For the ones with untold riches, labeled as billionaires, luxury stands at par and thanks to their luxurious lifestyle which declares: the more, the better. The fat balance sheet of wealthy underwent an update and one can notice most expensive yacht sitting on the top of the list followed by limousines, private island, private jet and luxury mansion. It is the growing investment interest in the luxury yachts that convinced us to study who is who of the luxury yacht sector. Designed and developed to not only carry state of the art naval technology, these luxury mega yachts provide their owners with opulent luxury as well as every modern day amenity possible.
From the Russian oil magnate Roman Abramovich, established in the luxury circles for his huge flotilla of luxury private yachts, to some of the richest Middle Eastern royalties as well as businessmen, these gorgeous queens of the high seas portray an unparalleled elegance together with comforts of a land based luxury house inside a floating vessel.
With the high rise in the demand and price of these luxury mega yachts and super yachts, here at World Most Expensive, we decided to publish our own selection of best 20 world most expensive yachts that have become the symbol of money and power among the rich and affluent.
1. Yacht: Project Azzam
Owner: Saudi Royal Family (Speculative)
Price: $622 Million
Hailed as the world’s largest private yacht, Project Azzam is the name given to a luxury megayacht under construction as of June 2012 and has been reportedly commissioned by the Saudi Royal Family. With a massive price tag of $622 million, Project Azzam could easily become the queen of the most expensive yachts and its sheer size will dwarf the Eclipse superyacht, which is owned by Russian billionaire and owner of the Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich. This expensive megayacht will measure a mind blowing 590 feet in length, which is not only longer than many conventional cruise ships, but is also about 54 feet longer than the Eclipse. Currently under construction at the German shipyard, Lurssen, Project Azzam is known to have been brought out of the 170 meter sheltered dock as the luxury superyacht proved to be too massive to be accommodated inside the facility. The Azzam currently sits in the 220 meter dock of Lurssen, thereby providing ample room for the engineers to complete its development. It has been observed that Project Azzam will be staffed by 50 of the most experienced staffers that will take of the megayacht 365 days a year and this luxury boat is said to have the capacity to hold a staggering one million liters of fuel in its gigantic fuel tanks.
2. Yacht: Topaz
Price: $620 Million
Renowned British luxury boats designer Tim Heywood has now come out with his latest creation in the form of the all new luxury megayacht, the ‘Topaz’. Developed by the highly revered German shipyard, Lurssen, the Topaz is said to have been commissioned by as yet unknown billionaire, who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Topaz measures an astounding 147 meters and just fall 15 meters short of Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse superyacht, while this luxury boat is said to carry a speculative combines weight of an astounding 12,000 tonnes . Widely considered to be one of the most expensive yachts and the fourth longest yacht ever built, Topaz is believed to carry a price tag of a whopping $620 million, which is just $2 million less than the cost of ‘Project Azzam’, a luxury superyacht that is currently under development for the Saudi Royal Family. The designer of Topaz, Mr. Heywood, a resident of Rutland is widely hailed in the world of luxury yachts and is most famously known for his work on the 133-metre ‘Mirqab’ and the 115 meter ‘Pelorus’ that is also owned by Roman Abramovich.
3. Yacht: Eclipse
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Price: $400 Million to $800 Million
Designed and developed by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, Germany, the Eclipse is not only hailed as the world’s largest private yacht, but is considered to be the most expensive luxury yacht with a price tag that hover close to a billion dollars. The proud owner of this majestic vessel is the globally renowned billionaire and Russian oil magnate, Roman Abramovich. The Eclipse spans a massive 557 feet in length and features just about every luxurious amenity imaginable. The guest rooms aboard the Eclipse boast of a 6ft home cinema screen while its master cabin has been provided with a retractable roof. Abramovich, who is widely known for his focus on security systems required the use of bulletproof glass for the windows, a hi tech armor for the master suite, while the Eclipse has even been given a military grade, German-built missile detection system. As per estimates mentioned over at Wikipedia, the Eclipse cost around $1.12 billion, making the most expensive and luxury intensive mega yacht in the world.
