In 2008, the German shipyard Lurssen delivered a custom made 360-foot yacht to its proud new owner, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov. The Russian magnate named the vessel after his mother.
Usmanov has diversified his wealth, showing interest in unexpected markets: from buying shares in Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and Twitter, to investments in art and professional sports. In 2007, he bought the art collection of renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich for $31 million. He also owns 27 percent of the shares of the professional English soccer club Arsenal FC. View our selection of luxury yachts.
This passionate man of refined tastes commissioned the German shipyard to build a superyacht that would not only stand out for its performance and luxurious decor, but also for respecting the environment without sacrificing performance. Thus Dilbar became the first vessel of its kind, featuring a system that filters emissions to control the level of carbon dioxide generated by the ship.
Tim Heywood, who sought inspiration in the classic liners of yore, designed the exterior of the yacht. Beneath the two-level bowhides, we find a motion system that allows vessels of this size to sail smoothly. Although the immaculate white hull is nondescript, the large radars and heliport draw a great deal of attention to this marine jewel.
The late designer Alberto Pinto, famous for his career as a photographer and exquisite interior designer of palaces, mansions, apartments and exclusive private jets, was in charge of the interior decor. The images and details of the interior have not been revealed— at the express request of the owner— but Alberto Pinto´s signature is a guarantee of luxury, good taste and elegance.
Despite its enormous size and three levels, the Dilmar accommodates only 20 passengers in nine luxurious suites. However, it offers comfort for a crew of 47, which ensures the highest level of service onboard. The ship boasts two MTU engines with electrical support, capable of a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots. And to ensure the best sailing experience, an additional stabilization system prevents abrupt tilts on the majestic yacht.
Usmanov paid $263 million for the Dilbar, one of the most spectacular and expensive yachts in the world. And, of course, it is for the exclusive use of its owner. ■