As the Mediterranean yachting season is in full swing, a new entrant has made waves. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has introduced his new sailing yacht, Koru. Unlike the prevalent diesel-powered yachts, Bezos has opted for a sailing yacht, emphasizing both luxury and eco-friendliness.
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Koru is designed as a schooner, a type of sailing vessel with multiple masts. This design choice is a nod to the classic yachting era of the early 20th century. The yacht features three masts, a deck pool, and a mermaid figurehead, which many believe resembles Ms. Sánchez, Bezos’ partner.
The primary propulsion for Koru is wind, making it more environmentally friendly than most motorized yachts. This choice offers a closer connection to nature, providing a unique sailing experience.
Accompanying Koru is Abeona, a support vessel. Such vessels are essential for carrying various luxury amenities and equipment that the primary yacht might not accommodate.
Koru’s construction led to a controversy in Rotterdam, Netherlands, due to concerns about navigating the historic Koningshaven Bridge. However, the situation was resolved without dismantling the bridge.
The name “Koru” is derived from the Maori language, symbolizing new beginnings, growth, and peace.
Specifications of Jeff Bezos’ Yacht, Koru
|Yacht Owner||Jeff Bezos|
|Known For||Founder of Amazon, Owner of The Washington Post, Founder of Blue Origin|
|Type of Yacht||Sailing Yacht (Schooner)|
|Cost||$500 million (estimated)|
|Support Vessel||Abeona (246 feet)|
|Name Origin||Maori (Symbolizes new life, growth, and peace)|
About the Yacht Owner: Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is best known as the founder of Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer. Born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos transformed the way people shop online. Under his leadership, Amazon expanded from a simple online bookstore to a global e-commerce giant, offering everything from household goods to streaming services.
In addition to Amazon, Bezos owns The Washington Post and has interests in various other businesses. He’s also the founder of Blue Origin, an aerospace manufacturer and spaceflight company aiming to enable private human access to space.
In 2021, Bezos stepped down as the CEO of Amazon, handing over the reins to Andy Jassy, but remains with the company as its Executive Chairman. With a net worth often fluctuating as one of the world’s richest individuals, Bezos’ ventures extend beyond business, evident in his investments in space exploration, media, and now, luxury yachting.