Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pelorus - Lurssen - 115,0 meter - 2003

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Abramovich real estate: http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2009/12/roman-abramovich-spends-big-for-st.html

Pelorus is the world's fourteenth largest luxury yacht at 377 feet 3 inches (115 metres) in length, with a price tag of US$300 million (€254 million). It was built at the Lürssen yard in Bremen, Germany to the design of Tim Heywood and was launched in 2003.
It was briefly owned by a Saudi businessman who sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich the following year. Abramovich had it refitted to his own requirements by Blohm & Voss. This included the addition of a second helicopter pad forward, four new zero-speed stabilizers and modifications to the exhaust, mast and stern. Abramovich also owns Ecstasea, and gave away Le Grand Bleu to friend Eugene Shvidler. Abramovich is currently building an even larger yacht: Eclipse at 167 metres, build at Blohm and Voss in Germany.
Pelorus is powered by two 5,500-hp Wärtsilä 12v 26 engines which will do a maximum 19 knots but often cruises between 12 to 14 knots. Details about the interiors are scant, as Abramovich is protective of his family's privacy and highly security conscious.
The yacht has a number of tenders on board and a garage full of 'toys' including jet skis and wave runners. A full time crew of up to 46 people lives aboard all year long and a large security contingent comes and leaves with the family.
Pelorus will often be found cruising around the Western Mediterranean during the summers and commonly ventures down through the Suez for the winters.
It is said 70 crew members are needed to run the yacht. Security on board is so tight there are missile defence and intruder detection systems, as well as a system which can detect paparazzi cameras.
It also has two helipads, 11 guest cabins, two swimming pools (one of which can be drained and converted into a dance floor), three launch boats, an aquarium and a mini-submarine.[1]
In 2005 Abramovich lent Pelorus to Frank Lampard and John Terry for two weeks as a bonus for being the two best players at his English football club Chelsea F.C. the previous season. After John Terry married his fiancee Toni Poole at Blenheim Palace on 15 June 2007, they had a two week honeymoon on Pelorus in the Mediterranean.

On Wikipedia you will find the following information about Roman Abramovich:

Governor of Chukotka
In office 17 January 2001 – 3 July 2008
Preceded by Alexander Nazarov
Succeeded by Roman Kopin
Born 24 October 1966 (1966-10-24)
Saratov, Russian SFSR, USSR
Nationality Russian
Children 6

Occupation Businessman (Oil industry and Owner of Chelsea Football Club), Politician
Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich (Russian: Рома́н Арка́дьевич Абрамо́вич, pronounced [rʌˈman ʌrˈkadʲɪvʲɪtʃ ʌbrɐˈmovʲɪtʃ]; born 24 October 1966) is a Russian billionaire and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. According to Forbes magazine, as of 11 March 2009, he had a net worth of US$8.5 billion, ranking him as the 51st richest person in the world. Prior to the financial crisis, he was considered to be the second richest person living within the United Kingdom. Early in 2009, The Times estimated that due to the global economic crisis he has lost £3 billion from his £11.7 billion wealth.

In 2003, Abramovich was named Person of the Year by Expert, a Russian business magazine. He shared this title with Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He is known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, an English Premier League football team, and for his wider involvement in European football.

Early life and education
Abramovich was born into a Jewish family in Saratov, Russian SFSR, USSR. His paternal grandparents were exiled to Siberia from Tauragė, Lithuania by the Soviets after the occupation of Lithuania in 1940. His mother Irina Vasilevna was a musician and his father worked as a supplier at a construction trust in Syktyvkar. His mother, Irina Ostrowski Abramovich, died from bacteremia as a result of a back-alley abortion when Roman was one year old. His father Arkady Abramovich was killed in an incident on a construction site when Roman was three years old. Abramovich grew up in his uncle's family in Ukhta and with his grandmother, Tatyana Semenovna, in Moscow.Before moving to Moscow he and his sister lived in Syktyvkar, the capital city of the Komi Republic.

