Mark Zuckerberg’s $300M Yacht Stirs Climate Backlash

( – Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire behind Meta, has made headlines with his latest purchase—a $300 million superyacht named Launchpad. The sleek vessel, longer than a football field, has stirred controversy given Zuckerberg’s stance on climate issues.

With an estimated net worth of $180 billion, Zuckerberg has joined the league of tech tycoons like Jeff Bezos and Larry Ellison in splurging on luxury yachts. Designed by Espen Øin International, Launchpad boasts an impressive exterior and top-of-the-line features.

The yacht embarked on its maiden voyage in March 2024, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. With a gross tonnage of 5,000 tons, it can reach speeds of up to 24 knots, offering its owner an extraordinary cruising adventure.

Despite its stunning appearance, the yacht has faced backlash online. Critics are calling out Zuckerberg, known for advocating against climate change, for his ownership of a private jet that reportedly burned through $158,000 worth of fuel in just two months. Now, his superyacht is under scrutiny as one of the most environmentally damaging possessions a person can have.

Comparisons to other billionaires’ yachts, like those of Roman Abramovich and Jeff Bezos, further fuel the debate. These vessels are notorious for their significant carbon emissions, prompting questions about the environmental impact of Zuckerberg’s newest acquisition.

Roman Abramovich’s yachts are said to emit over 22,000 tons of carbon each year, surpassing the emissions of small nations. Jeff Bezos’ $500 million yacht, Koru, is another major contributor to carbon emissions, releasing 7,000 tons annually. While the environmental impact of Zuckerberg’s superyacht is yet to be determined, the contrast with his climate advocacy has stirred up a heated online discussion.

Social media users have been quick to mock the irony of Zuckerberg’s ownership of such a lavish item while advocating for environmental causes. Some question whether the yacht represents a luxurious paradise or a hypocritical retreat for the billionaire.

The juxtaposition of Zuckerberg’s climate activism and his extravagant lifestyle has ignited a fierce online discussion. As Launchpad sets sail, the controversy surrounding its owner’s environmental stance continues to make waves across the internet.

Copyright 2024,