There are rich and powerful people out there in the world, and then there are Really rich and powerful people out there. And you know how you can tell who the total mack daddies are out there? By what kind of boat that they have. Of course, there are some people who say they're rich but don't have boats at all. Well, I have news for those people - if you don't have a boat of any sort, then you actually aren't really all that rich. If you're totally loaded, then you have a boat, and that's all there is to it. But then, there are boats, and then there are yachts - there's a big difference between the two. And then, of course, there's your regular old yacht, compared to the yachts that the true ballers of the world own.
What follows is a list of the most expensive yachts in the world. No matter who you are and how much money you have, regardless of if you're the president of a country, a CEO, or are just filthy stinking rich, you're still going to be envious of these yachts. Some of them are well over 100 million, and others will cost you well into the billions.
Start saving your pennies - here are 20 expensive yachts every president wants to buy.
20 Alysia - $116 Million
Way back in 2006, this yacht was the most expensive one in the world. Not so much these days, though, as it comes in at number 20 on the list. It has a "large jacuzzi, two outside bars, water jets, diving equipment, fishing equipment, and a small speedboat used for dives away from the yacht. The staterooms include a small cinema, a large conference room, and a small restaurant." It's owned by a Greek businessman. Now, you might think this yacht is totally hardcore, and it is, but there are more on this list that put it to shame. But I guess if you can afford to drop over 100 million on a yacht, you're doing okay.
19 Ambrosia - $119 Million
Ambrosia checks in at 119 million, and it actually appears to be for sale. So, if you're looking for a yacht that "features diesel-electric Azipod propulsion, which brings to yachting a level of fuel-efficiency, safety and quiet, and flexible operation previously seen only in commercial and military ships" and also has an interior "by renowned French designer Francois Zuretti, incorporates a highly refined Art Deco-themed interior with extensive use of marquetry, hand-cut carpets, elegant staircases, and hand-painted murals," and you have around 120 million to spend, then you just might be in luck when it comes to your next boat.
18 Maltese Falcon - $120 Million
The Maltese Falcon is a very cool-looking yacht - there's no doubt about that at all. This yacht is also a rigged vessel, meaning, it also can be used for sailing. Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman are some of the people who've chartered it. The Maltese Falcon is one of the most complex and largest sailing yachts in the world. The thing is, though, if Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman could only afford to charter a vessel like this and not actually buy one, then it just might be out of your price range. Maybe you should get the family pass to your local water park instead - this one is probably a little too steep for your wallet.
17 Pelorus - $130 Million
The Pelorus comes in at a whopping 130 million, but don't worry - we aren't even getting close to the most expensive yachts on the list. It was commissioned by a Saudi Arabian businessman before it was sold to a Russian billionaire, who ended up outfitting it with a second helicopter pad because apparently, one wasn't enough. At one point, the yacht had a crew of 46 people, and it was eventually sold to David Geffen. This might seem like we're reaching the heights of extravagance, but believe me - we aren't even close to getting to the most expensive yachts that were ever made. You're going to have to read on to learn about those.
16 Eos - $150 Million
The yacht Eos comes in at 150 million dollars. It's a three-masted schooner and is one of the largest sailing yachts in the world. It's 305 feet in length, and although the interior is kept a secret, it's supposed to feature a glass staircase, as well as other features. At times, it's been claimed to be the largest private yacht in the word. This might look like something you would want to spend time with some weekend, cruising around with your girlfriend, while your crew took care of the sailing, and hey... maybe that will happen someday! Actually, who am I kidding? We both know that'll never happen. Sorry about that.
15 Project Mars - $161 Million
Next on the list is Project Mars, coming in at around 160 million. Some of its features are an exterior lounge connected to the main saloon, an enclosed living garden, a backlit bar, a backlit onyx fireplace, a glass bridge, a formal dining room, a VIP cabin, children’s quarters, a guest cabin, a helipad, an office, a gym, a sauna, and a steam room. I mean, that sounds like a lot of value for 160 million bucks, right? Who wouldn't want to spend that much money on something like this? I guess if you have the money to spend, you might as well spend it on luxury, right? Or I suppose you could just buy an entire third-world country.