In 1973, Abramovich went to first grade at Ukhta School No. 2. In 1974, Abramovich and his grandmother moved in with his second uncle Abram Nakhimovich in Moscow. Abramovich studied at School No. 232, which stressed the performing arts. After graduating from school and botching his university studies, he moved to his relatives in Komi.

Abramovich attended the Industrial Institute in Ukhta before being drafted into the Soviet Army in 1984. After military service in an artillery regiment in Kirach, Vladimirsk region, he studied briefly at the Moscow State Auto Transport Institute before taking a leave of absence from academics to go into business. He later earned a correspondence degree from the Moscow State Law Academy.

The Times has reported that he was a market trader selling black market toys before his association with Boris Berezovsky.

Business career
Roman Abramovich started his multi-billion-dollar business during his army service where he sold saved-up gasoline to some of the commissioned officers of his unit. After a brief stint in the Soviet army, he married his first wife, Olga. He first worked as a street-trader and then as a mechanic at a local factory. A 2,000-ruble wedding present from Olga's parents (about £1,000) was invested by Abramovich in black-market goods such as perfume, deodorants, tights and toothpaste to sell in Moscow in or around December 1987. Abramovich soon doubled, then tripled, the investment, his confidence growing with each business success. Soon he progressed to making plastic toys (including plastic ducks and sailors) and started up an automobile parts cooperative. He attended the Gubkin Institute of Oil and Gas in Moscow (where he sold retreaded car tires as a sideline), then traded commodities for Runicom, a Swiss trading company.

In 1988, as Perestroika opened up opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Soviet Union, he and Olga set up a company making dolls. "It brought success almost immediately," says Olga. Due to his business acumen, within a few years his wealth spread from oil conglomerates to pig farms and he also started investing in other businesses. It is thought that Abramovich set up and liquidated no fewer than 20 companies during the early 1990s, in sectors as diverse as tyre retreading and bodyguard recruitment.

From 1992 to 1995, Abramovich founded five companies that conducted resale, produced consumer goods, and acted as intermediaries, eventually specializing in the trading of oil and oil products. However, in 1992, he was arrested and sent to prison in a case of theft of government property: AVEKS-Komi sent a train containing 55 cisterns of diesel fuel, worth 3.8 million roubles, from the Ukhtinsk Oil Production Factory; Abramovich met the train in Moscow and resent the shipment to the Kaliningrad military base under a fake agreement, but the fuel arrived in Riga. Abramovich co-operated with the investigation, and the case was closed after the oil production factory was compensated by the diesel's buyer, the Latvian-US company, Chikora International.

In 1995, Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky, an associate of President Boris Yeltsin, acquired the controlling interest in the large oil company Sibneft. The deal was within the controversial loans-for-shares program and each partner paid US$100 million for half of the company, below the stake's stock market value of US$150 million at the time, and rapidly turned it up into billions. The fast-rising value of the company led many observers, in hindsight, to suggest that the real cost of the company should have been in the billions of dollars. Abramovich later admitted in court that he paid huge bribes (in billions) to government officials and obtained protection from gangsters to acquire these and other assets (including aluminium assets during the aluminium wars).

Thus, the main stages of Abramovich's financial career were: January 1989 to May 1991, chairman of the Comfort co-op (manufacture of plastic toys); May 1991 to May 1993, director of the ABK small enterprise, Moscow. According to various sources, from 1992 to 1995 Roman Abramovich set up five companies engaged in the production of consumer goods and selling-and-buying. In May 1995, jointly with Boris Berezovsky, he set up the P.K. Trust close joint-stock company. In 1995 and 1996, he established another 10 firms: Mekong close joint-stock company, Centurion-M close joint-stock company, Agrofert limited liability company, Multitrans close joint-stock company, Oilimpex close joint-stock company, Sibreal close joint-stock company, Forneft close joint-stock company, Servet close joint-stock company, Branco close joint-stock company, Vector-A limited liability company, which, again together with Berezovsky, he used to purchase the shares of the Sibneft public company.

