Instagram user Roberto Verde spotted the luxury yacht that was commissioned by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Venus, the 256-foot Feadship superyacht designed by Phillipe Starck, was seen cruising around Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas bay three days ago (photo below).
After Jobs died, Starck revealed he had been working on the yacht with him and his wife since 2005. The designer said the project would be “quite revolutionary, if not very revolutionary,” without disclosing more information.
In Walter Isaacson’s biography, Jobs called the process of designing it “fun” and declared “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat… But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”
It was not until October 28 2012, a little over a year after Jobs’ death, that the Venus was launched from the Feadship shipyards in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.
The vessel, which cost over $130 million to build, was impounded after Starck said Jobs’ estate still owed him three million euros for his contribution to its design.
After Jobs’ estate paid off the last of its bills, the yacht was shipped to the United States, where his family, including widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children Reed, Erin and Eve, took ownership of her.
Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson said in his eulogy, reported in The New York Times, that Jobs had looked forward to “the launching of a boat he was building on which he planned to take his family around the world and where he hoped he and Laurene would someday retire.”