Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene, 59, shuttles back to her $120m luxury yacht Venus in Barbados

A billionaire’s break in Barbados! Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene, 59, shuttles back to her $120m luxury yacht Venus designed by her late husband after a day visit to the Sandy Lane Hotel spa and shops

  • Laurene Powell Jobs, 59, had spent Sunday visiting the 5-star hotel Sandy Lane’s restaurants, shops and spas
  • The billionaire was pictured climbing onto a dinghy before being shuttled across ocean to $120million yacht 
  • The Venus was Steve Jobs’ final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs has been pictured shuttling back to her $120million luxury yacht during a holiday in Barbados.

Powell, 59, had spent Sunday afternoon visiting the luxury 5-star hotel Sandy Lane’s restaurants, shops and spas. 

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip.

She was then shuttled across the North Atlantic Ocean back to her $120million luxury yacht Venus, which was designed by Jobs before his death. 

Powell was left widowed after Jobs passed away, age 56, from complications from pancreatic cancer in October 2011. They had three children together and Powell is also step-mother to Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs.

When Jobs died, most of his assets passed on to his wife, making her one of the 50 richest people in the world.

Powell married Jobs in 1991 – ten years before the release of the first iPod – and now manages a fortune estimated to be worth $12.3 billion according to Forbes.

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist was then shuttled across the North Atlantic Ocean back to her $120million luxury yacht Venus, which was designed by Jobs before his death

The billionaire and philanthropist was then shuttled across the North Atlantic Ocean back to her $120million luxury yacht Venus, which was designed by Jobs before his death

 

The Venus was Steve Jobs' final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck

The Venus was Steve Jobs’ final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck

The Venus was Steve Jobs' final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck

The Venus was Steve Jobs’ final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck

Powell has been pictured shuttling back to her $120million luxury yacht during a holiday in Barbados

Powell has been pictured shuttling back to her $120million luxury yacht during a holiday in Barbados

Steve Jobs and Laurene Powel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005

Steve Jobs and Laurene Powel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005

In addition to the Venus, she owns two private jets, four large real estate properties and a large stake in the Walt Disney Company.

The Venus was Steve Jobs’ final masterpiece, after he commissioned it in 2008 and worked painstakingly on the design with superstar French product designer Philippe Starck.

He did not survive to see the ship completed and launched, dying of pancreatic cancer before work was finished in 2012.

In his final years, Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson: ‘I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.’

The sleek ship is made of light-weight aluminium and Jobs employed the chief engineer of his Apple stores to help design special glass that allowed the ship to be installed with ten-foot-high windows across the hull.

As a token gift of appreciation, Jobs’ family gave out a custom iPod Shuffle engraved with the name of the yacht to each member of the crew who helped build it. Each one came with a note thanking them for their ‘hard work and craftsmanship.’

Powell was left widowed after Jobs passed away, age 56, from complications from pancreatic cancer in October 2011

Powell was left widowed after Jobs passed away, age 56, from complications from pancreatic cancer in October 2011

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

She was then shuttled across the North Atlantic Ocean back to her $120million luxury yacht Venus, which was designed by Jobs before his death

She was then shuttled across the North Atlantic Ocean back to her $120million luxury yacht Venus, which was designed by Jobs before his death

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The $120 million luxury yacht Venus was designed by Steve Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck

The $120 million luxury yacht Venus was designed by Steve Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck

Lauren Powell Jobs’ $120million luxury yacht Venus

The $120 million luxury yacht Venus was designed by Steve Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck.

Jobs commissioned the yacht in 2008, but he did not survive to see the ship completed and launched, dying of pancreatic cancer before work was finished in 2012.

The 255ft yacht is made of light-weight aluminium and Jobs employed the chief engineer of his Apple stores to help design special glass that allowed the ship to be installed with ten-foot-high windows across the hull.

The yacht can fit 12 guests on board in six suites as well as 22 crewmembers. 

The interior also features 27-Mac computer screens, with large cabin windows along the yacht. 

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In 2012, the Venus was briefly impounded in Amsterdam in a dispute over unpaid bills to the designer Starck, but the issue was resolved after several days.

Meanwhile, Powell’s fortune mainly comes from the Walt Disney Company shares she inherited from her husband.

Those shares were worth $7.4 billion when he sold Pixar, his animation studio, to Disney in 2006. It has since increased to more than $12.7 billion.

Powell is the founder and president of the Emerson Collective, an investment firm focusing on good causes including education, immigration, health and the environment.

Last year, it emerged that Powell will invest $3.5 billion within the next 10 years to address the climate crisis, a spokesperson for Emerson Collective said. 

The money will go into Waverley Street Foundation, an organization Jobs set up in 2016, and focus on ‘initiatives and ideas to help underserved communities most impacted by climate change,’ the spokesperson said. 

‘Efforts will focus on housing, transportation, food security, and health.’ 

Powell has done most of her work through Emerson Collective, which focuses on education, immigration reform and environmental causes, and has other media investments and grants in film, TV production and journalism.  

Jobs commissioned the yacht in 2008, but he did not survive to see the ship completed and launched, dying of pancreatic cancer before work was finished in 2012. Pictured: Powell after her shopping trip

Jobs commissioned the yacht in 2008, but he did not survive to see the ship completed and launched, dying of pancreatic cancer before work was finished in 2012. Pictured: Powell after her shopping trip 

The $120 million luxury yacht Venus was designed by Steve Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck

The $120 million luxury yacht Venus was designed by Steve Jobs and French product designer Philippe Starck

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

The billionaire and philanthropist, wearing shorts, a floaty shirt and a sunhat, was pictured climbing onto a dingy after her shopping trip

In 2012, the Venus was briefly impounded in Amsterdam in a dispute over unpaid bills to the designer Starck, but the issue was resolved after several days

In 2012, the Venus was briefly impounded in Amsterdam in a dispute over unpaid bills to the designer Starck, but the issue was resolved after several days

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