A-list mega yacht moors in Malaga

The Rising Sun moored in front of the Star Legend in Malaga port on Tuesday.
The Rising Sun moored in front of the Star Legend in Malaga port on Tuesday.
  • The 138-metre-long Rising Sun belongs to one of the founders of Dreamworks and often entertains icons of the worlds of music, fashion and even politics

At a staggering 138 metres long, the Rising Sun is one of the largest private yachts in the world. The superyacht arrived on Tuesday in the port of Malaga and moored alongside the equally impressive luxury cruise liner, Star Legend. Despite being shorter in length (135 metres), the Star Legend accommodates a lot more passengers than its neighbour.

Malaga’s modern port is gradually becoming the place for billionaires to show off their toys. The Rising Sun is the second yacht of such grandeur to come to Malaga this summer. In July the arrival of the Prince Abdulaziz, owned by the Saudi Arabian royal family, attracted numerous curious onlookers. Its 147 metres in length make it the sixth largest of its kind in the world.

Rising Star came on a “technical stopover”, according to the information provided by the port authorities, meaning the boat may have been undergoing some kind of repairs or simply taking on supplies. This suggests that there were no VIPs aboard, however the Rising Sun is a regular floating holiday home for celebrities.

Its owner David Geffen is no stranger with the stars. The media magnate, music producer and film studio executive regularly rubs shoulders with Hollywood celebrities. As a producer he has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Guns&Roses, Nirvana, Bob Dylan and John Lennon and in 1994 Geffen co-founded the film production company Dreamworks with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenburg.

With this impressive CV it comes as no surprise that Rising Sun is frequented by a whole host of A-list celebrities looking to take to the seas for their summer holidays. According to the newspaper El País, Bruce Springsteen was spotted onboard the mega yacht just last week in Ibiza. What’s more, the fashion designer Calvin Klein and ex-Oasis member and rock icon Noel Gallagher were spotted onboard in the Balearic waters between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.

And it’s not just media stars who’ve been seen on the boat, but important political figures too. Ex-president of the USA, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have also made use of Geffen’s luxury yacht over the summer, this time sharing the experience with TV host Oprah Winfrey and actor Tom Hanks, as they travelled to the tropical Bora Bora island in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean.

The yacht, designed by Jon Bannenburg, has an estimated worth of more than 200 million dollars and contains four diesel motors able to propel the boat at an incredible cruising speed of 28 knots, making Rising Sun one of the most powerful boats of its category.