Billionares Battle for Title of Biggest Superyacht

While we don’t think they’re actually extending the length of their boats, these guys certainly seem to be in competition.

If they were children they’d probably be told to grow up, but no one tells billionaires what to do.

That’s why two of the world’s wealthiest men are refusing to back down in their on-going ‘mine’s bigger than yours’ battle to be the owner of the world’s largest yacht.

Mega-rich Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, who currently owns the world’s biggest private superyacht, appears to have been forced to carry out some urgent extensions after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched a bid to regain the title.

It was only two years ago that Abramovich bought his 557-foot long vessel and stole the crown from the Sheikh 532-foot yacht called Dubai.

But, in the wake of rumors that Sheikh Mohammed is having his boat extended to recapture the title, Ambramovich has perhaps not surprisingly booked his own yacht in for a refit in Barcelona harbor.

The mega-yacht is currently moored in the harbor, where it is covered in tarpaulin and scaffolding while the secret work is carried out by Marina Barcelona 92.

It is not known exactly what alterations are being done to the yacht, which Abramavich initially bought for around $517.6 million.

The final cost was believed to be $1.57 billion by the time he paid for extra luxury fittings and security measures.

The yacht comes with features including two helipads, a submarine, multiple hot tubs, a pool and a missile-detection system.

It is said to have two swimming pools – the larger of which converts into a dance floor when drained – bullet-proof glass, six-foot home cinema screens in each of the 24 guest cabins and a master cabin where the roof opens to allow Abramovich and girlfriend Daria Zhukova to sleep under the stars.

The yacht also has armored-plating around the master suite and a laser system designed to dazzle long-lens photographers.

Around 70 crew members are needed to operate the yacht, which has nine decks and can accommodate 30 guests.

It costs $50 million to run each year and a single re-fueling costs around $650,000. Last summer Abamovich hired it out for $3.1 million a week.

The yacht, which was constructed by Blohm and Voss in Hamburg, Germany, took four years to build. Abramovich also owns four other mega-yachts, the Sussurro, Titan, Umbra and Luna.

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