4. Yacht: SuperYacht ‘A’
Owner: Andrey Melnichenko
Price: $323 Million
The ongoing luxury spending trend depicts Russian billionaires have tons of money enjoy trading with it. Same can be said about billionaire Russian entrepreneur, Andrey Melnichenko, who takes pride in owning the SuperYacht A, luxury mega yacht. Built by renowned shipbuilder, Blohm + Voss, the SuperYacht A carries the signature design elements of the highly acclaimed French product designer, Philippe Starck. Spanning 390 feet in length, SuperYacht A features a stunning interior design, while every piece of furniture inside this mega yacht is adorned with mirrors, silver finishes and glass. To ensure that the master suite is secured for the owner of the vessel, it comes with a fingerprint reader that accepts only Mr. Melinchenko’s fingerprints. Isn’t security at par? The magnificent vessel is powered by two MAN RK280 diesel engines and the boat itself features two swimming pools, a helipad, a hovercraft, a garage, as well as a plethora of plasma TV panels.
5. Yacht: Mega Yacht Dubai
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin-Rashid Al Makhtoum
Price: $300 Million
Commissioned by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the serving Prime Minister and Vice President of United Arab Emirates, Mega Yacht Dubai is the perfect amalgamation of high performance and alluring luxury in a mega yacht. This luxury super yacht which spans about 531 feet in length was originally commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in 1996. However, due to a lack of funds, the project was scrapped and was later resurrected by the King of Dubai. Previously known as the Platinum 525, Mega Yacht Dubai features three separate elevators that connect the decks, an open glass staircase that serves as a bridge between the numerous guest rooms and VIP suites. The designers of the Dubai have provided the boat with a large dining area as well as both inside and outside saloons. The interior of the vessel is fully air conditioned and features a variety of pools, hot tubs, sunbathing areas, along with a large swimming pool. For extra vehicular activities, the Mega Yacht Dubai comes with its very own submarine, as well as an onboard squash room, spa, and a dedicated helicopter pad. The breathtaking mega yacht is powered by twin MTU diesel engine that propels the controllable pitch propellers and provides a maximum speed of 26 knots.
6. Yacht: Pelorus
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Price: $300 Million
Designed and developed for Russian oil magnate, Roman Abramovich, Pelorus is an ultra-luxurious private yacht that is also counted among the most expensive yachts in the world. Post-acquisition, Mr. Abramovich hired Blohm & Voss to refit the vessel suiting his deluxe taste as per his own specifications and requirements. The magnificent sea vessel is powered by two Wärtsilä 12v 26 engines producing an awesome 5,500 hp and propelling the boat to a respectable 19 knots. During the refitting, the Pelorus was given an additional helicopter pad along with special modifications done to the exhaust, mast and stern, as well as the inclusion of four new zero-speed stabilizers. The vessel even comes with its very own garage that holds a variety of vehicles including jet skis and wave runners. Apart from Abramovich family and friends, the Pelorus serves as the home to over 46 people full time staff that stays on the ship and looks after its wellbeing. This year, the billionaire had to finally part his ways with Pelorus as the boat was given to his wife in a divorce settlement, who later sold it to the famous American record executive, David Geffen of Geffen Records.
7. Yacht: Dilbar
Owner: Alisher Usmanov
Price: $256 Million
Russian oligarch and billionaire Alisher Usmanov who is said one to one of the most respected entrepreneurs in Russia, when treated himself with a private yacht, he also kept in mind the ever important element of environment conservation. Hence, he commissioned the development of Dilbar, a luxury mega yacht that has been designed by renowned German ship builder, Lürssen. Dilbar is not only designed to provide the best of opulent luxury, but is also light on carbon emissions. To attain this remarkable feat, Lürssen installed exhaust gas particle filters for all the generating sets, while providing the primary propulsion power for the vessel via a combination of diesel mechanic and diesel electric engines. This unique system ultimately resulted in significantly lower carbon emissions as well as high fuel efficiency. The Dilbar measures 361 feet in length and this luxury yacht can accommodate up to 12 individuals in addition to the 48 crew members. In terms of luxury, the Dilbar offers a variety of amenities such as a Jacuzzi, pool and a dedicated helipad. The magical interiors of the vessel have been done by renowned interior designer, Alberto Pinto, while the mega yacht itself has a top speed of 21 knots.
8. Yacht: Al Mirqab
Owner: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani
Price: $250 Million
Commissioned by the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani, Al Mirqab is one of the most expensive yachts in the world and being extremely luxurious it is designed to leave the most minimalistic of impact on the environment. Al Mirqab was designed and developed by the renowned German ship builder Peters Schiffbau in collaboration with Kusch Yachts. The luxury mega yacht is powered by five electro-diesel motors, each generating an astounding 2,8000kw of power and thereby providing the vessel with a cruising speed of 21 knots. Al Mirqab has received several accolades and awards for its stunning design, including the ‘Motor Yacht of the Year’ award at ‘The World Superyacht Awards’ in the year 2009. The interiors on this wonderful vessel have been done by Andrew Winch, for which the super yacht bagged ‘Best Interior Design’ award. When it comes luxury, the designers have left no stone unturned in the case of Al Mirqab, as the vessel features an on-deck Jaccuzi, a helicopter pad, elevators and even a grand movie theater. The gorgeous super yacht can accommodate up to 60 guests, on top of the 60 crew members on board and the vessel even comes with ‘at anchor’ stabilization systems for enhanced comfort.
