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Top 15 Most Expensive Super Yachts in The World Ever Sold as of 2024

If you ever wondered what are the most expensive yachts in the world in 2024, who own and purchased these superyachts, and what makes them so valuable in the first place, then we are hoping that our article below will answer all the questions.

Without further ado, the top 15 most expensive private yachts as of 2024 are:

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1. History Supreme ($4.8 billion)

The History Supreme Yacht is known as the most expensive superyacht in the world and priced at $4.8 billion dollars, it’s clear to see why. The most expensive yacht in the world in 2024, it’s a 30m vessel that took three years to complete and is crafted from 100,000 kg of solid gold and platinum. Adorning the base of the boat, the dining area, anchor, deck, rail and staircases are steeped in luxury.

Stuart Hughes, the creator of the History Supreme, spoke about the interior materials used in the boat, stating an interesting fact about the sleeping quarters, all of which have a feature wall. [This is] “made from meteoric stone with genuine dinosaur bone shaved in from the raptor T-Rex.” As well as the impressive materials used, the yacht also features an incredible design with both interior and exterior places to relax and be wined and dined in utter opulence.

2. Eclipse ($1.5 billion)

Eclipse is the world’s second most expensive superyacht and was built by Blohm + Voss of Hamburg, Germany. The third longest yacht that is currently afloat, she boasts a plethora of impressive design features that make the high price point so justifiable.

Owned by Roman Abramovich and launched in 2010, it was, at the time, the longest and most expensive private yacht, a title it held for three years. There is an impressive level of security on board, with a missile detection system, self-defence systems and missile launchers should it ever come under attack.

Some of the main features to note on the Eclipse includes 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, a number of hot tubs, three launch boats and a mini-submarine. There is also a disco hall for when those on board who want to dance and let their hair down. Materials used to design the yacht and give it its opulent finish include shells, bronze metal panels, mosaics and fossilised wood.



The Dilbar became one of the most expensive mega yacht purchases ever made when the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov ordered it from the Lurssen shipyard, one of the most famous shipbuilders in the world.

Named by the billionaire after his mother, the 500-foot-long boat has two helipads, a 25-meter pool, a cinema, a spa, a gym, and a nightclub. The interiors are pure luxury and made from natural wood, marble, and gold.

In late 2023, the Dilbar went on the market. Currently, it’s one of the most expensive yachts for sale in the world and is available to anyone who has a cool $800 million to spare.

The yacht was briefly seized as part of the sanctions against Russia. However, after a court challenge, Usmanov got it back and put it up for sale.


4. Azzam ($650 million)

Another of the most expensive private yachts in the world as of 2023, Superyacht Azzam was launched in April 2013, taking over from Eclipse as the world’s largest superyacht. It measures 180m and was designed by Mario Pedol, the founder of Nauta Design.

The yacht is equipped to sleep 36 guests and 80 crew with a large open-plan main saloon. The main details of the interior have been mostly kept under wraps, but it has been said that there’s a wealth of intricate wood furniture on board with mother-of-pearl detailing.

Some of the facilities available for use include a golf training room, onboard gym and swimming pool. Azzam is one of the world’s fastest superyachts and is as fast as a Navy frigate, using similar technology to help it glide through the water. Its speed and manoeuvrability are also helped by its different engines and modes – one built for “sprint” and the other for “long range.”


This Philippe Starck-designed vessel makes our list of very expensive yachts thanks to a stunning price of $578 million. The design is highly distinctive and memorable, with some of its unique features including three large masts and a stunning hull.

Inside, it’s just as intriguing, with some of the on-board amenities, including a pool, gym, jacuzzi, beach club, and a gorgeous water sports platform. 

Widely considered a triumph of design since its launch in 2017, it was seized by Italian authorities in 2022 due to sanctions against Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.


6.  Topaz, renamed to A+ ($527 million)

Next on our list of the most expensive private yachts in the world in 2023 is Topaz. The Topaz yacht first came to be in May 2012, being renamed to A+ in 2019. A luxury motor yacht and the fourth most expensive private superyacht in the world, it was designed by Terence Disdale Design, with Tim Heywood designing the exterior. It measures an impressive 147 metres long and was built in the same German shipyard as the Azzam.

The yacht boasts a host of impressive features and amenities, including zero-speed stabilisers, an on-deck jacuzzi, double helicopter landing pads, a tender garage, a swimming pool and swimming platform, a cinema, a fitness hall and a conference room.

