Rising Sun (yacht)

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Rising Sun
Rising Sun Yacht.JPG
Rising Sun at Nybrokajen in Stockholm, Sweden. August 2005.
NameRising Sun
OwnerDavid Geffen
LaunchedMarch 2004
General characteristics
TypeMotor yacht
Tonnage7,841 GT
Length138 m (452 ft 9 in)
Installed power4 × MTU 20V 8000 M90 diesel engines 36,000 kW (48,000 hp)
Propulsion4 propellers
Speed28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Rising Sun in 2006 showing the rear and side of the yacht.
Rising Sun docked alongside other ships in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on February 4, 2017.

Rising Sun is a motor yacht designed by Jon Bannenberg, and built in 2004 by Germany's Lürssen at their Bremen shipyard for Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and last refitted in 2007.[1] Rising Sun has been owned since 2010 by David Geffen, who had bought a half share of the yacht initially in late 2006.[2]

A gym, a basketball court, a wine cellar and a movie theater are among the yacht's 82 rooms.[3]

W magazine listed some of the guests on Geffen's yacht: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Springsteen, Gayle King, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Martin Short, Diane Sawyer, Diane von Furstenberg, Karlie Kloss, Peter Harrington-Cressman, Jen Meyer, Josh Kushner, and Sir Paul McCartney.[4]

Geffen and his crew of 45[5][6] self-isolated[7][8] in the Grenadines on Rising Sun during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]


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  3. ^ "10 of the most outstanding luxury yachts". www.cbsnews.com.
  4. ^ Brooke Marine (5 August 2018). "Which Media Mogul's Yacht Has Had More Famous People On It?". W (magazine). Retrieved 28 March 2020. Diane Sawyer, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the talent to grace the 454-foot deck of Geffen’s "Rising Sun" (which also reportedly has a basketball court, by the way)
  5. ^ Liz Flynn. "A Closer Look at David Geffen's Yacht Rising Sun". Money Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2020. 45 crew members
  6. ^ "David Geffen: Net Worth, House, Private Jet and yacht Rising Sun". superyachtfan.com. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  7. ^ Luscombe, Richard (28 March 2020). "Billionaire David Geffen criticized for tone-deaf self-isolation post". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  8. ^ "David Geffen Feeling Heat Over Quarantine Pic From His 450-ft. Yacht!!!". tmz.com. 28 March 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  9. ^ Brown, Abram (28 March 2020). "Long Live David Geffen, Yachtmaster And New King Of Tone-Deaf Instagram Posts". Forbes. Retrieved 21 March 2020.