9. Yacht: Al Said
Owner: Sultan Qoobas bin Said al Said
Price: $200 Million to $300 Million
Designed and developed by the highly revered Lürssen shipyard, Al Said is said to be the world’s third largest super yacht and this magnificent luxury yacht was commissioned by none other than the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qoobas bin Said al Said. Named after His Highness, Al Said was developed in the year 2007 and measures some 508 feet in length and before its sale, was known as the ‘Sunflower’. With a top speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 22 knots, Al Said is a marvel of naval engineering coupled with bespoke luxury. The gorgeous vessel can accommodate as many as 70 guests along with 154 crew members. The interiors for this luxury mega yacht were accomplished by Redman Whiteley Dixon and the boat comes with a dedicated helipad, a swimming pool, a private spa and even a Jaccuzi.
10. Yacht: Rising Sun
Owner: David Geffen
Price: $200 Million
One of the biggest names in the U.S recording industry, David Geffen, who is widely credited with the creation of Geffen Records is also said to be the owner of one of the most expensive luxury yachts in the world, the Rising Sun. Designed and developed in the year 2004 by the German shipyard, Lürssen, Rising Sun is a luxury mega yacht that carries elements of both state of the art technology, as well as opulent luxury. The Rising Sun which as initially owned by Oracle Corporation CEO, Larry Ellison in a fractional ownership with David Geffen was later fully acquired by the latter. The majestic luxury mega yacht is powered by four MTU 20V 8000 M90 diesel engines, enabling the vessel to attain maximum speed of 28 knots. On the luxury side, the Rising Sun features five stories of lavish living space that itself is composed of 82 luxurious rooms and spans a massive 8,000 square meters. It’s comforting list of amenities starts with a convertible basketball court on the main deck, which can also be used as a helipad, a dedicated private cinema with a huge plasma screen, Jaccuzi, gym, a private spa, sauna and a high profile wine cellar.
11. Yacht: Al Salamah
Owner: Sultan bin Abdul Aziz
Price: $200 Million
Designed and developed by German shipbuilder, Lürssen, the Al Salamah was commissioned by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who was also the Minister of Defense. The Al-Salamah is powered by two 8770 hp MTU diesel engines that provides this magnificent megayacht with a top speed of 21.5 knots, while this one of a kind luxury vessel features some eight decks that are comprised of 82 rooms, providing an astounding 8,000 square meter of living space, as well as 3,300 square meters of deck space adorned in teak wood. The Al-Salamah was designed amid tight lipped and secrecy and is known to be a strictly private vessel, meaning that it isn’t available for hire. To ensure the very best of luxury for the Saudi Royal Family, the Al Salamah features a helipad, Jacuzzis, cinema, motor-launches etc., while the interiors of this gorgeous megayacht have been done by famed British interior designer, Terence Disdale. Furthermore, this incredible vessel even comes with an indoor swimming pool that is covered by a glass roof.
12. Yacht: Lady Moura
Owner: Naseer Al Rasheed
Price: $200 Million
Owned and operated by Saudi Arabian businessman, Nasser Al-Rashid, Lady Moura is widely considered to be one of the most expensive luxury mega yachts and carries a splendid design created by German shipyard, Blohm & Voss GmbH. This fabulous luxury yacht is powered by twin Deutz-MWM TBD510BV12 diesel engines that provide the vessel with a top speed of 20 knots, while the luxury boat has also been incorporated with a state of the art hydraulic system that controls the boat’s shell ports, doors, flaps, roofs, bath platforms, gangways and cranes. On the luxurious side of the equation, Lady Moura features 24 carat gold crafted boat name and the escutcheon. This 105 meter long lavish vessel comes with interiors crafted to perfection by renowned Italian designer, Luigi Sturchio. The top deck of Lady Moura sports an indoor swimming pool with a sliding roof, while the space below the bridge is where all the luxury magic happens. The interiors of this magnificent are comprised of elegant guest rooms as well as the opulent owner’s suite. The Lady Moura comes with its own chase boats, the Mangusta 92 Little Saf and the 100 ft DeBirs Little Sarah, while this massive mega yacht has even been provided with its very own Sikorsky S-76B helicopter that can land on the vessel’s helipad. One of the most astounding facts about Lady Moura is that it serves as the permanent residence for Dr. Rashid and his family and this mega yacht even comes with a massive 59 feet long dining table, designed by Viscount Linley.
