Jobs family yacht impounded in Amsterdam over a bill dispute with designer

By , Dec 21, 2012

Phillippe Starck

French designer Philippe Starck needs no introduction. He’s been designing pretty much everything, from houses to consumer products such as tooth brushes and some think he will also revamp Apple Stores. The 63-year-old is also known for his work on a yacht for Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, which now belongs to the Jobs family.

But the 80-meter-long mega yacht named “Venus” (after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory), revealed by Starck himself last October, has reportedly been impounded in Amsterdam over a payment dispute with the designer…

The yacht’s original cost was 150 million euros, or $198 million. Starck’s compensation for his design work on the project is six percent, meaning he was due to be paid nine million euros, or approximately $12 million.

The problems is, per Dutchnews.nl, that the Jobs family now reportedly claims that the yacht actually cost 105 million euros ($138.7 million) to design and build.

Steve Jobs Yacht image 002

This puts Stark’s six percent fee at about six million euros ($8 million), or three million euros ($4 million) short of his original compensation. Starck’s lawyers are now seeking an unpaid three million euros.

Dutch web site OneMoreThing reported of the finished ship’s launch at shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands, more than a year after Jobs’ death.

As you’d expect, Venus is a high-tech vessel controlled by Macs.

Steve Jobs Yacht image 003

Reuters reports that the yacht was impounded on Wednesday evening over unpaid fees. A lawyer representing Philippe Starck’s company Ubik told the news gathering organization:

The project has been going since 2007 and there had been a lot of detailed talk between Jobs and Starck. These guys trusted each other, so there wasn’t a very detailed contract.

It’s been docked in the harbor since December 8 and, according to Associated Press, won’t be released until the dispute is resolved.

Jobs’ widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve, were at the ceremony. Each member of the shipbuilding staff received a thank-you note plus an iPod Shuffle with the ship’s name inscribed on the back.

Steve Jobs yacht (tahnk you note)

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson mentioned the yacht in his bio book on Jobs, describing it as “sleek and minimalist”, just like Apple’s products are.

As expected, the planned yacht was sleek and minimalist. The teak decks were perfectly flat and unblemished by any accoutrements. As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high.

He had gotten the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support. By then the boat was under construction by the Dutch custom yacht builders Feadship, but Jobs was still fiddling with the design.

Jobs shared in Isaacson’s book his concern that time might not had been on his side.

I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.

Unfortunately, though Jobs started designing Venus himself after returning from a cruise from Italy to Turkey, he never lived to see the project finished.

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    They should exibit it at the apple campus.

  • jose castro

    OMG if we wanted to hear about news we can go CNN or msnbc… Seriously you guys are getting super boring

    • http://www.facebook.com/jorge.f.n.vieira Jorge Vieira

      here lol

    • http://twitter.com/sivkai Siv

      I wonder whether you would have said the same if the Jobs family donàted $100 million to charity. Seems like you just can’t handle any negative news on Apple.

      • jose castro

        How does that have anything to do with what i said? lol…. its has nothing negative towards apple.. IF you can read what i said……. if i wanted to hear about his boat or what not i can read it on the news.. where does anything negative about apple come out of it? You tell me and get back to me. This website was mainly for jailbreaking but then shifted towards news that i can get off news websites. that all i said

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    lol they got a crappy ass ipod shuffle hahahahahhahahhahhahahhahahaha not even a touch..hahha that greed at it finest

    • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

      I would have give it back with a written later,saying you know what.This is a shame and the reflect toward others the real deal no matter how good you can try hide the other side behind illusionary good side.How that heck you give this to people who worked to make one steve jobs dream that suppose to be meaningful to the family,a crappy shuffle.Less hope they got at least a bonus $$ for they work.Shame on the one that decided to do this.PAY THE DESIGNER IF RIGHTFULLY HIS MONEY.

    • http://twitter.com/sivkai Siv

      Could not have said it better myself. An iPod Shuffle is just insulting…coupled with the fact that Steve Jobs made no donations to charity, and the news that his billionaire family can’t pay an extra 3 million that was promised, I really have no positive view of the Jobs household.

      Tim Cook is a different story. Given Apple’s charitable contributions thus far, I’m glad he became CEO.

  • Mr_Russ1an

    Why can’t jobs family just give him $12 million? They do have 6 billion…

    • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

      Right on!

