Born in 1929, Jon Bannenberg earned international recognition for his innovative yachts. A legendary figure in marine world, Bannenberg grew up in Australia and studied music. After moving to England in his 20s, he dedicated the first part of his career to selling antiquities and running an interior design firm with his wife.

 

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In the 1960s, one of Jon Bannenberg’s friends showed him designs for his new yacht. Bannenberg criticized the look and created new plans, which were utilized in the building of the boat. The end product served as a centerpiece of the 1963 London Boat Show. This earned him several contracts, but he did not receive major attention until the launching of Carinthia VI in 1972. With its unconventional look and tremendous size, the Carinthia VI became an icon in the seafaring community and one of the first megayachts. Jon Bannenberg passed away in 2002.

About the Author:

An entrepreneur, actor, and fundraiser, Nabila Khashoggi currently operates Nabila K. Cosmetics Inc., which sells goods such as luxury bubble baths, cards and envelopes, and fine oils. As a child, her father owned a 281-foot yacht, the exteriors of which were designed by Jon Bannenberg. He named the boat Nabila after his daughter.

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About Nabila Khashoggi

A veteran businesswoman, philanthropist, mother, and actress, Nabila Khashoggi’s multifaceted career spans three decades and residence on several continents. Working primarily to secure financing for entertainment and industrial projects from her office in New York, Nabila Khashoggi is also about to market a new line of natural cosmetic products. Intending to raise childhood awareness of other cultures, geography, and the environment, she is also writing a children’s comic book series, entitled Spartan and the Green Egg. Nabila Khashoggi received her education in France, Switzerland, and England, later accepting a position as a Vice President of Triad Commercial Corporation and Al-Nasr Trading, companies that her father controlled. Her daily responsibilities involved import-and-export transactions, commodities trading, project development, and the financing of agricultural complexes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 1983, Nabila Khashoggi co-founded Infolex, a search engine for travel information developed by software engineers with design and marketing experience whose work anticipated the technology on which today’s travel search engines rely. This cutting-edge solution provided users with speedy access to travel information at airports and hotels throughout Europe and North America. For the next three years, Nabila Khashoggi worked with her brother to establish Mara Intrepids Camp as a Kenyan tourist destination. She also devoted energy to developing and marketing properties in such major markets as London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. Another one of her ventures during this period involved financing and marketing mobile hospital units and associated medical equipment. With ambitions beyond business, Nabila Khashoggi has pursued training as an actress, performing on stage, in film, and on television. She is a committed supporter of The Children for Peace (ONLUS), an Italian-based nonprofit organization benefitting children in third-world countries. She is the mother of two sons and actively encourages environmental responsibility and organic lifestyle habits.

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