Bezos’ Blunder: A Yacht Too Big, a Bridge Too Small

Rufus T. Firefly and Gianna Gatto

When you are one of the world’s richest men, everything you do is under the proverbial microscope. Jeff Bezos, 187 billion dollar man, is obviously no exception.

Recently, Bezos, founder of Amazon, has found himself in a bit of a quandry: a new “super yacht”, worth 500 million dollars is in the process of being built for Bezos at the Oceanco Shipyard in Alblasserdam, Netherlands.

The problem, is that once the yacht is completed and ready to set sail for home, the 417 foot behemoth (with 229 foot masts!) won’t be able to make it under the historic (and 144 year old!) Koningshaven Bridge. So what is a billionaire to do? Dismantle the bridge, of course!

As stated on, Oceanco (the shipmaker) “appealed to local lawmakers in Rotterdam…the mayor of that town then confirmed that the bridge’s center section would be temporarily removed, with Bezos picking up the tab.”

The Koningshaven Bridge was built in 1877 and was originally named the De Hef bridge. During World War ll the bridge was damaged in a bombing organized by the Nazis and then rebuilt a couple of years later. As time went on The Koningshaven Bridge underwent one more restoration and was promised not to be dismantled again…that is, until now.

With Koningshaven Bridge being such a historic structure in the Netherlands, angry locals are voicing their objections about another dismantle of the bridge. According to USA today, “In retaliation, local residents vow to egg Bezos’ yacht as it passes through.”

What started as a Facebook event called “Throwing Eggs at Superyacht Jeff Bezos” was shared more than 1,000 times in just a week, with 4,000 people already committing to attend. Now, this superyacht is not set to be moved downstream until June so any retaliation plan would have ample time to get planned.