According to Forbes, there are nearly 2,668 billionaires in the world and more than 5,000 luxury yachts sailing in our oceans. Not only does this prove that there is a penchant for the pleasure craft it also shows us that the best ones are truly praiseworthy among a sea of superyachts, each perfect, each beautiful. Every honcho loves unwinding on the high seas in their luxury vessel, from Russian oligarchs and tech billionaires to Sports club owners. We have compiled a list of the best boats owned by some of the richest American billionaires in the sports business. Like their teams excite you, so will their yachts-
7. Lady Gayle Marie, owned by Tom Benson- Owner of New Orleans Saints football team
Length – 140feet
Cost – $30 million
Known previously as project 493c, the vessel was made in the United States and is an original owner custom Burger Tri-Deck motor yacht. Created at Burger Boats, the ship displays impressive interiors by Douglas Richey. She offers a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, four guest staterooms on the lower deck, and four crew cabins. Apparently, the Burger Boat Co. yacht features the Lombardi Trophy won by the New Orleans Saints football team in Super Bowl 2010.
Before becoming a sports franchise owner, 90-year-old Benson owned several automobile dealerships. He bought the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL) in 1985 and the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2012. He was worth $2.8 billion in 2017, according to Forbes.
6. MYLIN IV, owned by Micky Arison – Owner of the Miami Heat basketball team
Length – 200 feet
Cost – $50 million
This grand ship was commissioned by the founder of Carnival Cruise Lines, the late Ted Arison. It is owned by his son Micky Arison. MYLIN IV, delivered in 1992, was named after Ted’s wife and sleeps ten guests in 5 cabins. The vessel is designed by Donald Starkey and styled by Pieter Beeldsnijder. It is the first Feadship boat to boast a bulbous bow which can help reduce a ship’s resistance and thus save up to 15% of fuel consumption.
Worth $5.5 billion, Micky Arison is chairman of the world’s largest cruise ship operator, Carnival Corporation. During his 34 years as CEO, he expanded his fleet from two ships to more than 100 before stepping down in June 2013. His team Miami Heat has won three NBA championships.
5. Seanna – owned by Stanley Kroenke, Owner of Arsenal Football Club
Length – 213 feet
Cost – $60 million
This Benetti beauty delivered in 2011 offers a luxurious guest experience and a modern, relaxed milieu. A perfect vessel for entertaining, Seanna sleeps 12 guests in a main suite, one VIP, three doubles, and two twins.
Guests can revel in the upper deck indoor/outdoor Club Seanna to disco beats. For those who wish to connect with nature, the observatory deck offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.
Guests may indulge in some TLC in a dedicated massage and beauty room, Jacuzzi, or at the gym with a personal trainer. The beach club keeps the adrenaline junkies busy with jet skis, kayaks, and SeaBobs.
Stanley Kroenke is an American billionaire businessman. He is the Owner of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, which is the holding company of Arsenal Football Club, the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, among others. He is married to Walmart heiress Ann Walton Kroenke.
4. Top Five II – owned by Terry Pegula, Owner of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League
Length – 200 feet
Cost – $75 million
A sophisticated family yacht like no other, Top Five II, named after Pegula’s five kids, boasts an entire deck comprising the opulent primary suite, a private al-fresco dining area, and a Jacuzzi. In addition to five cabins on the main deck, the yacht offers substantial private cabins for the captain, chief engineer, and first officer.
The gorgeous boat must be a family favorite, with a large swimming pool surrounded by a massive BBQ, sun pads, a sauna, and an indoor/outdoor lounge. I can already picture the family sitting around a large fire pit in the evening, reading books and enjoying the magical setting. If you wish to live like the Pegula’s, Top Five II can be chartered for a staggering $500,000 weekly.
71-year-old Terrence Pegula made a fortune in oil and gas and turned it into a $6.7 billion sports empire that includes the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
3. Lady S – owned by Dan Snyder, Owner of the Washington Commanders Football team
Length – 305 feet.
Cost – $192 million
The exquisite Lady S may be longer than a football field, but it is the amenities and not the size that grabs eyeballs. The Feadship masterpiece is replete with dazzling crystal chandeliers, giving it a contemporary jewelry box appeal. The affluent owners and guests arrive onboard the Reymond Langton designed vessel via a helicopter. The VIP guests have the time of their life playing golf, basketball, football, and volleyball. Lady S flaunts a luxurious $3 million IMAX cinema that movie buffs would never want to leave.
In fact, the entire vessel was designed around the soundproof 12-seat theater where classics are enjoyed without engine noise interruptions. Another eye-catching aspect is the glass-bottomed pool, beneath which lies the beach club featuring a hammam and a plunge pool.
Who could’ve thought the owner of this floating palace, as a high school student, cleaned and mopped the floors at the National Institute for Health cafeteria? 58-year-old college dropout Snyder made his fortune with a marketing business called Snyder Communications. He sold the company for $2.1 billion in stock in 2000. In 1999 Dan Snyder bought the NFL’s Washington DC franchise for $750 million, worth $4.2 billion today.
2. Kismet – owned by Shad khan, Owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars
Length –312 feet
Cost – $200 million
The spectacular Lurssen megayacht represents the Pakistani-American billionaire with a massive silver Jaguar statue on her bow. The opulent five-decker is based on a ‘Champagne & Caviar’ theme done to perfection by Reymond Langton. The double-height atrium looks glorious, as do the stately guest cabins displaying Nouveau influences, Art Deco, and Japanese themes.
Some standout amenities of Kismet are exhibited in the wellness center, which features a gymnasium with an ice fountain, a sauna, massage facilities, and even a hairdressing room. Keeping the gregarious nature of its owner in mind, the luxury ship offers space to host parties for 270 people.
At 72, Khan worth is worth $11 billion. He moved to the United States in 1967 at 16 with $500 in his pocket. Life turned around after Khan graduated in 1971 and became the engineering director for Flex-N-Gate, an automobile parts manufacturing company. He bought NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 followed Fulham F.C. of the Premier League. the tycoon co-owns the American wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW), along with his son, Tony Khan.
1. Bravo Eugenia, owned by Jerry Jones- Owner Of The Dallas Cowboys
Length – 357 feet
Cost – $225 million
Swarovski studded furniture, two helipads, rain showers, and a Teppanyaki bar, the charms of this Oceanco vessel may be limited but are all dipped in extravagance. Four-decker Bravo Eugenia is a green vessel with features like waste heat recovery, integrated battery systems, and a 30% increase in fuel efficiency.
Bravo eugenia accommodates the wealthy Jerry Jones and his family in lush cabins and presumably with some pieces from their unique art collection, including Norman Rockwell’s “Coin Toss” and paintings by Picasso, Renoir, and Matisse. A crew of 30 sleeps in 15 cabins in addition to the captain’s private suite.
Jerry Jones, the 79-year-old University of Arkansas graduate, bought Dallas Cowboys for $150 million in 1989. During Jones’ tenure, the Cowboys have appreciated to an estimated $5.5 billion. The three-time Super Bowl champion also has investments in Comstock Resources as well as real estate, hospitality management and Papa John’s franchises.