According to media reports, the A+ yacht is under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who also owns the investment company ADUG – the owner of Manchester City Football Club. The world’s most expensive superyacht as of 2024, it has 26 cabins on board and can accommodate 62 guests and 79 crew members.

7. KORU ($500 MILLION)

In early 2023, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took delivery of Koru. While it’s not the costliest yacht in the world, it’s certainly close, thanks to its price of $500 million. At over 400 feet, this elegant schooner features a timeless and elegant interior with plenty of space for relaxing.

Some of the boat’s facilities include a gym, spa, swimming pools, and jacuzzis.. Construction of the vessel was shrouded in secrecy, but some interesting facts have been revealed. First, its name, Koru, comes from the Maori for new beginnings. Secondly, the megayacht has a support vehicle called the Abeona, which provides support staff and a helipad.



The Katara was built by the famous German shipyard Lurssen in 2012. It was commissioned by Sheikh Hamad, the former Emir of Qatar, and bought for $400 million, which made it the second most expensive boat in the world at the time.

A true marvel of modern engineering and design, the Katara features a gym, jacuzzi, movie theatres, and more in its spacious interiors. What’s more, it’s a very private vessel, with the majority of the vessel’s decks covered up to provide seclusion for guests. 



The Lady Jorgia is a nearly 400-foot yacht that was launched in 2021. It became the world’s costliest yacht to be sold in 2023 when Canadian-Jamaican billionaire Michael Lee-Chin sold the boat, then named Apho, to entrepreneur and former Canadian hockey goaltender Patrick Dovigi.

Designed by Nuvolari Lenard and built at the esteemed Lurssen shipyard, the boat features a spa, beach club, cinema, swimming pool, and a huge private apartment. With a high-performance MTU engine and an impressive top speed of 20 knots, this boat is the perfect luxury vehicle for trips around the world.


10. Dubai ($350 million)

Dubai is the world’s second-largest superyacht and is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President/Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. The fifth most expensive private yacht in the world in 2024, this yacht measures an impressive 162 metres and was first launched back in 2006. With the exterior designed by Andrew Winch and the interior designed by Platinum Yachts, it is truly a luxurious vessel designed to impress.

The construction of Dubai commenced over ten years prior to its launch and was originally named Platinum, Panhandle and Golden Star. Fourth on the list of the most expensive private yachts, there are a host of impressive features on board designed to give guests the most opulent and relaxing experience.

This includes a helipad, two 10m long motor boats, a dining room that can seat up to 90 guests and a swimming pool measuring 10m. There is also a squash court, lobster tank, submarine, cinema, disco room and more.

11. Serene ($330 million)

Serene is one of the largest superyachts in the world as of 2024 and measures an impressive 133.9 metres, with a beam of 18.5 metres.

It was built by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri and the interiors were designed by Reymond Langton Design. The ship was originally built for Russian vodka tycoon Turi Shefler in 2011 and was sold to Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia in 2014 for an estimated 500 million Euros.

The Serene yacht is built to accommodate up to 24 guests with 12 suites on board – one master, seven double, three twin and one VIP cabin. She can also carry up to 62 crew as well as one captain.

Some of the facilities on board that are designed to entertain guests include a beauty salon, beach club, gym, deck jacuzzi, spa and dancefloor. Impressive both inside and out, it’s clear to see why this is one of the most expensive private yachts in the world in 2024.

12. Superyacht A ($323 million)

Superyacht A is currently owned by Russian entrepreneur and industrialist Andrey Melnichenko and was designed by Philippe Starck in November 2004.

The building took four years and the yacht was launched in January 2008. One of the most expensive private yachts in the world in 2024, Starck has previously spoken of the project to Boat International.

He said, “That was the beauty of the project and the beauty and intelligence of the owner, he just left me completely free.”

When it was first commissioned, there was little known about the superyacht, however, many of the features have since been revealed. It is decorated to the highest of standards with mirrored surfaces and Baccarat crystal furniture pieces.

There is a helipad, three swimming pools and a disco room as well as seven guest cabins that feature moving walls to be converted into four larger staterooms.

13. Radiant ($320 million)

Next on our list of the most expensive yachts in the world in 2023 is Radiant – a motor private yacht that was built in 2009. It measures an impressive 110 metres with a beam of 16 metres.

The interior was designed by Glen Pushelburg while the exterior was designed by Tim Heywood and is built of steel and aluminium.

The owner of the Radiant yacht is Emirati billionaire Abdulla Al Futtaim.

