The lives of the ultra-wealthy have always been filled with extravagance – and perhaps nothing represents that more than superyachts. These privately-owned ships are larger than life as money is no concern for people with such a high net worth. Amenities like on-board swimming pools, spas, cinemas are just the tip of the iceberg as to what high-end ship builders with access to unlimited wealth can create. So, if you’ve ever wondered what the biggest and most expensive yachts in the world are, keep reading to find out.
Cost: $4.8 Billion
The most expensive superyacht on our list comes in at almost $5 billion, and is constructed out of 100,000 kilograms of gold, platinum and diamond. The History Supreme, a 100-foot ship, was built over the span of three years for an anonymous businessman from Malaysia. The lavish design features an all-gold base, with gold and platinum accents throughout the vessel, even on the anchor. Its master bedroom is truly a sight to behold, with a feature wall made from meteorite rock and genuine dinosaur bone.
Cost: $1.5 Billion
Eclipse, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, is the second most expensive yacht in the world. And Blohm+Voss of Hamburg, Germany, the ship’s designers, didn’t cut any corners when it comes to the design. Featuring two helicopter pads, two swimming pools, two dozen guest bedrooms and a launchable submarine in the stern. Plus, with missile detection sensors, full perimeter security and even bulletproof windows, It’s safe to say that this is one of the best-protected yachts on this list.
Owned by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, Azzam was estimated to be bought for no less than $650 million. This ship boasts the title of “most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built” by designers Lürssen Yachts. And at 590 feet long and a top speed of 35mph, it’s the largest and fastest on the water. Famous French designer Christophe Leoni was responsible for the interior decoration that resembles a turn of the century style layout.
Cost: $527 Million
Recently renamed from Topaz to A+, this yacht has an impressive amount of space, style and ameneties. In fact, she is able to accommodate up to 62 guests and 79 crew members at once, while still providing a relaxed yacht experience. At over 480 feet, there’s plenty of room for luxuries like an outdoor bar, elevator, swimming pool, helipad, cinema, gym and massage room.
Cost: $500 Million
While this ship may be a modern marvel of ship construction, her history is not so pristine. At the center of a tumultuous divorce between Russian businessman Farkhad Akhmedov and his wife, Tatyana Akhmedova in the mid 2010s, was Luna and who would get ownership of the megayacht. There’s good reason the couple were fighting over the ship, as it’s packed with a spa, swimming pool, mini-submarine and two helipads.
Cost: $350 Million
Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, is the owner of the world’s fifth most expensive yacht. Launched in 2006, this luxurious vessel hasn’t lost its luster over time. On board, you’ll find several outdoor lounge areas, jacuzzis, guest and VIP rooms, and a swimming pool with gorgeous handmade tiling. Similarly, the interior features mosaic designs that are complimented by a circular, glass-stepped, color-changing staircase.
Cost: $320 Million
Designed by Tim Heywood, famous British naval officer, Radiant features a number of luxury amenities that would make any guest happy. The ship features a movie theater, a gym, a jacuzzi, a deck, a massage room, a tender garage and swimming platform plus much more. 20 guests are able to stay on the vessel, while 44 crew are needed to keep her up and running.
Cost: $200 Million
Although he and his ship recently came under fire for a tone-deaf social media post, billionaire David Geffen’s yacht is worth taking a look at. The third largest ship on the list (450 feet), Rising Sun was built to cater to guests’ every whim. Some of the amenities are unique compared to other superyachts, such as its basketball court, wine cellar and whopping 82 rooms for VIPs and guests.
Cost: $150 Million
Another billionaire and his ship recently provoked outrage during the recent economic decline: Phillip Green and his superyacht, Lionheart. This 300-foot ship is the businessman’s third superyacht, and perhaps his most famous. Celebrities like music producer Simon Cowel, model Kate Moss and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo have all been seen aboard Lionheart, enjoying the many amenities like outdoor bar and game area, beach club, beauty salon and barbecue.