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Inside Walmart heiress’s £240m superyacht as it’s spotted cruising up the Thames

Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie’s super yacht, KAOS, is on its way up the Thames to dock in London.

The 361-foot craft was spotted off Sheerness earlier today. The stunning yacht originally built by superyacht specialists Oceanco for the late Emir of Qatar, who named it Jubilee.

Following the Emir’s death, the yacht Jubilee was put up for sale, with an asking price of €275million or around £240m.

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Current owner Laurie is one of the world’s richest people. The younger daughter of Bud Walton, the brother and business partner of Walmart founder Sam Walton, she and her sister inherited a stake in the company worth some $9billion (£7.28bn).

And the heiress has spent some of her fortune on a spectacular yacht. The value of KAOS has been estimated at around $300m (£242m), with annual running costs in the region of $30m (£24m).

KAOS boasts a spectacularly sleek exterior designed by Igor Lobanov and luxurious interiors created by Sam Sorgiovanni.

There’s space for around 30 guests in the yacht’s 15 spacious cabins, and there’s also accommodation for a crew of 45.

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This extraordinary superyacht features a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool, and if it’s too chilly to be out on deck swimming there’s a cinema, spa and aquarium below decks.

As well as the essential helicopter pad, KAOS also has a majelis area. The majelis, an Arabic term meaning "sitting room,” harks back to the yacht’s original owner and is a unique feature on a yacht of this size.

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KAOS is currently the 56th largest private yacht in the world.

At 110 metres (361ft) and 4,523 tons, she was the biggest yacht to have been built in the Netherlands at the time of her launch in 2017.

The steel and aluminium craft is powered by 2 MTU engines with a combined power of 9656hp, which gives her a top speed of 15 knots. The yacht carries 391,000 litres of fuel on board, giving her a range of around 5,000 nautical miles.

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KAOS carries the most marble and stone ever installed on a yacht, and is – according to specialist Yacht News site Luxury Launches, is "as silent as a stealth warship".

Laurie's old superyacht, Secret, was a meagre 271ft long, and only had room for 14 guests and 16 crew.

Built by German shipwrights Abeking & Rasmussen, it also boasted exterior finishing by Sam Sorgiovanni.


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