Greek Cypriot industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou who green-lighted American artist Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to create for him this mega yacht, ’Guilty.’ Is that how Joannou feels after parking this beast at the local marina? Probably not.
We’re guessing it’s more like ‘elated,’ due to the stunning looks and amenities of this 115-feet long ship. Inspired by the naval camouflage used by Britain during World War I, Guilty’s yellow rhombuses, pink triangles and blue polygons become even more amazing when reflected off the water. Onboard there are 180-degree views of the envious and awestruck rest of the world, along with plenty of bedrooms filled with museum-worthy works of art.
Joannou is active in Greece’s hospitality sector, with holdings in the Inter-Continental Hotel in Athens and through Yes! Hotels, a chain of boutique hotels whose flagships are the Karim Rashid designed Semiramis Hotel and the Campana Brothers designed NEW Hotel in Athens. Joannou is also involved in several other industries including bottling, shipping, aviation, and real estate.
He is considered to be one of the leading collectors of European and American contemporary art in the world, and is famous for acquisitions such as theJeff Koons-designed yacht Guilty. Joannou lives in Athens, Greece with his wife Lietta; they have two daughters, two sons, and eleven grandchildren.