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#1 Hum

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:12

Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill.

French designer Philippe Starck claims Mr Jobs' heirs still owe him 3m euros of a 9m euro fee for the project, according to Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad.

Mr Starck called in the debt collectors and had the yacht impounded,

The Port of Amsterdam confirmed that the boat is not allowed to leave.

Jeroen Ranzijn, spokesman for the Port of Amsterdam told the BBC: "The boat is brand new but there is a 3m euro claim on it. The parties will have to fight it out."

Roelant Klaassen, a lawyer representing Mr Starck's company, Ubik, told the Reuters news agency that the boat would remain in port pending payment by lawyers representing Mr Jobs' estate.

"These guys trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract," he said.

The sleek, 260ft-long (80m) aluminium super-yacht cost 105m euros ($138m; £85m) and was launched in October, at Aalsmeer, The Netherlands.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:49

I guess Jobs doesn't need it anymore.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:14

Pay your bills bums.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:21

ok, so a 9 million euro boat? holy crap! That boat better have a mall, movie theater, spa, gym, guest housing, galley, nuclear power, solar power, desalination, garden, ...just basically self sufficient all around for that price. That's more than most mansions...

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:31

but he really didn't care about money /s.. he was a greedy bastar* and his family seems to be the same.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:31

ok, so a 9 million euro boat? holy crap! That boat better have a mall, movie theater, spa, gym, guest housing, galley, nuclear power, solar power, desalination, garden, ...just basically self sufficient all around for that price. That's more than most mansions...

But do most mansions float or be able to be moved anywhere in the world as easily as pulling up the anchor and dock ties? I think not.
Although not as sleek and modern, how much you think this one cost: http://www.yachtmati.com/petara/

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:43

ok, so a 9 million euro boat? holy crap! That boat better have a mall, movie theater, spa, gym, guest housing, galley, nuclear power, solar power, desalination, garden, ...just basically self sufficient all around for that price. That's more than most mansions...


It actually cost $105 million. Starck was originally going to be paid when the yacht was going to cost $155 million, but he was later paid $6 million due to the reduced cost and now he's filing claim for the remaining $3 million. Regarding people accusing Jobs & family of being greedy, you probably don't know anything! He was a very private man and he did give a lot to charity! Probably not the billions as Gates did, but he did setup a foundation and his wife is on the board on multiple charity organizations in california, where they fund many of the charitable programs.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:05

Its an odd looking boat tho,

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:42

he did give a lot to charity! he did setup a foundation and his wife is on the board on multiple charity organizations in california, where they fund many of the charitable programs.

Links to sources please.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:44

like all apple products it's probably missing one key feature ... like the ability to float in open water :rofl:

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:52

like all apple products it's probably missing one key feature ... like the ability to float in open water :rofl:


Don't be so silly, that's like saying an iPhone would struggle to make phone calls

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:00

For $138 million it looks really bad

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:08

Links to sources please.


As mentioned in these articles, Jobs was a very private person and he was the same in anonymously donating to charities.

http://dealbook.nyti...-public-giving/

http://www.wired.com...c/2006/01/70072

And personally I think charity is a very personal and private matter. It doesn't need to boasted around the world to gain acclaim. Gates is not wrong if he is being acclaimed for giving billions to charity because he also raises awareness to causes that his foundation supports. This was the difference between Gates and Jobs. Both did donate to charities, but only Gates really stood up to raise awareness to the causes/charities that he was supporting.

NOTE: Earlier post - The prices were supposedly in "€" and not "$."

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:13

She is prob still sorting out his estate after this death. I am sure it will get paid along with everything else that needs sorting.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:00

Still a butt ugly boat.

As post above me, there's an awful lot of work to go in to sorting out what's owed plus all the other dependencies of his estate. I'm sure it'll get sorted.