Alfa Nero Sold for US$67.6 Million as Emergency Injunction Denied


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt bought the Alfa Nero superyacht that was ditched in Antigua in March 2022 after Russian troops invaded Ukraine.

The billionaire “won the auction this morning in a fully transparent process,” buying the vessel for $67.6 million, according to Sir Ronald Sanders, Antigua’s ambassador to the US.

The US Treasury last year named Russian fertilizer billionaire Andrey Guryev as the owner of 267-foot Alfa Nero, which he denies. It went to auction this month after Treasury removed the abandoned ship from its sanctions list.

A request for comment sent to Schmidt’s foundation wasn’t immediately returned.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates Schmidt’s net worth at $25 billion.

Port Manager Darwin Telemacque spoke to reporters following the sale.


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  1. Eric Schmidt
    American executive
    Eric Emerson Schmidt is a former American business executive and software engineer who served as the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and the company’s executive chairman from 2011 to 2015, as executive chairman of parent company Alphabet Inc. from 2015 to 2017, and Technical Advisor at Alphabet from 2017 to 2020. Wikipedia
    Born: April 27, 1955 (age 68 years), Falls Church, Virginia, United States
    Net worth: 20.4 billion USD (2023) Forbes
    Spouse: Wendy Schmidt (m. 1980)
    Children: Sophie Schmidt, Allison Schmidt
    Education: UC Berkeley College of Engineering (1982), MORE
    Parents: Wilson Schmidt, Eleanor Schmidt

    • @Sideline You can imagine the many UPP supporters who were hoping this would not happen? I saw a press release from Okola and it was clear why his peers have questions regarding his knowledge of the law

    • @BRIXTONIAN et Al

      Put that in you pipe and smoke UM. You CROOK…You taught that ALFA NERO would not be sold. BAY BAY

      • Wow! My fan base is out in force. I thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my … [fill the blank] 😁

    • The following Persons should not be taken serious with any future postings in this forum. They mentioned that the ALFA NERO would NOT be sold and ABLP and Supporters would have eggs on Their face. Check the following list.



      ANALYST ( Contributor to KNIGHT at KNIGHT Observer Radio )





      FRANZ , PAUL and many others. Put this in you pipe and smoke UM

      • These are all persons that rather be King of the Ashes than an ordinary Citizen in an Economic Powerhouse.

  2. Where is buyer from. I look at this whole bidding and see a set of desperate people. I pray that this sale does not bring any curse on the people of this land. Antigua are you look hungry and brok.

    • It’s Eric Schmidt, the American former Google CEO who owns Selene and Oasis…. I’m glad it’s not going back to old owner!

    • What happen you cannot read or what? The buyer info is in the article above. Don’t know why some of you all who cannot afford meaningful discussion, to shut up.

        • First you’re saying “Where’s Brixtonian?” And now you are telling me to “shut up”.

          Mek up your mind or people will think that you are also suffering from the Dunning-Kruger syndrome, just like From the Sideline and many of the Gaston Browne ACOLYTES on these ANR threads.

          Antigua News Room is the best … bar none. Love it!

    • @ Shassy, this sale looks like it may come back and bite Antigua big time in the future – I hope I’m proved wrong.

      Everyone is currently patting each other on the back (mind you $67.6 million dollars will do that!), for an auction that has got the ABLP juices going.

      In the meantime, I’ll be interested to know if the proceeds of this sale will be made clear to all Antiguan citizens, and accountable as to where, how, and what the money will be spent on to benefit the country as a whole.

      Remember, we are still awaiting financial clarity on the monetary use of NAMCO and CIP funds.

      Will the same UNACCOUNTABILITY be hidden from us with the Alfa Nero proceeds?

      Hopefully, this doesn’t turn out to be a PYRRHIC victory for the government …

  3. Congratulations to the buyer.

    Kudos to the government and all other civil servants who made today possible.

  4. I’m grateful that we could observe the process live. Imagine if it was done behind curtains wa dem woulda sey. UPP was really hoping it wouldn’t happen, but thank God barking dogs don’t stop the wagon from rolling on. Shout out to Papa Bird for paving the way!

    • The same Papa Bird that your leader said ended up with A STOLEN CHEQUEIN HIS BANK ACCOUNT?

      Please let us know.

      • no! don’t confuse John Ashe buddy with Sir VC. bark bark bark woof woof woof til your tongue hang down to your toes, THE ALFA NERO HAS BEEN SOLD!!!!

      • @We ready – A stolen cheque? How would Bird have known that the person who gave him the cheque was up to no good? Its not like Harold Lovell who knowingly worked for the arm of Odebrecht In Antigua. You remember when he denied knowing them until cheques were produced showing his payments

  5. Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  6. I thought we had over 20 bids?
    Am I the only one who remembers hearing that??
    This government always trying to fool people!!
    Always trying to deceive.smh

    • @sandra Clarke You forget it was stated that not all bids would make it to the final stage? You recall due diligence was needed of the bidders?

  7. We can now prepare for whatever comes. This is not going down as easy as we believe. Trust me when I say, Russians DON’T fight fair as we already are seeing with the current war.