The Guardian concludes Abramovich's career as follows:
“ By 1996, at the age of 30, Abramovich had become so rich and politically well-connected that he had become close to President Boris Yeltsin, and had moved into an apartment in the Kremlin at the invitation of the Yeltsin family. In 1999, and now a tycoon, Abramovich was elected governor of Russia's remote, far eastern province of Chukotka, and has since lavished £112 million (€ 132 million) on charity to rebuild the impoverished region. The identikit image being pieced together for us was of a self-made man who was not only powerful and wealthy, but acutely aware of those who had done less well in the tumultuous 1990s, when the Soviet Union fell. ”

Vouchers acquisition
The Guardian quotes Vladimir Ramazanov, a Siberian oil driller:

“ "We didn't understand the concept of owning shares, and there wasn't even a Russian word for 'privatisation'. More educated people took the opportunity." While most Russians grappled with what to do with their vouchers, Roman Abramovich relished the challenge set down by Moscow. By 1992, the 25-year-old was already familiar with the notion of a free market, having taken advantage of the legalisation of private businesses introduced by Gorbachev in 1987 to set up an oil trading company. For five years, he had bought cheap Russian oil for a few roubles a barrel and sold it abroad for a considerable profit. Now Abramovich allegedly bought up blocks of vouchers from oil workers, converting them into shares in western Siberian energy companies - there was nothing to stop him, it was perfectly legal.

Friendship with Boris Berezovsky
In 1993, Abramovich founded Mekong. He began selling oil from Noyabrsk. Eventually, he met Boris Berezovsky.

According to two different sources, he first met Berezovsky either at a meeting of the Russian businessmen in the Caribbean in 1993 or in the summer of 1995 on the yacht of his friend Pyotr Aven.

Berezovsky introduced Abramovich to "the family", the close circle around the then president, Boris Yeltsin, which included his daughter Tatyana Dyachenko and chief security adviser, Alexander Korzhakov.

Together with Berezovsky, Abramovich founded the offshore company Gibraltar-registered Runicom Ltd. and five Western European subsidiaries. Abramovich headed the Moscow affiliate of the Swiss firm, Runicom S.A. In August 1995, Sibneft was created by Boris Yeltsin’s presidential decree. It was rumored that Abramovich was the chief of the organization with Berezovsky promoting the business in higher circles.

Sibneft-acquisition, Aluminium wars, and loans-for-shares
Further information: Sibneft, Loans-for-shares, and Gazprom Neft
In 1995, Abramovich and Berezovsky acquired a controlling interest in the giant Soviet oil company Sibneft. They paid £50 million (about US$83/€59 million) for half of the company and rapidly turned it into billions. The Times claimed that he was assisted by Badri Patarkatsishvili.This acquisition was under the controversial loans-for-shares programme initiated by then President Boris Yeltsin. After Sibneft, Abramovich's next target was the aluminium industry. After privatisation the 'aluminium wars' lead to murders of smelting plant managers, metals traders and journalists as groups battled for control of the industry.

Relationship with Boris Berezovsky and Badri Patarkatsishvili
The Times also quotes:
Mr Abramovich discloses that there was a showdown at St Moritz airport in Switzerland in 2001 when Mr [Badri] Patarkatsishvili asked him to pay US$1.3 billion (€925 million) to Mr Berezovsky. “The defendant agreed to pay this amount on the basis that it would be the final request for payment by Mr Berezovsky and that he and Mr Patarkatsishvili would cease to associate themselves publicly with him and his business interests.” The payment was duly made. Mr Abramovich was also willing to pay off Mr Patarkatsishvili. He states that he agreed to pay US$585 million (€416 million) “by way of final payment”. Mr Abramovich denies that he helped himself to Mr Berezovsky's interests in Sibneft and aluminium or that he threatened a friend of the exile. “It is denied that Mr Abramovich made or was party to the alleged explicit or implicit coercive threats or intimidation,” he states.

