The authorities in Antigua have long tried to get rid of the sanctioned luxury yacht. Now Eric Schmidt bought it for more than NOK 700 million.
Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt bought the sanctioned Alfa Nero luxury yacht for $67.6 million, roughly equivalent to 707 million kroner. bloomberg.
The luxury yacht was abandoned on the Caribbean island of Antigua in March 2022, as a result of sanctions imposed on Russia.
Schmind won the auction for the boat on Friday, according to Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua’s ambassador to the United States.
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The United States has named Russian fertilizer billionaire Andrei Guryev as the owner of the boat, and thus the luxury yacht has come under US sanctions rules.
The US Treasury said Gurev bought the yacht in 2014 for $120 million, which he himself denies, according to Bloomberg.
1.2 million employees per month
Antigua officially took over the yacht in April this year. The authorities desperately tried to get rid of the yacht.
The yacht’s crew alone cost about NOK 1.2 million per month.
The Alpha Nero was sold at auction on Friday, Darwin Telemac, director of the port of Antigua, said in an interview, despite the fact that Andrei Guriev’s daughter made a last-minute bid, claiming the boat was hers.
Some of the proceeds from the auction will be used to cover expenses incurred while the luxury yacht was moored on the Caribbean island.
The yacht with a length of more than 81 meters has, among other things, a swimming pool that can be converted into a helipad.
Among the world’s richest
Eric Schmidt served as CEO of Google between 2001 and 2011.
He left the board of Google subsidiary Alphabet in June 2019 after 18 years, but continued as a technical advisor until February 2020.
According to Schmidt, Schmidt’s fortune is $20.3 billion, which is equivalent to more than 212 billion kroner. Forbes. This gives him the 82nd position on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
Schmidt has started a new $125 million Fjord Artificial Intelligence Fund, which will support research into AI’s biggest challenges, according to financial times.
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