Though many of us associate superyachts with Russian and Middle Eastern owners, it is actually a reported fact that Britons own the second largest share of the world’s superyachts. Here’s a list of some of Britain’s big ballers and the boats that they like to roll around on.
1. The Hinduja family and Param Jamuna IV
Prakash Hinduja is one of the richest people in the world. Together with his brothers, he owns the Hinduja Group and has a net worth of $16.2 billion. The Hinduja family business made its billions through banking, telecom, energy, media and technologies. Param Jamuna IV is the name of one of their rumoured superyachts. She’s a 48.31m motor yacht and was custom built in 2013 by Rossinavi in Viareggio, Italy. Her beautiful interior and exterior design were forefronted by Team 4 Design.
2. Kirsty and Ernesto Bertarelli and Vava II
These two are probably the UK’s biggest power couple in terms of finance, with a net worth of $16.9 billion. Former Miss UK and songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli and Biotech tycoon turned Capital giant Ernesto Bertarelli are the proud owners of the 97m Vava II. Her exteriors were designed by Hampshire-based Redman Whiteley Dixon, and the interiors by Remi Tessier. It’s rumored to cost £250,000 to just fill the tanks of this beast!
3. Philip Green and Lionheart
Now, Sir Green is certainly not in anyone’s good books at the moment, and you may recall the reaction when everyone heard about the delivery of his family’s brand new 90m Benetti last summer. There’s no denying the beauty of Lionheart, though!
4. Leonard Blavatnik and Odessa II
Despite his Russian/American origin, Blatnavik now resides in London. And with an estimated net worth of $18.5 billion, he is one of the city’s wealthiest residents. He is also an active philanthropist through his Blavatnik Family Foundation and the owner of the 37.8m Odessa II.
5. James “Jim” Ratcliffe and Hampshire II
Superyacht Hampshire II has just arrived in Belfast and will dock beside the SSE Arena. Hampshire II was built by Royal van Lent Shipyard in the Netherlands and was delivered to her owner in 2012. The 78 metre Hampshire has a beach club and a helicopter deck which can be converted to a playing field for ball games. Guests can also zip wire from the crow’s nest down to the sea. She offers accommodation for up to 14 guests and 23 crew. Picture snapped by Pilot Boat Coxswain David McKeown.
Ratcliffe has made his living in the chemical industry and now boasts a net worth of $5.5 billion. We know he’s an avid superyacht fan as other than the 78.5m Hampshire II, he also previously owned a 56m Feadship by the same name.
6. Joe Lewis and Aviva
Joe has a tidy net worth of $5.3 billion and runs the Tavistock group. The group have their fingers in many pies, including U.K football club Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis is a man after our own heart who chooses to reside in Lyford Cay in The Bahamas, and is the owner of a beautiful brand new Abeking & Rasmussen, named Aviva.
7. Richard Branson and Necker Belle
Beautiful 105 ft Catamaran Necker Belle. 12 guests! Charter this and then take some time on the same island Obama has reserved for some tranquility! Necker Island! Both owned by Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands! #neckerbelle #alittlebitofheaven #neckerisland #bvis #obama #obamavacation #bransonbelle #richardbranson #tranquility #beauty #sunrises #ocean #islandtime #private #getaway
You may well have heard of Necker Island, and you will certainly have heard of Britain’s 9th richest man, Richard Branson. But have you heard of his yacht, Necker Belle? Necker Belle is one of the few luxury sailing catamarans in the world and has been dubbed as the “floating version” of Necker Island.
8. James Dyson and Nahlin
We all know how James Dyson made his fortune. If you don’t, then let us tell you that if you’ve ever used a Dyson vacuum, you have a lot to thank him for! His 91m superyacht Nahlin is a real thing of class and is one of the largest classic yachts in the world.
9. The Barclay Brothers and Lady Beatrice.
Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay are twin brothers who are most famous for owning the Telegraph Media Group. They also own stakes in the London Ritz hotel, and fully own this beautiful 60m custom motor yacht, which was named after their mother.
10. Charles Dunstone and Shemara
Summer charter anyone? The beautiful Shemara was built in 1938 in the UK and refurbished recently in Portsmouth. At 65m /212ft it is definitely worthy of the term superyacht. Here off Antipaxos. . . #Shemara #yacht #superyacht #vosperthornycroft #burgessmarine #rollsroyce #uk #british #bestofbritish #edmiston #edmistonyachts #yachtcharter #superyachtworld #theyachtguy #boatinternational #canon_photos #mycanon #beautiful #greece #antipaxos #paxos
Last, but most certainly not least, we have Sir Charles Dunston and his yacht Shemara. The businessman is worth $2.1 billion, and his yacht has a kind of legendary history. It was rescued from turning into a rotting mess by Dunstone about five years ago and brought back to its former glory. Talking about its glory days, this yacht was notorious for holding some of the most scandalous political parties of the early 20th century.
Can you think of any we’ve missed? Hit us up in the comments below.