13. Yacht: Octopus
Owner: Paul Allen
Price: $200 Million
Measuring a massive 414 feet in length, the Octopus is the luxury mega yacht in the possession of Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen and at the time of its construction was hailed as the world’s biggest mega yacht and is counted amongst one of the most expensive yachts till date. The Octopus was designed and developed by German shipyards, Lürssen and Kiel, while the interiors of this fantastic palace on seas were accomplished by Seattle based interior designer, Jonathan Quinn Barnett. Apart from its massive $200 million price tag, the Octopus also requires an annual $20 million budget, which covers the vessel’s up-keeping and crew salaries. It is also said that the Octopus’s crew of 60 also includes several men who had served in the elite U.S Navy Seals. The Octopus features on board helicopters, seven boats and even comes with its very own submarine, capable of accommodating ten individuals. The outstanding mega yacht has also been provided with an additional remote controlled submarine, which can be used for underwater exploration.
14. Yacht: Tatoosh
Owner: Paul Allen
Price: $162 Million
When you have a fortune of some $20 billion, then you can turn all your dreams to reality. This is what Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen seems to firmly believe in as the legendary tech genius sport yet another addition to his increasing fleet of luxury yachts in the form of, Tatoosh. Designed and developed by German shipbuilding company, Nobiskrug, the Tatoosh was initially constructed for the owner of McCaw Cellular, Craig McCaw, but was later acquired by Mr. Allen in the year 2000. The majestic luxury mega yacht is considered to be one of the most expensive mega yachts and can accommodate up to 24 guests as well as a crew of 35. The Tatoosh is composed of five decks and comes with a master suite called, Greg Suite, a saloon as well as guest rooms. The saloon features a gorgeous fireplace crafted from French limestone, while this fabulous vessel even boasts of a dining area, staterooms and ladies’ powder room. One of the most astounding features of the Tatoosh is its 1.6 meter deep swimming pool that has been incorporated with an adjustable floor. Focusing in luxury, Tatoosh comes with a private movie theater, two helipads with helicopters, along with two additional vessels, first being a 40 feet custom Hinckley powerboat and the second one is a 40 feet Hinckley sailboat.
15. Yacht: Project Mars
Owner: Fincantieri Yachts
Price: $161.8 Million
Infusing futuristic design visions with the most appropriate luxurious amenities, Italian shipbuilding behemoth, Fincantieri Yachts in collaboration with H2 Yacht Design came out with the breathtaking Project Mars, a luxury mega yacht. Designed and developed keeping in mind the intense need for exclusivity for the rich and affluent, Project Mars features an exterior lounge, which has been created in a horseshoe seating arrangement. The Mars also sports a lavish saloon area that sports a back lit onyx fireplace as well as multiple lounge areas. Providing an excellent relaxing experience, the Mars carries a highly experienced and dedicated crew of 34 and can accommodate up 15 individuals. The Mars has been given a luxurious VIP room, children’s quarters and guest cabins, while the majestic owner’s deck claims to possess every luxurious amenity imaginable. The magnificent suite features a large oval skylight that is located directly above the master bed and provides direct access to the vessel’s foredeck sun beds and pool. Furthermore, Project Mars also boasts of a Beach Club that provides the guests direct access to a swim platform, while also sporting a private gym, Jacuzzi and a marvelous lounge area.
16. Yacht: Maltese Falcon
Owner: Elena Ambrosiadou
Price: $150 Million
Hailed as one of the world’s largest privately-owned sailing yachts, the Maltese Falcon was designed and developed to provide its owners with uber exclusivity and the most modern luxurious amenities possible. The magnificent luxury sailing yacht features three carbon fiber masts that is part of the vessel’s DynaRig sail system. This surreal vessel is one of the most state of the art yachts out there, as the boat has been incorporated with a hi-tech computer system that controls much of the sailing parameters. The Maltese Falcon can accommodate up to 12 guests and the boat comes with its crew of 18, which is highly trained in the technical aspects of the boat. This luxury sailing yacht was designed by Perini Navi Italy and has a top speed of 20 knots. Maltese Falcon features a main deck that is comprised of a main saloon, two studio areas and a lavish ding room. Owned and operated by Elena Ambrosiadou, the Maltese Falcon sports two 32 foot Pascoe RIB Tenders with water skis as well as four laser sailboats for water sports. There is also the presence of a private submarine for underwater exploration, while for those who prefer indoor entertainment, there is a 50 inch plasma TV in the main saloon, the master suite, as well as 42 inch plasma screen in all guestrooms. Also, the Maltese Falcon boats of Bang & Olufsen surround sound system throughout the vessel, while providing the guests with GSM cellular services, along with high speed wireless Internet connection.
