Despite being seriously burned in a car crash last fall, Suleiman Kerimov of Russia apparently recovered enough to have his yacht travel from France to Malta and then on to Greece during the first half of this year. You can immediately recognize the yacht due to her dark-grey hull. Kerimov is indicative of the growing popularity of yachts—big yachts—among Russians.
Y: 2005; B: Lrssen, Germany; N: builder/Tim Heywood Designs; H: steel; E: 8/1,129-hp ABB diesel-electric motors
Ice may have dropped down on our list (from no. 17 to no. 20), but it's doubtful her owner, Suleiman Kerimov, minds, as he moved up to No. 35 on Forbes' Billionaire list. At 41, this father of three is reported to have a net worth of $14.4 billion. Not bad for a self-made man.
Born in southern Russian near the Caspian Sea, Kerimov started out as an economist for electronics companies. He later began buying up companies and turning them for a profit, including one of Russia's largest airlines. He is said to be the owner of Nafta Moskva investment group, which has a $2-billion stake in Gazprom (the world’s largest natural gas producer). Known as "Russia’s Richest Civil Servant," Kerimov is also a member of Duma, the lower house of the parliament.
In November 2006 Kerimov lost control of the Ferrari Enzo he was driving in Nice, France, and crashed into a tree. The car split in half and burst into flames. Kerimov suffered head injuries and severe burns and was placed on a respirator. He continues to endure painful treatments (including escharotomy procedures and skin grafts), but he is slowly recovering and is already back to the business of making money.—Capt. Eileen Murphy
This article originally appeared in the August 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.