Jeff Bezos' three-masted, $500 million superyacht will be one of the biggest ever built.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has ordered a massive yacht at Oceanco Shipyard in the Netherlands, according to international media reports. He has also placed an order for a wide (75 meter) support vessel.
Gerrit van Katwijk
The billionaire founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is about to enter the illustrious ranks of the haves and have-yachts.
The world's wealthiest man is about to become the proud owner of one of the most luxurious and lavish superyachts ever constructed. The boat, recognized only by its project code Y721, will be as long as the Great Pyramid of Giza and filled with state-of-the-art treasures including an in-deck swimming pool and a "ambient" theater, all adding to a rumored $500 million price tag.
Jeff Bezos' $500 million superyacht will be one of the biggest ever built.
Bezos, who is worth an estimated $200 billion, will now be responsible for an average operating expense of $50 million. The luxury sailing ship's plans are being kept under wraps, but some reports have recently surfaced on the website of its Netherlands-based maker, Oceanco, as well as on enthusiast forums. According to the information available so far, it could be based on the 106-meter Black Pearl, pictured below, which is actually the world's largest and most technologically advanced sailing yacht.
It will be operated by three massive masts which will extend over many decks. Because of the sails, it will not have a helipad; instead, rumors claim it will arrive with its ownyacht, in a twist worthy of the richest Bond villain. A separate support vessel with a dedicated landing facility has been commissioned by Bezos and his colleague Lauren Sanchez.
As the urban elite invest in ever more expensive vessels to escape the masses in opulence and anonymity, the luxury yacht market has thrived during the pandemic.
After spending time on Eos, another three-masted schooner owned by film and Fox TV billionaire Barry Diller and his wife Diane Von Furstenberg, the celebrated fashion designer, in 2019, Bezos is said to have placed the order before the virus struck.
He was later photographed with model Karlie Kloss, Josh Kushner, and former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein on David Geffen's yacht in the Balearics.
Bezos isn't low on cash, and according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, he contributed to his considerable fortune last week by selling almost $2 billion worth of his company's stock. Bloomberg journalist Brad Stone reveals more information about the ship in his upcoming book on Bezos, Amazon Unbound, which is also likely to play a central role in Bezos' life as he steps away from running the online behemoth he developed.
“What did the future bring for their founder?” he writes. At least a portion of the solution can be found in the shipyards of Oceanco, a Dutch custom yacht manufacturer. Outside of Rotterdam, a new development was quietly taking shape: a 127-meter-long, three-mast schooner about which nothing was understood, even among luxury boat makers, except that when it was finished, it would be one of the finest sailing yachts in the world.”
Sailing Yacht Y721
Bezos' superyacht is hull Y721, which is currently being designed at Oceanco. We will reveal that the yacht will be styled similarly to Barry Diller's sailing yacht EOS (which measures 93 meters (305 feet) in length).
The 93-meter EOS is the largest three-masted schooner in the world
On the aft deck of the yacht, there would be a big swimming pool. The yacht is expected to hold 18 visitors, who will be served by a crew of about 40 people. In 2022, the yacht will be launced. The design of Bezos' yacht would be identical to that of the (smaller) sailing yacht EOS.
The 127-meter ship with three masts is expected to cost more than $500 million.
According to reports in the international press, Bezos has also placed an order for a massive support vessel. This is the 75-meter (246-foot) Hull YS7512, which is currently being designed at Damen Yachting.
In a press kit, Gerrit van Katwijk provided a photo of the Y721 Hull, as well as a rendering of the support vessel.
The custom-built vessel would transport all of the key yacht's toys and tenders. It has a helicopter hangar with enough room for a big helicopter. The vessel has a total capacity of 45 people, including staff, crew, and passengers. It will be the Damen Yacht Support's largest vessel, with a volume of 1,900 tons.
Bezos is the president and owner of Amazon. With a net worth of $190 billion, he is one of the world's wealthiest men. He was said to be the owner of the yacht Flying Fox, but an Amazon spokeswoman disputed this. He does own a private Gulfstream G650ER jet. After 25 years of marriage, MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos have divorced. On Friday, a judge in King County, Washington, signed an order formally separating the couple. This clears the way for MacKenzie to receive 19.7 million shares in Amazon.com Inc. in his name. In January 2019, the Bezoses declared their separation.