As the Jewish Voice reported earlier this year, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his expectant girlfriend had intetionally docked their boat in New York in hopes of delivering their child on American soil. Well, it came true as Abramovich became a dad for the second time when his Dasha gave birth to a baby girl on April 8 in New York City. The couple named the child Leah Lou.
Abramovich raised eyebrows when he docked his meg-yacht, the Eclipse, in the Hudson River back in February for the sole purpose of having the baby born in New York. The ship is 557 feet long and cost $1.5 billion. Its ultramodern design is by Hermidas Atabeyki. Similar to Abramovich’s other yacht, the 337-foot Pelorus, it has even more aggressive lines and a tri-color scheme, with an interior by Terrence Disdale. Built in Germany by Blohm + Voss, the vessel was floated out in September 2009. Abramovich was due to take delivery of the yacht in December 2009, which was delayed for almost a year after sea trials. It is presently the world’s largest privately owned yacht as of 2009. The specification includes at least two swimming pools, a cinema, two helicopter landing-pads, a disco, a Jacuzzi, several on-board tenders, and a submarine. It also has armor-plating and bullet-proof windows around Abramovich’s master suite.
Abramovich is known for his lavish New Year’s Eve parties in St. Bart’s, which last year included such guests as Sean Combs, Calvin Klein, and Vera Wang.
He is currently the 5th richest person in Russia and the 50th richest person in the world, according to the 2012 Forbes list. According to Forbes, as of March 2011, he had a net worth of US$13.4 billion up from US$11.2 billion the previous year.
Abramovich and Zhukova also have a son, 3-year-old Aaron, who was reportedly born in Los Angeles.