Did anyone happen to catch a glimpse of the huge yacht that sailed into St. John waters sometime late Thursday or early Friday? We saw it over near St. Thomas Thursday, and we just heard from Cheryl over at The Tourist Trap that it’s currently (Friday night) anchored near Coral Bay. To say this yacht is spectacular simply doesn’t do it justice. Here are the details:
It’s called Eos, and you may recognized its owners – media mogul Barry Diller and his fashion mogul wife Diana von Furstenberg. The yacht is 305 feet long and cost an estimated $200 million to build. That may be considered pocket change for Diller, whose estimated net worth is $2.1 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. He was number 260 on this year’s The Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America.
Diller, a college dropout, is a self-made millionaire. Here’s a brief bio from Forbes:
Barry Diller’s entertainment and media group IAC/Interactive sold Newsweek in August to IBT media for an undisclosed sum. IAC is a backer of controversial startup Aereo, which streams TV programs to subscribers’ smartphones, tablets and computers for about $8 a month. TV networks, including Fox sued Aereo in 2012 in a court battle that is still ongoing. He chairs online travel site Expedia. Diller dropped out of UCLA, got a job in the mailroom at the William Morris talent agency. He worked at ABC, Paramount and Fox for decades and oversaw launches of hit TV shows, including Cheers, The Simpsons. He launched IAC in 1995.
Diane von Furstenberg, on the other hand, is one of the world’s top fashion designers and is known for her iconic wrap dresses made for the working woman.
But back to Eos. We did a little research and we found a few random facts that we thought you’d enjoy.
- Diller once paid $2,000 a day to “park” Eos in Chelsea Piers in lower Manhattan, which was conveniently located across from his IAC offices. Click here to read more on that.
- von Furstenberg didn’t allow her guests to wear shoes on the yacht when she launched a new fragrance on the yacht back in 2011. And yes, that even included her guests’ fancy Manolo Blahniks. Click here to read more on that.
- The yacht caught fire back in 2012 while docked in Oslo. Click here to read more about that.
Here’s a nice picture that Margie Mapes took Friday afternoon:
And here’s a picture that Cheryl took of Buster, the most famous St. John rooster, and Eos late Friday night.
And here is another image courtesy of Lana Myers:
(If anyone has any other photos, please send them over to [email protected] and we’ll post them.)