Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich is the proud owner of Eclipse, a super-yacht which comes with two swimming pools and a missile-defence system.
Abramovich is currently domiciled in Israel and hasn’t been able to watch his Premier League club play since the start of this season due to visa issues. The British government failed to renew his papers in May.
Seven of his properties in the UK remain unoccupied, including two houses in Lowndes Square, Belgravia, together worth more than £150 million.
The Chelsea owner, however, spends most of his time in his most lavish and extravagant residence the ‘super-yacht Eclipse’ which cost about KSh38 billion as at 2010 when he bought it.
He spends close to KSh130 billion overall in upgrades and maintenance for the yacht (533ft) which is more than twice the size of the pitch at Stamford Bridge. It was the biggest yacht around when he bought it.
Eclipse has nine decks with two helipads and a garage. On the eighth deck is a swimming pool and a sundeck. Each cabin in the yacht come with a private 6ft home cinema screen, a Jacuzzi, spa and specialised security systems.
The Eclipse also has a huge gym and spa area with a beauty salon, sauna and massage room. Lower decks contain the suites and cabins that can house 32 guests and 100 crew.
Designer Terry Disdale remembers the day his amazing creation was launched:
“Although you design every part of it and you see it being built, nothing prepares you for the feeling you get when you actually see it in the flesh.”
“The tug pulled it out and there was the thickness of a mattress between the wing stations and the shed walls.
“Literally they tied mattresses to the stations. When it appeared I was gobsmacked.”