Billionaire businessman Andrey Melnichenko owns one of the most luxurious yachts in the world—and that's no small feat, considering the fact that one-upping your fellow oligarch's boat is practically a professional sport in this circle. Melnichenko's 394-foot vessel, named, simply, A, was designed by French modernist Philippe Starck and completed in 2008, with estimated total costs reaching $300M. Though the ultra-shapely exterior was the "subject of hot debate in yachting circles," according to the Wall Street Journal's Robert Frank in a video tour that ran a couple of years ago, the interior has been much lauded, with Baccarat crystals, a silver-leafed stairway with a $60K hand-carved banister, and furnishings that promise to outrage PETA, like, say, alligator hides and kudu horns. Take a tour of the outrageous, outrageous space, below.
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