Updated: Apr 18, 2020
Many famous explorers have set out to conquer the seas in their iconic vessels. When the following billionaires set sail, they do so in style and luxury.
You're reading Luxury Empire, here are 10 of the most expensive yachts in the world that only Billionaires can afford.
10) Al Mirqab ($250 million):
We start our most expensive yachts in the world list with non-other than the Al Mirqab. The Al Mirqab was built in Germany in 2008. This stunning superyacht was designed for a former prime minister of Qatar and is valued at $250 million dollars.
There are 10 visitor suites onboard the 436-foot long yacht, which can accommodate up to 24 guests. Each suite has a double bed, bathroom and living room. There are two VIP master suites for the yacht's owner.
Guests can make use of a swimming pool, sun deck, jacuzzi and a variety of watersports equipment. A cinema and outdoor bars are ideal for hosting parties. Passengers can fly to and from the mainland using the owner's private helicopter, thanks to the yacht's convenient helipad.
The Al Mirqab was voted as the second most beautiful yacht the year it was completed and won the Motor Yacht of the Year Award the next year in 2009
9) Dilbar ($256 million):
Also built-in 2008, the Dilbar is a $256 million luxury yacht that belongs to Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
It measures 360.89 feet long and is one of the heaviest yachts in the world, weighing over 31 million pounds. Among its quality features are two helipads, an indoor swimming pool, and vast areas of living space. There is enough room for 20 guests and 48 crew.
Usmanov named this superyacht after his mother and his private jet, which you can see in one of our previous videos, after his father. The Dilbar is used frequently by Usmanov to travel to his private islands.
By the way, if you are interested in knowing what the 7 Most Expensive Private Jets in the World are, check out our post!
8) Al Said ($300 million):
The Al Said was built for the Sultan of Oman and named after him. It cost $300 million dollars.
It is one of the lengthier mega-yachts on the most expensive yachts in the world list, at an impressive 509 feet long. The stand-out feature is a concert hall that can fit a 50 piece orchestra. 154 crew members tend to as many as 70 guests.
Not much more is known about the amenities onboard this exclusive vessel. Given its size, price and owner though, you can bet there are some extravagant details.
7) Dubai ($350-400 million):
Dubai is a place that's well-known for its wealth and luxury. It is also the name of a superyacht owned by the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Valued between 350 and 400 million dollars, it was at one stage the largest yacht in the world. It measures an incredible 532 feet long and is beautifully decorated throughout. Handmade tiles and mosaics adorn the swimming pool, multiple jacuzzis, and sunbathing areas.
The colorful multi-story interior centers around a magnificent spiral staircase. The steps are made from glass which changes color with the lighting from the top deck. The crew area can accommodate up to 115 workers while VIP suites can house up to 24 guests. A huge lounge and social area promote mingling and interactions between high-profile visitors.
The Dubai is a yacht that displays a bounty of wealth and character.
6) Motor Yacht A ($400 million):
At first glance, the Motor Yacht A looks more like a warship or submarine. It was designed for Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko and his wife. Its estimated value after customizations and add-ons is $400 million.
This 400 footer can host 14 guests and accommodate 42 crew members. There is a spacious 2400 square foot master bedroom and its 6 guest suites have movable walls so that they can be converted into 4 large staterooms. Elegant design can be seen throughout the interior, with mirrored surfaces plus glassware and tableware made from French crystal.
There are 3 swimming pools, one of which has a glass bottom that looks down over the onboard disco. The yacht also has a helicopter hangar and houses a 30-foot speedboat.
The billionaire Melnichenko's also own the equally elaborate sea vessel, Sailing Yacht A. Rumour has it that they name their fleet with the letter 'A' so that they will appear at the top of yachting directories.
5) Topaz ($527 million):
We are halfway our most expensive yachts in the world list, and if you have been impressed with the other yachts so far, wait to see what we have left in store...
Sheikh Mansour, a royal family member from the United Arab Emirates, has a $527 million megayacht called Topaz.
