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Living the High Life: The 5 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

Mark Cheng



When it comes to opulence and wealth, yachts are certainly one big measure. But when it comes to super wealth, we’re no longer discussing those smaller yachts that you’d rent out for a friend’s birthday party anymore. No, we’re talking about massive yachts that could house an entire small condominium block.

Here are the top 5 most expensive yachts in the world money can buy:


5. Al Said – $300 million (155 metres)


Coming in at number 5, this boat, named after its owner Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id Al Saïd of Oman, can host 70 guests with a crew of 154.

Interesting Facts: The boat has a concert hall that can house a 50-piece orchestra. Now that would make for a really amazing concert. When it was being built in 2007-2008, it was the world’s second largest yacht.


4. A – $323 million (119 metres)

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Comparatively smaller to the rest of the boats on this list (not that it really matters after awhile), this super yacht named after its owner, Andrei Melnichenko was designed by Phillipe Starck. Apparently the Melnichenkos are embroiled in a lawsuit with Akzo Nobel because the yacht’s paint was supposedly not as reflective as they had requested. Don’t mess with a man and his (super)yacht.

Interesting Facts: The yacht houses bath faucets worth $40,000 and stair bannisters worth $60,000. If that’s not enough to make you careful when traipsing around the boat, I don’t know what is. It also has a bed that rotates with the touch of a button for great sunrise/sunset viewing. Yes, I know. I want that too.


3. Dubai – $350million (162m)


Built by famous boat builders Blohm + Voss, the Dubai currently belongs to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh of the emirate of Dubai. When it was built in 2006, it was then the most expensive yacht in the world, and was originally built for the Prince of Brunei, Jefri Bolkiah, until he started running short on funds.

Interesting Facts: If you’re into sports, the yacht boasts a squash room and gym for when you get tired of lounging in this lap of luxury. It also has a helipad that can land a Blackhawk helicopter and submarine. A barbecue area, cinema and disco round off the list of entertainment options. Clearly, you’re not going to be bored here.


2. Eclipse – $485 million (162.5m)

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Robert Johnson/Business Insider

Not only does he own Chelsea FC and have a taste for expensive footballers (Fernando Torres, anyone?), Roman Abramovich also has a taste for expensive boats. A huge jump from 3rd to 2nd, this was the world’s largest yacht when it was purchased in 2010.

Interesting Facts: Ever the fun lover and sports enthusiast, the boat holds two swimming pools, one with a depth adjuster that allows it to be converted into a dance floor. Talk about being innovative! But what the boat is perhaps best known for is its intruder defence system, with a laser shield and camera detector that blocks nosy paparrazi reporters from spoiling the fun.


1. Azzam – $627 million (180m)



The world’s most expensive yacht, which also happens to be the world’s largest one, belongs to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates. This behemoth of a yacht took German builders Lürssen Yachts four years to build. If you think this is extravagant, well, the $627 million purchase was only about 3.5% of of Sheikh Khalif’s net worth of $17.9 billion, according to Wealth-X.

Interesting Facts:  With an innovative water jet propulsion system, this boat can travel at speeds in excess of 31 knots (approx. 57 km/h). A lot of information about its interior is still not as yet known, but it is rumoured to even have a bullet proof master suite.


If you had the money to own a yacht of this size (yes, one can dream), what would you  build in it? 


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Mark Cheng

I rant and rave a lot, but when I'm not busy doing that, I'm managing the content for MoneySmart. I love Singapore, but I also believe in helping it to improve bit by bit, and that's where MoneySmart comes in. Have some thoughts? Drop me an email at [email protected]