Mark Zuckerberg Acquires $330 Million Worth of Luxury Yachts: Launchpad and Wingman

Mark Zuckerberg stands on the deck of his newly acquired megayacht, Launchpad, with the shimmering sea in the background.

Mark Zuckerberg, known for his tech ventures, has entered the world of luxury yachting with the acquisition of two prestigious vessels.

  • The centrepiece of Zuckerberg’s maritime fleet is “Launchpad,” formerly known as Project 1010, a massive megayacht built by Feadship. It measures 118 meters (387 feet) in length and boasts over 5,000 gross tons of interior volume.
  • Launchpad’s acquisition follows its previous association with Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin, whose sanctions prevented him from taking ownership of the vessel.
  • Zuckerberg’s second acquisition, “Dapple,” is a 67-meter (220-foot) superyacht explorer previously owned by Valve founder Gabe Newell. It offers luxurious accommodations and specialized features, including a mobile hospital.

In a stunning turn of events, tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg has expanded his portfolio beyond Silicon Valley ventures to include a pair of extravagant luxury yachts. After years of abstaining from the superyacht scene, Zuckerberg’s recent acquisitions have made waves in both maritime and social circles.

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The headline-grabbing purchase involves Project 1010, a gargantuan megayacht originally commissioned by Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin. Built by the esteemed Dutch shipyard Feadship, Project 1010 boasts unparalleled dimensions, stretching an impressive 118 meters (387 feet) in length and featuring over 5,000 gross tons of interior volume. Despite its controversial origins tied to Potanin’s sanctions, the vessel has now found a new home under Zuckerberg’s ownership.

Sources within the shipyard have confirmed Zuckerberg’s acquisition, indicating that Project 1010 has undergone a rebranding and is now known as “Launchpad.” The vessel has set sail for St. Marteen, marking the beginning of Zuckerberg’s maritime adventure.

But Zuckerberg’s foray into yachting doesn’t stop there. Alongside Launchpad, he has also secured another significant addition to his fleet: Dapple. This 2014 Damen Yachting support vessel, previously owned by Valve founder Gabe Newell, offers a unique blend of functionality and luxury. With a length of 67 meters (220 feet), Dapple serves as a superyacht explorer, equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including lavish accommodations and even a mobile hospital.

While Dapple retains its original name for now, sources speculate that Zuckerberg may soon christen it “Wingman,” further solidifying its role as a companion vessel to Launchpad. With an estimated value of $30 million, Wingman adds yet another layer of opulence to Zuckerberg’s burgeoning maritime empire.

Combined, Launchpad and Wingman represent a staggering $330 million investment by Zuckerberg, signalling his entrance into the exclusive world of luxury yachting. As these vessels set sail under their new owner’s command, Zuckerberg’s nautical ambitions are poised to make a splash on both land and sea.

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