Steve Jobs’ family, designer Philippe Starck settle yacht dispute

Venus, the yacht that was being built for Steve Jobs, will soon be on its way to his heirs.
(Peter Dejong / Associated Press)

Here’s a nice holiday treat for the heirs of Steve Jobs. A dispute over the Apple founder’s yacht has been resolved and the good ship Venus could soon be on its way to the United States.

According to Agence France-Press, the Jobs estate paid a deposit of an unspecified amount to designer Philippe Starck, who claimed he had not been paid all he was owed for his role in crafting the $127-million boat.

“The Venus is no longer impounded; we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a lawyer for Jobs’ heirs, told AFP on Monday. “A security deposit was paid into a bank account, but I cannot say for how much.”


Last week, the boat was ordered to stay in an Amsterdam port after Starck filed a legal claim against the Jobs estate.

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Starck claimed that Jobs had agreed to pay him $11.86 million, but that he had received only $7.91 million. Not so, according to a reply by Jobs’ lawyers, who said the $7.91 million was sufficient.

Attorneys for Starck said the two men had worked closely on the yacht, and had an informal agreement rather than a contract.

According to AFP, once weather improves, the boat will be shipped to the United States, where it will be delivered to Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.


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