Aspiration and denigration – Superyacht News

For many people, superyachts remain incredibly divisive.

On the one hand, there are those who see superyachts as the ultimate expressions of wealth, objects of luxury that are to be desired and aspired to. Indeed, during a series of images posted on Instagram in 2017, Conor McGregor, the UFC multiple weight- class champion, upon seeing S/Y A commented: “This is an eye-opening level of opulence to witness first hand. To me, it is truly motivating. I’m starting to think I don’t have a wealth belly just yet. I’m more just rich fat now. I must keep eating”.

By stark contrast, the other school of thought sees the ownership of a superyacht as the ultimate expression of conspicuous consumption and a precursor for tax evasion and avoidance. The Paradise Papers, in particular, have had a damaging effect on the superyacht community, with the European Commission citing the leaks as one of the driving forces

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