Larry Ellison’s 452 ft. & 8 in. Rising Sun (Project LE120) was built in 2004 by Lürssen in Germany. The exterior styling is done by the late Jon Bannenberg and she features an interior by Laura Seccombe.
Residents and visitors alike in the British Virgin Islands got a good look at Rising Sun, which adorns our cover, a few months ago, when she dropped anchor near The Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda and cruised around other islands. No doubt they admired her both day and night; we say "night" because she has some great lighting effects, including green rail lighting. Other great features include an open-air, spa-like area above her transom, complete with bubbling Jacuzzi tub and comfy-looking chairs. Then there are the glass and brushed-chrome staircases, the sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace, the pale stone wall rising up through the middle of the yacht, and the curved and beveled, floor-to-ceiling windows lining two of her decks.
Looks like Larry Ellison, her owner (and the head of Oracle Corporation), got his money’s worth—all 194 million USD of IT, according to his personal financial advisor. The accountant included the amount in correspondence with Ellison over his concern that his boss was spending too lavishly. Ellison obviously disagreed with his accountant then and continues to disagree with him now, since he has no intention of giving up the yacht. His crew of 30 is probably glad to hear they’ll remain gainfully employed, too—though perhaps they could use a little speedy assistance getting around on deck.
She is equipped with:
Four MTU 20V 8000 M90 diesel engines giving an output of 50,000 hp
Four propellers that enable it to reach a cruising speed of 28 knots
82 rooms on five stories with a total living area said to be in excess of 86,111 sq ft.
An extensive wine cellar
A private cinema with a giant plasma screen
35,520 sq ft. of teak-layered deck space
A basketball court on the main deck (can be used as a helicopter pad if necessary)