When length matters

How Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and other Russian billionaires buy and sell luxury yachts.
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If you are not just very rich, but very, very, very rich, you can compete with competitors not only with the length of the limousine, but with the dimensions of a personal yacht. More than a dozen Russians own yachts, whose length exceeds 100 meters. This number includes the yacht Blade, owned by Dmitry Pumpyansky; Yacht Dilbar, owned by Alisher Usmanov; Sailing Yacht A by Andrey Melnichenko; Le Grand Bleu Roman Abramovich and others.

The 113-meter Le Grand Bleu mentioned above was the first yacht bought in 2001 by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. They say that he "infected" with his love of yachts
Boris Berezovsky. Over the past 15 years, the Abramovich yacht fleet has grown significantly: it owns Eclipse boats (162 m long), Pelorus (115 m), Luna (115 m), Ecstasea (86 m) and Sussurro (50 m). Le Grand Blue oligarch in 2006 is said to have presented his business partner Evgeny Shvidler, and Luna was resold to billionaire Farhad Akhmedov.

A small (only 50 m), but the high-speed Sussurro can accelerate to 46 knots; Built it for Roman Abramovich at the Feadship shipyard. The order for the 115-meter Pelorus was received in 2004 by the shipyard Lurssen, making the yacht cost $ 129 million. Now the yacht Pelorus belongs to one of the founders of the DreamWorks company David Geffen - he bought a boat for 300 million dollars from the former wife of Roman Abramovich Irina, who got the boat in a divorce. In 2010, the collection was added 115-meter expeditionary yacht Luna and 162-meter boat Eclipse, at that time - the longest in the world. Today Eclipse is in second place behind the 180-meter yacht Azzam, owned by the family of the president of the UAE.

Companion and Roman Abramovich's friend Boris Berezovsky tried for some time to compete in purchases - buying, in addition to the 50-meter Thunder, a 110-meter Radiant yacht. But a full-fledged competition did not work out: pretty soon Radiant had to sell for 240 million euros to pay off debts. The number of luxury yachts owned by wealthy Russians grew in direct proportion to the rate of oil, which in 2000-2008 rose from $ 30 to $ 140 per barrel.

USM Holding owner Alisher Usmanov owns three extra-class yachts. The 66-meter Natita boat was built for him in 2005 at the famous Dutch shipyard Oceanco. 110-meter yacht number two Usmanov purchased for 200 million dollars, calling Ona. And the most luxurious in his collection is the 156-meter Dilbar yacht named after Usmanov's mother worth $ 600 million. The 160-meter mooring for this beauty is reportedly in the port of Barcelona, OneOceam Port Vell. And presumably, Usmanov bought it for a sum of 15 to 20 million dollars.

The height of the masts installed on the boat Sailing Yacht A - over 100 meters, it is more than the height of London's Big Ben. But the yachts owned by Russian Andrey Melnichenko stand out not only in dimensions, but also in unique design. Both boats, Sailing Yacht A (142 m) and Motor Yacht A (119 m), are designed by French designer Philippe Starck. One looks like a real submarine, the other looks like a sailboat. Both boats are equipped not so much by the latter, and by the "after-the-future" word of technology. The package includes helipads, swimming pools, special cameras to monitor the life of the underwater world and rotating beds - to enjoy the ocean sunsets.

Dmitry Pumpyansky, the main shareholder of TMK (Pipe Metallurgical Company), orders yachts in Turkey. Project Blade will be launched in 2020 in Turkey. Before that, the Turkish shipyards built an Axioma yacht 72 meters long for Pumpyanskoye, and even earlier - its 42-meter namesake, which the billionaire later sold for 12.5 million euros. The current Axioma pays for itself: Dmitry Pumpyansky leases it, at a price of 489 to 580 thousand euros a week. As they say, the first year of such exploitation brought an additional $ 7 million to the yacht owner.

Dmitry Rybolovlev named his first yacht in honor of Anna's daughter. The 67-meter Anna boat was built at the Feadship shipyard, and later modernized: it can accommodate up to 12 guests and 18 crew members. The yacht is equipped with a helipad, an onboard garage, a special pull-out bathing platform, an external illumination control system, etc. True, during the divorce proceedings, the former spouse Dmitry Rybolovlev presented the right to the yacht, and now the billionaire is expecting the construction of a new luxury boat, approximately 100 meters long.

Mikhail Prokhorov in 2010 built himself a 96-meter yacht Palladium, which immediately won the prestigious World Yachts Trophies in the category "Design" - so highly appreciated the project studio Michael Leach Design. Palladium has 8 cabins, which can accommodate 16 guests. Prokhorov sold the second yacht, 62-meter Solemar, a year ago - presumably, for 27.5 million dollars. On the deck of the "old" yacht there was a cinema, a gym, a swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a dance floor; Guests could be accommodated in six cabins.