According to court-papers submitted by Abramovich and seen by The Times (UK), Abramovich mentions in the court-papers:

“ Prior to the August 1995 decree [of Sibneft's creation], the defendant [Abramovich] informed Mr Berezovsky that he wished to acquire a controlling interest in Sibneft on its creation. In return for the defendant [Abramovich] agreeing to provide Mr Berezovsky with funds he required in connection with the cash flow of [his TV company] ORT, Mr Berezovsky agreed he would use his personal and political influence to support the project and assist in the passage of the necessary legislative steps leading to the creation of Sibneft.

Mr Patarkatsishvili did ... provide assistance to the defendant in the defendant's acquisition of assets in the Russian aluminium industry.

Political career
Duma member
In 1999, Abramovich was elected to the State Duma as the representative for the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, an impoverished region in the Russian Far East. He started the charity Pole of Hope to help the people of Chukotka, especially children, and in December 2000 was elected governor of Chukotka, replacing Alexander Nazarov.

Abramovich was the governor of Chukotka from 2000 to 2008. It has been estimated that he spent over US$1.3 billion (€925 million) of his own money on the region, which now has one of the highest birth rates in Russia. Under Abramovich, living standards improved, schools and housing were restored and new investors were being drawn to the region.

Abramovich said that he would not run for governor again after his term of office expired in 2005, as it is "too expensive", and he rarely visits the region. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin changed the law to abolish elections for regional governors, and on 21 October 2005 Abramovich was reappointed governor for another term.

Abramovich was awarded the Order of Honor for his "huge contribution to the economic development of the autonomous district [of Chukotka]", by a decree signed by the President of Russia.

In early July 2008 it was announced that President Dmitri Medvedev had accepted Abramovich's latest request to resign as governor of Chukotka, although his various charitable activities in the region would continue. In the period 2000–2006 the average salaries in Chukotka increased from about US$165 (€117/£100) per month in 2000 to US$826 (€588/£500) per month in 2006.

The regional government estimates that, during his tenure, Abramovich directed investments in the range of $2.5 billion to rebuild Chukotka's crumbling housing, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, much of the money coming from his own pocket[dubious – discuss] and through affiliated companies and his two foundations - Pole of Hope and Territoria.

Alleged crimes and wrongdoing
Boris Berezovsky allegations
Allegation of blackmail
Boris Berezovsky (his one-time business partner) alleged in 2008 that Abramovich harassed him with "threats and intimidation" to cheat him to sell his valuable shares at less than their true worth. Abramovich has been sued for US$3.3 billion(€2.35 billion/£2 billion).

Berezovsky is said to have sold his stake in Sibneft for $650 million (€462 million/£326 million) at today's prices. He received $450 million (€320 million/£272 million), for the Rusal shares. He claims the price should have been much higher US$2 billion (€1.42 billion/£1.2 billion) more for the Sibneft shares, and US$1.5 billion (€1.06 billion/£900 million) for Rusal. The former forestry engineer and used car salesman is claiming a total of US$ 3.36 billion (€2.39 billino/£2.03 billion), a significant part of Abramovich's estimated US$17.9 billion (€12.73 billion/£10.8 billion) fortune. Berezovsky is believed to be worth around £500 million.

On 5 July 2008, The Times reported that Abramovich admitted he paid billions of dollars for political favours and protection fees to obtain a big share of Russia's oil and aluminium assets as was shown by court papers The Times obtained.

Allegations of illegal share-dilution
Yugraneft, an affiliate of Sibir Energy, is seeking billions of dollars in damages in a lawsuit in London against Roman Abramovich and his investment company Millhouse Capital, alleging that it was cheated out of its Russian assets. It alleges that another of Roman Abramovich's companies, Sibneft, illegally diluted Yugraneft's interest in their joint-company that had oil fields in Russia to 1% from 50%. The proceedings "involve substantial claims to recover the proceeds of the diluted interest", said Sibir Energy, a company co-owned by the billionaire Shalva Chigirinsky.

