More than 100 megayachts representing billions of dollars will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show next week. None, however, will be the world’s priciest. So says Wealth-X, which has released a top 10 list of what it says are the world’s most expensive superyachts.
Wealth-X specializes in collecting data on ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their pastimes, including yachting. (Ultra-high-net worth is defined as $30 million or higher.) Holding the number-one spot on Wealth-X’s list of the most expensive superyachts: Eclipse. This likely comes as no surprise to yacht-watchers. Eclipse was for a few years the world’s largest yacht, at 533 feet LOA (162.5 meters). Wealth-X values her at $1 billion. It has not divulged the methodology it uses for each yacht’s worth, however.
Next up on Wealth-X’s list of the most expensive superyachts: Azzam (pictured). The valuation the company puts on her is $600 million. At 590’6” (180 meters), she is clearly larger than Eclipse. If the dollar figure is accurate, it underscores an understanding that has circulated in yachting circles for many years. The LOA of a yacht does not on its own dictate the ultimate cost.
Here is the full Wealth-X list of the most expensive yachts in the world, which also names their owners. All information, including worth, is according to Wealth-X’s own data.
There are some interesting trends to be gleaned from the list, outside of the valuations. Several of the yachts were built by Lürssen, for example, and all started construction at European shipyards. (Dubai was completed in the United Arab Emirates.) All of these yachts are motoryachts as well. Each of these yachts is among the most-watched in the world. And, each is responsible for numerous website and magazine pages of discussions worldwide.