Ever wonder what the stinking rich do in order to traverse the seven seas? Contrary to what you believe, they don’t board cruise ships with us commoners or any such nonsense. They buy themselves the world’s most expensive boats of course (or yachts to be both precise and a little less alliterative). So, what kind of yacht would the mega rich be interested in? What seabound monstrosities are they purchasing? What would you buy if you won one of the huge progressive jackpots available at Royal Vegas casino? Let’s take a look at the top 10 most expensive yachts the world has to offer.
10 : The Rising Sun
We’re going to start our list off with the incredibly humble Rising Sun. This yacht, coming in at a measly $200 million was bought by David Geffen and was previously owned by Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle. It’s got it’s own basketball, helicopter landing pad, movie theater and 82 rooms to cater to all the friends a rich man could ever buy.
09 : Seven Seas
But why have accommodation for 82 when 12 opulent cabins will suffice? The Seven Seas was built by Dutch company Oceanco for none other than Steven Spielberg himself. Amenities on this majestic ship include a movie theater, helipad, gymnasium and an infinity pool. I’m pretty sure Steven just made us afraid of the water so he could enjoy it all himself.
08 : Lady Moura
What’s the best way to make something really expensive? Coat everything in gold of course. The lettering and embellishments in this ships name are made from 24 karat gold. It’s owned by Nassar Al-Rashid, a Saudi billionaire, and was the ninth largest personal yacht in the world when it was built in 1990.
07 : Al Mirqab
Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabar Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar, needs no private jet when he can cruise around the Mediterranean in this majestic machine. Or maybe he has both. Regardless, I’ve decided to shift my major from Creative Writing to Middle-Eastern Political Studies. The prospects seem attractive.
06 : Dilbar
While Middle-Eastern princes and prime ministers may indulge themselves in fantastic ways, they will have to work harder to outdo the Russians. The Dilbar, owned by russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, is over 360 feet long and 50 feet high, making it one of the largest yachts in the world.
05 : Al Said
Who names a boat after themselves? Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said does, that’s who. At least he shortened it to Al Said. When it was built, it was the world’s second largest yacht and cost an incredible $300 million. This yacht has it’s own concert hall that can accommodate it’s own orchestra. Perfect for serenading you on the high seas.
04 : Superyacht A
Well, well. At least we’ve found the yacht with the best name. In much the same way that a man eats and complains a lot, while Superman shoots lasers out his eyes, the Superyacht is entirely superior to it’s yacht brethren. Despite being smaller than many of the yachts above, it is equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the art entertainment systems as well as 3 in-door pools built with opposing currents.
03 : Dubai
Dubai is a city not a yacht – nice try. Oh wait. This yacht was initially commissioned as the Golden Sky by the Prince of Brunei but later became the property of the Sheikh of Dubai (hence it’s name). This luxury floating city can hold as many as 115 people on board and is currently the world’s second largest yacht. It even has a glass staircase. Why? Because Dubai.
02 : Eclipse
We have no idea how much this yacht cost, but that number could be as high as $1.5 billion. It is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abromavich (we warned you that the Russians wouldn’t be outdone) and contains it’s own private defense system. It has room for two helipads and it’s own private submarine! This machine was obviously built with intention of keeping James Bond out.
01: Streets of Monaco
Unfortunately, number one on our list is still in construction. However, it will have things that no other yacht in the world has; like a go-kart track, a private beach and man-made lake. The ship deck is designed to replicate the Monaco cityscape. It will also apparently sport some incredible underwater ocean views but we won’t know until some crazy billionaire buys it and boasts about it.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the world’s most expensive yachts. If you’d like to keep browsing all the wonderful things you could own when you strike it lucky, make sure you check out our list of the top 5 most expensive homes in the world. Honestly, I’d probably live on one the yachts myself. Would you?