There is a small but exclusive (and growing) club of NFL team owners who together own some of the largest superyachts in the world. As the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams prepare to go head-to-head in this weekend's Super Bowl LVI, we take a look at the most impressive yachts owned by the biggest names in American sport...
Arthur Blank • Atlanta Falcons
Owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Arthur Blank, made his fortune as co-founder of American hardware store The Home Depot. Blank is supposedly the most recent addition to the elite club of sporting superyacht owners after taking delivery of a 90 metre Oceanco named DreAMBoat in 2019. The boat began construction on speculation and is one of the largest projects to ever be started before securing an owner. It was a risk that paid off for the Dutch shipyard and soon enough the Espen Øino-penned superyacht was rumoured to have been snapped up by Blank just 18 months before she was due to be completed.Read More/DreAMBoat: On board Oceanco's daring 90m speculative build
Shahid Kahn • Jacksonville Jaguars
Serial superyacht and sports club owner Shahid Khan took delivery of his biggest boat to date in 2014. Named Kismet, the 95.2 metre Lürssen superyacht features a 'champagne and caviar' exterior with a subtly gold hull and jet black mast. Shahid Khan purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 and on game days, a four-metre silver statue of a jaguar, its paw resting on a football helmet, graces Kismet's bow. Highlights include a lavish, bejewelled interior, a basketball court on the bow and an al fresco fire pit.
Daniel Snyder • Washington Commanders
Feadship’s award-winning Lady S was reportedly commissioned by Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Commanders, and is one of the world’s most expensive yachts available to charter. A week on board might set you back over €1.5 million but it is easy to see why. At the heart of the yacht is a 12 seat, two-deck IMAX cinema while a fully certified helipad allows VIP guests to come and go as they please. Naturally for an owner at the heart of American sport, Lady S is also equipped with a number of sports facilities for golf, basketball, volleyball and football.
Jerry Jones • Dallas Cowboys
Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, is said to also be the owner of Oceanco’s 109 metre Bravo Eugenia. Built under the project name Bravo and delivered in 2018, Bravo Eugenia was applauded by the industry for her slender figure and elongated bow, courtesy of Nuvolari Lenard. On board highlights include a duo of helipads and a hybrid propulsion system. She recently made waves in London after spending some time moored next to Tower Bridge.
Paul Allen • Seattle Seahawks
The 126 metre Lürssen explorer yacht Octopus was commissioned by the late Paul Allen, founder of co-Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks football team. Highlights include a swimming pool with a floor that raises to transform into a dancefloor, a floodable tender garage and a heli-hangar large enough to carry two helicopters side by side. Octopus is now under new ownership after she sold in 2021 but Allen's widower Jody still remains chairman of the Seattle Seahawks.
Steve Bisciotti • Baltimore Ravens
Westport motor yacht Winning Drive is rumoured to have been built for American businessman and majority owner of the Baltimore Ravens football team Steve Bisciotti. The vessel was delivered in 2012 as a Westport 130 and still cruises under the same name today. The Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001and again in 2013.
Ann Walton and Stan Kroenke • Dallas Cowboys
Ann Walton, the heiress to the Walmart fortune, owns the Los Angeles Rams football team with her husband Stan Kroenke. Together the pair reportedly purchased the 85.6 metre Derektor flagship Cakewalk and renamed her Aquila. The yacht underwent an extensive refit at British shipyard Pendennis with an interior overhaul courtesy of design studio RWD and designer Susan Young.
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Terry Pagula • Buffalo Bills
Top Five is the most recent delivery from Dutch shipyard Royal Hakvoort. She splashed in 2021 and is reportedly owned by Terry Pagula, who also owns the NFL team Buffalo Bills. The 61 metre motor yacht is described as an “ocean-going explorer” with design by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design with naval architecture courtesy of Diana Yacht Design. One of the highlights of Top Five's interior is the 2.4 metre-high ceilings.