Well, well, well. Not everyday does a $300 million dollar mega yacht stop by the San Francisco Bay Area! The creatively named “A” yacht is owned by 38 year old Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko and his lovely supermodel wife Aleksandra! Andrey made his money in fertilizer, banking, and energy and is worth a reported $4.4 billion dollars. Interest alone on $4.4 billion at 4% is over $178 million a year!
The “A” looks like something out of a James Bond movie. Can you imagine all the crazy parties on this bad boy? Wow! I rode my bike to the very north end of San Francisco to take a look and boy oh boy is it big.
Some nice mouth watering yacht stats for all you billionaire wannabes out there!
* 25,000 square feet of total living space
* 2,500 square foot master bedroom suite
* 160 foot long main hallway
* 62 feet wide
* 6 cabins in addition to the owner’s master bedroom suite
* 3 speed boats
* 3 mini swimming pools
* A crew of 37 and staff of 5
* Can outrun pirates (or the Russian IRS) with a top speed of 24 knots
* Costs $500,000 to fill up the tank of gas
* Costs $20 million a year to operate
* A secret escape pod to outrun the pirates or the Russian IRS
* A secret “nookie” room for indiscretions with other super models
Some people might say this $300 million yacht is an absolute monstrosity and that $300 million could have been spent helping save the world. Yes, Andrey could have spent the $300 million on someone else, but shouldn’t he have the right to occasionally indulge? Andrey already donates millions of dollars a year to charity and he’s living the dream because he can.
I used to drive to the toniest of neighborhoods in San Francisco and walk around the neighborhood just admiring the mansions. Whenever I felt down and out, these mansions would pick me up. If you happen to be in San Francisco, tell the cab driver to drop you off at Broadway St. and Lyon. Bring your running shoes too as you’ll arrive at one of San Francisco’s most popular workout routine.
The street is littered with $25-50 million houses and I just gawk in amazement. Do I envy these mega millionaires? Not at all. They give me inspiration to work harder and make it on my own.
YOU KNOW YOU WOULD TO
I don’t know about you, but if I was worth $4.4 billion dollars I’d happily own this mega yacht as well. Furthermore, I’d probably own 20 different properties around the world where I’d sail to for 6 months of the year. Of course, for the other 6 months of the year I’d be building my online blogging endeavors so I can diversify my income stream (I kid)!
Oh yeah, I forgot one thing. If I were a billionaire and owned this mega yacht, I’d immediately fly over all the members of The Yakezie Network and party it up all weekend long! OK, all month long!
Readers, if you were a billionaire, what kind of indulgences would you splurge on? What are some of the things the rich do to inspire you? To look at more pictures of the “A” yacht, check out the WSJ’s feature!
Sam @ Financial Samurai – “Slicing Through Money’s Mysteries”
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