Being rich and famous is stressful. The paparazzi are after you, as well as your fans. They follow you where you work and live. Sometimes all you can do is escape.
How? You might ask, The answer; on a mega-yacht! Take a look at some of the world’s most incredible yachts that Hollywood celebrities, musicians, and business people use to get away from it all.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Infamous Aya
The Portuguese soccer superstar actually made the news in 2017 when the cops raided his ship. He had chartered it for 45,000 euros per week to go on holiday with his family to Ibiza. Cristiano was eating dinner with his girlfriend when the authorities climbed onboard the Aya.
The police were looking for evidence of tax fraud. An hour later, the cops left with some papers. In 2018, Cristiano had to pay a fine of 18.8 million euros and serve a short prison sentence (which got knocked down to probation).
Mariah Carey’s Monster Boat: Capri
Judging by the picture below, Mariah Carey’s Capri probably should have been named the “Coastguard” or “The Bigger Boat,” but that’s just me. When you’ve sold as many records as legendary “Songbird Supreme,” you can do basically anything you want. So, when the singer wanted to spend the entire summer of 2016 living on a boat, who could deny her?
Capri is, by no means, an ordinary boat. It has five decks, a gymnasium, multiple dining areas, two bars, jacuzzi, library, and a grand piano that Mariah bought from Marilyn Monroe’s estate, costing Mimi 265,000 euros a week.
Ecsta-sea, get it?
With such lousy taste in boat names, "The Biebs" makes up for it by hosting lavish celebrity parties and family vacations on the Ecstasea that he charters from an unknown owner. The boat was built for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (so that's where the name came from) and is valued at $75 million,
The yacht can sleep 15 guests in seven cabins and has fun amenities like a Flyboard, a gym, jacuzzi, helicopter hangar, and air conditioning. It's all you need to host parties with Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez around Ibiza. Now you know what to do.
The Beckham’s Horizon E88
As the most iconic British couple after the Royals (of course), David and Victoria Beckham know how to enjoy their holidays in style with a 3.8-million-pound super-yacht. The Horizon E88, nicknamed The Sophisticated Lady,” can sleep 12 guests and includes a state-of-the-art gym. There is plenty of room for the celebrity couple and their friends, pictured here apparently groping each other.
The couple is worth 1 billion despite having retired the worlds of sport and music. Most of their wealth comes from their lucrative fashion empires and sponsorship deals. Some people retire with pensions. Others are called the Beckhams.
V for Billy Joel’s Vendetta
Everyone knows the "Piano Man" and his songs about Italian restaurants, Billy Joel is one of the successful singer/songwriters of all time. His success has translated into piles of money. Piles that have allowed him to buy no less than five yachts. That's more than enough to impress any "Uptown Girl."
The fastest of Joel's ships, the Vendetta, is a replica of 1920s commuter yachts that the singer helped design. In fact, he's a pretty talented yacht designer, having sold 50 boats for around $500,000 each. In case this music thing doesn't pan out, he could always build boats fulltime.
Bill Gates’ Serene
Bill Gates's super-yacht makes you feel serene just by looking at it. Although the founder of Microsoft once was the world's richest man, he never splurged, except for this yacht. He leased this 439-foot super-yacht for $5 million per week in 2014. With a helicopter hangar, saltwater swimming pool, two helipads, Serene can entertain 24 guests.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia purchased it for 500 million euros in 2015. Unfortunately, Serene had an accident in 2017 when it went crashed off the coast of Egypt. She's fixed now, and you can charter it if you want to.
Big Shaq Living Larger Than Life
Shaquille O'Neal, AKA Shaq, is arguably one of the biggest players in NBA history, and at 7 ft1 in, we mean that figuratively as well. Shaq has an estimated net worth $400 million, so for him, buying a fancy yacht is as much of an investment as buying a car is, for normal people.
At 47 years old, Shaq has already achieved more than he ever imagined growing up. So, now he can afford to take a break whenever he chooses, and what better way to do that than to sail out in the open sea, in style.
