The ownership of a luxury yacht is synonymous with unrivaled wealth, a status symbol and floating extravagance that only the world’s wealthiest can afford. Yachts first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century when wealthy individuals started to commission the construction of large private yachts for their pleasure. Here are the Top 10 Most Expensive Yachts in the world:
5. Dubai- $350 Million
Owned by a member of the royal family of the UAE, Dubai, is 531 feet when it comes to its size. Blohm and Voss have built it. The exteriors were designed by Andrew Winch, while Platinum Yachts have designed its interiors. It features a mosaic swimming pool, circular staircase, helipad, sunbathing areas and many jacuzzis; the superyacht can accommodate 155 guests, including the crew members. The interiors of the yacht are dominated by bold colors, its deck features a split-level owner’s deck, a large social area and lounge, many VIP areas and guests suites.
4. Azzam- $650 Million
Rumored to be owned by a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, Azzam, according to its makers is the most complex and challenging yacht to have ever been made. The 590 feet long yacht is said to be one of the fastest with a speed of 22 mph. French interior decorator Christophe Leoni has designed the sophisticated interiors, while Nauta Yacht has designed the exteriors of it. It features two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a combined power of 35048 kW and is capable of traveling at high speed in both warm and shallow water.
3. Streets of Monaco- $1.1 Billion
The Streets of Monaco is a 500 feet long yacht and can be described as a floating city. The exteriors of it have been designed by Opulent Yacht, while the interiors have been done by Filthy Rich Boaters. The luxurious suite that the yacht has on offer is spread over three floors and features a private elevator, an office, a living room, balconies and sundecks with jacuzzis. Besides this, it also consists of seven guest suites with reception rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and balconies attached to them. The yacht also features a barbecue facility, a mini waterfall, a gorgeous cafe-bar that provides an underwater view, helicopters and submarines.
2. Eclipse- $1.5 Billion
Eclipse is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. Besides having a missile detection system, the yacht features two helipads, 24 guest cabins, a disco hall, two swimming pools and hot tubs. It has was built by Blohm and Voss of Germany and designed by Terence Disdale. The 533 feet long yacht also has mini-submarine that is capable of submerging up to 50 meters underwater. The master bedroom and the bridge of the yacht are fitted with armor plating and bulletproof windows. The yacht also features an anti-paparazzi shield which consists of lasers sweeping the surrounding areas.
1. History of Supreme- $4.5 Billion
Made of solid gold, The History Supreme, is the most expensive yacht in the world and is reportedly owned by Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Knok. It took three years for the 100 foot long yacht to have been built, using 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum and is designed by the renowned luxury designer, Stuart Hughes. The gold and platinum is throughout the yacht from its base to the dining area, deck, rails, staircase, and anchor. The most extravagant aspect of this luxury yacht is its master bedroom that with a wall feature made from meteorite rock and a statue made from genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. The master suite is adorned with a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium and a liquor bottle featuring a rare 18.5-carat diamond.