Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton owns no less than four of the world’s most expensive guitars – along with one of the world’s most elite superyachts. Dubbed Va Bene, Clapton’s impressive sea vessel was built in the early 1990s by legendary designer Richard Hein. Clapton paid an estimated $10 million to buy it in 2005.
Value: $20 million*
In an attempt to streamline his luxurious lifestyle (and costs), Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage decided to sell off one of his most prized possessions: his luxury superyacht, Sarita. With enough space to comfortably house a dozen passengers, the Sarita’s standout feature was undoubtedly its ornate, wood-carved dining room.
After reportedly paying somewhere around $20 million for this slice of maritime heaven, it’s believed that Cage sold it off for an undisclosed sum – though it recently wound up back on the market for closer to $29 million.
Value: $4 million*
The soccer legend and his wife (Spice Girl Victoria Beckham) own one beauty of a yacht. Equipped with its own onboard gym, the SeaFair is a bit on the smaller side compared to other celebrity vessels out there. But the Beckhams pumped millions of dollars into renovating it over the years, superchargings its luxury features.
Nicknamed “The Sophisticated Lady,” the Beckham’s boat can comfortably accommodate up to 8 couples. The couple reportedly sacrificed additional cabin space in order to make way for their onboard art gallery – a truly unique feature at sea.
Name: Necker Belle
Value: $6.6 million*
Hailed as the best refitted superyachts in the world by the World Superyacht Awards back in 2010, Richard Branson’s Necker Belle is a standout in the water for all kinds of reasons. He laid down more than $6 million to buy it, and spent two years renovating it into a work of nautical brilliance.
For example, the Necker Belle’s powerful engine makes it one of the faster yachts in the world (Branson once clocked it clearing a top speed of 20 knots). Up until recently, Branson was offering limited-time charters at $60,000 a week as part of Virgin’s Limited Edition collection.
Value: $20 million*
Doubling as his second home, Tiger Woods paid an estimated $20 million for his super-charged nautical wonder, he aptly-named Privacy. At 155 feet in length, Privacy is designed for smaller parties of 15 or 20 passengers (as opposed to massive gatherings). But its spacious rooms, including 5 guest rooms, more than make up for its relatively sleeker size.
Woods has been known to live aboard the Privacy while on the road for his golf tours and matches. While that certainly saves on hotel costs, it’s probably just a small dent of the reported $2 million in years operational costs it takes to keep Privacy in working order.
Value: $800 million
Business magnate Alisher Usmanov has a net worth of around thirteen billion USD, so it makes sense that he has a mega-yacht to go with his wealth. The Al Raya is a yacht constructed in 2008 by the yacht company, Lurssen. It was named Dilbar originally, after Usmanov’s mother.
Al Raya is the thirty-second largest yacht in the world. It is tied with Radiant, her sister ship. It is 361 meters long and has a weight of 4,100 tons. Its beam measures fifty-two feet, and it takes forty-eight crew members to keep the yacht running. It is one of Lurssen’s finest creations.
Name: Ghost II
Value: $7 million*
Once a regular getaway for superstar Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the Ghost II is a supercharged yacht that hails from Australia. At just 120 feet in length, the Ghost II was designed for private getaways. Indeed, Pitt and Jolie were often spotted with their kids aboard the deck.
But the Oscar-winning leading man took an extra step to ensure his family’s privacy. He reportedly installed signal-jamming tech in the Ghost II’s hull that disables anyone trying to snap a photo from within range of the boat.
Value: $275 million
New Zealand billionaire and businessman Graeme Hart bought the 107-meter yacht, Andromeda, back when it was named Ulysses. It is an expedition yacht that was first constructed by Kleven Maritime AS. It was moved from their headquarters to Bremerhaven, where it was finished in 2015.
It was finished by Dorries Maritime Services at the Stahlbau Nord shipyard. It has a beam of fifty-nine feet and a top speed of thirty kilometers per hour. It accommodates up to thirty guests and forty-three crewmembers. It is the second yacht of its kind for the builder, Kleven. Its broker is Fraser Yachts.
Value: $17.6 million*.
The “Songbird Supreme” Mariah Carey owns 192 feet of pure nautical wonder. Dubbed the Capri, this luxury superyacht comes equipped with not one, but two onboard bars – along with a Jacuzzi, a spa, Carey’s personal library, and one of the most plush master suites ever seen on the open seas.
