Jeff Bezos’ superyacht is in danger of becoming the target of Dutch preservationists who threaten to pelt her with rotten eggs. Bezos is looking to take apart a 140-year-old bridge in the city of Rotterdam in order to fit his half-a-billion-dollar sea vessel.
The city’s residents aired their grievances over the planned renovation on Facebook. The Koningshaven Bridge, known to the locals as “De Hef,” will be removed for a period of time in order to make way for the Amazon founder’s 417-foot-high Y721.
One local, Pablo Strörmann, got the idea to fight back against Bezos with rotten eggs:
“Rotterdam was built from the rubble by Rotterdammer and we don’t just take it apart for the phallus symbol of a megalomaniac billionaire,” he posted on Facebook, “not without a fight.”
Although Strörmann himself has admitted that the idea is “not too serious, the event has gotten 3,000 attendees and 10,000 others who have expressed that they’re “interested.”
The bridge was renovated in 2017 and the council pledged at the time it would never be dismantled again. But that promise is now set to be broken, according to Dutch broadcaster Rijnmond.
Bezos to come up with the cash to dismantle bridge for his yacht
Bezos and the Oceano shipbuilding company approached the city council about temporarily dismantling the bridge, which was built in 1927, to accommodate the boat.
Bezos will pay for the work himself, and the council has seemingly agreed to the plan despite the opposition of local historians.
Project leader Marcel Walravens told local media the decision had already been made. “It is about a ship with high masts which cannot pass through the bridge,” he said. “The only alternative is to take out the middle section.”
Walravens said that, with proper preparation, it should only take just one day for the boat to pass through and then the section can be refitted.
Dismantling of the bridge “undermines historical heritage”
“Jobs are important, but there are limits with what you can and should do with our industrial heritage,’” said Ton Wesselink of the local history society Historisch Genootschap Roterodamum, according to Dutch News.
De Hef was heavily damaged in 1940 during the bombardment of Rotterdam and is now officially protected as a landmark.
With a net worth of around US $176 billion as of February 2022, Bezos is the second-wealthiest person in the world, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, and the third-wealthiest person according to Forbes.
Bezos is reportedly joining Russian-Israeli businessman Yuri Milner to fund a start-up that aims to prevent the effects of aging and potentially make people live forever.
The start-up that Bezos is investing in is called Alto Labs. It is out of the United States and the United Kingdom and has already secured $270 million in funding.
Last July he entered space and stayed there in his own Blue Origin rocket for five minutes.
His own space exploration company Blue Origin launched into history, with the retail maven aboard the first crewed rocket, which was named New Shepard in a tribute to space pioneer Alan Shepard.