Arrest for theft
In 1992 he was arrested in a case of theft of government property: AVEKS-Komi sent a train containing 55 cisterns (tankers) of diesel fuel, worth Р3.8 million (Roubles), from the Ukhtinsk Oil Production Factory (Case No. 79067 for the large-scale theft of state property); Abramovich met the train in Moscow and resent the shipment to the Kaliningrad military base under a fake agreement, but the fuel arrived in Riga. Abramovich co-operated with the investigation, and the charges were dropped after the oil production factory was compensated by the diesel's buyer, the Latvian-US concern, Chikora International.

Allegations of loan-fraud
An allegation emerging from a Swiss investigation links Roman Abramovich, through a former company, and numerous other Russian politicians, industrialists and bankers to using a US$4.8 billion (€3.4 billion) loan from International Monetary Fund as personal slush fund; an audit sponsored by the IMF itself determined that all of the IMF funds had been used appropriately.

In January 2005, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) indicated that it would be suing Abramovich over a £9 million (US$14.9 million/€10.6 million) loan. The EBRD said that it is owed US$17.5 million (€12.45 million/£10.6 million) by Runicom, a Switzerland-based oil trading business which had been controlled by Abramovich and Eugene Shvidler. Abramovich's spokesman indicated that the loan had previously been repaid.

Aluminium wars
The Times said that Abramovich "famously emerged triumphant after the “aluminium wars”, in which more than 100 people are believed to have been killed in gangland feuds over control of the lucrative smelters. He avoided the fate of a rival oligarch who annoyed the Kremlin and ended up being transported to jail in Siberia for ten years," and "Numerous officials and executives are said to have lost their lives".

Antitrust law violation in Russia
International Herald Tribune report that "Russia's antitrust body said Wednesday that Evraz Holding — part-owned by Kremlin-friendly businessman Roman Abramovich — has breached anti-monopoly rules, overcharging customers for coking coal."

Roman AbramovichIn June 2003, he became the owner of the companies that control Chelsea Football Club in the United Kingdom. Former owner of the club was Rustom H. Irani, who was also given knighthood by the Queen of the United Kingdom.

The club also embarked on an ambitious programme of commercial development, with the aim of making it a worldwide brand, and announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art training complex in Cobham, Surrey. Chelsea finished their first season after the takeover in second place in the Premiership, from fourth the previous year, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. A new manager, José Mourinho, was recruited, and Chelsea ended the following season as league champions. Since the takeover the club have won six major trophies - the Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup twice each - a trophy haul bettered only by Manchester United.

Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge during a 4-0 victory over Portsmouth F.C. in August 2008.It is argued that Abramovich's involvement with Chelsea has distorted the football transfer market throughout Europe, as his wealth often allows the club to purchase players virtually at will although that has changed in recent years. He did however sanction the transfer of Andriy Shevchenko for a then British record transfer fee of around £30 million (€35.3 million).

The spending has, to some extent, seen wealth re-distributed throughout the game, with the combined fee of £12.5 million (€14.7 million) paid to West Ham United for Glen Johnson and Joe Cole helping to avert administration. In the year ending June 2005, Chelsea posted record losses of £140 million (€165 million) and the club is not expected to record a trading profit before 2010, though this did decrease to reported losses of £80.2 million (€94.3 million) year ending June 2006.

