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Watch: Inside a $300 Million Ship of Excess


The Wall Street Journal goes for the first time inside the Philippe Starck-designed yacht of Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.

I guess we know what happened to these fellas.


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  1. LOL LOL. These millionaires are NUTS.

    Posted by: Paulo | Apr 18, 2010 5:39:09 PM

  2. $300 million and not a cent of taste.

    Posted by: Syrax | Apr 18, 2010 6:20:36 PM

  3. That's about the tackiest thing I've seen in a while. For $300 million one would expect more than an ugly relic from the 80's.

    Posted by: niles | Apr 18, 2010 6:24:09 PM

  4. Anybody have a spare torpedo?

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Apr 18, 2010 7:06:32 PM

  5. You guys beat me. T-A-C-K-Y! What a waste.

    Posted by: LOL | Apr 18, 2010 7:07:56 PM

  6. ...go on girls, you can hate, but Phillip Starck has NEVER been tacky, thank you very

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Apr 18, 2010 8:45:31 PM

  7. I don't mind the takcy-factor of this thing. What I can't stand tho, is the use of animal skins to cove the walls? Really? I am sorry, but, that is tacky.
    I can appreciate the design of the skins, but could Starck have not found simulated skins, rather than using real? That just creeps me out.
    The owner seems to think that his billions buys taste as I think most of the design is his and not Philippes'.

    Posted by: Crash | Apr 18, 2010 9:16:02 PM

  8. Let me clue you in on a little secret, yeahisaidit: ANY abode where human beings dwell that features a "nookie room", walls of white stingray hides, and an entry hall that can be transformed into a disco is, by definition, tacky. I don't give a fuck if that hideous boat was designed by Michelangelo or Philip Johnson... those three features make it tacky, that is, vulgar, tasteless, common, and lacking in dignity, girlfriend, whether you have the sophistication to realize it or not.

    Posted by: ALEXANDRE | Apr 18, 2010 9:16:23 PM

  9. This is hilarious. No one's pulled the nouveau riche card yet, though. Goodness, people are trash. A disco room? I hate euro trash...oh lawdy lawd!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 18, 2010 10:26:35 PM

  10. You're all jealous bitches. He can spend his money however tackily he wants and he don't give a shit what you think. Bravo!

    Posted by: Aron | Apr 18, 2010 10:52:11 PM

  11. let me be tacky , i want all of that,
    i used to work selling fur coats and the only ppl who complained about the coats were ppl who couldn't afford the coats.
    yes i want to be tacky, vulgar and tasteless
    i cannot aspire to anything less.

    Posted by: josepe | Apr 18, 2010 11:27:41 PM

  12. Philippe Starck is worse than tacky - he is out of style, THE capital fashion crime in France.(You can buy his line at the French equivalent of K-Mart: imagine how that went over in Paris. AND his furniture is simply uncomfortable & unusable.) I love mirrors & crystal, too, but c'mon, sweetheart, this boat is something out of a carnival. I could kill the billionaire for his use of animal skins alone. And a "nookie room"??? Oh, please. And if, as commented previously, this is more about the billionaire's lack of taste than Starck's, then Starck dipped as low by allowing his name to be pinned on this confabulation of lack-of-restraint.

    Posted by: Leducdor | Apr 18, 2010 11:34:53 PM

  13. And children are still starving to death.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 18, 2010 11:44:27 PM

  14. ARON, you're as stupid as the billionaire. Ugh, the evil rich, what shameless excess when he could have done so much for his people. Disgusting.

    Posted by: nikko | Apr 19, 2010 12:09:18 AM

  15. I hate to be even remotely practical, but what happens to all of the crystal in rough seas? Piles of broken Baccarat, anyone?

    I know people who could actually afford this, but they would never, never, never be this grotesquely selfish. How about a $10,000,000 boat and a $290,000,000 contribution to help the poor and suffering of the world.

    Being "tacky" is the least of the offenses. I much more appalled by the monumental greed and excess.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Apr 19, 2010 12:46:16 AM

  16. Oh, excuse me Miss Alexandre...I definitely stand corrected and will check with you first before I ever again have an opinion of my own about "ANY" abode...I mean, now knowing you wrote the law on the consideration of all such sure told me...take yourself too seriously much? MEOWWWOUCH....! And BTW, that's a rhetorical question my dear...sheeesh...

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Apr 19, 2010 12:46:48 AM

  17. WRETCHED excess. this asshole could have done so much for his own country. instead, he buys this unsightly piece of garbage. all of the russian billionaires made their money by being well-connected politically and/or screwing other people. fuck this.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 19, 2010 12:55:52 AM

  18. he is NOT nouveau riche. he's a well known crook. his gains are criminal and he spends them as a criminal.

    Posted by: tim | Apr 19, 2010 1:26:26 AM

  19. As long as he gained his wealth fairy and legally i don't care if wipes his ass with his money. He, hopefully, is not responsible for the disease and poverty that exist in the world and is in no way obligated to pay for their problems.

    His $300 million has probably generated 100's of jobs, and will continue to as a yacht this size requires a sizable staff.

    As for the design the, bow and the lower body are sexy, but the multi story structure on top are awkward and ugly.

    The interior design is mildly innovative - i love those pool chairs- but nothing special. I am just not that into stark's interior designs.

    Posted by: hk | Apr 19, 2010 3:18:30 AM

  20. "As long as he gained his wealth fairy and legally i don't care if wipes his ass with his money. He, hopefully, is not responsible for the disease and poverty that exist in the world and is in no way obligated to pay for their problems."

    Pay close attention, gents and gents. This highlights perfectly my claim that you're either born with it or you ain't. Most people are varying degrees in between, and the best they can hope for is mimicry of those who are born with it. Of course, you need some sense of it (the good)...and this poor slob has none. And he's common.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 19, 2010 3:29:53 AM

  21. Viva la revolution!

    Posted by: EvilEuropean | Apr 19, 2010 4:26:44 AM

  22. eh... Not my cup of tea, but whatever floats yer boat... no pun intended.

    I wouldn't mind the money though. I could retire and open the children's shelter I've been dreaming to sponsor on my own (w/out government and special interests hands in)as well as provide comfortably for my family... contribute to "help" organizations I trust. How he got his money, well, that's none of my business, unless through criminal acts. Then the authorities should handle prosecuting him.

    However, I may have issue with the animal skins/parts used to decorate. Like, are any endangered? Were ALL parts of the animals used or just their hides/horns? That's a sensitive issue for me.

    Otherwise, it just seems...

    eh. <--unimpressed.

    Posted by: aleabeth | Apr 19, 2010 4:52:57 AM

  23. The boat is gorgeous, a real work of art.

    The only thing bourgeois here is the little nobody queens pronouncing a disco and fuckroom (or even Ghost Chairs, or being sold in K-Mart) as being unworthy of their middle class approval!

    Posted by: Jimbo | Apr 19, 2010 5:50:50 AM

  24. So like a tacky Russian businessman/gangster to want to have a hot designer from the late 1980's. Starck made some snappy juicers and hotels in his day, but this is pretty cheesy.

    I believe Dr. Evil has this same yacht in Austin Powers, part 2. lol.

    Russians make American white trash seem fashionable.

    Posted by: mike nyc | Apr 19, 2010 9:46:35 AM

  25. That's what I call white trash.

    Posted by: Michaelj | Apr 19, 2010 10:54:40 AM

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