Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Oprah Wants a Place on Board: This Is the Boat Rocking Summer 2019

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Everyone from Jeff Bezos to Oprah Wants a Place on Board: This Is the Boat Rocking Summer 2019

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Byline: Katie Strick

SUMMER'S hottest hangout is a five-floor, 450ft mega-yacht cruising everywhere from the Caribbean to the Med with a rotating cast of Hollywood stars and tech billionaires. This week's shipmates include Karlie Kloss and Orlando Bloom, and everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama has been spotted sipping rose on the deck.

The man inviting them on board? Music mogul David Geffen, a face you probably won't recognise (unless you're one of his 63,000 followers on Instagram), but wish you did. The billionaire, 76, is seemingly best pals with some of the world's most famous names. From Geffen's power posse to the on-board dress code, this is the lowdown on summer's dreamboat power holiday.

The captain Geffen's Instagram bio is simply "wiki me". When you do, it turns out he's an American business magnate, film producer and philanthropist with a net worth of $8.6 billion, making him one of the richest people in Hollywood. In 1980, he founded Geffen Records, which signed the Eagles, Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses, and he founded Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994. He's used to moving in top circles: Joni Mitchell wrote Free Man In Paris about Geffen and he can be heard on Barbra Streisand's The Broadway Album. He's also a generous donor. In 2002, Geffen gave $200 million to the School of Medicine at UCLA, the largest donation ever made to a US medical school, and according to Forbes, he's pledged to give whatever money he makes from now on to charity. He came out as gay in 1992.

The decks Rising Sun, or RS, as Geffen likes to call her, cost more than $200 million to build and is the world's 10th-largest yacht, according to Forbes. (She was originally built for Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison, but Ellison found her "too big".) The five-storey beast sleeps as many as 18 guests and 43 crew, with more than 8,000 square metres of living space including a gym, spa, wine cellar and cinema. …

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