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December 13th 2018. By Nicholas James.

7 of the Most Impressive Yachts Owned by Tech Billionaires

When it comes to the most luxurious and expensive yachts on the market, Silicon Valley's tech moguls sure to know how to make a splash.

With direct access to billions of dollars and the Pacific Ocean nearby, it’s no wonder Silicon Valley tycoons own some of the most impressive yachts in the world. Though Steve Jobs is no longer with us, his legacy of perfection lives on in Venus, the mysterious yacht he designed with Philippe Starck, and big names known for bringing Google and Microsoft to life have some not-too-shabby superyachts themselves. Read on as we take a look at some of the most impressive yachts from the tech world.

Niklas Zennström: Ran VII

Skype founder Niklas Zennström reportedly has a networth of $1.3 billion, but he’s not using it to just kick up his feet and sip martinis on an megayacht every weekend. A dedicated competitive sailor, Zennström showed his passion for the sport in May 2018, garnering headlines for “pioneering electric propulsion systems in racing yachts,” CNN reported. Ran VII might be the smallest yacht in the Swedish billionaire’s fleet, but this 40-foot racer packs quite the game-changing electric motor, making it what Zennström calls “the most radical” boat he owns. “Having gone through the design, build and initial test cycle there is no doubt to me that the future for racing yachts is electric propulsion. It’s lighter, less drag, quieter, and most importantly it is environmentally friendly,” said Zennstrom, praising the electric motor designed by the Majorca-based yacht company Carkeek Design Partners.

Larry Page: Senses

Google’s massive success has guaranteed the tech giant’s cofounder Larry Page a lifetime of luxurious voyages at sea. In 2011, Page bought Senses, a 194.29-foot superyacht designed by Philippe Starck. Refitted in 2015, this mansion on the water mixes both classic and modern furnishings in its pristine and mostly white interiors. In total, Senses has seven guest rooms that can accommodate up to 12 guests. While 14 crew members tend to their every need, guests won’t have to worry about any unwanted motion thanks to the yacht’s stabilization system. If you’re not in the mood for a Jet-Ski ride or wake-boarding thrills, hop in the large jacuzzi on the deck, or get a massage in a relaxation room. And don’t worry about how you’ll get to Senses — just hop aboard a helicopter and land on the yacht’s helipad. According to Yacht Charter Fleet, the Google founder lifestyle can all be yours for $325,000 per week, helicopter not included!

Paul Allen: Tatoosh

Since every office you’ve probably ever been in has Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen at one point owned two of the biggest yachts known to man. Nowadays, it seems Allen will have to deal with having just one of them: Tatoosh. Though the 303-foot yacht shares the name of the wilderness region located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the state of Washington — famously home to Microsoft’s headquarters — nothing about this luxury screams “roughing it.” Tatoosh’s impressive amenities include two helipads, basketball courts, a swimming pool, a movie theater, a well-equipped gym, 10 plush staterooms, two staff cabins and more. Just how much will all this set you back? Allen reportedly tried selling the yacht in 2010 for $160 million but decided to hold off in 2014.

Richard Branson: Necker Belle

Beyond working to send tourists to space via Virgin Galactic, Virgin founder Richard Branson is known also known for having incredible taste. The most recent example: Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama turned to Branson for their first post-White House vacation, and one look at Branson’s yacht Necker Belle paints a picture of a voyage for the ages. The 105-foot custom catamaran is named after and based in Necker Island, Branson’s 74-acre island in the British Virgin Islands. Not impressed yet? Necker Belle has its own aero submarine that can take up to three people on a magical voyage underwater. Oh, and then there is an open-air cinema, a diving board, waterskis, 12-person fast boat, a wakeboard and diving equipment. Its four cabins can accommodate up to 12 guests, and none of them will have to lift a finger thanks to the crew of seven, which includes a chef.

Necker Belle. Photo Courtesy of Denison Yachting.

Larry Ellison: Musashi

How much software does one need to sell to buy a 288-foot luxury yacht? Just ask Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who named his floating oasis after 16th-century Japanese warrior Miyamoto Musashi. While it’s true that Musashi offers plenty of space for a duel, you’ll probably just want to soak up the sun and a margarita while you’re aboard a stunning boat good enough for a person worth $59.7 billion, according to Forbes. This five-deck uberyacht features eight guest rooms and two staterooms spread out to give everyone privacy. A spa, gym and pool are reportedly just some of the amenities you can make the most of.

Steve Jobs: Venus


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Prior to his death at the age of 56 in 2011, the genius behind Apple spent years and reportedly nearly $140 million dollars to bring Venus to life. The 260-foot yacht — named after the Roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility — has a modern exterior so beautiful the Roman gods might blush. But little is known about its interior, as Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, has never invited cameras inside. Thankfully, designer French designer Philippe Starck — with whom Jobs collaborated on the project — has revealed a few details about Jobs’ dream boat. In an interview Vanity Fair in 2014, Starck said of the inside, “try to imagine the height of minimalism.” Elaborating on the design, Starck said, “The [interior] philosophy was the same as for the exterior: the least of everything.” However, even Starck isn’t sure what it looks like today. “In Steve’s lifetime, I had formulated recommendations for the furnishings, but Laurene put in the furniture she wanted,” he told Vanity Fair. “I’m not there to interfere in these people’s taste.” Among Venus’ bells and whistles: a command center reportedly featuring seven 27-inch iMacs; a cockpit Starck describes as “a piece of curved glass, 23 meters long, 6 centimeters thick”; and portable controls for each guest, which Starck reportedly described to Mers & Bateaux.


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Barry Diller: Eos

From TV to the internet, Barry Diller has made his mark on the world, but he’s determined to make time to unwind aboard the 305-foot Eos, one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world. Diller shares the exquisite boat with his wife, Diane von Furstenberg, the fashion designer credited with creating the “wrap dress.” Together, the couple enjoys their reported $200 million yacht alongside celebrity pals like Bradley Cooper and Anderson Cooper. Electronic sails, an inviting jacuzzi, and a luxurious interior are among the features that make it clear Eos is not your grandfather’s sailboat — unless, of course, your grandfather is Barry Diller.

Nicholas James