Steve Jobs’ $120 million Venus superyacht is taking all focus on Australia’s Gold Coast

To be fair, it's hard to miss it.
  • The Venus superyacht is a fully custom creation, built for the late Apple founder Steve Jobs
  • Sadly, Jobs never had the chance to set foot on board before his untimely death in 2011, the year before the superyacht launched
  • Venus remains in the family, now owned by his widow Laurene Powell Jobs

Published on Jan 24, 2024 at 9:29PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 25, 2024 at 5:03PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

We all know what it’s like – you pull up to an exotic destination with your $120 million superyacht and everyone’s looking.

Okay, maybe we don’t – but the late Steve Job’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, certainly does.

Her Venus superyacht is accustomed to turning heads wherever it goes, and that’s exactly what happened when the luxury yacht was recently spotted on Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast.

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The futuristic 256-foot-long beauty docked at Southport Yacht Club after sailing into the Seaway earlier this week.

And to be fair, it doesn’t look out of place in the idyllic city famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots, and gastronomic paradise.

Well, not entirely out of place.

And it’s not the first time Venus superyacht has been spotted in Australia.

Last year, the superyacht was spotted in Cairns, where it dwarfed every other boat in the harbor.

However, its not just its size that makes Venus a stellar ship.

The vessel’s exterior is dominated by a striking silver paint job, gleaming stainless-steel details, and a line of rectangular windows.

Built by Feadship and designed by Philippe Starck, she is long and lean, with an 11.8 meter beam and a low-slung superstructure made entirely of glass.

Starck designed Venus’ exterior with straight lines and 90-degree angles.

She has an axe bow, and an unusual flat, squared stern, which opens to reveal a tender garage.

The long forward deck, planked in teak, is completely free of clutter.

Notably, she has no visible radar arch or satellite equipment; all of this is hidden within a box to keep Venus’s exterior extremely clean.

Venus’s minimalist style, reminiscent of Apple products, extends to the interior, where multiple Mac computer screens line the bridge windows.

Other than glimpses into the bridge, the Venus superyacht’s interior has never been seen publicly.

But what we do know is, the ship can be controlled with an iPhone-like device, and that it sleeps 12 guests in six well-designed cabins, served by a crew of 22.

Sadly, Jobs never had the chance to set foot on board before his untimely death in 2011, the year before the superyacht launched.

“There will never again be a boat of that quality. Because never again will two madmen come together to accomplish such a task,” Starck said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

“There’ll never again be so much creativity, rigor, and above all, philosophy applied to a material creation,” he added.

“It was not a yacht that Steve and I were constructing; we were embarked on a philosophical action implemented according to a quasi-religious process. We formed a single brain with four lobes.”

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