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Steve Jobs' yacht stuck in payment feud with designer Philippe Starck

December 21, 2012|By Chris O'Brien
  • This is Venus, the yacht that was being built for Steve Jobs.
This is Venus, the yacht that was being built for Steve Jobs. (Peter Dejong/Associated…)

Though the details are fuzzy, the mega-mega-mega yacht that was being built for Apple founder Steve Jobs is stuck in an Amsterdam port over a financial disagreement. 

According to the Associated Press, the 256-foot super-duper yacht has not been allowed to leave because the Frenchman who helped Jobs design it says he's still owed money. Product designer Philippe Starck and Jobs worked together on the design for Venus. But Starck recently hired a debt collection firm because he claims he was still owed 9 million euros (almost $12 million) but had been paid just 6 million euros (almost $8 million). 

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The yachtus giganticus reportedly cost a total of 105 million euros (about $138 million) to build.

Port of Amsterdam spokesman Jeroen Ranzijn, according to the AP, said he believed the dispute might be resolved as early as Friday. 

"It was actually ready to continue its voyage when there was a dispute between two parties, including the heirs, and one party laid a claim on the boat," Ranzijn said, according to the AP. Jobs died late last year.


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