Roman Abramovich’s $5M New Year’s Bash
On Saturday night, Roman Abramovich opened his French Caribbean paradise, the 70-acre Gouverneur Bay Estate, to 400 guests for a New Year’s Eve party.
The Russian oligarch’s guests were informed to dress “island chic.” and were treated to a show from Red Hot Chili Peppers, a buffet and a DJ.
This party cost a reported $5 million and attracted a host of big-names including Rupert Murdoch, George Lucas, Marc Jacobs, Martha Stewart, Mischa Barton, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman and Jimmy Buffett.
Platters of canapés greeted the guests when they arrived, catered by St Barts restaurateur Xavier Pinet and Michelin-star chef Thomas Chiarelli.
Dishes included Russian dumplings filled with island-caught Mahi Mahi and pancakes with a vodka and lemon zest sauce.
Locally caught langoustines, lobster and tuna were also served as sushi and Aquitaine caviar topped blinis canapés.
Chilled vodka and crates of Cristal Roederer and Ruinart champagne were on tap for the guests.
Many guests stayed on the Russian’s 536ft super-yacht Eclipse – the world’s largest private yacht with two helicopter pads, a submarine and two swimming pools.
Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve party last year featured a performance by the Black Eyed Peas and was attended by celebrities such as Demi Moore, Salma Hayek, David Geffen, and Ellen DeGeneres.
St Barts is a well-known celebrity magnet, and is part of the French West Indies, along with Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St Martin.