Steve Jobs’ yacht took six years to build and is one of the largest private vessels owned by a billionaire. The yacht has been unveiled off The Netherlands in the city of Aalsmeer, which took Jobs many years to finish. Unfortunately, it’s ready to set sail, without its owner.
“I know that it’s possible that I will die and leave [wife] Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t it’s an admission that I’m about to die,” Jobs told biographer Walter Issacson.
As he did with any product, Jobs tinkered with the design for years, according to the book. Designed by Philippe Starck, “Venus,” as the boat is named, is 230 to 260 feet long with an aluminum exterior and 10-foot high windows.
The front of the ship is equipped with a uniquely large sun deck with a jacuzzi built in. Behind that comes an all glass cabin that’s topped with a bridge equipped with seven 27-inch iMacs that handle the ship’s navigation and controls. When you take a step back, squint a little and turn your head to the left, it sort of looks like an iPhone 4 with the strip of windows around the middle and the clean lines.
Jobs’s yacht project might seem a little out of character at first. After all, the billionaire was famously humble about many aspects of his lifestyle. He lived in a normal house on a normal suburban street in Palo Alto, California, not some massive mansion out in the mountains.
He wore jeans, a black turtleneck sweater and New Balance tennis shoes, a basically thrifty choice for a man who could afford his own cashmere farm. He also drove a very nice car, but it wasn’t rapper nice. That is, it wasn’t a Bentley or an Aston Martin or a Maybach — just a Mercedes.
This was a man who didn’t have a limousine with a chauffeur driving.
We now know that Jobs was not a stranger to the finer aspects of being filthy rich, luxuries like chrome-coated yachts and custom-built private jets. But hey, the guy wanted to retire one day, and so what if he wanted to live like a king after building the world’s most valuable technology company.