By Humphrey Carter

THE world's sixth largest private yacht, the Rising Sun, has recently been cruising Majorcan waters and entertaining some very special guests.
The 150 million pound mega yacht is co-owned by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation, and David Geffen, an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist who was one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994.

Last year, Cherie and Tony Blair spent a controversial holiday on board the yacht cruising round Sardinia and it is understood that the award-winning Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, currently at Douglas's sea front estate in Valldemossa, went aboard last Friday night for dinner.

As of this year, Larry Ellison, is the sixth richest person in the world with a personal wealth of US$28 billion.
The 453 foot Rising Sun is a motor yacht designed by the late Jon Bannenberg, and built by Germany's Lürssen.
On board, she has 82 rooms on five stories with a total living area said to be in excess of 8'000 square meters, jacuzzi bathrooms, a gymnasium/spa and sauna, an extensive wine cellar, a master bath/bedroom, a private cinema with a giant plasma screen, 3'300 m² of teak-layered deck space and a basketball court on the main deck which can be used as a helicopter pad if necessary. Ellison has a passion for sailing.

He is the second largest financier of BMW Oracle Racing and earlier this year in Valencia his yacht USA 17 won the second race (in the best of three “deed of gift” series) 33rd America's Cup, after winning the first race two days earlier.

Securing an historic victory, Ellison and his BMW Oracle team became the first challengers to win a “deed of gift” match.
The Cup returned to American shores for the first time since 1995 as a result of the victory.
Ellison was on the crew of the trimaran for the second race. The co-owner of the Rising Sun David Geffen, co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in 1994 and Geffen has developed a reputation as a prominent philanthropist for his publicized support of medical research, AIDS organizations, the arts and theatre. In 1995 he donated $5 million towards UCLA's Westwood Playhouse. The theatre was renamed the Geffen Playhouse. He was also an early supporter of Barack Obama for president and raised $1.3 million for Obama in a star-studded Beverly Hills fund raiser


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