Over-The-Top Celebrity-Owned Yachts
Being a star comes with a lot of perks, including plenty of luxurious vacations. But no getaway is more extravagant than those taken on a private yacht. To escape the stresses of their daily lives, these rich and famous figures shelled out for their own mega-vessels, which come equipped with everything from pools to gyms to movie theaters. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest and most impressive yachts owned by celebrities.
Tiger Woods owns a $20 million, 155-foot-long luxury liner named Privacy, seen here outside one of his homes. According to Business Insider, the famous golfer bought the yacht in 2004, even spending his wedding night with ex-wife Elin Nordegren on board. The boat is big enough to sleep over a dozen people and reportedly has a theater, a gym and jacuzzi.
Woods put his yacht to good use this past summer. The athlete stayed on the boat during the U.S. Open in June 2018, docking it in Sag Harbor, New York, about half an hour from the site of the tournament.
While discussing his decision to stay on the boat, Woods caught some flack for calling the luxury yacht a “dinghy.” As he told reporters at the time, “So far it’s been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy there and just really enjoy it.”
Venus was built specifically for the Apple founder, although it sadly wasn’t completed until a year after his death in 2011. The sleek superyacht, which remains under the ownership of the Jobs’ family, is 257 feet long and boasts an innovative glass-covered exterior design. As seen in photos shared with Boat International in 2015, the bridge of the vessel is outfitted with seven 27-inch iMacs.
According to Boat International, the Jobs family keeps details of the boat extremely private. Photos of Venus’ interior have never been shared. Despite that, the vessel remains a favorite for yacht spotters to track as it coasts around the world.
Roberto Cavalli—Roberto Cavalli
Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli enjoys cruising around in his eponymous boat, which is recognizable for its bold, colorful exterior. The yacht is reportedly coated in color-changing paint that includes a range of green, purple, blue and gold hues.
“Many people ask me, ‘Which color is your boat?’ Honestly, I don’t know because it depends on what time. In the morning, it’s a dark blue, and sometimes it’s even gold.” Cavalli said of the design, per Racked.
Roberto Cavalli—Roberto Cavalli
Cavalli’s yacht boasts a jacuzzi, well-stocked bar and large dining room table. With those amenities, it’s no surprise the vessel has been host to plenty of celebrities. The designer notably threw a star-studded yacht party during the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana—Regina D’Italia
Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, known as the duo behind Dolce & Gabbana, own a yacht named Regina D’Italia, which reportedly houses around 12 guests. According to Racked, the boat boasts lavish details throughout the interior, including gold-veined marble floors, gold bathroom taps studded with sapphires and rubies and leopard-skin throws. But perhaps the coolest feature? A giant, custom-built, inflatable slide.
Giorgio Armani shelled out more than $60 million to build his 213-foot yacht, Main. It reportedly took 30 months to build the vessel at Italy’s Codecasa Shipyards.
“The costs [of upkeep] are extraordinary,” the designer told Harper’s Bazaar in 2010. “When you decide to have a boat like this, a thousand euros is nothing. It’s a drop in the bucket.”
The Vajoliroja once belonged to Johnny Depp. The yacht got its unique moniker by blending his name with those of his former girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and their two children Lily-Rose and Jack. The 156-foot-long yacht, which has a state of the art communications and entertainment system, was later renamed Amphitrite.
J.K. Rowling bought the Amphitrite, previously owned by Depp, in 2016. According to The Telegraph, she was entranced by the vessel when she and her family chartered it for a trip. But she apparently had a change of heart shortly after, putting it up for sale less than a year later.
Late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen shelled out about $200 million to build this 414-foot yacht, Octopus. The boat boasts some amazing amenities, including a glass-bottom pool, two helicopters, a movie theater and a basketball court. It also consists of 41 suites that accommodate over two dozen guests.
In case you haven’t already realized just how over-the-top Allen’s yacht is, here are some more facts to blow your mind. As Business Insider outlines, the boat has “exploration equipment,” aka actual submarines, on board, including one called Pagoo that can dive for up to eight hours and accommodate 10 people. It also has a recording studio that Mick Jagger once recorded in.
David Geffen—Rising Sun
Record executive, film producer and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen owns the impressive superyacht Rising Sun, which is one of the largest in the world. The boat reportedly cost over $200 million to build. It also boasts 82 rooms, including a movie theater and a basketball court.
David Geffen—Rising Sun
Geffen’s Rising Sun has probably hosted more celebrities than any other luxury yacht. It has entertained the biggest A-listers in Hollywood, including Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Oprah Winfrey. Even Barack and Michelle Obama were photographed vacationing on the boat in 2017, as seen below.
Tennis star Rafael Nadal bought the Monte Carlo Yachts model MCY 76, and named it Beethoven, in 2016. Italian design team Nuvolari Lenard designed both the interior and exterior.
