This Billionaire Wants To Clean Up The Oceans With A Massive Yacht | Forbes
Off the coast of Brattvaag, Norway, just a few hundred miles below the Arctic Circle, the 600-foot Rev looms in the North Atlantic. It is the shell of a ship: forged but not yet outfitted, with a tan-and-black hull that makes it look like a dredged-up wreck. “I see myself spending two months of the year on the boat,” says its owner, the Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke. Each detail of the vessel requires his sign-off: the submarine, the helipads, the three pools and hot tubs. But this is not your typical billionaire plaything. Also onboard are eight laboratories and a remote operating vehicle that can descend to a depth of 19,000 feet.
Rev is a floating contradiction. On one hand, it is the largest superyacht in the world—the apex of self-indulgence—at a cost of about $350 million. Yet Rokke prefers a different framing. Rev, he insists, is a research vessel. The plan is simple. Rokke, 61, will let scientists use the yacht for free to plot oceanic garbage patches, assess fish stocks and test water acidity levels. When they aren’t onboard, he’ll use it himself for pleasure, or rent it to the world’s glitterati and donate the proceeds to conservation projects.
Rokke, like the yacht, is a contradiction. He amassed his $1.7 billion fortune by extracting from the seas, from trawling to offshore drilling to commercial shipping. “I’m part of the problem,” he admits. Now, he says, he wants to clean things up. But not enough to divest himself from his portfolio of polluting companies.
Read the full profile on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/noahkirsch/2020/04/26/the-ultimate-quarantine-this-oil-billionaire-is-building-the-worlds-largest-superyacht–and-claims-it-will-help-save-the-oceans/#4e18230d6efd
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