Jeff Bezos wants to demolish a historic Dutch bridge to make room for a $450 million superyacht.
“They make it when you get the coins,” a wise woman once said, and Jeff Bezos is no exception. With a net worth of $177 billion and four years as the world’s wealthiest man, he is requesting that the Dutch city of Rotterdam temporarily demolish a historic bridge so that his superyacht can pass through.
The Dutch city agreed to dismantle the central section of the 95-year-old bridge, which has a clearance of 130 feet, earlier this week so that the boat may sail through this summer.
However, officials released another statement on Thursday evening, saying that while they had not approved the plan to remove the bridge that is presently not in use, they were aware of the request from the shipbuilder “De Hef.”
The city also stated that the shipbuilding company will bear the costs of temporarily dismantling the bridge.
According to rumors, the superyacht is the world’s largest boat, measuring 417 feet.
Jones was one of two beneficiaries of the Courage and Civility Award, which is one of Jeff Bezos’ “surprise” humanitarian efforts, when he announced in July 2021 that he was providing $100 million to him to do “anything he wants.”
“They may give it entirely to their own charity or they can share the riches,” Bezos remarked. It is entirely up to them.” Bezos noted that the contribution and award are to celebrate those who have “demonstrated courage” in trying to be a unifier in a fragmented environment. Chef Jose Andres was the other honoree.
Van Jones acknowledged his surprise and gratitude as he accepted the enormous financial gift, stating, “Sometimes dreams come true.” “You bet on me, and I appreciate it,” he told Jeff Bezos. [It’s money] that I’ll “donate to those who share my spirit.”