Who owns a luxury yacht?

A new private motor yacht cruising.

A new private motor yacht cruising.

In this section of the site we focus on which famous, wealthy and interesting people own which superyacht.  We are not talking about the charter of a yacht or merely visiting friends on a yacht for a vacation.  Here we are talking about a celebrity who has actually chosen to purchase or build a yacht of a particular style or type for the long term. Someone who has thought long and hard about their boat. Yachts and their owner’s will be added here over time.  Please come back to see it grow. 

The type and style of yacht a person chooses to buy tells you a lot about their personal taste and style; their likes and dislikes.  The type of auto a person drives can tell you something about that person but a yacht can tell you a lot more.  A yacht is a large custom built home and no two yachts are alike.

Everyone would own a luxury yacht if they could.  I would anyway.  Luxury yachts are beautiful things indeed.  Being individually designed by the best designers in the world and then hand built by skilled craftsmen luxury yachts are like huge pieces of living sculpture that glide over the world’s oceans.  When a private yacht is large there is no other yacht the same.  There is no other crew the same and there is certainly no two owners alike.

The type and style of a yacht tells you a lot about that person.  What are their individual tastes?  Modern latest design or older classic? Do they like romantic classic motor boat like Jonny Depp’s yacht?  Do they like extra large yachts like?  Is it and ‘all ocean’ expedition yacht that can explore all parts of the world’s oceans, like Bono’s yacht from U2, or is it a coastal fast yacht design to sip around the fashionable coast lines of St Tropez, Monaco and Capri?  Do they like the sporty sailing yachts which use the wind’s natural forces for propulsion? It also tells you about a person by looking at the yacht they fell in love with.

The interior decoration of a yacht also gives an insight into someone’s likes and dislikes.  Because there are a huge number of yacht types to choose from it tells you about their particular tastes.  Modern interiors are chic, stylish and fashionable.  Classic interiors can be more relaxing – a place for friends and family to get away from it all and feel homely and comfortable: to float away in piece and privacy.

Tiger Woods owns a beautiful new American built motor yacht with relaxed and comfortable interior styling.

What about amenities, extras and water toys?  What can you do on the yacht?  Is there a deck Jacuzzi – somewhere to sip champagne and relax or throw a bikini party!  What type of water toys does the yacht have? Does the yacht have a Jet Ski and water ski speed boat?  What about windsurfers or even a submarine?  Is the celebrity the action and adventure type; is there a compressor for diving?

Nicholas Cage sells his yacht

Nicholas Cage Yacht

Nicholas Cage Yacht

Nicholas Cage is now selling his lovely luxury yacht.  Will he buy another one?  Some reports suggest that he is liqifying some cash and selling more than just his yacht. 

nicolas cage

nicolas cage

I the credit crisis and the state of the economy affecting the super rich and famous too? 

Here is a video of Nicholas Cage exercising on the yacht in Genoa, Italy.

The motor yacht

The motor yacht

Luxury motor yacht ‘Sarita’ has impressive decks are superb for activities, sunbathing, dinning and general relaxation. Even though ‘Sarita’ is capable of accommodating twelve guests, each one can find freedom and space around her spacious outdoor areas which include an aft deck, sun deck and upper deck!

Working out on deck

Working out on deck

Other features which make “Sarita’ great include water toys such as jet-skis, water skis and kayaks. She is available for charter in the Caribbean in winter and the Mediterranean in summer.

The aft deck where Cage entertains friends.

The aft deck where Cage entertains friends.

Nick Cage is a movie actor staring in many films winning an Academy Award, for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas.  He was earlier married to singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, and is now married to Alice Kim, a former waitress.

water toys on the yacht

water toys on the yacht

Chinese King marries table tennis star on a yacht

Chinese King gets married

Chinese King gets married

China’s four-time Olympic table tennis gold medalist Wang Nan (R) laughs with her husband Guo Bin aboard a yacht to celebrate their wedding in Yantai, Shandong Province, Sept. 27, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

China’s four-time Olympic table tennis gold medalist Wang Nan (L) ties the knot with her long-time partner Guo Bin aboard a yacht in Yantai, Shandong Province, Sept. 27, 2008. Wang’s teammate Ma Lin, the reigning Olympic men’s table tennis champion, and Japan’s most popular table tennis star Ai Fukuhara were best man and maid of honor respectively.

The ceremony

The ceremony

Amy Winehouse On A Yacht

Amy and Blake on a Yacht

Amy and Blake on a Yacht

 

Here is an image of Amy Winehouse the music singer enjoying a spot of boatting with her boyfriend.  Don’t they look happy.  Amy has also been seen on a motor boat called Moby Dick.

