If there’s one status symbol that has endured and continued to capture public imagination, it’s undoubtedly the yacht. The luxurious seafaring vessels often cost upwards of tens of millions of dollars – with some superyachts even escalating into the hundreds of millions.
With price tags beyond what most of us will make in a lifetime, it takes someone with massive generational wealth, like Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, to be able to afford such open-sea opulence. On top of employing a small full-time crew simply to maintain the ships and wait on their guests, the fundamental cost of fuel alone is more than most will pay for their kid’s college.
Many yacht owners (and renters) also go the extra mile of supercharging their yachts with all kinds of bells and whistles. Let’s take a look at the most technologically impressive (and unbelievably expensive) yachts out there, owned by titans of industry from all over the globe.