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Billionaire’s £360m super-yacht drifts along the Monaco coast

A Russian billionaire showed off his spectacular super-yacht during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Andrey Melnichenko’s Sailing Yacht A drifted along the coast of Monaco on Sunday as Daniel Ricciardo won the crown jewel race on the Formula One schedule.

The tycoon’s £360million grey yacht – the largest sailing yacht in the world – is a 468ft-long vessel that boasts eight floors, a pool and a helipad.

It is powered by a ‘hybrid diesel-electric package with controllable pitch propellers’ and is designed to accommodate 20 guests as well as a crew of 54.

The yacht is said to have been named Sailing Yacht A as Melnichenko likes his vessels to be first in shipping registers.

Sailing Yacht A was built in Kiel, Germany, by Nobiskrug for Melnichenko, who controls the Russian fertiliser producer Eurochem.

The 46-year-old industrialist is worth $13.8billion, according to Forbes, putting him in the top 100 richest people in the world.

Melnichenko also owns the £240million Motor Yacht A, a custom Boeing 737 private jet as well as properties around the world, including a penthouse in New York City and a villa in the French Riviera.

He lives a jet-setting lifestyle with his wife Aleksandra, former model and pop star from Serbia.

The pair married in an opulent wedding in the south of France in 2005, which featured performances by Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.