There is arguably no greater symbol of wealth than an enormous, gleaming, luxurious yacht. Yachts are the ultimate toys for those who have out-earned the modes of common recreation. They offer privacy, extravagance, and comfort tailored to the exact.
In the last decade, the super-rich have entered into a worldwide arms race to build the largest, sleekest, fastest, most over-the-top floating toys a person could imagine. The latest entrant, the gold-plated History Supreme, cost an eye-popping $4.8 billion. The result is a veritable armada of money-soaked super yachts docked in ports across the world.
The yacht was built in Italy and completed in Malaysia two weeks ago. The British-designed vessel is adorned with 100 tons of gold — covering more than half its surface. The 100ft craft, which has been billed as the world’s most unique yacht, has sleeping quarters covered in platinum and a statue made from the bone of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The deck, dining areas, rails and anchor were also made from precious metals including platinum. There is also a wall feature in the master bedroom that is made from meteoric stone and an aquarium made from 68kg of 24 carat gold. Also on board is a luxury liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, one of the world’s rarest.
The History Supreme — designed by Liverpool jeweler Stuart Hughes — puts even Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s swanky yacht of in the shade. The billionaire’s 533ft Eclipse, which has its own missile defense system and escape submarine, is the world’s biggest private yacht — but at £750 million it is a snip compared to this creation.
Stuart, 40, who took three years to build the History Supreme for a Malaysian businessman, said: “It was probably the most mammoth task ever. The businessman just approached us and asked us whether we could do it. He wanted a plane doing as well, but the thing would never take off if we did.”