 2009, Dragonfly was hailed as the fastest, most fuel-efficient long-range cruising superyacht on the water. She has a transatlantic range at 22 knots and has a fuel consumption of only 360 litres per hour at 18 knots, extending her range to 4,500 nautical miles.

The superyacht offers accommodation for up to 18 guests, who are taken care of by a crew of 16. The most special feature is the yacht's foredeck helipad that doubles as a guest sitting area. Also she has two tender garages, one forward and one aft, the latter converting to a beach house following the launch of the tenders.

Sheldon Adelson

Yacht: 91.5m - Queen Miri - Neorion Shipyards

Position: CEO, Las Vegas Sands

Net worth: $38,6 billion (2017)

Measuring 85 meters in length back when she was known as Delma, Queen Miri has been lengthened to 91.5 meters over the course of the 16-month long refit at Amico Shipyard replacing even the yacht's original engines. The refit saw a new jacuzzi being installed on the sundeck and 80% of all interior areas being refurbished. 

Amongst Queen Miri's newest features is a floodable tender garage that can be closed off and turned into a heated seawater swimming area. Originally built in 2004 as Annaliesse by Greek shipyard, Neorion, the yacht was the 29th largest yacht in the world at launch. Andreas Liveras, the yacht's original owner, ran it as a charter yacht for groups of up to 36 guests. The yacht was then sold in 2007, reportedly to a Dubai-based owner, and renamed to Delma.

The yacht later came back on the market in August 2013 when Edmiston listed Delma for sale at a price of €53,000,000. Delma was eventually sold again and refitted to its newest look as Queen Miri, coming back on the charter market for the first time in 10 years.

Laurene Powell Jobs

Yacht: 78m - Venus - Feadship

Net worth: $21,1 billion (2017)

A 78 metre aluminum yacht engineered by De Voogt Naval Architects with styling by Philippe Starck was launched in 2012 and last refitted in 2015. One of the best Feadship superyachts of all time, Venus has a wealth of interesting design features, from her highly innovative glass exterior design to the reported high-tech amenities. The yacht is extremely secret with no interior images ever seen.

Paul Allen

Yacht: 126m- Octopus - Lurssen

Position: Co-founder, Microsoft

Net worth: $20,7 billion (2017)

Unlike the other owners of superyachts who are trying to stand out with non-standard form or with a length of their yachts, Paul Allen has made a bid for excellence, for example, his yacht was built under the scheme of diesel-electric with 8 diesel generators, who simultaneously work on two electric motors of 6 megawatts, propelling screws. Also, the "Octopus" has thrusters that allow her to go into any port or moor without help of tugboats despite the length of 126 meters.

Octopus' most astonishing features include two helicopters, a submarine, swimming pool, music studio and basketball court. The superyacht accommodates up to 26 guests and a crew of 60. The megayacht is also known for its annual celebrity-studded parties hosted at Cannes film festival, where Allen and his band play for guests.

Leonardo Del Vecchio

Yacht: 62m - Moneikos - Codecasa

Position: Chairman, Luxottica

Net worth: $20,8 billion (2017)

Moneikos was built in 2006 by Codecasa in 2006 to a Della Role Design. The yacht can reportedly accommodate up to 16 guests in 8 cabins. With a beam of 11.2 meters, the yacht can cruise at a speed of 14 knots for 6,000 nautical miles.

The second richest man in Italy, Del Vecchio and his family control the world's largest producer and retailer of sunglasses and prescription glasses, Luxottica. Following their planned merger with French lens manufacturer, Essilor, their conglomerate will control 27% of the global eyewear market with its nearest competitor, Johnson and Johnson at 3,9% share.

Len Blavatnik

Yacht: 85m - Pacific - Lurssen

Position: Founder, Access Industries

Net worth: $20,1 billion (2017)

The 85,2m yacht was built by Lurssen in 2010. The yacht's interior has been designed by Bannenberg & Rowell Design and exterior styled by German Frers. Pacific offers accommodation for up to 12 guests. She is also capable of carrying up to 28 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. The yacht has a unique colour, which seems to change in the sun.

Little more is publically known about Pacific. She has been designed and built to be a blue water superyacht made for the ocean and she will no doubt be able to explore long distances in trying conditions if required. While not plumb, her bow is reasonably sheer and it raises to an ample height above the waterline with good flare which is ideal for challenging ocean and weather conditions.

James Simons

Yacht: 68m - Archimedes - Feadship

Position: Founder, Renaissance Technologies

Net worth: $18,5 billion (2017)

Archimedes is a 68.00m (223.09 ft) luxury motor yacht. She was built by Feadship in 2008 making the yacht 8 years old. With a beam of 12.30m and a draft of 3.50m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. This adds up to a gross tonnage of 1462 tones. She is classified by Lloyds.

Famous as the founder of Renaissance Technologies, a renowned quantitative hedge fund that now manages over $50 billion. Having run the company from 1982, he resigned from active leadership in 2010.