It is 400 feet long and has a maximum speed of over 25.5 knots. Onboard equipment, including state-of-the-art navigation equipment, is powered by two diesel generators, with a third generator for backup.
The Topaz comes equipped with fancy underwater lights, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a cinema hall, a large conference room and two helicopter landing pads. There is also a swimming pool and a large jacuzzi. The yacht is fully air-conditioned for optimal temperature control.
Given the many exotic climates the Topaz experiences, it provides a relaxing haven to escape from the heat and to travel in both style and comfort.
4) Serene ($560 million):
The Serene was purchased by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, for 500 million euros in 2015. That equates to 560 million US dollars.
It is the largest yacht to have ever launched into Italian waters, measuring 439.4 feet long. It has an exquisite, streamlined design and an outstanding interior to match. 24 guests are able to stay overnight in the luxurious suites and there is room to accommodate up to 52 crew members.
This floating palace boasts numerous exciting features, including a beach club, dance floors, a seawater pool, a jet-stream pool, a sauna, a piano room, a beauty center and an amazing underwater viewing room. This superb superyacht also has its own submarine and 2 helipads.
At one point in time, the Serene was leased to Microsoft owner Bill Gates for $5 million a week!
3) Rising Sun ($590 million):
The Rising Sun megayacht has been the property of billionaire entertainment mogul, David Geffen, since 2010. After multiple upgrades, it is currently valued at $590 million.
At 454 feet long, the yacht has private suites to accommodate up to 18 guests. The sizeable vessel is capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 knots (or 32 miles per hour) due to its 4 large propellers.
The top section of the yacht is dedicated to the owner, who founded Dreamworks Entertainment, and contains a double-height cinema. Another notable feature is the basketball court that appears on deck.
Geffen has hosted many high profile visitors on board the Rising Sun, including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Obama family.
2) Azzam ($600-650 million):
As with others on this list, the Azzam is reportedly owned by a member of royalty from the United Arab Emirates. Its estimated value is between 600 and 650 million dollars.
The Azzam has long held the record for the world's largest yacht, measuring 590 feet in length. This jewel of engineering is powered by two gas turbines and dual diesel engines. It can reach speeds up to 19 knots, or 22 miles per hour.
Little information is available regarding the key features onboard the Azzam, as its owner is quite secretive. However, it is believed that the decadent interior was designed by a respected French interior designer, Christophe Leoni.
Makers of the Azzam have described it as, “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built.”
1) Eclipse ($1.9 billion):
Finally, we have arrived to the number one of the most expensive yachts in the world list, and this may surprise you...
Russian businessman and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich more than tripled the initial $500 million cost of his superyacht. Thanks to numerous security and entertainment upgrades, the Eclipse is now estimated to be worth around $1.9 billion.
The costly add-ons include a missile defense system, armor plating, bulletproof windows and a laser system designed to block long-lens photographers. Abramovich spends about $65 million each year on the Eclipse's maintenance alone.
The 557-foot yacht has 30 cabins, two swimming pools, two helicopter pads and a mini-submarine. Guests can watch movies in the onboard cinema, or relax in the beauty salon while children can have fun in the playroom. There is also a spacious conference room for business meetings.
This incredible superyacht has all the hallmarks of a luxury vehicle; comfort, privacy, security, and entertainment!
Disclaimer - History Supreme ($4.5 billion):
The History Supreme is commonly reported as the most expensive luxury yacht in the world. Plated in gold and featuring a sculpture made from real dinosaur bones, it was supposedly sold to an unnamed Malaysian billionaire for $4.5 billion.
However, the yacht's existence has since been widely disputed and is thought to be an elaborate publicity stunt by UK designer of luxury goods, Paul Hughes. When showcasing the vessel, the same stock photos are always used... photos which Italian-based company Baia Yachts say were stolen from their website without permission.
No technical specifications have been detailed for the History Supreme and the story seems too elaborate to be true. We'll let you be the judge on this one.
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