Keeping up with the Abramovichs: How the world"s most lavish yachts measure up


Keeping up with the Abramovichs: How the world"s most lavish yachts measure up

Keeping up with the Abramovichs: How the world”s most lavish yachts measure up
From Roman”s $500million Eclipse to Paul Allen”s famous Octopus, it seems it”s the size of your boat that matters most among the world”s wealthiest billionaires…

2:16 AM on 21st June 2011

The Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich, is the world

Size matters: The Eclipse, owned by Roman Abramovich, is the world”s largest yacht at 557ft. Pictured last month off the coast of Cannes, it boasts twin helicopter pads and its own missile detection system

Dubai

Competitive: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum”s 531ft Dubai yacht had been the world”s largest prior to the Eclipse”s launch. It is believed to have cost over $300million when it launched in 2006

El Horriya

Steeped in history: Egypt”s 478ft El Horriya, which is the world”s fift”s largest boat, is a former presidential yacht. Built in 1865, it was the first vessel to sail through the Suez Canal. It is now owned by the country”s navy

Roman Abramovich Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Saudi Arabia

Megayacht wars: Roman Abramovich (left), UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (centre) and Saudi Arabia”s Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (right)

Al Mirqab

Retreat: Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, spends his free time aboard the 436ft Al-Mirqab

Aidan Barclay

Luxurious: The British-owned Enigma, is relatively small at just 224ft. It is easily identifiable for its convex windows and has its own basketball court. It usually docks in Sardinia, but is also regularly spotted in Mallorca

Paul Allen David Geffen Aidan Barclay

Billionaire boat-owners: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (left), David Geffen (centre) and Aidan Barclay (right)

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