Motor Yacht A is an astonishing yacht built by Blohm and Voss and designed by Philippe Starck (often mistyped as Phillip Stark) and Martin Francis. It was delivered to Andrey Melnichenko at a reported USD 300 million cost price. The name is derived from the initials of its owner Andrey and his wife Aleksandra. The photo’s of the yacht A at this page are used with the permission of Tom Gulbrandsen. See more of luxury yacht A here. In 2013 Melnichenko’s company Hamilton Yachts Limited (which formally owns A) sued Dutch paint producer Akzo Nobel for USD 100 million over a bad paint job. Read the court documents about the paint problem here. In May 2014 the yacht A was spotted in Honolulu, Hawai and in February 2015 she visited Puerto Rico
The SailingYacht A (known as project White Pearl) is currently under construction at Nobiskrug. She will be the world’s largest sailing yacht and is built for Andrey Melnichenko. Sailing yacht A is very large – around 144 meters or 468 ft – and is rumored to cost more than US$ 400 million. She will have 8 decks and will feature a glass underwater observation area. Like the motor yacht A, the sailing yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck, and some of her design features are similar to the current A. Her composite masts will be the largest in the world. She will be powered by a hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers. She will accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 54.
About The Owner
Andrey Melnichenko is one of the richest Russians, with a net worth of USD 9 billion (February 2015). In 1993 Melnichenko cofounded MDM Bank, which turned into one of Russia’s largest private banks. Later he became the sole shareholder of the bank and formed the MDM group. He acquired the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK) and the chemical company Eurochem. Andrey Melnichenko was also one of the founders of TMK, a pipe and metallurgic company. In 2007 he sold the shares in MDM bank, to focus his attention to his industrial assets. SUEK is Russia’s largest coal producer, with a market share of 31%. Eurochem is Russia’s largest fertilizer producer. In 2012 Eurochem acquired the Belgium activities of BASF. Melnichenko is married to Serbian model Aleksandra Nikolic. Aleksandra Nikolic started as a fashion model, and later became member of the Serbian pop group Models. Alexandra met Andrey in 2003, and they wedded in 2005. Both Christina Aquilera and Whitney Houston performed at their wedding. Properties of Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko include a Boeing Business jet with registration MY-BBJ (My Boeing Business Jet), a villa in Cap D’Antibes named Villa Altair, a US$ 12 million penthouse in New York and the US$ 40 million Harewood Estate in the UK. According to a 2008 building permit the Harewood Estate employs 14 gardening staff, 4 house keepers, 2 house managers and 3 security guards. [via SuperyachtFan]
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