Archive for August, 2010

Lives of the Rich and Obscure

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

For the past week, a huge, mysterious and kinda creepy looking mega-yacht has been moored off the Malibu pier, prompting hundreds of inquiries to the local news outlets. At first, I thought it might belong to the fleet of the evil Dr. Oracle (Larry Ellison), who often parks his giant sailboat where he can keep an eye on the beachfront property he’s redeveloping (site of the former Pierview Restaurant).

It’s a sinister looking thing and huge, at least 300 feet from bow to stern. I’ll bet if you tried to paddle out for a closer look, a team of Uzi-toting ninjas would launch from a secret hatchway on a zodiac boat to dissuade you. Either that or a school of sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads…

$300 million buys you a lot of boat

It turns out to be the property of a Russian billionaire, one Andrey Melnichenko, who likes to cruise the world with his supermodel wife. Evidently Mr. Melnichenko is a guy who likes his privacy, in as much as you can go unnoticed on a $300 million yacht. Read more about the yacht here, as long as the link stays alive. By the way, the boat’s name is “A.” (Not “B” mind you, just “A.”)