Eric Clapton Rocks Onboard his Va Bene
Eric Clapton, who was the subject of many graffiti declaring “Clapton is God,” is one the greatest guitarist of all time, as well as one of the most recognizable names in rock and roll. Clapton is also known for his 156-foot super-yacht, which is worth around 9 million pounds.
The Va Bene has enough room for 12 guests and 12 crew members. There’s a barbecue grill, two dining centers (one formal and one informal), and karaoke. Clapton put the yacht up for sale in 2016, but don’t worry. He’s got another one.
Hail Hokulani! The Yacht of Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban
Hokulani is actually actress Nicole Kidman's name in Hawaiian, which she and her country-superstar husband used to name their 3-story super-yacht. It comes with a jacuzzi, televisions, water skis, wakeboards, snorkeling equipment, and a glass atrium roof. Ten guests and eight crew members can sleep inside the belly of this 150-foot beast.
Estimates point its value at around $4.5 million. That doesn't really matter to a couple that's worth $195 million. This sea vessel was designed for elegance, with wood furnishings, large windows, and champagne-colored exterior. I'm not sure about the color but sign me up for water skiing.
Leo’s Yacht of Choice: The Topaz
Ok, so Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't own this super-yacht, but he does rent it. For a whopping 3,750,000 euros, Leo charters the Topaz for a week of partying. In 2014, he threw an '80s themed party, echoing "Wolf of Wall Street" (2013). Leo invited Orlando Bloom and Jamie Foxx, among other A-list celebrities.
Built by Lürssen Yachts in 2012, the Topaz is considered one of the largest in the world at 483 feet long. There's a gym, a conference room, a water sports center to chill with supermodels, and two helipads, which is better than what Jack (Leo) got in "Titanic".
The Ghost (of their relationship)
Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie knew how to chill in style (when they were still together, that is). The ex-couple liked spending time with their children on The Ghost. Owned by Australian accountant Anthony Bell, this 122-foot super-yacht is for sale with an asking price of $8.91 million, probably because the couple isn't using it anymore.
Having won design-awards, the Ghost has three guest cabins and can accommodate six guests. There is also a custom catamaran for those who like sailing. This super-yacht is fast, having competed in super-yacht regattas. It can go as quickly as Pitt and Jolie's marriage.
Maìn (also) by Giorgio Armani
As one of the world’s wealthiest and most iconic fashion designers, Giorgio Armani knows how to spend his money with gusto. He designed his second super-yacht (after having already designed his first one, the Mariù) with elegance in mind.
The blinds and windows continuously wrap around the boat to make it look like there aren’t any walls. And the paint is deep green to camouflage the ship. Maìn might not look flashy, but it’s quite impressive with 14 cabins, a gym, a cinema, a stateroom, and a hot tub for chilly nights (or any night for that matter).
The Sun Rises on David Geffen
David Geffen’s 138-meter super-yacht has a full gym, cinema, spa, sauna, and wine cellar. The basketball court on the top deck doubles as a helipad. He can afford it. After all, he is the founder of Asylum and Geffen Records and owner of Dreamworks.
It cost $200 million to build this giant vessel, which can reach speeds of up to 28 knots. The Rising Sun is worth double nowadays. Initially created for Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corporation, the super-yacht has hosted celebrities like Oprah, the Obamas, Tom Hanks, and Julia Roberts.
Nadal’s Beethoven: Better than the 9th symphony?
Rafael Nadal is worth a whopping $180 million. It's not surprising for such a high caliber tennis player who has been a staple of every grand slam tournament for the past decade. The Spaniard grew up on the Balearic Islands, where he enjoys sailing on the Beethoven.
Worth $2.5 million in 2016, the ship can speed up to 31 knots (surprising for its size) and entertain eight guests. Nadal likes taking the yacht out around his native Mallorca with his famous friends after training for the day. Rafael, you'll be receiving my friend request soon.
(Heartless) Sir Philip Green’s Lionheart
This retail magnate is planning to close his Arcadia retail empire while chilling on his yacht, the Lionheart. Worth $5 billion, Green can surely afford to sail in luxury in multiple yachts. Lionheart is his third, can accommodate 12 guests and is valued at around $150 million.