    • http://twitter.com/sivkai Siv

      If Steve Job’s “charitable nature” is any indication, this news should hardly come as a surprise.

  • Toni

    probably better that way. The ship is incredibly ugly :)

    • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

      But keep in mind is not the ugly or not thats been debate here,is someone well deserve money.

      • Toni

        that’s true

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    If his percentage was 6% and the cost of the boat was cheaper than first planned why should he get more …
    As for the iPod shuffles they didn’t have to give anything they were buying a boat and paying for it.. The workers got payed for doing there jobs

    • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

      Becuase when apple plan to each of they product to be higher cost for the company and in the end making the way to get the products ones finish product been lower than anticipated they will sell to you lower price? In yours dreams they will suck that out your pocket.And as I told before if was giving for free even if I got pay I would leave right there or I least gifted to someone or send it back and not keep it,that kind of appreciation is like a employ that is given $25 dollar bonus or gift after 25 year of loyal,thats was a real situacion for a macdonals employee,Thats primate device and I might imagine those guys have never consider owning those shuffles becuase of what they are.Good day.

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        This is not Apple it’s a boat that Steve jobs was having made for himself and his family …and they were paying for it why should they give stuff away when they are paying for a sevice…it doesn’t matter how much money they got it doesn’t mean they have to give it away ..

      • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

        My point is not that they have to receive any bonus or shuffles.The point heres is about “apreciation” for something like your dream see it come fullfil people worked to prefect built it and design and if really coming from a countless money family,men this is no the way to appreciated this steve dream see it come truth for the family,making a news or fight about the cost for something for me should be priceless if Im a family member but thats just me and other not like you sorry. I think they found those shuffles in the floor but I might think you dont have any appreciation I can see why you dont have the unsdertanding necessary to see what meaning.I asure you the one tough of this and also any member steve family now have spent more than the total cost of all those shuffles is a total cost of free to apple,in a none sense,overpriced or else and doesn’t have any to do with steve jobs.I put my hand on that if its not true.So appreciation very important in your life and repect to your love one,there should be no price on the total cost that any way I know they have the money pay the total and have plenty more and more coming every day

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        Yes they have the money but the boat was cheaper than first thought so why should they pay more ? And yes the shuffles are a bit on the cheap side but again why should they have to give them something more expensive.. They paid for a service and the designer and boat makers were paid for that service. All because they got the money doesn’t mean they have to give it away

      • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

        You just repeating same excuse,you just don’t get it,lets end here.Soon happy Merry Christmas.Hope next here you and this so call family show some real appreciation.

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        All because there rich that have to pay more .. That’s what your saying..
        Merry Christmas

      • http://twitter.com/liquidx021 liquidx021

        Nope,thats no either you will never get it.

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        So what are you trying to say but keep failing to say ?
        I’ve just gone over what you have put and I keep coming to the same conclusion .. They should pay what ever it take because it was steve jobs dream..
        The cost of this boat is what it is , it doesn’t mean that the jobs family should pay over the odds for it…end of..

      • JT

        I get his point. Deal is a deal. And they have the money. They should just pay up solely to show the designer some gratification to his obviusly fine work.

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        The deal was 6 percent of the cost of design and build.. And the overall price was cheaper than planed .. But 6 percent is still 6 percent, and the designer agreed to 6 percent of the overall cost

      • JT

        And yet they payed him. Probably realised their error

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        They came to agreement .. We don’t know what that was , but I bet it wasn’t the full amount

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    Although the ipod shuffle is insulting, i did find the story rather sad. I think it’s a real shame that jobs did not get to see the finished boat.

  • Al Isaac

    no wonder !! that’s how Job’s family has 6 billion….. shame !!

  • http://twitter.com/ytos86 Yaseen AlSuwaidan

    “He had gotten the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support. By then the boat was under construction by the Dutch custom yacht builders Feadship, but Jobs was still fiddling with the design.”

    Maybe this have something to do with the cost…

  • http://www.facebook.com/argyris.karapitsanis Argyris Karapitsanis

    “But the 80-meter-long mega yacht named “Venus” (after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory)”

    Venus was a goddess and one of the 12 gods referred in Greek Mythology. Shes got nothing to do with the Romans…

  • JT

    Sad. Steve and the designer had a deal. His family should respect that