The Nirvana boat, which is said to belong to Vladimir Potanin, is the largest yacht in the Dutch shipyard series Oceanco. It is equipped with a gym, a 3D cinema, bars, a restaurant, a swimming pool and even a terrarium with exotic inhabitants. The length of the yacht, which can be rented for 900 thousand euros a week, is 88.5 m. The second yacht Potanin, Anastasia, is a bit shorter - 75.5 m. There is no exact information about the yacht's belonging, for example, as the ex-spouse Billionaire Natalia, from the point of view of legal formalities Potanin does not own one or the other boat. It was also reported that both yachts were put up for sale (for 199 and 110 million euros).

Alexander Japaridze, co-owner of the Eurasia Drilling Company, demonstrates his passionate love for the Beatles with each new yacht. Four yachts have been named in honor of the Liverpool four and its songs: Here Comes the Sun - 83 m, Imagine - 65.7 m, Let It Be - 47 m, Let It Be - 37 m. The boat called Here comes the Sun is estimated approximately In 80 million euros, it was built on the Dutch shipyard Amels. There, in 2011, built a yacht, named after the legendary song Imagine. The boat at that time was a record for the Dutch shipyard: length 65.7 meters; On board - a spa pool, a bar, two VIP cabins with panoramic windows, a "garage" for two motor boats and four hydrocycles. Rent a boat could be for 530 thousand euros a week. Four years later, Japaridze put Imagine on sale for 69.95 million euros, the new owner renamed it Infinite Shades.

The yachts of the main owner of Lukoil Vagit Alekperov are named Galactica Supernova (70 m) and simply Galactica (50 m). The first Galactica took off in 2009 at the Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts, which Alekperov bought out a year earlier for the founder, Frans Hisen, for 100 million euros. In 2015, "Galaxy" was put up for sale, the new owner bought it for 19.5 million euros and renamed the Red Sapphire. "Galaxy" number two, which received a prefix to the name Super Nova, agreed to water in the spring of 2016, and this is the largest yacht ever produced by Heesen. In addition, it is one of the fastest boats in its class. "Super Nova" is equipped with a glass elevator between the decks, the helicopter platform, a glass bottomed pool, a whirlpool and a waterfall.

Igor Makarov, who owns the Arety company, built four yachts of the same name: Areti - 85 m, Areti - 60 m and two Areti - 38.6 m. Areti number four is produced by the shipyard Lürssen, in the near future it will begin its sea trials, And by the end of the year, an 85-meter boat is expected to be handed over to the owner. The yacht is equipped with a swimming pool, sauna, spa (with hamam, Jacuzzi and sauna) and nine apartments.

Ocean Victory - the name of the first, 76-meter yacht owner MMK Victor Rashnikov, which in 2009 was produced at the Feadship shipyard, and which the businessman sold in 2016 to representatives of the family of the President of Equatorial Guinea for 120 million dollars. Africans, a yacht equipped with a cinema, a Turkish bath-hamam and a helipad, was renamed Ebony Shine. A new boat, 140 meters long, Rashnikov acquired in the same 2014-m. The seven-deck boat is equipped with six swimming pools, a spa, a helipad and an elevator. In 2016, the design of the boat was the subject of proceedings: the Russian Yuri Shefler sued the Italian shipyard Fincanteri, saying that the design of the boat Rashnikova "sketched" from his 134-meter Serene boat, which was designed by the same Italian shipyard.

In October 2016, a preliminary investigation into the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea and probable money laundering began in Switzerland. In the case, the yachts acquired by the Guinean clan among Russian billionaires appear.

Luxurious 90-meter Ice yacht, purchased by Suleiman Kerimov, was built in 2005 at the Lurssen shipyard for the Italian "candy king" Augusto Perfetti and was called Air first. The yacht is equipped with a platform for a helicopter, a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, it can accommodate up to 14 guests and 27 crew members at the same time. In 2015, Kerimov sold the yacht (roughly, for 150-170 million dollars), as reported - the representative of the clan of the President of Equatorial Guinea. Now Karimov owns the high-speed yacht Millenium in length of 36.8 m. They made it at the shipyard Heesen, owned by Vagit Alekperov.

Alexei Mordashov has a 65-meter yacht Lady M (with a swimming pool and a helipad), as well as the world's most expensive aluminum yacht - the 100-meter PalmerJohnson, built in the USA. The third in the collection should be a yacht longer than 100 meters.

The owner of "Rusal" Oleg Deripaska owns, as reported, two yachts: Queen K (73 m) and Selenga (50 m). The first was built in the German shipyard Lürssen in 2004 and is estimated at about £ 70 million. Deripaska acquired it in 2007, renamed (Queen M became Queen K) and repainted from white to steel. The "Queen", whose design was designed by Donald Starkey, is equipped with 9 luxury cabins and can accommodate up to 18 guests.

Yacht "Selenga" is considered to be the largest boat that was ever used to enter the lake. Developed it specifically for hikes in the Baikal. The yacht is aimed at a healthy lifestyle of the owner: it is equipped with a hall for practicing yoga, a massage room and even ... a toilet that can instantly make urinalysis, determining the amount of sugar and calculating the necessary diet. This option, as they say, cost the customer an additional 500 thousand rubles.