The yacht ordered by Apple's late founder Steve Jobs at the De Vries shipyard in the Netherlands.(Photo: ED OUDENAARDEN AFP/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM -- The sleek, white superyacht that Apple founder Steve
Jobs commissioned before his death cannot leave the Netherlands due to a
Jobs collaborated on designing the 78.2-meter
(256-foot) all-aluminum "Venus," which has a minimalist aesthetic, with
French product designer Philippe Starck.
Dutch newspaper Het
Financieele Dagblad reported Friday that Starck hired a debt collection
agency and got a summary legal order to keep the boat from leaving.
of Amsterdam spokesman Jeroen Ranzijn confirmed the ship has been in
the harbor since Dec. 8, and won't leave until the civil dispute is
resolved possibly later Friday.
According to the paper, Starck
had only been paid €6 million ($7.9 million) by Job's heirs, but
believed he was owed €9 million. The boat cost €105 million.