Billionaire’s militarist Caribbean yacht

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Nov 25, 2012

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From Socialist Worker weekly in Britain:

12 January 2013

The Troublemaker

Super-rich’s island party is riven with superyacht envy

Once a year, the world’s super-rich come together on the Caribbean island of St Barts.

But this party is also a battle of the billionaires—for who has the most impressive superyacht.

The current leader of the field by far is Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich.

His superyacht, Eclipse, is worth an incredible £1 billion—and at 557 feet long, it’s the world’s biggest privately owned yacht.

Eclipse’s kitting-out perhaps reveals a little of its owner’s paranoia. This is a superyacht with its very own missile defense system.

Abramovich’s suite is armour-plated, and he has a mini-submarine on board in case he needs to make a quick escape.

The boat is truly massive. It has room for 62 guests, with two swimming pools and two helipads. Its 80 staff all wear tan-coloured uniforms.

But Abramovich had competition in St Barts, most notably from Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Muhammad al-Thani.

His yacht may be smaller, but it’s still 436 feet—longer than a football pitch. And it may only have one helipad and pool, but it does boast lots of bars and a cinema too.

It makes the likes of Simon Cowell, P Diddy and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who all brought their yachts along, look like little more than sad runners-up.

Still, Abramovich has one thing up his sleeve. Not only does he own the biggest boat, he owns the 70 acre estate where the party is held.

Driving each other crazy

When the poshos aren’t battling over superyachts, they’re getting upset with each other about their fast cars.

Super-rich types living in London’s posh Kensington are getting cross about millionaires with Ferraris and Lamborghinis “drifting” around corners near Harrods. Long may they annoy each other.

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