As CEO of Burgess, Beckett is one of the most powerful Brits in the yachting industry – and in Monaco. He moved here at the age of 23 to work with founder Nigel Burgess and is credited as the guy who turned the company into an international success story. With at least 500 significant yacht sales under his belt, including Maltese Falcon and Kingdom 5KR, he is president of the Large Yacht Brokers’ Association. When not jetting between Monaco, London and New York he lets off steam by sailing and watching rugby.
The Norwegian yacht designer’s studio, which overlooks Monaco’s Port Hercules, has serious global muscle. Øino studied naval architecture and engineering at Strathclyde University and has been designing boats ever since. He set up Espen Øino International in 1994 and is recognised as being at the top of his game. His favourite works include iconic yacht Skat and the Silver series.
As executive chairman of Fraser Yachts, one of the largest full-service brokerage firms, Giorgi is one of the few big guns in the yacht world. This Genoese arrived 35 years ago and, in 1985, set up V Ships, the largest ship-management company in the world.
Manfredi’s father Antonio Lefebvre founded the high-end company Silversea Cruises in 1994 with Silver Cloud and Silver Wind. Manfredi is now chairman and the company has eight ships and is the leader in the field. Lefebvre is also president of the European Cruise Council and an associate member of the World Economic Forum.
Luca Bassani, the suave Italian CEO of Wally Yachts, is the Karl Lagerfeld of yacht design. Ever since 1991, he has taken the boat world by storm, with his innovative, futuristic and slick designs. He’s a fixture in Monaco and can be spotted at the yacht club or playing a round at Monte-Carlo Golf Club. At weekends he’ll sail down to Cap Ferrat or to Saint-Tropez to have lunch with friends at Club 55.
The founder of Edmiston arrived on Monaco’s shores in 1989 and can still be found in his fabulous office with its stunning view of Monaco harbour. Now chairman, he holds huge sway in the industry. He has played an important role in developing Monaco’s position as an epicentre of yachting. And he’s become close to those who matter, being a wild boar-hunting companion of Prince Albert.
Chairman of Ports de Monaco, the head of investment management company 2PM and the chair of Destination Monaco, a commission set up to attract tourists and residents to the principality, Keusseoglou is one cool customer. He’s a social giant to boot and counts fellow Le Rosey alumni Arki Busson and the first royal couple as close friends.