By Humphrey Carter

THE spectacular 390-foot super yacht “A” which belongs to the 37-year-old Russian billionaire industrialist Andrey Melnichenko (inset) returned to Majorcan waters yesterday.

Longer than a football pitch and uniquely created by the French designer Philippe Starck, “A” paid her first visit to the Balearics last year and caused a major sensation when she moored up off Portals.

Well yesterday, she was back and was attracting the same kind of attention.
Sheathed in white with its knifelike hull and three-storey bulbous watchtower, “A” is the only super yacht of its kind.
The interior features all the latest gadgets and maximum luxury and Melnichenko's bed, which is apparently perched at the top of the watchtower, is said to rotate providing panoramic views. “A” boasts two swimming pools, a helipad, a hovercraft, banks of plasma screens and a DVD library of over 2'000 movies.

With an estimated personal fortune of four billion dollars, security is extremely tight.
Over the past 15 years, Andrey Melnichenko has played a significant role in building some of Russia's most successful corporations.
Melnichenko is a Member of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and a trustee of the Advanced School of Public Administration of Moscow State University.

He studied physics as Moscow University and graduated from Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics majoring in Finance and Credit.
Andrey Melnichenko's interests include reading, travel and diving.
He is married to Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko and lives in Moscow.
The super yacht's name apparently comes from the first letter of their names and the same “A” motif was designed as the logo at their wedding in the South of France in 2005. “A” is expected to cruise Balearic waters for the next few days.


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