In a December 2006 interview Abramovich stated that he expected Chelsea's transfer spending to fall in years to come, although he subsequently seemed to move away from this position. He is also present at almost every game Chelsea play and shows visible emotion during matches, a sign taken by supporters to indicate a love for the sport, and usually visits the players in the dressing room following each match, although this stopped for a time in early 2007 as rumours of a feud between Abramovich and Chelsea manager José Mourinho appeared in the press which was due to various arguments between the two men regarding the appearances of certain players, notably Andriy Shevchenko. In the early hours of 20 September 2007, José Mourinho announced his exit as Chelsea manager by mutual consent with the club following a meeting with the board. Former Israel coach and Chelsea's director of football, Avram Grant, was named as his replacement. Ever since Grant had joined Chelsea (in the summer of 2007) there had been friction between him and Mourinho. Mourinho reportedly told Grant not to interfere in team affairs but with Abramovich's backing, Grant's profile at the club rose after he was made a member of the board. This event apparently did not go down well with Mourinho and may have contributed to his surprise exit. Avram Grant led Chelsea to the position of runners-up in both the English Premiership and European Champions League- second to Manchester United on both accounts. Nevertheless, on May 24, Grant was sacked as manager by Abramovich.[64] On 11 June 2008, it was announced that Luiz Felipe Scolari would be taking over as manager on 1 July 2008. Scolari was sacked as Chelsea manager on 9 February 2009. In February 2009, Guus Hiddink was appointed manager of the club, but returned to his permanent position as manager of the Russian national team following the conclusion of the English season being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. As of May 2008, Abramovich has spent approximately £600 million (€705 million) on the club since arriving in 2003.

CSKA Moscow
In March 2004, Sibneft agreed to a three-year sponsorship deal worth €41.3 million (US$58 million) with the Russian team CSKA Moscow. Although the company explained that the decision was made at management level, some viewed the deal as an attempt by Abramovich to counter accusations of being unpatriotic which were made at the time of the Chelsea purchase. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) rules prevent one person owning more than one team participating in UEFA competitions, so Abramovich has no equity interest in CSKA. A lawyer, Alexandre Garese, is one of his partners in CSKA. Following an investigation, he was cleared by UEFA of having a conflict of interest. Nevertheless, he was named most influential person in Russian football in the Russian magazine Pro Sport at the end of June 2004. In May 2005, CSKA won the UEFA Cup, becoming the first Russian club ever to win a major European football competition. However, in October 2005, Abramovich sold his interest in Sibneft and the company's new owner Gazprom, which sponsors FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, cancelled the sponsorship deal.

Russian national team

Abramovich at the World Cup in GermanyAbramovich also played a large role in bringing Guus Hiddink to Russia to coach the Russia national football team. Piet de Visser, a former head scout of Hiddink's club PSV Eindhoven and now a personal assistant to Abramovich at Chelsea, recommended Hiddink to the Chelsea owner. De Visser was also instrumental in the appointment of Hiddink as temporary Chelsea manager for the final months of the 2008-09 season.

National Academy of Football
In addition to his involvement in professional football, Abramovich sponsors a foundation in Russia called the National Academy of Football. The organization sponsors youth sports programs throughout the country and has constructed more than fifty football pitches in various cities and towns. It also funds training programs for coaches, prints instruction materials, renovates sports facilities and takes top coaches and students on trips to visit professional football clubs in England, Holland and Spain. In 2006 the Academy of Football took over the administration of the football academy at Primorksy, near Togliatti, Samara Oblast, where over 1000 youths are in residence, following the death at 38 of its founder, Yuri Konoplev.

Relationship with Kremlin
Boris Yeltsin
Abramovich's close relationship with Boris Yeltsin and his family was well known. At first he was described as an aide to the powerful tycoon Boris Berezovsky: "At every stage of Berezovsky's rise, Abramovich was there, watching and learning."

The proposed merger of Sibneft with Yukos was seen by most as a move to distance himself from Russia, at a time when the Kremlin appears to have decided to bring at least some of the oligarchs to account for their colourful past business practices. Abramovich was a close associate of controversial Boris Berezovsky who sold him his stake in Sibneft, although in July 2005 Berezovsky announced his intention to sue Abramovich in the British courts for pressuring him into selling most of his Russian assets cheaply to Abramovich after Berezovsky fled the country.

