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Top 10 most expensive celebrity yachts

New analysis reveals the most expensive celebrity yachts, with David Geffen taking the top spot. The research, conducted by Yacht Charter experts Ritzy Charters, examined celebrity-owned yachts and their price tags to determine a ranking of the most expensive celebrity yachts on the planet. The study revealed that billionaire media mogul David Geffen is the owner of the most expensive celebrity yacht, reportedly costing $590 million.

Geffen takes first place with his $590 million superyacht, The Rising Sun. The yacht was originally owned by Larry Ellison before Geffen purchased it in 2010. The spectacular vessel cost around $200 million to build in 2004, with its length reaching 138 meters and a maximum speed of 30 knots. Besides the unusually high number of rooms, 82 to be exact, the yacht can accommodate around 18 guests and 55 crew members, holding a basketball court, wine cellar and an impressive luxurious cinema.

The second most expensive celebrity yacht is owned by Jeff Bezos, whose impressive vessel takes up 417 feet and is known as the largest sailing yacht on the planet; the Y721, also named the Koru. The yacht features a great-sized pool on its deck alongside accommodation for up to 18 guests and 40 crew members. The beautiful boat design was inspired by Māori art, with its name Koru symbolising strength, new life and peace. Bezos’ superyacht reportedly cost $500 million.

Ranking in third is the Eos superyacht, owned by Belgian fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and her husband, Barry Diller. The power couple reportedly bought the yacht back in 2009 for $200 million, with its exquisite design and luxurious interior. Eos can perform top speeds of 18mph, is 305 feet long and can guest up to fourteen people simultaneously; it is certainly a luxurious experience. Some of the most unique amenities of the yacht include a glass staircase, a 14-foot world map, a jacuzzi and a figurehead of owner Diane von Furstenberg.

Laurene Powell, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, owns the fourth most expensive celebrity yacht. The $120 million VENUS yacht, designed by Phillippe Stark, features beautiful large floor-to-ceiling windows across its 78-metre span, reaching up to 18 knots. The superyacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in six cabins and 22 crew members in 14 cabins, and the vessel’s annual running cost is around $10-$15 million.

The fifth most expensive celebrity-owned yacht is The Maraya, owned by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and cost approximately $65 million in 2012. The superyacht is an impressive 54.2 meters long, and when Diddy is not using the vessel for his own cruises, it can be chartered for approximately $300 thousand per week. On board, the yacht can hold up to 12 guests at a time in six cabins, as well as luxurious features like a sundeck jacuzzi, gym and wellness area, not to mention its very own chef.


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A spokesperson for Ritzy Charters commented: “Luxury yachts are more than just a symbol of wealth; they not only provide incredibly gorgeous views but a level of privacy to those onboard who want a sense of relaxation that you can’t get from anywhere other than chartering across oceans.

Privacy is a huge part of the experience of a superyacht, which is why celebrities are drawn to spending large sums of money on owning their own. It offers them a sense of seclusion that is so secret and respected, far away from paparazzi and the public eye.

It is exciting to see just how luxurious and spectacular the yachts owned by some of the most famous people in the world are. From how they were designed, crafted and produced, it is widely appreciated how beautiful and unique some of the most expensive yachts on our world’s oceans are and just how much they cost.”

The most expensive celebrity yachts 

Yacht name
David Geffen
The Rising Sun
$590 million
Jeff Bezos
$500 million
Diane von Furstenberg
$200 million
Steve and Laurene Jobs
$120 million
Puff Daddy (Sean Combs)
The Maraya
$65 million
Giorgio Armani
$64 million
Jackie Chan
Jinlong 4601
$46 million
Sir Elton John
Wabi Sabi
$29.1 million
Tiger Woods
$29 million
J.K Rowling
$22.9 million

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. As ever with such big figures you have to take them with a pinch of salt. Do we have an exact figure on what the yacht cost? Very often such stats are shrouded in secrecy.

    I always argue that what an asset is worth is what you could actually sell it for now. Valuations are in the land of Mickey Mouse unless someone is actually willing to pay that price.

  2. When you think about it these yachts often have better facilities than many a town. Art gallery, cinema, helipad, swimming pool and even easy parking for your car. What more do you want?

    1. Recently on a trip along the French Riviera I called in on St Tropez. There were some mega yachts moored in the harbour and bay.

      Everywhere there were jet skis, motor launches and helicopters, I’m not sure that you get a lot of privacy on a yacht.

    2. Putting 2 and 2 together, I expect that you probably saw Elton John’s yacht. I flew into Nice in mid-August and saw Elton John being whisked away by security staff. One of the airport staff said that he was getting in a helicopter to go to St Tropez. Probably straight onto his yacht’s helipad. Meanwhile I was still queuing to pick up my baggage.

  3. There’ll be a lot of billionaires looking at that table and feeling uneasy. I get the impression that if you own that sort of yacht you’re flaunting your wealth and won’t like it that other billionaires are showing off even more wealth. Expect some changes the next time that league table is published.

  4. It would be interesting to know what Geffen gets for his $590m.

    One day it might make for an interesting post to find out what these billionaires usually have on board their ships.

  5. There’s a big step up of nearly $17m from Elton John to Jackie Chan. Would a top seven have been more representative of the really big players? And how yachts would there be crowding in the teens?

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