Eco-Friendly Elegance – the Symphony
The Symphony is a 101 meter luxury yacht that is known as the largest Feadship yacht built until 2015. The eminent design company Tim Heywood Design is responsible for the sleek and elegant external design, and the luxuriously appointed interior is designed by Zuretti Interior Design. Designed to carry a total of 36 passengers, the Symphony has eight well-sized staterooms that accommodate up to 16 guests and also has comfortable berthing that can accommodate 27 crew members. The Symphony was built by Feadship at the Royal Van Lent Shipyard as Project 808, and is owned by French industrialist Bernard Arnault.
Kind to the Environment, and to the Eyes
Powered by a 2,415 hp Wärtsilä engine, the Symphony has a formidable battery bank and three generator sets. Despite using around 30% less fuel than similar yachts, the Symphony has top and cruising speeds comparative to similarly sized yachts. Classically decorated throughout, the Symphony exudes a regal air of elegance and class. Guests’ every comfort is thought of and attended to with a range of on-board comforts including luxuriously appointed entertainment areas, a state-of-the-art kitchen with delectable French cuisine in mind, and an al fresco bar area ideal for entertaining on breezy summer nights.
Bernard Arnault, the owner of the Symphony is the CEO and chairman of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), a French goods conglomerate known as the biggest luxury products production company in the world. He is also the chairman of Christian Dior, the main shareholder of LVHM. Because of his passion for yachts, Arnault acquired the luxury yacht building company Royal Van Lent in 2008 for over EUR300 million. Royal Van Lent built the industrialist’s yacht The Symphony. With an estimated net worth of around US$40 billion, Arnault is the the 2nd richest person in Europe. According to Forbes, Arnault is one of the top five richest people in the world.
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy
LVHM is headquartered in Paris, France and originated when Moët & Chandon, a luxury champagne producer and Hennessy, a luxury cognac producer formed a merger in 1971, becoming Moët Hennessy. After Moët Hennessy merged with the fashion house Louis Vuitton, the current group was formed and named LVMH. A modest number of prestigious brands are managed by LVHM through approximately 60 subsidiaries, many of which are independently managed. With 59.01% voting rights and 42.36% shares, the luxury goods group Christian Dior is the main stakeholder of the group. As the majority shareholder of Christian Dior, Bernard Arnault is the chairman of both companies and the CEO of LVMH.
Luxury Yacht Amadeus
Having been a great yacht enthusiast for several years, the Symphony is not Arnault’s first luxurious yacht. The industrialist previously owned a superyacht called Amadeus. Originally built in 1969 as a research vessel, the Amadeus has an icebreaker hull. After the yacht was converted to being a superyacht, several famous personalities visited the Amadeus. This includes Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister and the world-famous rock star Bono.