Steve Jobs's Yacht

Steve Jobs worked on the plans for this yacht in the last years of his life

The news that Steve Jobs was working on a yacht broke out after his death, when Walter Isaacson's biography came out. The writer unveiled that Jobs started working on the design of the boat after he spent one of the best holidays of his life on a private cruise. He continued to refine the design in 2009-2010 despite the likelihood he would not live to see the yacht's launch. He called the process of designing it "fun" and declared "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." It is telling that he gave up working on the house on his Woodside property but continued to obsess over his yacht's design.

After Jobs died, acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck revealed he had been working on the project with him and his wife Laurene since 2005, visiting the couple once a month for it. He said the project (which was at first mistaken for an Apple product by the media) would be "quite revolutionary, if not very revolutionary," without disclosing more.

It was not until October 28 2012, a little over a year after his master's death, that the 'Venus' was launched from the Feadship shipyards in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. The minimalist design of the 78-meter (256 ft) yacht and the row of seven iMacs in its wheelhouse left little doubt about its designer in chief.