If you’re one of those “keeping up with the Joneses” competitive types, you may as well just give it up. Some Russian megabillionaire named Andrey Melnichenko is spending $450 million on the world’s largest sailing yacht.
One of our friends once observed that if you’re measuring your self-worth by comparing your bankroll to others, you’re doomed to failure. There’s always going to be someone, like Mr. Melnichenko, whose financial statement will to blow you out of the water. And in fact Mr. Melnichenko, whose yacht will weigh 14,224 tons, is worth about $9 billion — an unimaginably huge sum to most of us — but he’s only ranked 97th on the Forbes list of world billionaires. (He’s also married to a “supermodel” unknown to me, by the way.)
So how do you complete with somebody like Mr. M? How about in the creativity department? He’s named his massive craft “Sailing Yacht A.”