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Belle Aire

The 30.1 metre, 1969 Feadship Prosit was designed by de Groot and built by Van Lent for US Lowenbrau beer magnate, Hans Holterbosch.

Howard Ruby, founder, chairman and CEO of Oakwood Worldwide, which is now a $multi-billion real estate company, bought the yacht, in 1979, and re-named her Belle Aire, after one of his California developments.

Since 1982, the Belle Aire has been successively owned by a Belgian, who eventually acquired another Feadship - Easy to Love IV; an Englishman, who had made his money in PVC pipes; then Maurice Levy, Chairman and CEO of  French PR company Publicis, who still owns her.

Since our photo was taken - circa 1979 - the Belle Aire has acquired a bathing platform on the stern and the upper deck and aft cockpit have both been extended to the stern, to provide an al fresco dining area and an upper deck lounge, under a bimini top.

The Belle Aire has always been a high profile yacht and now does extensive charter work, from her base in San Remo, Italy.