Holiday Love: Steve Jobs Yacht Venus Free To Sail
World famous designer Philippe Starck has shown some holiday love to the estate and family of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, by setting the super-luxury yacht free.
The $130 million super yacht, Venus, was impounded by Dutch authorities after Starck complained of unpaid bills. The designer said he was owed €9 million for the project but was paid only €6 million. However, there is no detailed contract was drawn to support his claim.
"These guys (Jobs and Starck) trusted each other, so there wasn't a very detailed contract," Starck's lawyer Roelant Klaassen told Reuters.
Apparently Starck was owed a percentage (6 percent) of the total cost of making the yacht. While Starck claims it cost €150 million to build the yacht, Jobs' family believes the actual cost came to around €105 million.
The latest news, however, is that the Venus is free to sail. A Le Monde report quoted Gérard Moussault, the Dutch lawyer of Job's family, as saying that the "Venus is not under arrest."
Moussault said the two parties have agreed on a solution and "a guarantee has been deposite in a bank account."
"The (impounded) boat can leave," the lawyer said.
The yacht is a wonder in the sense the 230 feet vessel bears all the hallmarks of the minimalist approach Jobs was known for - the yacht boasted of a sleek all-white interior with teak decks, ceiling-to-floor glass, and was controlled by seven 27-inch iMacs on board. Jobs and Starck had worked on the yacht's design during the final days of Jobs' life and finds mention in