For Saylor, a Boatload of Festivities at Home
Hey, sailor! Or should we say Saylor?
Thanks to Michael Saylor, Washington has one mega-millionaire who lives . . . well, exactly like the movie version of a rich bachelor: beautiful women, huge parties and a big yacht. Er, make that two big yachts.
After a spectacular rise and fall (Saylor lost $6 billion one day in 2000), the MicroStrategy founder, 44, rebuilt his fortune and is living large. Two years ago, he bought a $3 million, 68-foot Azimut -- the largest boat able to dock near his Georgetown apartment. Turns out that was just the start: He also ordered a custom-made 147-foot yacht tricked out with a hot tub, seven-man crew and all the latest gadgets. The Harle, based in the Caribbean, was built by Dutch company Feadship, which creates yachts for the likes of billionaires John Kluge and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Price? If you have to ask . . . well, likely tens of millions.
Last year, Saylor took the Harle and a few special friends to Cannes and made quite a splash. On Wednesday, the New York Post and several blogs reported he was once again docked in the French harbor. Not true, said Saylor, who personally wrote to Gawker.com explaining he was in the States working and didn't take the ship to the film festival. He also noted that the photo they posted was taken when he was 30 pounds heavier, and sent along a shot of his leaner physique.
What he didn't mention? That the Harle was here in Washington two weeks ago -- docked alongside his smaller yacht -- in National Harbor. About 20 friends (including former Miss D.C. Kate Michael and her boyfriend Rodrigo Garcia) attended an exclusive onboard bash, reports LocalKicks, an Alexandria-based webzine, which discreetly identified the owner only as a "technology executive" from Northern Virginia: "Latino funk playing on the Bose sound system and juicy Tenderloins and Ahi Tuna cooking on the swimming deck grille. The Jacuzzi was warmed to a comfortable 98 degrees."
Not Cannes, but not bad. Not bad at all.
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