Oligarch Alisher Usmanov’s £455 million giant yacht – which houses a £30m gold staircase – has been confiscated in Germany.
On Wednesday, the Federal Police announced that the yacht had been seized following an investigation into a “disappearance at sea”.
Officials found the billionaire’s sister linked to Everton, Gulbakhur Ismailova, as the owner, luck mentioned.
Ismailova is included in EU sanctions lists Officials have long suspected Usmanov “indirectly transferred assets” to her, including the Dilbar yacht.
While the police worked to build their case, Usmanov temporarily avoided the crackdown as billions of pounds of assets were transferred to other names – including his £455 million ($600 million) luxury yacht.
In an update on Twitter, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office said: “The luxury yacht Dilbar is therefore subject to penal law and can be legally impounded in Hamburg.”
According to the DPA news agency, a BKA spokesperson said the yacht could not be “sold, leased or pledged as collateral”.
The UK formally sanctioned Uzbekistan resident Usmanov, who had previously said he was “proud” to know Putin, on March 3.
His huge UK property portfolio includes a £73m mansion in Highgate, North London, two nearby mansions worth at least £20m each, and a £30m property in Guildford, Surrey.
He also owns a £265m private jet and a £4m helicopter.
But it turned out that Usmanov saved his fortune 16 years ago, when he began to create trusts.
The photos show a world of luxury inside Usmanov’s luxury yacht, which is said to be the largest in the world.
The Floating Palace includes a 30-meter indoor pool, lined with blue crystals and adorned with lavish columns.
One of his bedrooms shows Usmanov’s love for gold, with faucets, doorknobs, bed frames, and toilet and bath seats all made of the precious metal.
The billionaire, who had close ties with Premier League club EvertonIt also had a spacious ‘football hall’ to watch anywhere in the world.