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What to get the man who has everything? Russian billionaire splashes €357m on 300ft high superyacht

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 22/09/2015 | 11:29

Eddie Jordan's Sunseeker 155 super yacht
Eddie Jordan's Sunseeker 155 super yacht
The luxury 'super yacht' Ulysses

It's well known that Russian billionaires love their collection of toys.

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And Andrey Melnichenko is now the leader of the pack after taking possession of his brand new superyacht, worth a staggering €357.6m ($400m).

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The vessel is 468 feet long and has three masts, each 300 feet high.

It comprises eight floors and an underwater observation deck, and can accommodate up to 20 guests who are looked after by a crew of 54.

The superyacht was built by German shipyard Nobiskrug and is an upgrade to his current multi-million pound 'Motor Yacht A,' that cost him €262.7m ($292m).

Mr Melnichenko, worth an estimated at just over €8bn ($9bn), founded the fertilizer producer EuroChem, the coal producer Suek, the power generator SGK, and the pipe exporter TMK.

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The lavish boat overtakes the current world’s largest sailing yacht, the 359-foot Sea Cloud, which was launched in 1931.

The world's second-largest super-yacht, the 536-foot Eclipse, is also owned by a Russian: Roman Abramovich.

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