Nevertheless, the Lionheart has become famous for reasons that Green would rather keep to himself. As mentioned before, he’s planning to shut down his empire, leaving 19,000 employees to fend for themselves, while he takes time off indefinitely in tax-free Monaco. When you’re rich, you can sometimes be a jerk.
Born and raised in Barbados, Rihanna knows how to enjoy the sea. The singer/makeup mogul likes soaking up the sun aboard this 172-foot ship through the Mediterranean. The Latitude had five decks, six double staterooms, beach club, and sky lounge. Rihanna charters the 812-ton vessel for $300,000 per week.
Rihanna first rented the super-yacht after performing at 2011’s V Festival and has used it ever since. She’s currently worth $260 million. Rihanna also makes $70 million a year without lifting a finger. Her company Fenty made a whopping $100 million in the first 40 days after launch.
iVenus (actually, it’s just Venus)
Steve Jobs ordered the creation of his super-yacht, never knowing that he would die before it was ever completed. His surviving family owns the luxurious ship now. No pictures have yet been released of its interior, so much of the ship still remains a mystery. The only thing anyone knows is that the computers on board are all Macs. No surprise there.
The yacht was designed by Philippe Starck, who actually impounded the ship because Jobs’s heirs still owed him 3 million euros for his work. Fortunately, they reach a solution, and the 256-foot Venus sailed once more.
Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse
The Russian billionaire owner of the Chelsea Football Club owns a truly remarkable boat. Named the Eclipse, it’s the second-biggest private yacht. The 538-foot vessel has hosted parties with guests like Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Salma Hayek, and many more A-list celebrities. It pays to be wealthy, am I right?
With 24 cabins, a mini-submarine, and a missile detection system, this 340-million-euro yacht eclipses the competition. Abramovich made his fortune in the steel and nickel industry. Worth $12.7 billion, he is quite able to pay the crew of 70 people it takes to operate the super-yacht and serve the guests.
The Edge of Cyan (Or Is It the Other Way Around?)
Cyan belongs to The Edge. Don’t forget that. The Edge certainly doesn’t want you to. It’s hard not to take it personally when people think that Bono is the only U2 band member who can splurge on a yacht. The Edge set the record straight: “It’s mine,” said the guitar player, “Bono doesn’t know anything about boats.” Yeesh.
In reality, The Edge needed help from his friend to buy the 160-foot vessel and redesign it. They added a jacuzzi, high-end music system, and bar. So Cyan belongs to The Edge and friends. I wonder if Bono is one of them.
Vantage by Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein is one of the wealthiest people in the fashion industry. From his famous underwear to his elegant suits, the designer’s products are ubiquitous. The Vantage follows Klein’s eye for sleek elegance. Plush carpeting and warm colors line the interior, while the exterior hosts a jacuzzi, bar, and barbecue grill.
Klein has hosted many parties during the Cannes Film Festival on the Vantage with many A-list celebrities on the waiting list, no doubt. The yacht is big enough for 12 guests and nine crew members. You can charter this 150-foot yacht with the starting price at $180,000 per week.
The Talent Judge’s Escape: Slipstream
Simon Cowell, the "mean judge" of talent competitions, enjoys the money he has made berating talentless contestants by vacationing on the Slipstream. No, this isn't Star Trek, his favorite 196-foot long super-yacht is the Slipstream. He takes it around Ibiza with his family.
Slipstream has a spa pool, barbecue, dining area, sitting area, and that's just on the sun deck. Inside the ship are seven rooms and enough room for 12 guests. There's an observation lounge, a VIP suite with a private balcony, and a sky lounge that turns into a cinema. It's all yours for 330,000 euros per week.
Sail the Seven Seas with Steven Spielberg
Some might say that Seven Seas is the "bigger boat" that Brody mentioned in Spielberg's beloved film "Jaws" involving a giant shark. Unsurprisingly, the filmmaker's $200 million super-yacht houses a movie theater with a projector, a large screen, and rows of seats.