14 Ecstasea - $200 Million
This boat was ordered by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who's worth around 7.6 billion dollars, which makes the fact that this boat is worth 200 million so much less impressive in my view. Come on, Roman... you're worth well over 7 billion bucks, and you're just going to spend 200 million bucks on your yacht? Talk about a cheapskate... You could afford any yacht on this list! This guy really needs to step up his game. I mean, come on... who can't afford 200 million bucks for a yacht these days? A couple of my friends and I could just go in together and get a nicer yacht than this.
13 Al Salamah - $200 Million
Another yacht that comes in at 2 million bucks is Al Salamah, which was owned by the Saudi Arabian crown prince, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz. When it was made, it was the third-largest motor yacht in the world. It has a cinema, a library, a business center, a fully equipped onboard hospital, two full-time beauticians, a gymnasium, and a spa. What's the deal with the fully equipped hospital? I mean, I get having a nurse on board or something, but a fully equipped hospital? Sounds like the prince was a little paranoid, but when you have that much money, no one would ever tell you that you were crazy.
12 Rising Sun - $200 Million
The Rising Sun also comes in at 200 million. It's been owned for a while by David Geffen and is one of the largest yachts in the world. I have to be honest about something - why does anyone need something so big to roll around in all the time? Couldn't you do fine having something that was half or even a tenth of this size? That's the thing, though - these people who own these yachts aren't about having something that they really want. They're about having something that makes them appear richer than everyone else. But the thing is, when it comes to opulence, there's still a lot more to come.
11 Seven Seas - $200 Million
Another that comes in at 200 million is a yacht known as "The Seven Seas." It used to be owned by Steven Spielberg, but he decided it wasn't big enough. "Steven didn’t realize how much he’d enjoy cruising the ocean. Now, he’d like to spend more time exploring the seas and bring a few friends along for the ride. So he’s upgrading to a bigger yacht," a friend of the director's told the Daily Mail. Oh, come on... really? This is the kind of thing that makes me wonder if people in Hollywood have totally lost touch with what's going on in the world. Actually, what am I talking about? Of course, they have.
10 Lady Moura – $210 million
Now, we've finally hit the top ten of the most expensive yachts in the world. Number 10 is The Lady Moura, which comes in at 210 million. Want to know more about it? Check this out: "Onboard the 344-foot Lady Moura is a pool with retractable roof, a helicopter, and a 75-foot Viscount Linley dining-room table. However, the Lady Moura’s most remarkable feature is, without a doubt, the unique sand-covered hydraulic platform that slides out of one side of the yacht, which can be adjusted to sit right at the waterline. Not only does this floating oasis boast real sand and deck chairs, but it also has palm trees for a truly authentic experience."
9 Al Mirqab - $250 Million
We take a big jump up with our next yacht, which is valued at 250 million dollars. It was built for Qatar's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. The boat has 55 rooms and features a cinema, a sun deck, a pool, a helipad, outside bars, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and watersports equipment. You might be thinking there aren't many yachts that could possibly be more expensive than this one, but if you do think that, you'd be wrong. Read on to see how the rich only continue to get richer. Just bring some Kleenex, as you might end up feeling a bit bad about your life.
8 Dilbar - $256 Million
The Dilbar comes in at 256 million, is one of the largest yachts in the world, and is owned by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. What's up with how rich Russians are these days? If you're of a certain age, then you remember how Russians weren't supposed to be rich. They were supposed to be scary and hiding in the shadows, not cruising around in some of the most expensive yachts in the world. Well, times have changed, and these days, the Russians aren't afraid to compare wealth with anyone, and one of the ways they show off their wealth is by cruising around in super rich yachts like this one.
