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5 Impressive Yachts Owned by Celebrities

Linda Brockman | May 7, 2021

Multimillion-dollar yachts offers both attention and privacy.

Owning a yacht is considered a symbol of success that says more than a beautiful woman on your arm or a Rolls in your driveway. Whether underway or sitting still in the marina, a yacht is a true show of wealth, a recognized symbol of accomplishment. It is a proclamation to the world that you are a winner. It is the definition of freedom, luxury, power. 

Whether they are an entertainer, a professional athlete, a fashion designer or a successful businessman, the rich and famous own yachts as a universal show of “I’ve made it!”

David Geffen, RISING SUN

David Geffen and Rising Sun yacht

Covid? What Covid? Incredible wealth can isolate you from the rest of the world, with only close family and a select crew. But that privilege brought Geffen, the founder of Geffen Records and co-founder of DreamWorks Pictures, some flak in March 2020. While the world was in quarantine, Geffen was criticized for escaping to the Caribbean and posting a photo on Instagram of his 454-foot RISING SUN built by Lürssen. One month earlier, Geffen, who has a net worth of $9.3 billion, had just sold his Beverly Hills estate to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for $165 million, so what better place than your $590 million yacht to wait out the pandemic?  

Shahid Khan, KISMET / Chartered By Jay-Z + Beyonce

Kismet owned by Shahid Khan. Beyonce and Jay-Z have chartered the superyacht.

KISMET, built by Lürssen in 2014, is owned by billionaire and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Pakistani-American Shahid Khan. Khan named it for a word that means fate or destiny in his native Urdu. It has a massive beach club that allows guests to enjoy its jet skis and dive gear. KISMET, worth an estimated $200 million, can be chartered through Denison for $1,200,000 per week. Jay-Z and Beyonce don’t have their own yacht, but they have chartered the 312-foot KISMET.

Giorgio Armani, MAIN

Giorgio Armani with his yacht, Main.

Armani preferred a dark military green to bright white for his $60 million superyacht. Instead of cruising around in a big white yacht, Armani painted his as a form of camouflage. Powered by two Caterpillars, MAIN can reach a speed of 17 knots and cruises comfortably at 14 knots. The vessel, built by Codecasa, accommodates up to 12 guests in 7 cabins. MAIN has a cinema room, marble bathrooms, gym, and whirlpool.

Tiger Woods, PRIVACY

Tiger Woods' yacht, Privacy

In 2004, the golf legend bought his Christensen-built yacht for $20 million. At 155 feet long, it has three stories, including a main deck, a second level and an observation deck. His net worth is an estimated $800 million, earning about $50-60 million in a year. PRIVACY has a jacuzzi, an elevator, a fitness center, and a beach club big enough to hold Vespas, jet-skis and kayaks.

Tom Brady, VIVA A VIDA

Tom Brady's yacht Viva a Vida

Brady purchased the boat, Wajer 55S, in 2020 after moving to Tampa to play with the Buccaneers. Worth $2 million, she was a good place for a celebration after Brady’s team won the Super Bowl earlier this year. At 55 feet, VIVA A VIDA is smaller than the superyachts mentioned here, but can sleep 4-5 people. Among its features is a beach club with storage for water toys, and push-button fenders, which deploy in the marina as protection. With its sleek blue exterior, VIVA A VIDA can reach speeds of up to 40 knots. It was named for the charity that his wife, Gisele Bundchen, founded in 2020.

Celebrities love yacht charters

Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kylie Jenner don’t own yachts, but that doesn’t stop them from chartering a big boat for an onboard party or family vacation. Tom Hanks recently relaxed on Geffen’s RISING SUN and Leonardo DiCaprio chartered the 482-foot Lürssen TOPAZ. Jay and his Bey have chartered the 351-foot LANA, built by Benetti, in addition to Khan’s 312-foot KISMET. Want to charter the same luxury as Jay-Z? Denison yacht brokers can set you up with KISMET or another superyacht of your dreams.

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