A megayacht named after the Greek god of the wind.
Venus (or “Aphrodite”) is a superyacht built for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his family. It makes you wonder, did Steve Jobs believe in the Greek Gods?
In 2013 the luxury yacht cruised into Hydra with members of the Jobs family on board. One thing is for certain, no one with a boat called “Venus” would not want to cruise around the Greek Islands at least once.
Watch the super yacht “VENUS” cruise by Simpson Bay Bridge, St Maarten.
Cost: €100 million
Launch date: 28 October 2012, Netherlands
Built by: Feadship
Size: 1,876 Tonnes
Length: 78m (260 ft)
The super yacht Zeus came about after numerous name changes.
Eco was a super yacht built in 1991 for the late Mexican media entrepreneur Emilio Azcarraga, who owned the largest Spanish-language television network in the US and Mexico.
He died in 1997 on board his yacht ECO outside Miami. Not sure how, but it does seem like an excellent way to go.
In 1999, two years after the media mogul’s death, Eco was sold to American billionaire and founder of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison. He renamed the superyacht to Katana. Larry Ellison then remodeled the yacht to his taste and even added a basketball court on deck.
In 2004, Ellison took delivery of the super-super 138m Rising Sun, which led him to sell Katana to British media entrepreneur, Aidan Barclay (from the Barclay Brothers), who owned the Telegraph newspaper. He then renamed the yacht to Enigma.
So far, the yacht has gone from Eco to Katana and then to Enigma.
The yacht was refitted in 2009 and again in 2014 by the Barclay brothers. In 2017, Barclay sold Enigma for €47.5 million. Following the sale, the superyacht was renamed Zeus.
Yianis “John” Christodoulou became the fourth owner of the superyacht. He’s a Cyprus-born British billionaire propertycdeveloper, who came to London in 1974 as a boy when his family fled the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
It’s almost as if the superyacht or Yianis is immortal.
Launch date: 1991, Germany (Hamburg)
Built by: Blohm+Voss
Size: 1150 tons
Length: 74.5m (244 ft)
Athena is a clipper-bowed three masted gaff rigged schooner (sailing boat) built in 2004 for Jim Clark, the Texas billionaire who founded several technology companies, including Silicon Graphics and Netscape.
In December 2015, his wife Kristy Hinze-Clark became the first female boat owner to win the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The former supermodel and the crew achieved the feat on board the supermaxi Comanche.
In 2018, Athena, one of the largest yachts in the world, went up for sale at a price of US $45 million.
Launch date: 2004, Netherlands
Built by: Royal Huisman
Size: 1,103 tonne
Length: 90m (295 ft)
More Luxury Superyachts with ties to Greek Mythology
Olympia – Associated with Russian President, Vladimir Putin
Pegasus VIII – Associated with Mexican businessman, Carlos Peralta Quintero
Titan – Associated with Alexander Abramov, Chairman and shareholder of Evraz
Andromeda – Associated with New Zealand businessman, Graeme Hart
Siren – Associated with the Reuben Brothers
Atlantis II – Associated with the Greek-American shipping tycoon, Stavros Niarchos
Golden Odyssey – Associated with Saudi Arabian Prince, Khaled bin Sultan
Eos – Associated with Movie and Media billionaire, Barry Diller
Who says paradise doesn’t exist on earth? Is anyone envious?