7 Al Said - $300 Million
Now, we're really starting to get up there with the big boys. 300 million dollars for a yacht? You have to be kidding me. The Al Said is owned by Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Orman. Not a whole lot is known about it, other than that it has an enormous concert hall inside of it, big enough for a 50-piece orchestra. That's the thing - some people are rich, and they want to show it off, and other people like to keep it secret. I'll probably never know a whole lot about what this yacht looks like inside unless the Sultan wants to show it off to me because I wrote this article. Who knows? Maybe he's emailing me right now.
6 Motor Yacht A - $ Million
The Motor Yacht A has one of the very worst names that any yacht possibly could have, but that doesn't mean it isn't top of the line. You want to know how cool it is? Well, check it out: "The boat interior extends over 24,000 square feet, housing a 2,500 square feet master bedroom and disco, as well as six guest suites, which can be converted into four larger staterooms, thanks to the moving walls. In addition, mirrored surfaces feature extensively throughout the interior, whilst the furniture, the glassware, and the tableware are made of French crystal. Above deck, the Motor Yacht A houses a helicopter hangar, as well as a 30-foot speed boat kept in the hull and three swimming pools, one of which is glass-bottomed and situated directly above the aforementioned disco."
5 Dubai - $350 Million
This yacht comes in at 35o million. Check out some of its features: "sunbathing areas, several jacuzzis, and the swimming pool boasting elaborate handmade tiling. Similarly, the interior features intricately designed handmade mosaics and a stunning circular staircase with glass steps, which change color with the light that enters from the top deck. Bold colors dominate the spectacularly decorated interior." Hmm, I don't know... that sounds nice, but is it 350 million nice? Read on to see the few yachts that really put the Dubai to shame - well, if you can feel shame for something that costs 350 million.
4 Azzam - 650 Million
Now we're talking. Azzam checks in at 650 million, which tops all of the previous boats on this list by a large margin. This boat was commissioned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. It's 590 feet long, making it the largest yacht in the world. There's not a ton known about the interior, as it seems like the owner of this boat doesn't like to show off. He just wants to be totally rich, which is pretty much the same as I am, except I do kind of like to show off, and I hardly have any money at all. But you know... other than that, it's pretty much the same.
3 Streets of Monaco - $1.1 Billion
The first billion-dollar yacht on this list is one of only three that has that price tag. It's also the tackiest yacht on this list, without a doubt, as it's made to look like a scaled-down version of... you guessed it - the streets of Monaco. It's hard to think of something that costs so much money and yet is still so super lame. Is there any other thing in the world that costs over a billion dollars and is still so tacky? The main apartment of the owner is 4,800 square feet. This superyacht has managed to do something that no other yacht on this list has been able to do, and that's to make me not want it. This thing is super tacky.
2 Eclipse - $1.5 Billion
The Eclipse is the second-most expensive yacht in the world, coming in at 1.5 billion dollars. It has "24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall - not to mention the two helicopter pads, three launch boats, and the mini-submarine capable of submerging up to 50 meters underwater. Furthermore, for maximum security, the Eclipse is fitted with intruder-detection systems and a missile defense system, whilst the master bedroom and the bridge of the yacht features fitted armor plating and bulletproof windows." Is this a luxury yacht, or is it something that James Bond would be living in? Hard to tell, really.
1 History Supreme - $4.5 Billion
Now, this is almost ridiculous. The History Supreme is by far the most expensive yacht in the world, coming in at 4.5 billion dollars, three times as much money as its nearest competitor. Why so expensive? Well because it used over 220,000 pounds of solid gold and platinum. Are you kidding me? There's also a liquor bottle on board with a diamond in it that's worth 45 million dollars all by itself. This yacht, owned by an anonymous Malaysian businessman, is all about showing off. It makes you long for the days of just going out on your buddy's boat and cruising around on the lake as you crush a couple of Budweisers.
Sources: Wikipedia; businessinsider