Fan­tas­tic voy­ages

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THE SMALL MEDITER­RANEAN is­land of For­mentera, off the coast of Spain, is the per­fect get­away for a va­ca­tion­ing bil­lion­aire with a boat. Ac­ces­si­ble only by sea, it has white-sand beaches that re­main vir­tu­ally un­touched by hu­man de­vel­op­ment. Last year some of the world’s largest su­pery­achts an­chored in its crys­tal-clear wa­ter. Gior­gio Ar­mani spent a few days there. Rus­sian oli­garch An­drey Mel­nichenko spent a few weeks there. Yachts owned by en­ter­tain­ment mogul David Gef­fen and re­tail­ers Philip and Cristina Green were spot­ted off For­mentera’s beaches in 2017 as well.

Many of the su­pery­acht set hit the usual play­grounds: St. Barts, Ma­jorca, Monaco. In typ­i­cal bil­lion­aire fash­ion, oth­ers charted their own unique course. Den­nis Wash­ing­ton, who kept his lov­ingly re­built Attessa IV (be­low) on the West Coast, near his Mon­tana home base, fol­lowed a route from Van­cou­ver to Mex­ico that he has plied for decades. Paul Allen, a noted con­ser­va­tion­ist, took an ex­tended tour of Africa, feed­ing lemurs in Mada­gas­car, ob­serv­ing ele­phants in Gabon and wit­ness­ing a vol­canic erup­tion on Réu­nion Is­land.

To chart the voy­ages of the world’s bil­lion­aires, Forbes pored over a year’s worth of data from Marine­traf­fic, which tracks the re­ported po­si­tions of ships around the globe. Us­ing that in­for­ma­tion, we were able to map the routes of the world’s sea­far­ing bil­lion­aires through­out 2017, which you can see on the next two pages. They vis­ited at least 30 coun­tries on four con­ti­nents, trav­el­ing more than 250,000 nau­ti­cal miles all told.

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