U2 Front man Bono’s Sleek Superyacht Cyan
Why should an internationally famous rock star who rakes in millions have to go without a luxurious superyacht? Bono will agree to that, he is a celebrity who wholeheartedly embraces the lifestyle of the rich and famous. The U2 figurehead splashed out on a sleek 43 meter motor yacht called Cyan in 2008 after spending some time on it with his family the previous summer. Exactly how much the musician paid for his yacht was not made public, although speculation puts it at around €20 million – before the post-purchase additions.
Sail like a star
Bono’s yacht has six sizable cabins, spacious enough for 12 guests to be comfortably accommodated. Every cabin has a plasma screen television and satellite TV. The lavishly appointed interior of the yacht is elegantly constructed and lined with fine oak and mahogany. The indoor communal area also features a baby grand piano and a fully-equipped gym. The expansive deck features a swimming pool, an outdoor cinema with a three meter screen, a Jacuzzi, and a storage area for a variety of ‘toys’ for water sports including tenders, Seabobs and Waverunners. If that is not enough entertainment, the yacht also carries fishing equipment, snorkelling gear, and a kite-surfer.
Bono added his personal touch to the Cyan by painting it blue and having a top of the range bespoke stereo system installed.
Cyan was built by the highly respected Italian ship builders Codecasa. The yacht building company was founded in 1825 by Giovanni Battista Codecasa. The company shipyard is located in Viareggio in Italy and covers an area of nearly 7,000 square meters. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the Codecasa shipyard can accommodate vessels of up to 90 meters in length for top quality building, refitting or rebuilding. Many of the luxurious yachts around the Mediterranean Sea are constructed by Codecasa. The company’s client list includes billionaires and celebrities who enjoy the finer things in life, like Egyptian business magnate Mohammed Al-Fayed and fashion tycoons Georgio Armani, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
A rocker with a good cause
Bono is an Irish rock star, business man and philanthropist. Best known as the voice and songwriter of super group U2, Bono is one of the world’s most successful musicians. His lyrics richly feature religious and political themes. Besides his involvement with U2 for over three decades, Bono has also collaborated with various other artists through the years including Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and B.B. King. His business interests involve co-owning the Clarence, a luxury hotel in Dublin and being a board member of Elevation Partners, a private-equity firm with shares in Facebook.
A man who deserves a superyacht
Although he spent millions on his prized yacht, Bono does not hesitate to spend huge sums of money on charitable ventures. His efforts in the music industry and his humanitarian work were recognised by Queen Elizabeth II who awarded him with an honorary knighthood. In 2005 Bono was named as the Time Person of the year and he was also made a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters.