Bad boy Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (worth over $14 billion) is a forty-something who knows how to spend his money in style. Starting as a lowly street trader, he is the quintessential self-made man, eventually moving up to making big bucks in oil and oil trading. Along the way there have been rumors of wrong doing. In 2003 he became the owner of Chelsea Football Club and attends most games.
He and his second wife, Irina divorced in 2007 amid rumors of Abramovich’s dalliance with a twenty-something model, Dasha Zhukov. Irina reportedly hired top London divorce lawyers. The gossip mill predicted Irina would walk away with billions, but at the end of the day Roman paid out only $300 million. Dasha recently gave birth to a daughter, Leah Lou. Prior to the birth, she and Roman were living on his yacht in New York harbor.
He may be only the 50th richest person in the world, but he knows how to buy just about the most expensive toys. He owns the second largest yacht (one of five yachts he owns) and the second most expensive private jet in the world.
The yacht, the Eclipse was built in Germany in 2010. It is the second longest private yacht in the world (536 feet long). The basic cost was $475 million and that figure may have nearly doubled as a result of furnishings and expenses for 70 man crew. There are 26 luxurious guest cabins. It comes complete with two helicopter pads and an array of swimming pools and hot tubs. Don’t forget to drop by the disco on a Saturday night. Eclipse even has a mini submarine! Not only does the Eclipse have an alarm system and a missile defense system, Abramovich’s bedroom is lined with iron armor plating. Invited to a party aboard the Eclipse? No need to take luggage. Roman provides everything – and we do mean everything. He once spent $5 million for a New Years Eve party on the Eclipse.
If he is in a hurry, he can also jump aboard his $150 million dollar Boeing 767 33A and take up to 300 of his closest friends with him
Ground transportation? You bet. Seven Mercs, BMW’s, Range Rovers and, just for fun and economy, a VW. Great for driving between his two London homes. A stickler for security, Roman insisted that bullet proof glass be installed.