There is a gym, a jacuzzi, and jets skis included. There are also large windows from floor to ceiling in the dining room that can be opened when the weather permits. Spielberg didn't expect to like sailing so much, but he put Seven Seas for sale in 2015 to get a bigger boat. See what I did there.
Queen B’s Galactica (Battle)Star
R&B's most prominent couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, like to spend time with their kids on the Galactica Star, not to be confused with the science fiction TV show, Battlestar Galactica. This $42 million beast's owner is actually Nigerian billionaire Kola Aluko. Hov and Bey only rent it for $900 million per week.
The Carters get a lot for their money: hot tub, pool, cinema, and the ability to entertain 12 guests. Even though the ship is enormous (weighing 961 gross tons), it can go up to 28 knots. Galactica Star is one of the fastest yachts in its class.
Michael Jordan’s Catch 23
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, a shrewd businessman, and the current owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He is so competitive that he spends his retirement crushing other golfers on the golf course. You probably remember him from the movie "Space Jam."
Fond of sailing, he uses his favorite $80 million sportfish super-yacht to compete in fishing competitions as well. The name of his yacht shares the number of his jersey. It's also a play on words of the title of the novel "Catch-22". Being in a Catch-23 doesn't seem too bad.
J.K. And Depp’s Amphitrite (No, It’s Not A Magical Beast)
J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp have more in common than Fantastic Beasts, they owned the same yacht, albeit at different points in time. J.K.’s story is quite inspiring, from writing bestsellers on toilet paper to buying Jack Sparrow’s yacht for 20 million pounds.
The boat came with many features like saloons, jet skis, kayaks, and five cabins with their own skylight and wine bar. In the end, J.K. sold the 156-foot-long houseboat for 7 million pounds less than what she paid for it. No worries. She’s still making tons of cash with the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Expelliarmus!
Nicolas Cage’s Sarita and his over-the-top lifestyle
Between 1996 and 2011, Cage reportedly went on a $150 million spending spree that included a dinosaur skull and shrunken pygmy heads, as well as a variety of luxury yachts. His favorite was a 126-foot super-yacht, called the Sarita, could entertain 12 guests.
In 2008, he put the 227-ton ship for sale. A year later, Cage got fined $6.2 million by the IRS. He also sold several properties, including a Bavarian Castle. Of course, Cage blamed everything on his accountants and business partners. Unlike his character in Vampire's Kiss, I guess he misfiled something. Bad call, baby doll!
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Silolona (it’s not made by Goop, thank goodness)
Gwyneth Paltrow, A-list movie star and owner of Goop, takes a “creative” approach when it comes to her health and wellness routines. Nevertheless, she does have more mainstream tastes when it comes to luxury vacations. Paltrow blogged about her experiences in the 164-foot Silolona while sailing through the Komodo Archipelago in Indonesia.
The yacht is elegant and old-fashioned. Its classic design comes with everything the actress/entrepreneur and her family need to enjoy the high seas for $108,500 per week. With a master suite and four triple cabins, there is room enough for 12 guests and 16 crew members.
Elton John’s Rumored Ex-Yacht
There was a rumor that the Rocketman owned the Wabi-Sabi. Whoever the owner was, the super-yacht was sold for $25.9 million. The sea vessel included a large plasma-screen television, sofas, a barbecue area, and a large dining room table that can serve 12 guests.
Wabi-Sabi also had a swimming platform, jacuzzi, air conditioning, and underwater lighting, as well as room for 11 crew members to make sailing as smooth as possible. Thanks to the current owners, Moran Yacht & Ship, you can now charter the Wabi-Sabi for $195,000 per week. Excentric glasses not included.
Tiger Woods’ Privacy (and he needs a lot of it)
Tiger Woods often docks his super-yacht, Privacy, near golf courses where he’s competing. The superstar golf player has overcome many rough patches in his career, from injuries to his highly publicized marital infidelities. It’s easy to see why he would hang out in his yacht so much.
The super-yacht has everything he needs to live on the high seas while he’s away from home. This $20 million ship has a gym, bar, five guest rooms, two wall safes, and more. Tiger has come a long way, winning his fifth Master’s title, and I’m sure he celebrated in Privacy (pun intended).