The Kremlin press service reported that Abramovich's name had been sent for approval as governor for another term to Chukotka's local parliament, which confirmed his appointment on 21 October 2005.

Vladimir Putin
Chris Hutchins, a biographer of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, claims that the relationship between the former Russian president and Abramovich is like that between a father and a favorite son; Abramovich himself has stated that his relationship with Putin is professional, as signified by his use of the Russian language's formal "вы" in addressing Putin, as opposed to the informal "ты".

Personal life
Abramovich has been married twice, to Olga Yurevna Lysova in December 1987(divorced 1990), and to Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina in October 1991 (divorced 2007). He and Irina have five children.

On 15 October 2006, the News of the World reported that Irina had hired two top UK divorce lawyers, following reports of Abramovich's close relationship with the 28-year old Daria Zhukova, the former girlfriend of tennis player Marat Safin and daughter of a prominent Russian oligarch based in London. It was speculated that a future divorce settlement (amounting to a conjectured £5.5 billion (€6.5 billion)) might be the highest ever on record. The Abramoviches replied that neither had consulted attorneys at that point. However, they later divorced in Russia in March 2007, with a settlement reported as being US$300 million (€213 million). On 4 December 2009, in Los Angeles Dasha gave birth to her first child and Roman's sixth, named Aaron Alexander.

"Private army"
Abramovich has recently boosted his security staff to a 40-person "private army", making him one of the best protected businessmen in the world.

Other interests and activities
Roman Abramovich sponsored an exhibition of photographs of Uzbekistan by renowned Soviet photographer Max Penson (1893–1959) which opened on 29 November 2006 at the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House in London. He previously funded the exhibition "Quiet Resistance: Russian Pictorial Photography 1900s-1930s" at the same gallery in 2005. Both exhibits were organized by the Moscow House of Photography.

In May 2008 Abramovich emerged as a major buyer in the international art auction market. He purchased Francis Bacon's Triptych for €61.4 million (US$86.3 million) (a record price for a post-war work of art) and Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping for €23.9 million (US$33.6 million) (a record price for a work by a living artist).

His partner Dasha Zhukova is managing a gallery of modern art in Moscow that occupies a historical Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage building by Konstantin Melnikov. The building, neglected for decades and partially taken apart by previous tenants, was restored in 2007–2008 and reopened to the public in September 2008. Speed and expense of restoration is credited to sponsorship by Abramovich.

Abramovich qualified for the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, with an estimated fortune of €13.8 billion (£11.7 billion/US$19.3 billion), by virtue of retaining a property in Knightsbridge, London on Lowndes Square.

In May 2008, Abramovich bought the 200 acre former Wildcat Ridge near Aspen, Colorado estate of American businessman Leon Hirsch, founder of United States Surgical Corporation, for €21.2 million (£18 million/US$29.7 million).

Boats and planes
Abramovich has become the world's greatest spender on luxury yachts, and had been linked to five boats in what the media have called "Abramovich's Navy":

Superyacht Eclipse - Designed by Hermidas Atabeyki with an interior by Terrence Disdale, Eclipse was built in Germany by Blohm + Voss and completed in September 2009. Abramovich is due to take delivery of the yacht on December 22, 2009.The final length is 170 metres / 557 feet. She is believed to cost Abramovich around US$1.2 billion and is the world's largest private yacht as of 2009, with at least two swimming pools, two helipads, several on-board tenders and a submarine. She has been reported to have an "anti-paparazzi" photo-shield system installed. Her ultramodern design is similar to Pelorus with even more aggressive lines and a tri-colour scheme.

Superyacht Ecstasea (85 metres long / 282 feet) - Largest Feadship built to date. She has a gas turbine alongside the conventional diesels which gives her high cruising speed. Abramovich sold the boat to an unnamed buyer in 2009.

