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The 10 Most Expensive Yachts In The World

The 10 Most Expensive Yachts In The World

Gulf Business looks at the most extravagant superyachts money can buy.


What do you do if you have a spare couple billion dollars lying around and have got sick and tired of living life on land? You build yourself a superyacht of course; a boat large enough to literally live on until the end of time.

Here are the most expensive superyachts in the world, doing what they do best.

1. History Supreme

Cost: $4.8 billion

Owner: Unknown

No one’s quite sure who owns History Supreme, though everyone is unanimous in agreement that it’s a Malaysian billionaire, which narrows the search down. Despite the secrecy over its owner, enough details about the boat have leaked over time. 100,000kg of gold decorate the vessel while extravagant and rare elements from dinosaur bones to pieces of meteorite fill the interior. With that much weight sitting on its hull it’s a piece of engineering triumph that it still floats.

2. Eclipse

Cost: $800 million

Owner: Roman Abramovich

As Eclipse belongs to Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, who is renown for enjoying his privacy, its no surprise this boat boasts some serious defence technology. An anti-paparazzi laser system stops any photos being taken of the vessel while an anti-intruder alert and anti-bugging system keep unwanted ears at bay. And just in case Eclipse is ever called up to Russia’s military, it already has an anti-missile defence system in place.

3. Dubai

Cost: $350 million

Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum

Originally named Platinum 525 while under construction for a Brunei Prince, the boat was changed to Golden Star after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE, took ownership before eventually naming it after the emirate which he rules. At 525 feet, the yacht used to be the largest in the world before Eclipse took that title. Currently, ‘Dubai’ can be seen floating just offshore from the emirate.

4. Superyacht A

Cost: $323 million

Owner: Andrei Melnichenko

Not the most original of names, but Superyacht A does have an original design. Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko allegedly ordered its unique look so it could cut through ice – maybe you won’t see it in the Caribbean then. Able to accommodate 14 guests, 37 members of crew and five staff, be prepared for one long arctic trip.

5. Al Said

Cost: $300 million

Owner: Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said

Named Sunflower during its construction, there’s a few surprising elements about the Al Said. Belonging to the Sultan of Oman, the yacht has an aluminium structure encompassing a concert hall larger enough to host a 50-piece orchestra and 70 guests. Such is the secrecy surrounding this vessel that a single photo of the interior has never surfaced.

6. Dilbar

Cost: $263 million

Owner: Alisher Usmanov

Named after the owner’s mother, Dilbar is famous amongst the superyacht world for being the first boat to use particle filters on its engine exhausts. Aside from that little fact, the 89 ft yacht also has a helipad and can accommodate 20 guests.

7. Al Mirqab

Cost: $250 million

Owner: Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani

Owned by the Prime Minister of Qatar, Al Mirqab was known as Project May during its construction period. The menacing-looking yacht can house 24 guests and that’s not including the two VIP rooms. The boat has a helipad, swimming pool and its own cinema.

8. Lady Moura

Cost: $210 million

Owner: Nasser Al-Rashid

Owned by a Saudi billionaire, Lady Moura has several unique features such as its name and escutcheon being made from 24-karat gold. But none of its features compare to its pièce de résistance – its own extendable beach. The mini resort slides out from the boat’s hull to reveal sand, sun loungers and even palm trees. It’s quite literally a floating island.

9. The Rising Sun

Cost: $200 million

Owner: David Geffen

Previously owned by Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, The Rising Sun is described as a floating mansion. As well as its own cinema and wine cellar, the on-board basketball court doubles up as a helipad. Thanks to its four-propeller system, this 453 ft boat can cruise at 52 km/h.

10. Seven Seas

Cost: $200 million

Owner: Steven Spielberg

Given the owner is Hollywood’s most famous film director of all time, it’s not surprising that this superyacht’s infinity pool has a 15 ft glass screen that can be used to show movies. It also has a helipad, gym and a private deck for when Spielberg wants some thinking time away from his 12 guests and 26 crew.


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