Richard Branson’s Necker Belle
Richard Branson is a billionaire philanthropist known for kitesurfing with nude models on his back. Being the proud owner of a private island, buying a 5.3-million-pound yacht to reach it shouldn’t be a problem. Branson’s 105-foot vessel, the Necker Belle, is a pleasure craft and houses its own submarine, the Neck Nymph.
There is something about Branson that makes him seem part Bond villain, part all-around nice guy. He bravely used his yacht in relief efforts following Hurricane Irma and Maria. The billionaire later sold his award-winning catamaran in 2018 to a secret buyer. Could it be Dr. No?
Regina d’Italia by Dolce & Gabbana
As titans of the fashion world, Dolce & Gabbana got them an equally titanic boat. Let’s hope Leo doesn’t get on board anytime soon. Regina d’ Italia hosts some glamorous parties full of models and celebrities on her luxurious decks (which will probably tempt Leo). The amenities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and 167-foot custom waterslide.
All the doorknobs are outstretched hands made of gold, and leopard-skin rugs cover the marble floors. The ship can hosts12 guests, and each room follows the theme of a different exotic animal. Regina d’ Italia is currently on sale for $17.26 million.
Going by many names through the years, Sean Combs is a rapper/producer millionaire who bought his yacht, Oasis, from the executive chairman of Google because, well, he could. The music mogul is worth $855 million. Every breath he takes earns him money. We’ll be watching you, Diddy.
The 195-foot sea vessel has a nightclub and an AquaGlide waterslide (worth $1669 by itself). Oasis is big for Diddy to party with his friends like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé, and their respective husbands Kanye West and Jay-Z, among other A-list celebrities.
Mariù by Giorgio Armani
Mariù isn't the name of Giorgio Armani's newest fragrance. It's the name of his super-yacht. Being worth $9.1 billion, Armani designed this yacht to his exact specifications. The ship can host 12 people and has luxurious pine floorboards, oak paneling, and aluminum ceilings. If that wasn't enough, there's an elevator too.
Painted in gray and white, Mariù and Armani's second yacht (which you'll hear about soon) were made to be elegant. He sold Mariù in 2010 for 19.95 million euros. If you want to take it for a spin in the Mediterranean, it will cost you 185,000 euros per week.
Mr. Steven (yes, that’s the name of Elon Musk’s boat)
Mr. Steven isn’t a pleasure craft. Elon Musk uses this 203-foot mega-yacht to recover SpaceX rocket fairings. Mr. Steven can catch these heat shields by positioning the net in a certain way after they detach from the main rocket. Fairings are very expensive to manufacture, so reusing them again makes a lot of sense.
Despite its tumultuous history, SpaceX has achieved more than any other company in the private aerospace industry. It has the first privately owned liquid-fueled rocket to enter orbit. Elon Musk, the legendary founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is worth an estimated $18.1 billion.
Another Boat in The Seawall: David Gilmour’s Astoria
If you don't know David Gilmour, then go listen to Disney songs. As part of Pink Floyd, he became one of the most iconic guitarists in history. Just look at his 27-meter houseboat. Gilmour uses it as a recording studio, having recorded the three latest Pink Floyd albums and parts of his solo albums in there.
He saw it was for sale in a magazine at his dentist's office. The previous owner, Fred Karno, built the yacht in 1911 for 20,000 pounds (2.2 million today) to fit a 90-person orchestra. Gilmour didn't need LSD to float after purchasing this boat.
Kendall’s Axioma (and no, it’s not a disease)
If you've kept up with the Kardashians, you know Kendall Jenner, the millionaire socialite, model, and fledgling entrepreneur. Kim's half-sister certainly enjoys partying on and jumping off the 236 ft. Axioma into the Mediterranean. This super-yacht has a two-story living room, helicopter landing pad, large swimming pool, scuba gear, inflatable water slide, and cinema, as yachts do.
Kendall likes to share her ship with her squad, including Haily Bieber, Gigi Hadid, and her sister Bella. You can enjoy this yacht too for the modest sum of 595,000 per week. Don't worry, just become famous for...what does she do again?