Seven Luxury Yachts and Their Billionaire Owners


Aside from making it to the most recent Forbes Billionaires list, these people have one thing in common: they own yachts that were featured in the list of the world’s 100 largest yachts. Not only are these yachts voluminous in size but also in their worth. Of course, cost is not an issue for these rich guys. After all, where else would they spend their billions?

Roman Abramovich

The Chelsea FC owner’s 536 ft long £1.5 billion Eclipse boasts of a cinema, two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, around 30 cabins, a mini-submarine, and even a missile defense system. That’s not to mention the conference facilities, childen’s playroom, beauty saloon, dance floor and sauna. Once the world’s largest superyacht, it was custom-made for the Chelsea oligarch in 2010.

Paul Allen

Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Octopus was built in 2003 and refitted in 2008. Allen has loaned the 414 foot megayacht for a variety of rescue and research operations, notably assisting in a hunt for an American pilot whose plane disappeared in Palau. The Octopus features an owner-exclusive deck, a glass bottom swimming pool, a cinema, music recording studio, hangar for two helicopters and a 10-person submarine.

Dennis Washington

Dennis Washington has created the 337-foot Attessa IV out of Evergreen, a yacht with ‘good bones’. Being a construction magnate, Dennis has an innate love for rebuilding and he has redesigned the yacht to his liking. Now it includes a fifth-floor sky lounge and bar, a grand staircase flanked by Henry Moore sculptures, a lit pool and deck that includes a spa, and a completely redone engine room. Four rooms were transformed into a gym, a spa, and a massage room. The yacht even has its own helicopter pad.

Larry Ellison

Rising Sun is a motor yacht designed by Jon Bannenberg and built in 2004 for Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and last refitted in 2007. The yacht is the largest in the world with a length of 453 ft. It is equipped with 82 rooms on five levels, Jacuzzi bathrooms, a gymnasium spa and sauna, an extensive wine cellar, a master bedroom, a private cinema with a giant plasma screen, and a basketball court on the main deck.

Steven Spielberg

The director of epic movies like Jaws, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park certainly deserves a megayacht that’s just as epic as this 280-footer yacht. After helming more than 50 major motion pictures in his more than 40-year career, Spielberg can be as close or as far away from the waters below as he wishes. The Seven Seas boasts of an over-sized master stateroom and study, as well as its own private deck and pool. There is also a full-size gym, a spa, massage room and an infinity pool whose 15’ glass wall that transforms into an outdoor movie screen. The main salon has a professional projection system and over-sized viewing screen as well as raked seating to turn the area into a personal movie theater.

Leslie Wexner

At the time of its construction in 1997, Limitless was the largest American-owned private yacht at 315 feet and 7 inches long. It is owned by Leslie Wexner, an American businessman who is currently chairman and CEO of the L Brands corporation which is best known for its brand Victoria’s Secret. However, only a few images of the yacht exists, as Wexner will not permit any interior photography, nor does he release official exterior photos to the media.

Vijay Mallaya

The Indian Empress was launched as Al Mirqab which was sold to the Qatar Royal family, and eventually Indian industrialist Dr. Vijay Mallaya bought it and changed its name to Indian Empress. This 311-feet yacht is powered by 3 engines, which give it a top speed of 24 knots. The accommodation facilities enable it to house 32 guests and 42 crew members at the same time. The yacht has been used by many Indian business tycoons to hold parties.

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