Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s whirlwind reunion continues. After spending time in Miami Beach last month, the couple boarded an extravagant motor yacht for a trip around the Saint-Tropez region this month. The news was reported in The Daily Mail, which also reported that associated celebrity A-Rod is in the same area, albeit in a smaller yacht.
The yacht that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck have used as a vehicle for a summer fling is called Valerie. Its weekly charter rate is around $1 million. It’s reportedly owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov and is listed for sale with Dynamiq Yachts at €110 million, or about $130 million.
Valerie was built by Lürssen shipyards, based in Bremen. The company has produced several notable craft over the past decade, including one that took the blue ribbon for sheer size: Dilbar, largest superyacht when it appeared in the first half of 2016. Valerie’s exterior design comes by way of Swedish firm Espen Øino.
Valerie measures 279 feet, and can accommodate up to 14 guests across seven cabins. She has accommodations for 27 crew members. The yacht’s top speed is 17 knots, and she cruises at 12. She was refit in 2019, and her interiors now include a massive kitchen with an island, a wide-open living area, and a large master stateroom rimmed with a curving exterior wall of windows.
Amenities on board Valerie include a helideck, a spa with a semicircular hammam, an elevator, and a sundeck with an 18-foot pool. Summer fun toys include a pair of Waverunners, a SeaBob Cayago, scuba equipment, paddleboards, and water skis.
Lopez’s near-future film projects include Marry Me, with Owen Wilson, Maluma, and Sarah Silverman, and Shotgun Wedding, with Josh Duhamel and Lenny Kravitz.
Affleck’s upcoming projects include The Last Duel, with Matt Damon; Deep Water, with Ana de Armas; The Flash, with Michael Keaton and Ron Livingston; and George Clooney directed The Tender Bar.
Akhmetov, a Ukrainian billionaire, is the founder of System Capital Management. His net worth is north of $7 billion. According to Forbes, Akhmetov made a notable purchase in the French Riviera last year when he treated himself to a historic estate for $220 million.