Owing a yacht is a symbol of luxury. However, certain owners of private yachts have transformed this symbol of luxury into an expensive domain altogether. There are many yachts in the world vying to be rated as the world’s most expensive yacht. But only a select few make the cut.
«A». Creator of the yacht is designer Philippe Starck for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. According to rumors, the price of the vessel may reach $ 300 million, and its maintenance is $ 20 million a year.
«Smeralda». Brand new yacht, was launched in March 2012. Price - $ 100 million. Personal outdoor cinema, a spa and a helipad.
«Venus». The youngest of the presented in the top of yachts, launched only in October 2012. Designed by Philippe Starck for the former CEO Apple Steve Jobs, who has not had time to see his dream afloat.
Pelorus: With a constructional cost of US$ 130 million, the Pelorus is the world’s sixth, most expensive yacht, measuring slightly over 337 feet lengthwise. Another Lurssen constructional marvel, the designing architect for Pelorus is the well-known Tim Haywood. The yacht was launched in the year 2003 and still takes the cake as one of the princeliest yachts to be operating in modern times.
«Octopus». Featuring fifth here, the Octopus is a yacht owned by the joint-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen and built by the German shipbuilding conglomerate Lurssen and designed by the world famous architect Jonathan Quinn Barnett. The complete constructional cost for the Octopus touched figures of US$ 200 million.
«Rising Sun». At a whopping price of US$ 200 million, fourth in the world’s 10 most pricey private yachts is the Rising Sun, jointly owned by the creator of the Oracle software – Larry Ellison – and David Geffen. The shipbuilding conglomerate Lurssen takes the credit for the designing and building of this singular vessel.
«Lady Moura». The third priciest private yachting vessel is owned by a middle-eastern prince, Nasser al-Rashid with an overall cost of construction of slightly over US$ 200 million. The yacht was built at the German shipbuilding yard of Blohm and Voss and launched in the year 1990.
«Dubai». Under the possession of the ruling Sheikh of Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates, the second costliest private yacht is the city’s namesake. The vessel, with its cost of US$ 350 million, has a 524 feet length and is equipped with all the hi-tech gadgetries and uber-luxurious amenities expected from a vessel of its strata. Dubai is also at times acknowledged by its other names of Platinum and Panhandle.
«Al Said». Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the sultan of Oman, owns "Al Said," a 508-foot vessel. The world's third-largest luxury yacht appears docked in Muttrah Harbor, Muscat.
«Eclipse». Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the sultan of Oman, owns "Al Said," a 508-foot vessel. The world's third-largest luxury yacht appears docked in Muttrah Harbor, Muscat. The vessel was launched in the year 2009 at a developmental cost of over one billion. Manned by a crew of 70 members, the yacht measures 528 feet lengthwise and is equipped with state-of-the-art communication and defence technologies.