17. Yacht: Eos
Owner: Barry Diller
Price: $150 Million
Owned and operated by media billionaire, Barry Diller, Eos is considered to be not only as one of the most expensive private yachts, but also as one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world. Powered by two MTU diesel engines, with a combines output of 2,333 hp, the Eos is capable of achieving top speed of 16 knots and measures a massive 305 feet in length, with 200 feet high masts. The super yacht features some of the most hi-tech components, such as state-of-the-art navigation systems and electronic sails, while this marvelous vessel even comes with own line of transport boats, to ferry passengers on and off the boat. The Eos is capable of accommodating up to 16 guests, along with a team of 21 crew members (two chefs, three engineers, nine deck crew, captain and stewardesses). The luxury superyacht Eos was designed and developed by German shipbuilder, Lurssen, while the interiors of this magnificent vessel were accomplished by renowned interior designer, François Catroux.
18. Yacht: Ecstasea
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Price: $129 Million
The Russian billionaire and oil magnate, Roman Abramovich, who has been known to have well deserved love towards luxury yachts and mega yachts, is also the proud owner of Ecstasea. This luxury mega yacht later changed hands to a UAE Shiekh, when Mr. Abramovich sold the luxury yacht at staggering price tag of $200mn. Designed and developed in the year 2004, the Ecstasea is considered to be the world’s largest Feadship and was constructed by Royal Van Lent Shipyard. Standing at an impressive 282 feet in length, this magnificent luxury yacht comes with a capacity to accommodate up to 12 guests and her interiors were done by famous interior designer, Terence Disdale. The Ecstasea is powered by four main MTU diesel engines, providing a massive output of 30,843 hp, while propelling this incredible vessel to a top speed of 30 knots and the boat itself is manned by a crew of 24.
19. Yacht: Le Grand Bleu
Owner: Roman Abramovich
Price: $90 Million
Roman Abramovich, a billionaire and entrepreneur extraordinary is famous for many of his numerous attributes; however, the one thing that makes so exclusive is his armada of luxury private yachts and mega yachts that the billionaire so proudly presents. One such vessel in his flotilla is the sensational Le Grand Bleu. Originally commissioned by John McCaw Jr., the Bleu was later acquired by Mr. Abramovich and was sent for refit, where in this magnificent luxury mega yacht was given features as outlined by Roman, such as the addition of a 16 feet swim platform. The refit was carried out by HDW, while the boat itself was later given as a gift to the billionaire’s friend, Eugene Shvidler in the year 2006. The Le Grand Bleu is powered by two 3,600 hp Wärtsilä engine and the interiors of the vessel were designed by Terence Disdale. One of the most prominent appearances of the Le Grand Bleu was recorded in Monaco in the year 2004, when Mr. Abramovich attended the UEFA Champions League, where his team, English football club, Chelsea squared off against AS Monaco. The Le Gran Bleu feature remarkable luxurious amenities such as a diving center, helicopter, aquarium and a speedboat, while the boat is taken care of by a dedicated full time crew of 65.
20. Yacht: Meteor
Owner: Royal Huisman
Price: $46 Million
Designed and developed by the globally renowned custom sailing and motor yacht builders, Royal Huisman, the stunning Meteor is a luxury sailing yacht that was created in the year 2007. The interiors of this magnificent vessels were designed by John Munford and represent a stylish yet traditional theme, with extensive use of luxurious Swetania mahogany. This exotic wood is used in the decoration of the owner’s suites, as well as the guests’ accommodation. Furthermore, these lavish suites are also adorned with fine furnishings and a collection of breathtaking artwork. The Meteor can accommodate as many as six guests and 12 crew members, while sporting seven cabins. This over the top vessel is comprised of a main saloon, which carries its own fireplace and library, while the space is illuminated by natural sunlight, filtering through a centerline bevelled glass skylight. Measuring 51.59 meters in length, the Meteor is powered by MTU engine and can attain a maximum speed of 15 knots.
Sporting such aligned comforts of life, we are sure living on water on these most expensive yachts is going to be out-of-this-world experience.