Bill Gates, touring the Aegean on a superyacht on his 66th birthday, apparently got a visit from Jeff Bezos en route.
The yacht chartered by Gates is called the Lana. The craft, available via Imperial Yachts, features a sleek contemporary architecture, and measures 107 meters—about 351 feet. She was delivered in 2020.
Lana was built by Benetti. For yachting enthusiasts, the name is commonplace; Azimut/Benetti Group, founded in 2003, has been a prominent force in the industry for the past ten years or more. The company’s brands include Marina di Varazze and Yachtique. It operates out of 68 countries.
Lana charters for at least €1.8 million per week. The superyacht can accommodate twelve guests in eight cabins. Amenities on board Lana are extensive; there is a cinema, a beach club with terraces, a Hammam, and a massage room with a professional therapist on staff.
Outdoor living spaces on board Lana include salons, and a sun deck with a large pool. The ship’s interiors are designed in a warm, glossy nautical style inspired by art deco, with a variety of wood tones and textures, LED backlighting, and plentiful glass. Interior design places the emphasis on space, with a circular staircase providing a sculptural centerpiece, and dining and living spaces evoking freedom. Her guest cabins are individually designed.
Lana is supported by a variety of tenders, including a 14-meter Limo.
Gates became a billionaire in 1987; at only 31 years old, he was the youngest-ever billionaire. In 1995, he claimed the world’s richest man title with a net worth of 12.9 billion. His current net worth hovers around $137 billion.