“The main saloon is totally open and not like other boats where there is a living area, then a closed galley and a separate helm position,” Nadal told Boat International. “I like the fact that I can sit in the saloon and see out the front; it makes the boat feel bigger.”
Nadal has spoken about how staying on the yacht has helped him decompress from his high-profile career.
“The only thing that I can tell you is that, because I have a yacht, I am able to forget about everything and get away from that tiring stress,” he told Boat International. “Doing things that I love to do and enjoying those two days snorkeling, or spending time with friends, or playing, going out with the boat and visiting places, walking through the mountains. I love that.”
The Russian-Israeli businessman and owner of English Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club owns the second-largest private yacht in the world. The 533-foot-long boat, named Eclipse, took five years to design, develop and construct. It boasts two helicopters pads, 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, multiple hot tubs and a disco hall.
In addition to boasting some incredible amenities, Eclipse is also reported to be one of the safest yachts currently navigating the oceans. The boat features a state of the art missile detection system, armored protection around the wheelhouse and the main cabin, and bulletproof windows.
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was the previous owner of David Geffen’s Rising Sun. After deciding it was too big, he sold the mammoth yacht to Geffen in 2010. He now owns the smaller, but still luxurious, 288-foot vessel Musashi.
According to Boat International, Ellison’s new yacht was built in 2011. He named it after Miyamoto Musashi, a revered Japanese Samurai warrior. It features two master suites and a basketball court.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum—Smeralda
The crown prince of Dubai, who often catalogs his life of luxury on Instagram, reportedly owns multiple yachts. One of them is Smeralda, which can accommodate over 20 guests and boasts a huge owner’s apartment on the upper deck. It’s also reportedly equipped with a huge interior beach club complete with gym and massage room, a fully customized eight-person spa and sauna and a large multi-function outdoor entertaining area that includes a “winter garden” and a pool.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum—Dubai
Speaking of the royal family of Dubai, Smeralda isn’t the only impressive vessel under its ownership. The Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates owns the third largest boat in the world, the 531-foot Dubai. As Boat International reports, the yacht houses up to 24 guests and is comprised of a master’s suite, five VIP suites and six guest suites, all with open balconies. Other amenities include a pool, barbecue area, cinema, disco, a landing platform for a Blackhawk helicopter, a gymnasium, a garage for the yacht’s submarine and a myriad of water toys.
Former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert owns the 288-foot Fountainhead, the sister ship to Ellison’s Musashi. The yacht can accommodate 14 guests and a crew of 20.
The yacht looks almost identical to Musashi on the outside, but reportedly boasts a single master suite, instead of two, and a more antique-inspired interior. It is equipped with a library, a recreation room, a full gym and health club, and a contra-flow swimming pool. Despite that, the yacht is still somehow only the 72nd largest in the world, per Boat International.
Valentino Garavani—T.M. Blue One
The fashion designer owns the 152-foot vessel T.M. Blue One. The boat is reportedly named after the designer’s beloved parents, Teresa and Mauro. Contrary to what you’d think, the interior was not designed by Valentino, but by architect Peter Marino.
Valentino Garavani—T.M. Blue One
T.M. Blue One has a full-time staff of 11 people. It also boasts an impressive array of art on its walls, including Warhols. Plenty of celebrities, such as Olivia Palermo and her model husband Johannes Huebl, and Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman, have enjoyed time on the boat.
Sir Philip Green—Lionheart
British businessman Sir Philip Green owns the superyacht Lionheart. The 207-foot boat reportedly cost $37.5 million. It can accommodate 12 guests comfortably and also has enough cabin space for 16 crew members.
Sir Philip Green, Lionheart
Lionheart is one of multiple yachts owned by Green (who’s the head of the company that owns multiple retail brands, including Topshop), but it’s definitely one of the most luxurious. According to Vanity Fair, the boat has a swimming pool, a helipad and a beauty salon. It also has a hot tub, an expansive deck and a separate mini boat to ferry visitors in and out.
Diane Von Furstenberg—Eos
Diane von Furstenberg and husband Barry Diller own the 305-foot superyacht Eos. The boat is one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world and reportedly cost $150 million. The designer and her family are known to spend much of their summers on the vessel, along with their famous friends. Andy Cohen posted a photo of himself with von Furstenberg aboard the boat in 2017.
Diane Von Furstenberg—Eos
Cohen was only one of a group of famous faces to vacation on the designer’s yacht in the summer of 2017. He and von Furstenberg sailed around Tahiti alongside the likes of Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk, Allison Williams and Anderson Cooper. The celebrities captured plenty of snapshots of their luxurious getaway, including the group photo below, which von Furstenberg posted to Instgram.