Anne Hathaway and Raffaello Follieri Yachting

Actress Anne Hathaway seen here having fun on her luxury yacht

Actress Anne Hathaway seen here having fun on her luxury yacht

 

Hathaway and boyfriend Raffaello Follieri are seen here having fun on a luxury yacht.

Anne Hathaway pondering the water on the aft of a motor yacht

Anne Hathaway pondering the water on the aft of a motor yacht

 

 

Here the famous couple are ‘coupling up’ on the sundeck of the yacht.

 

The yachts Sundeck

The yachts Sundeck

 

Bono’s New Luxury Yacht.

Bono's luxury motor yacht

Bono owns this motor yacht

The Italian media have reported that Bono has shelled out millions of euros on a luxury yacht. Management at U2 have declined to comment on the reports.

Bono, a 48 year old famous rock singer for superband U2, one of the world’s best-known humanitarians and leading charity activists, is understood to have bought the superyacht Cyan. The luxury motor yacht was built by the respected Codecasa firm of central Italy.

Until recently, luxury yacht Cyan had a weekly charter price of between €140,000 and €175,000. It had an estimated asking price of over €15m.

“We don’t comment on the private lives of band members,” a spokesperson for the band said in replies to queries about the yacht yesterday.

Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and their children were on holiday on the yacht last year, and were photographed disembarking when it docked in Naples in August 2007.

The 140 foot motor yacht has six cabins and room for 12 guests to sleep comfortably. Among its features are a large deck space, a Jacuzzi dip pool, a large swimming platform and a garage for holding “watersport toys”.

The interior is constructed with mahogany and limed oak, with each of the rooms fitted with plasma screen tvs, satellite TV, and dvd players.

According to the reports in the Italian media, Bono has repainted the yacht in blue and has an expensive new stereo system fitted. The sale price, however, is not known, with some speculation that it might top €20m.

Even that would be unlikely to put too much pressure on the Dubliner’s bank account, however, as he has an estimated personal wealth approaching €200m.

U2 has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide and will release a new album early next year.

Codecasa, who were founded in 1825 and started out making wooden boats, built the yacht in 1997 for a group of European ship owners and it was extensively refitted in 1999.

The Italian yacht builder has sold yachts in the past to famous names such as fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Giorgio Armani’s yacht, the Mariu, is 210-feet long and when not in use he rents it out with a price tag of €180,000 per week.

Photographer fined for Princess Diana and Dodi luxury yacht photos

Princess Diana relaxing on a luxury yacht

AFP:- A Paris appeals court has convicted British celebrity photographer Jason Fraser of invasion of privacy by snapping photos of Princess Diana kissing her boyfriend Dodi Fayed on a luxury yacht.

It overturned on Thursday the not guilty verdict made by another court in 2006 and fined Fraser, as well as the publisher of the France Dimanche weekly which published the pictures in 1997, 3,000 euros (2,400 pounds) each.

Fraser, 41, was also ordered to pay Mohamed Al Fayed, Dodi’s father, 5,000 euros (3,900 pounds) in damages. The convicted men were also told to pay him 3,000 euros towards his legal fees.

It was Mohamed Al Fayed, the Egyptian-born billionaire owner of London’s upscale Harrods department store and the Ritz Hotel in Paris, who took the case to court.

They showed Diana and Fayed kissing on a yacht off the Italian Riviera village of Portofino shortly before the crash, and reportedly earned Fraser more than two million euros in sales to British tabloids and abroad.

He was taken to court in France because those British newspapers were available in France, and because the photos were also reprinted in the French publications Paris Match and France Dimanche.

The court in 2006 had found Fraser not guilty because it accepted arguments that the privacy of Diana and Fayed had not been breached because they had not tried to hide from photographers as they relaxed on the yacht.

But the appeals court on Thursday took a diametrically opposed view, ruling that not hiding from photographers “could not in any way be interpreted as an implicit acceptance that their pictures be taken.”

It noted that this argument was all the stronger because of the great lengths to which photographers went to take such pictures, using powerful zoom lenses, helicopters, and boats to snap celebrities.

The court said that France Dimanche for its part had published pictures “showing the couple in a moment of intimacy (in photos) taken by means which invaded their privacy.”

But Fraser’s lawyer William Bourdon said “the ruling is extremely questionable legally … we have high hopes that the supreme court will overturn this strange ruling.”

London-born Fraser, who speaks fluent French, was said to have been in close contact with Diana in the weeks before her death, but he was not in Paris the night of the crash that killed her and Fayed.

He told the BBC in 2002: “I was the person who revealed her relationship, I don’t know whether that feels good or not, but I will be remembered for it.”

TV presenter Vernon Kay victim of sad yacht joke.

Vernon Kay not on a yacht in Greece

Vernon Kay not on a yacht in Greece

TV presenter celebrity Vernon Kay was said to have died on a yacht in Greece by a Wikipedia page about the presenter. Vernon Kay is happily married to fellow TV presenter Tess Daly, and he is very much alive and was never on a boat!

