How much does Jeff Bezos’s yacht cost?
20 October 2022
It seems Jeff Bezos is still fixated on the notion that size truly counts despite all the attention he received for his suggestively shaped space rocket.
The third-richest man in the world (behind Elon Musk and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) is constructing a megayacht in Holland at such an extravagant scale that it resembles the ship from “Gulliver’s Travels” washing up on Liliput.
It will need to be removed from the Rotterdam harbour where it is being constructed.
When it debuts this summer, the 417-foot-long, $500 million Y721 will be the largest sailing yacht in the world. Bezos, 58, prevails in a piss-off competition against other tech billionaires, including media tycoon and new owner of People magazine Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Even his auxiliary support vessel for his yacht, the Dragonfly, is larger than Brin’s stunningly futuristic $80 million vessel.
The main hull of the Y721 has three decks, one of which has a swimming pool, and three enormous masts. It is powered primarily by a state-of-the-art propulsion technology that harnesses kinetic energy from sail movement.
Nevertheless, operating the Y721 will cost about $25 million annually. There is room for 18 guests on board, and a 40-person crew is needed. Although Eos only reaches out 305 feet, it is reported to be based on Diller’s yacht, which is a favourite of famous pals including Kate Perry, Prince Harry, and Bradley Cooper. (The vessel was the biggest private sailing yacht in the world when Diller purchased it.) While Brin’s Dragonfly is only 240 feet tall, Ellison’s Musashi is 288 feet tall.
In addition to providing a landing pad for a helicopter, its tender will transport toys like jet skis and smaller boats. This is crucial because Bezos’ high-flying girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, 52, enjoys flying her boyfriend on dates.
The price tag of $500 million is a minor drop in the bucket for the creator of Amazon, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes last week at $181 billion.
What about the insides?
While we’re unlikely to see inside Jeff Bezos’ new ship anytime soon, the interiors of Y271 are said to be inspired by Eos, a 305-foot yacht owned by his close friend, Fox founder and former CEO Barry Diller.