With Equanimity just docked in Malaysian water three days ago (Aug 7), we as citizens can breathe a sigh of relief after knowing the superyacht valued at RM1 billion is now safe under the current government’s possession.
United States Department of Justice (DOJ) contended that the 91-metre vessel was bought with money embezzled from 1MDB and purportedly purchased by 1MDB-link businessperson Low Taek Jho. A company that owns the luxury yacht, Equanimity Cayman Ltd filed a lawsuit in a California court to fight against its forfeiture.
DOJ claimed that Low, or better known as Jho Low, is the central figure in scandal-ridden state investment company 1MDB. The flamboyant financier hailing from Penang allegedly bought the US$250 million yacht from money siphoned from 1MDB, it’s indisputable especially when the vessel has a “Georgetown” embroidery under the name of the vessel.
When FeedMe Malaysia was trying to find out if this Equanimity that’s on everyone’s lips was one of the most expensive yachts in the world, we were shocked to discover that there is yet another yacht dubbed the most luxurious megayacht in the world and apparently owned by an “anonymous” Malaysian businessman. Cross-checked with The Sun UK, Business Insider and most importantly the shipwright designer himself Stuart Hughes, the buyer of the US$4.8 BILLION megayacht was indeed a MALAYSIAN!
According to luxurious lifestyle website who ranked top 10 most expensive yachts Beautiful Life, the Malaysian-own yacht was three times the price of the one holding on the number two spot. To put it into perspective, the other nine megayachts are all owned by successful billionaire magnates from Russia and Saudi Arabia, or they are king, prince, President or Prime Minister of oil-reserves countries like Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Brunei and Oman. Whereas for History Supreme, the RM18 billion vessel, is owned by an “anonymous” Malaysian.
Based on Forbes Malaysia’s richest 50 list, only five individuals have a net worth of more than US$ 5 billion and they are Lim Shin Cheng (IOI Group Chairman – $5.6B), Teh Hong Piow (Public Bank chairman – $6B), Ananda Krishnan (stakeholder in Maxis, Astro – $7.1B) , Quek Leng Chan (Hong Leong Bank chairman – $7.2B) and Robert Kuok (PPB Group and Shangri-La founder – $14.8B). The only tycoon here that could afford to buy History Supreme and still has a sizeable of fortune to spare is sugar king Robert Kuok. Business Insider suggested it was Kuok that made the secretive purchase since he is a media-shy and low-profile billionaire. A representative of Kuok didn’t deny nor confirm the purchase when reached out by the news site.
But is it really? Is there really a self-made billionaire that is willing to spend a third of his fortune away on a piece of vessel that is bound to depreciate over time?
Let us go through each of the top 10 most expensive yachts list here first before we get into History Supreme and its details on the year it was bought and material made because knowing the forerunners will help you to comprehend the extravagance of History Supreme − to give you a point of comparison if you may.
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10. Lady Moura – $210 million
Owner: Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid
Built by: Blohm + Voss
Rooms: 30 guests, 60 crew members
The most spectacular feature of Lady Moura is the name itself because the letters spelling out the vessel are made by 24-carat gold. The superyacht has a pool with a retractable roof, a helicopter and a 22-metre Viscount Linley dining room table. If you are on Lady Moura but still miss the beach, don’t you worry because it has a hydraulic platform extendable from the vessel out to the waterline and the piece of “land” is covered with sand, creating a beach-like lounging area when you are in the middle of the sea. Comes along with it is Mangusta 80 boat or 48-feet Sant Juan boat and its helipad holds an S76B helicopter.
9. Al Mirqab – $250 million
Owner: Qatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
Built by: Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth of Germany
Rooms: 24-28 guests, 50 rooms for crew members
Al Mirqab was once dubbed as the second most beautiful yacht after it made its debut. This almost-the-size-of-a-football-field vessel has ten suites, each with an accompanying bathroom, living room and double bedroom. As for the VIP on board, the superyacht is prepared with two extra-luxurious rooms for them. For entertainment, guests can indulge in an onboard cinema, sun deck, pool and helipad, as well as outside bars, swimming pool, jacuzzi and a range of watersports equipment.
8. Dilbar – $256 million
Owner: Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov
Built by: Lürssen Yachts, interior: Andrew Winch Designs
Rooms: 20 guests, 48 crew members
With a net worth of $15.6B, business magnate Alisher Usmanov named the superyacht after his mother and he often used it to visit his private islands. The largest yacht by volume boasts some swimming pools and a helipad. It can travel up to 22.5 knots or 41.67km/h thanks to a diesel-electric power plant installed onboard. It took Lurssen 52 months to build the luxury sea-vehicle. Like Equanimity, below Dilbar name has “Georgetown” follows with it.
7. Al Said – $300 million
Owner: Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said
Built by: Lürssen Yachts
Rooms: 70 guests, 154 crew members
A ruler of a petroleum-rich country, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said named the ship after himself. Not much has been shared about the superyacht but it was the fifth-longest motor yacht in the world. It houses a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50-piece orchestra.
6-tie. Motor Yacht A – $400 million
Owner: Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko, the Russian billionaire and his wife
Built by: Blohm + Voss
Rooms: 14 guests, 42 crew members
Although an unoriginal name, the vessel itself is like no other. Designed to reminisce the stealth of a warship or submarine, it has a 2,500 square feet master bedroom and disco. All the six guest suites can be converted into four larger staterooms when the walls are moved. The superyacht has a helicopter hangar rather than a helipad, a deployable speedboat, three swimming pools which one of them is glass-bottomed situated directly above the disco.
6-tie. Dubai – $400 million
Owner: Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Built by: Blohm + Voss of and Lurssen shipyards
Rooms: 115 guests and crews
The megayacht was previously owned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei for more than 10 years before being acquired by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. It’s the third largest yacht in the world as it boasts many sunbathing areas, several jacuzzis and the swimming pool. From the tile to the mosaics, they are carefully handmade and it even has a circular staircase made out of glass steps that change colour with the light that enters from the top deck.