Vernon himself, 34, quickly spoke up to dismiss the prank.

‘I am alive and kicking,’ he tells The Sun. ‘A few friends rang to check that I was all right. I wish I was on a yacht in Greece.’

Vernon Kay set the record straight today to confirm he is alive and well after cruel hoaxers spread rumours he had died on wikipedia about the boating accident.  This clearly highlights that the information on Wikipedia obviously cannot be trusted.

An entry was posted on his Wikipedia page claiming that the TV star had drowned in a boating accident.

‘Vernon Kay sadly passed away after falling off a yacht on holiday in Greece on the 12th of September 2008,’ it said. ‘Kay, his wife Tess Daly and their daughter Phoebe were on the yacht.

‘Kay was spotted on his mobile by photographers before tragedy struck. He was waving to the photographers and slipped and fell off of the edge of the yacht and was knocked unconscious.’

Actor Johnny Depp’s Luxury Yacht!

Depp's Luxury Yacht

Depp

Johnny Depp, star of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’,  was first seen vacationing on his yacht with Vanessa in the Mediterranean near the island of Elba.  Elba is Italian just of Sardinia  – between the French Island of Corsica and the Italian mainland near to Pisa, Tuscany.  Napoleon Bonaparte was famously was excelled there.

The Yacht Johnny Depp owns near Elba

The Yacht Johnny Depp owns near Elba

Johnny Depp actually owns the luxury motor yacht and he called it Vajoliroja.  It was built by Proteksan Turquoise was built in turkey in 2001 and is a large modern classic luxury superyacht 47m (156ft)  long.

Superyacht vajoliroja

Superyacht vajoliroja

The name Vajoliroja is a combination of Johnny’s family’s names. Va for Vanessa, Jo for Johnny, LiRo for his 9 year old daughter Lily Rose and Ja for his son Jack. It sounds like ‘The Jolly Roger’ if you say it just right.

Johnny and Vanessa

Johnny and Vanessa

Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp have been in a relationship since 1998. Vanessa Chantal Paradis is a French singer and actress who won the 2008 Victoire De La Musique Female Performer of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. 

Here is a recent photo of Johnny’s yacht the Vajoliroja docked in Florida, USA last week. Johnny was in Florida with his family for the Sheila Witkin Memorial Concert.

The Luxury Yacht In Florida

The Luxury Yacht In Florida

 You can even charter the superyacht if you like as yacht Vajoliroja is available for luxury yacht charters. The romantic motor yacht VAJOLIROJA evokes feelings of romance and glamour with hints of a pirate theme which would make it hard for the  lucky few that get to charter this special yacht not to think about the yachts owner Johnny Depp.

Johnny Depp is a versatile and gifted actor who has been nominated for 3 Oscars.  His list of work includes:  

Sin City 3 (2011)
The Rum Diary (2009)
Dark Shadows (2010) Barnabas Collins
Shantaram (2009) 
Public Enemies (2009) John Dillinger
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) …. Sweeney Todd
… aka Sweeney Todd
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) …. Jack Sparrow
… aka Pirates 3 (USA: informal short title)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) …. Jack Sparrow
… aka Pirates 2 (USA: informal short title)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (2006) (VG) (voice) …. Jack Sparrow
Corpse Bride (2005) (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) …. Willy Wonka
The Libertine (2004)
Finding Neverland (2004)(2004)And They Lived Happily Ever After
    – Hank’s Back (2004)
Secret Window (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) …. Sands
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) …. Jack Sparrow
From Hell (2001)
Blow (2001)
Chocolat (2000)
The Man Who Cried (2000)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) ….
The Brave (1997)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Nick of Time (1995)
Dead Man (1995)
Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
Ed Wood (1994)
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
“21 Jump Street”
Cry-Baby (1990)
Platoon (1986)
Slow Burn (1986) (TV)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Queen Rania, Bono and the Sarkozys

Queen Rania with Bono

Queen Rania with Bono

Bono, the U2 front man and human rights campaigner was invited to join Queen Rania of Jordan at a dinner organised by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni at her family villa in Cap Negre, in the French Riviera.

Bono rendezvoused with the elegant Jordanian royal who has been holidaying nearby in St Tropez at a point close by the Bruni’s property. The pair then boarded a helicopter which took them to their hosts.

On their first proper break since their February wedding, the President and his First Lady have been unwinding in the south of France since the start of this month. They’ve been dividing their time between Carla’s family estate and the official presidential summer residence of Fort of Bregancon, in the picture-perfect village of Bormes-les-Mimosas. No stranger to luxury yachts you can see them below doing a spot of yachting.

The French President and his First Lady

The French President and his First Lady