Superyacht Pelorus after her 2004 refit to Abramovich's own requirements by Blohm & VossPelorus (115 metres/377 feet long) - Built by Lurssen for another client who received six offers to sell her before she was even completed and accepted Abramovich's bid. The interior is very contemporary, designed by Terence Disdale, and images can be found on their website. Pelorus was refitted by Blohm + Voss in 2005 adding a new forward helipad (so guests can arrive without the owner's helicopter being moved) and zero speed stabilisers. She was partially refitted once again by Blohn + Voss in 2007–2008. In summer 2008 she was in the Western Med (South of France and Sardinia) and in December crossed the Atlantic with a stop-over on the Canary Islands. Abramovich often celebrates New Year's Eve in St Barth's. Roman Abramovich sold the superyacht to David Geffen.

Superyacht Le Grand Bleu (112 metre/370 feet long expedition yacht) – formerly owned by John McCaw, Abramovich bought her in 2002 and had her completely refitted including a 16 ft (4.9 m) swim platform and sports dock. He presented her to his associate and friend Eugene Shvidler in June 2006.

Superyacht Sussurro (50 metres/163 feet long) - built by Feadship in 1998 with the interior designed by Terence Disdale. Abramovich bought her from the same person who sold him Pelorus. She is permanently moored in IYCA, Antibes and is used as a tag-along to one of the larger yachts.

He owns a private Boeing 767-33A/ER, registered in Aruba as P4-MES. It is known as "The Bandit" due to its cockpit paint detail. Originally the aircraft was ordered by Hawaiian Airlines but the order was canceled and Abramovich bought it from Boeing and refitted it to his own requirements. Interior details or images are not available anywhere. P4-MES is frequently parked at the Harrods Aviation facility at Stansted Airport, UK.

Abramovich also owns three Eurocopter helicopters, all with Aruba registration as well. An EC-145 with the registration P4-LGB, an EC-135T1 with the registration P4-XTC and an EC-155B with the registration P4-HEC. The helicopters are based on his yachts, at Blackbushe airport or at his estate Fyning Hill near Rogate in West Sussex, UK.

In 2004 Abramovich bought two Maybach 62 limousines. They were customized to be bomb & bullet-proof. They were reported to have cost £1 million (€1.18 million/US$1.65 million).Abramovich also owns a Ferrari FXX, a US$2.2 million (€1.57 million) "racetrack-only" car, of which only 30 were built. He also owns a Bugatti Veyron (blue on black), Maserati MC12 Corsa, Ferrari 360 and a modified Porsche Carrera GT.

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Technical information
Project Name: Coral Island II
Yacht type: Motor Yacht

Imo: 8977273
MMSI: 310424000
Call sign: ZCDJ8

Length Overall (m): 115.00 Length Overall (ft): 377.30
Length On Deck (m): Length On Deck (ft):
Length Waterline (m): 99.90 Length Waterline (ft): 327.76
Beam (m): 17.20 Beam (ft): 56.43
Draught Max (m): 4.66 Draught Max (ft): 15.29
Draught Min (m): Draught Min (ft):

Shipyard: Lürssen Yachts
Year: 2003
Hull: 13600
Port: Bremen
Country: Germany

Naval Architect: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Tim Heywood Design Ltd.
Interior Designer: Terence Disdale Design Ltd.

Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium
Gross Tonnage: 5317 Displacement:
Class Comments: German Lloyd MCA: Yes

Guest Cabins:
Guests: 18 :
Crew: 41

Engine Manufacturer: Wärtsilä
Model: 12V26
Number of Engines: 2
Type: Diesel
HP: 5,300 KW: 3,952

Total HP: 10,600 Total KW: 7,904

Max Speed: 20 Cruise Speed: 18
Range: 6,000 at 16 Propulsion: Twin Screw

Fuel Capacity (Liters): 280,000 Fuel Capacity (Gallons): 73,976
Water Capacity (Liters): 100,000 Water Capacity (Gallons): 26,420

Generator(s): Wärtsilä
Air-conditioning: Heinen & Hopman

Source of techinal information: http://www.superyachttimes.com/

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