How Jeff Bezos ‘giant 417ft superyacht’ Y721 stacks up with other billionaires’ big boats in the arms race

JEFF Bezos will become the proud owner of the world’s largest sailing yacht when his massive 417ft vessel is finally launched this summer.

Amazon founder’s Y721 is so big that a historic bridge in Rotterdam inner harbor Netherlands The place where the boat is built needs to be dismantled to get out.

Jeff Bezos is building the world's largest yacht


Jeff Bezos is building the world’s largest yachtCredit: AP
It's so big that a historic bridge needs to be dismantled to let it pass


It’s so big that a historic bridge needs to be dismantled to let it passCredit: Rex
Currently, the world's largest superyacht is Eos, 305ft long


Currently, the world’s largest superyacht is Eos, 305ft longCredit: Alamy
Superyacht'Musashi' 288ft


Superyacht ‘Musashi’ 288ftCredit: Getty
'Dragonfly', by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is 240ft long


‘Dragonfly’, by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is 240ft longCredit: Silver Yachts
Protesters threaten to throw rotten eggs at Bezos' yacht


Protesters threaten to throw rotten eggs at Bezos’ yachtCredit: Mega Dealer

BezosThe 58-year-old, the world’s third-richest man – after Elon Musk and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault – is building a record-breaking superyacht for a whopping $500m (£368m).

It will boast three decks – one with a swimming pool – and three giant masts so it can be powered largely by kinetic energy from the sails.

The superyacht will still cost around $25m (£18.4m) a year – pocket it if, like Bezos, your net worth is $184bn (£135.4bn) Brother).

It has space for 18 guests, a crew of 40, and even room for smaller boats, jet skis and helipads – perfect for Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, 52, to stop by. via.

And when it comes to billionaires and their yachts, it seems that size really matters.

Bezos’ futuristic yacht – 417ft (127m) long – will be the next largest yacht in the world, belonging to US businessman and media mogul Barry Diller.

According to reports, Diller’s yacht ‘Eos’, where Bezos is based, is only 305ft (93m) long.

Among previous guests on Eos include Prince Harry, Katy Perry and Bradley Cooper.

The third largest yacht in the world belongs to Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison.

Dubbed ‘Musashi’, it’s 288ft (88m) long, but still bigger than Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s ‘Dragonfly’.

The futuristic superyacht designed by the Google director is worth $80m (£58.9m) – a drop of seawater, relatively easy to say – and measures 240ft (73m) in length.

And for Bezos, length isn’t the only factor he’s worried about.

Even without the mast, the yacht is said to be over 131ft (39m) tall.

In a move that has caused outrage in Rotterdam, Oceanco, the company that designed Bezos’ yacht, is temporarily dismantling a historic bridge to allow the boat in and out.


How do the world’s largest superyachts compare?

Y721 – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

  • Cost: $500 million (£368 million)
  • Length: 417ft
  • Operating costs: $25 million (£18.4 million) a year
  • Capacity: Space for 40 crew and 18 guests
  • Maximum speed: 20 knots/hour
  • Good to know: It boasts three decks, helipad, swimming pool and propulsion system

Eos – Barry Diller, president of IAC

  • Cost: $200 million (£147 million)
  • Length: 305ft
  • Operating costs: $7 million a year (£5.2 million)
  • Capacity: Room for 21 crew and 16 guests
  • Top speed: 16 knots/hour
  • Good to know: Its interior – designed by Francois Catroux, who is known for his ‘chic’ style – is said to have inspired Jeff Bezos with his superyacht. Swimming pool on the top deck. A scarecrow of Diller’s wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, created by sculptor Sunshine, at the bow

Musashi – Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle

  • Cost: $160 million (£118 million)
  • Length: 288ft
  • Operating costs: At least $10 million (£7.4 million) a year
  • Capacity: Room for 23 crew and 18 guests
  • Top speed: 12 knots
  • Good to know: Features a spa, pool, outdoor gym and movie theater

Dragonfly – Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

  • Cost: $81 million (£60 million)
  • Length: 240ft
  • Operating costs: $7 million (£5.2 million) a year
  • Capacity: Space for 16 crew and 14 guests
  • Maximum speed: 25 knots/hour
  • Good to know: Includes outdoor cinema, Jacuzzi and sundeck that turns into a dance floor

The Konigshaven Bridge, known as De Hef, was built in 1927 near the city center of Rotterdam, and news of its demolition sparked protests.

Opponents even threatened beat rotten eggs on the boat as it passed, while their petition against the move attracted more than 58,000 signatures.

Authorities in the Dutch city will debate the request later this month.

The mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb has stated that no permits have been applied yet.

“This man made his money cutting payrolls, evading taxes, evading regulations and now we have to tear down our beautiful national monument?” Local politician Stephan Leewis tweeted.

“It’s really a bridge too far.”

Oceanco declined to confirm whether Bezos has operated the new boat.

Meanwhile, the yacht itself has come under heavy criticism from industry insiders.
Russell Crump, an independent yacht broker, told the New York Post: “If I were Jeff Bezos, I’d go for something a little more radical, but it’s a big yacht, I’d go for it. guess that’s the problem.

“It will be very beautiful … Oceanco is the largest and best construction company in the Netherlands.” How Jeff Bezos ‘giant 417ft superyacht’ Y721 stacks up with other billionaires’ big boats in the arms race


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