The shores of Monaco were today graced by a modern $458 million super Yacht believed to be the biggest of its sort on the planet.
Modestly named ‘Cruising Yacht A’ the superyacht dwarfed all competition in the bay, belittling the boats of the mere millionaires surrounding it.
It is owned by Russian very rich person industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, 47, who made his £11bn fortune manufacturing and trading in fertiliser and coal. The superb vessel traverses 468ft long and has three poles taller than London’s Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, at 328ft.
Powered by a ‘hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers,’ the ship is designed to accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 54.
The vessel was designed by Philippe Starck and has eight stories, a helicopter cushion, a full-size pool and an underwater observation room on board. Belarus-born Mr Melnichenko lives a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle with his wife, Aleksandra, a former model and pop star from Serbia.