One of the last things that Steve Jobs started had nothing to do with Apple. In 2007, Jobs commissioned the design and build of a yacht for his family, hiring French designer Philippe Starck. Jobs never got to use the yacht before his death in October 2011.
The yacht cost more than €100 million to build and Starcke was due to receive €9 million in commissions. However, he is now claiming that he was only paid €6 million. The Yacht has been impounded in Amsterdam pending, according to Starck’s lawyers, the outstanding payment from Steve Jobs estate. Those same lawyers are also saying that, as Jobs and Starck were acquainted and trusted each other there was not much detail in the contract that was drawn up.
The yacht was finally finished in October and was named Venus. It measures between 230 and 260 feet in length and was finished despite his death. Before he died Jobs told his biographer that the work would be continued until it was finished, saying, “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”
It has not been possible to contact the lawyers representing Steve Jobs’ estate for comment. See more pictures of the yacht here