The world of superyachts has long been a playground for the globe’s richest individuals. Two of the leading figures in this exclusive club are Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. Their respective superyachts, the Koru and Zen, represent the apex of maritime luxury and technological innovation. Here’s a close look at these titanic vessels.
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The Mighty Koru: Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos’ Pride
Commanding the waters with a length of 127 meters, the Koru is a marvel of naval architecture. Built in the Netherlands by Oceanco, this three-masted sailing yacht was delivered to Bezos in April 2023. The Koru reportedly cost over $500 million, making it one of the world’s most expensive private vessels(source).
The Koru made headlines in 2022, when it was announced that Rotterdam’s historic De Hef bridge might be partially dismantled to allow the yacht to pass through. However, this controversial move proved unnecessary as the masts were mounted downstream of the bridge in Rotterdam Harbour(source).
Accompanying the Koru is a 75-meter yacht support vessel, the Abeona. Designed to shadow the Koru, the Abeona provides additional crew accommodation, a helipad with enclosed helicopter accommodation, and capacity for relief supplies(source).
The Serene Zen: Alibaba Founder Jack Ma’s Gem
The Zen, built by Feadship in the Netherlands, is another spectacular example of high-end yachting. It was launched in 2021 and has an overall length of 88.38 meters. The Zen can accommodate up to 16 guests and has room for a crew of 25(source).
With exterior and naval design by De Voogt Naval Architects and interior design by Nauta Yachts S.r.l., Zen’s hull is steel while its superstructure is aluminium. She is powered by 2 MTU engines(source).
In the world rankings for largest yachts, Zen ranks at number 121. Despite its lower ranking compared to the Koru, the Zen embodies a unique blend of luxury and style that sets it apart in the world of superyachts(source).
While the Koru and Zen differ in design and size, they both reflect the extraordinary wealth and taste of their owners. Whether it’s Bezos’ magnificent Koru or Ma’s elegant Zen, these billionaire superyachts demonstrate how the world’s richest indulge in luxury at sea.
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