Superyacht Highlander for charter

The Highlander, the 50-metre Jon Bannenberg-designed superyacht owned by American financier Roberto de Guardiola, is available for charter for the first time.

The yacht was built in 1986 for Malcolm Forbes, the Publisher of Forbes magazine, who died in 1990. The yacht hosted HRH Prince Charles, President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as well as movie stars including Robert de Niro, Elizabeth Taylor and Harrison Ford, and musicians Mick Jagger and Sir Paul McCartney. Malcolm Forbes once said: "On a yacht like this you can establish the kind of rapport you don't achieve talking across a desk."

"This is glamour personified - the yacht has been an iconic location for some of the world's greatest political powerbrokers and socialites. Her distinctive history is reason enough for chartering but I think many people will also be attracted by her extensive facilities, so that they can entertain just as Forbes did in the late 1980," says Edmiston founder and chairman Nicholas Edmiston.

"The entire Forbes family is thrilled to see the iconic yacht, created by Jon Bannenberg for our late father, not only being cherished by its new owners, but also stunningly adapted to the needs of 21st century family life," says the Forbes family.

Highlander is 50metres/162feet long and has a cruising speed of 13 knots. She has six staterooms, which can comfortably sleep up to 12 guests, and holds a crew of 11 people.

Highlander is now available for charter through superyacht broker Edmiston, with prices starting from €160,000 per week. She will be based initially in the Mediterranean before moving to the Caribbean later in the year.