There are a host of facilities on board the yacht, including zero-speed stabilisers, a helipad, a massage room, a swimming platform, a jacuzzi, a movie theatre, a swimming pool, a beach club and more.

Radiant is one of the most expensive private yacht charters and sleeps 20 people, with 10 individually designed cabins on board. It can also hold up to 44 members of crew.

14. Al Said ($300 million)

Al Said is one of the most expensive private yachts in the world and features an impressive exterior design by Espen Øino International and an interior designed by RWD.

It has a length of 155m and a spacious interior, with room for up to 70 guests and 174 crew members, as well as the captain.

As with a lot of the most expensive private superyachts out there, the finer details of what the yacht features are kept largely under wraps.


It is said to have a concert room that can accommodate a 50-piece orchestra – ideal for entertaining guests. When the Al Said was being built, she was given the code name “Project Sunflower” and was finished in 2008 before being presented to the yacht’s owner, The Sultan of Oman.

The yacht is said to reside in the Sultan Qaboos Port the majority of the time, although it was revealed relatively recently that it has been sold. The specific details of this have not yet been released.

15. Pelorus ($300 million)

The Pelorus yacht was ordered in 1999, and entered service in 2003.

It was sold to Roman Abramovich during its maiden voyage, who added further enhancements to the design, such as a second helipad, modifications to the underwater exhaust and upgraded zero-speed stabilisers to give it a more steady ride through the water.

The yacht has passed hands a couple of times throughout the years and is currently owned by Chinese billionaire Samuel Tak Lee, who took over ownership in 2016.

This last entrance on our 2024 list of the most expensive superyacht in the world has accommodation for 24 guests and 46 members of the crew, including the captain.

The actual features of the yacht itself are mostly kept under wraps, but it went through a major refit in 2018 that was carried out by Kusch Yachts.

The Super Yacht Industry


The superyacht market was valued at around $10 billion in 2023, with a healthy CAGR of between 6.7% and 8.6%. While many predicted that difficult macroeconomic conditions, alongside political sanctions on Russia, might put a dent in the industry, the contraction never materialized. Instead, 2023 was a bumper year, with experts predicting the market will balloon to $18 billion or more by 2032. 

The last few years in the superyacht space have been interesting. COVID-19 restrictions caused a drip in the leisure market, which, according to Fortune Business insights, saw “many potential buyers postpone or cancel their purchases, causing a decline in sales.” However, the market swiftly bounced back stronger than ever.

Health concerns about catching COVID led to a great appreciation for the isolation and safety provided by super yachts. While this led many to restrict their travel, those with access to superyachts could enjoy their holidays in controlled safety and luxurious conditions. 

expensive super yacht docked

However, more tests were around the corner for the superyacht industry. While North America makes up 30% of the superyacht market, many of the most prominent buyers are Russian oligarchs. The conflict in Ukraine resulted in a raft of restrictions that saw many of these individuals’ fortunes and yachts seized. 

Finally, as central banks cut interest rates and global economies were thrust into chaos, the number of billionaires in the world declined slightly, lowering the range of people who could credibly own a very expensive boat like a superyacht.

However, despite these blows, the market continues to show resilience at every level. Even the most modest superyacht will cost at least $10 million, which puts them in reach of Credit Suisse’s classification of ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals. With recreational spending one of the biggest growth areas, superyachts continue to make an impact.


Superyacht trends to look out for in 2024 and beyond

the Azzam was the most expensive private superyacht in 2015


What is the future of this resilient industry? Plain sailing or being dashed on the rocks?


1. Sustainability

Superyachts have a well-earned reputation as fuel-guzzling machines. However, sustainability is becoming an important consideration in the space. International standards for CO2 are being agreed upon, which has led superyacht manufacturers to explore battery-powered, zero-emission, green vehicles.


2. Innovation

Innovation in recent years has focused on fuel efficiency and sustainability. However, many manufacturers are focusing on making yachts more luxurious and autonomous.

The average superyacht requires a crew of between 15 and 20 people. Indeed, yachts employ around 150,000 across the world. However, AI technology could augment these workers and help with navigation, docking, security, and more.


3. Growth of wealth

As the number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals around the world grows again, interest in superyachts will expand due to their importance as a status symbol and the enjoyability and luxury they provide.

Fraser Yachts’ marketing insights for 2023 suggest that around 40% of charter customers are new buyers, which shows the appetite and demand for superyachts is not going anywhere just yet.


To summarize, some of the most famous

and expensive super yachts include: 


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