With operating costs close to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, Carey paid extra for a supercharged motor system, as well as a signature touch: a full-time chef who caters for Carey’s guests (and the diva herself) whenever the vessel is out to sea.
Value: $300 million
Billionaire Bill Duker is the owner of a 230-foot superyacht, named Sybaris, that is the sister yacht to the fifty-two meter Feadship yacht Rasselas, which he also owns. The Sybaris is the largest superyacht ever built by Perini Navi, an Italian company. Duker described the yacht as “the boat of his dreams.”
It has two masts and won the title of Best Interior at the renowned Monaco Yacht Show. Duker came up with the concept for the modern interior twenty-two years ago when he and his son, West, would sail on the much smaller Palmer Johnson sailboat they owned.
Name: Arctic P
Value: $200 million*
Australian billionaire James Packer is the heir to the fortune from the company his grandfather, Sir Douglas Hewson, founded. That company, Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd., controls investments all over the world. With billions of dollars at his disposal, Packer bought one of the most expensive superyachts to ever hit the open seas: the Arctic P.
The yacht weighs 3,600 tons, and it has MTU 16V4000 engines to power it, with a max speed of nineteen knots. Packer’s preferred yacht designer was RWD, and the 108M yacht can house twenty-two guests in eleven cabins, not including crew.
Value: $150 million
Montana billionaire Dennis Washington’s yacht, ominously named Collision, is a 332-foot Attesa IV. The yacht stretches one hundred meters and houses up to twenty-eight passengers in fourteen cabins. It also houses up to twenty-one crew in ten cabins. It was built by Evergreen Shipyard and designed by Glade Johnson, Inc.
It was launched in 1999. The yacht gets a speedy twenty-three knots maximum. Ironically, the yacht was involved in a collision. It collided with a sports fisher boat and the damage was extensive. The yacht, which originally was intended for the founder of Evergreen, is currently undergoing a refit as a result.
Name: Bravo Eugenia
Value: $225 million
Jerry Jones is the owner of the NFL team Dallas Cowboys, and the billionaire is also the new owner of a 357-foot superyacht, called the Eugenia. It was designed by Nuvolari Lenard and actually costs more than Jones paid to purchase the Cowboys back in 1989. The long-standing NFL owner hired Oceanco to build the yacht.
The Eugenia is fuel efficient and ecologically friendly. It is designed with sharp lines and angles. It is named after Jerry Jones’ wife. The interior was designed by Reymond Langton. Jones, who has a net worth of eight billion, did not skimp on the lavish décor.
Value: $60 million*
Giorgio Armani is one of the world’s most luxurious designers, and he is the head of Armani Group, which controls the leading house of fashion. Armani’s yacht was designed by Armani himself, and it was built by Codecasa. The 65-meter yacht is one of the largest ever built by the yacht builder.
Armani’s yacht is recognizable by her dark hull color and sleek interior. The hull color is a dark, forest green not often sees on the open water. The yacht was delivered to Armani in 2008, and it is now available for charter. The yacht is also distinguishable by its oversized, pointed prow.
Name: Mr. Terrible
Value: $80 million*
Michael Jordan is a billionaire, and he made his money both from becoming one of the world’s greatest basketball players and from becoming a savvy businessman with lucrative Nike deals that have made him millions. Jordan bought an $80 million yacht. The yacht is 230 feet long. It has a bar, full gym, dining room, eight cabins, deck Jacuzzi, and more.
It has its own satellite and audiovisual system, as well as, of course, a full-size basketball court. The yacht costs $840,000 per week to operate. Jordan is often spotted on the yacht celebrating the New Year in luxurious style.
Value: $150 million
Bernard Arnault is the richest man in the entire country of France, with a net worth of $89 billion. His yacht, Symphony, was built by Feadship and can accommodate up to thirty-six passengers. It was launched in 2015.The 102-meter yacht is the largest ever built in the Netherlands. It had issues at its launch because of the narrow Dutch waterways.
Symphony has a six-meter swimming pool on its main deck, and the pool has a unique glass bottom. Symphony also has an outdoor theater, located on its bridge deck, and a jacuzzi located on its sundeck. Tim Heywood designed the exterior.