  9. I thought we had over 20 bids?
    Am I the only one who remembers hearing this.
    This government always trying to deceive, when they weave they tangled Webb..
    Everybody in antigua going to be rich🤣🤔🤥

  10. I thought we had over 20 bids?
    Am I the only one who remembers hearing the government saying this!
    Oh what a tangled Webb we try to weave when we try so hard to deceive🤔🤥
    Everybody in antigua going to be rich…
    Money coming in 7 days.

    • Avatar photo When will the Gaston Browne administration push for the illegal printing of Antigua and Barbuda passports case to be called 🇦🇬

      17 bids did not meet the threshold

  11. The UPP are a bunch of visionless baboons. They said it couldn’t be sold, the US would never lift the sanctions, the Russians were too powerful leave it in the harbor to rot or perhaps break away from the moorings and damage other yachts in the area during a hurricane.
    If ever we could get it sold let’s send the money to Ukraine.
    This is who the Antiguan people actually feel is a better alternative to sound, fearless leadership.

    • AMEN.
      1 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation! Come, all who hear; now to his temple draw near, join me in glad adoration.

      • @From The Sidelines aka Mr. Arrogant_Condescending…

        …and, lest you forget, in the Essence of Life our learned and wise elders, they say….

        1…wah sweet dey a goat mouth, a goh sour, dey a he koo-kah-hole e.g. peggy_mouth pepper!
        TRANSLATION: What taste sweet to your palate, will burn your ass, as you shit the remains!

        2…fire dey, a Muss-Muss Tail, S’him tink a cool breeze!
        TRANSLATION: There’s a reason why your ass will be on fire, it feels so hot, you’ll thing it’s dry ice you’re sitting on.

        Wars of this dispensation like the ongoing Russian/Ukraine war which Nations like Antigua, Barbuda & REDONDA have being drawn into by the Unscrupulous and nefarious sections, of the United States of America Government are not only fought at sea, in the air nor on land. The CYBER WORLD plays a vital role not only as a propaganda tool but also for ATTACKS on Cyber Networks.
        Here’s hoping, that Our Nation is well prepared, to withstand CYBER, AI-Artificial Intelligence attacks on its CYBER SYSTEMS.

        The Russians history have shown, that they are #Long_Haulers in anything.

        Wah sweet a goat mouth, a goh sour, a him Koo-Kah-Hole.

        Ras Smood aka Jumbee_Picknee
        De ‘olé Dutty Peg🦶🏿Garrat_Bastard

        Vere C. Edwards

  12. Wonder if APOSTLE SHUGY SIMON of the NAZARENE CHURCH was listening that if the winner don’t come up with the money in 7 days then the 2nd highest bidder will get the yacht.

  13. 20 bids with 17 prob talking bout half million to a lil over a million. Dash way dem dey!!! 40 million YESSS!!! 57 million YESSS!! YESSS!!! 67 million SOLD!!!! Come fa um Mr. Schmidt

  14. LMAO!!!!!!!🤣🤣🤣🤣 look at the clown in the comments trying to clean the eggs of their faces 🤡🍳🍳 BWHAHAHAHAHA🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • More than egg 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 they min a hope for de injunction to be granted. Dey say send the money to Ukraine. Dey chat arl kinda fart 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

      Bunch a 🤡 🤡 🤡

      De harder they criticize, condemn and oppose-for-opposing sake, the more the government and people prevail 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩


    • You say “UPP enemies of state”, but we shout loud and clear:

      Accountability, clarity and no more self-enrichment schemes. Simple really @ Leadership [Doesn’t] Matter.

      Let’s just wait and see how this windfall will be used; hopefully every penny-cent will be accounted for …

  16. Antigua 🇦🇬 is party time now I’m here in Brooklyn sitting in a bar 🍸 having a some drinks 🍸 and is my daughter graduation and the Alfo Nero was sold. Is party time ⏲️ give me ten more shots

  17. I’m satisfied that the administration had the vision and foresight to go to parliament to make this and future transactions of this kind legally possible.

    It requires a certain level of experience and expertise to possess this level of thinking.
    We cry down the administration when things look questionable. I accept that the opposition has its job to do.
    Now is the time to step up to plate in support of this accomplishment. It will only benefit the economy of our country.
    Congratulations to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.
    Eric Schmidt is a credible entrepreneurial figure.
    Out of 20 bidders, it came down to the top three. His offer was the most lucrative.
    ABLP and PM ought to be applauded for being decisive.
    We have a credible team with the requisite knowledge of Maritime Law in the Ministry of Legal Affairs.
    May God bless Antigua and Barbuda. 🇦🇬🙏🏽🌻👏🏽🎉

  18. KNIGHT, BRAWLING , FISH MARKET JOAN , BRIXTONIAN, SERPENT et al BAY. BAY. Chew on that. ABLP forever. BIG. BIG.BIG.Hon. Gaston Browne best Prime Minister in the world.

    • Good day to you @ GEL. Read my ERUDITE response above 👆 … Brixtonian never hides!

      All autochthonous Antiguans will be asking for is accountability into how the $67.6 million will be distributed and spent – something that none of the above ABLP supporters are asking for.


  19. SOLD!!!! But what to do with the money?

    $67, 600,000 US x the bank exchange rate(2.71) = $183,196,000 EC

    A: Invest it in a global fund, earning a safe 10% return per year.
    = $18,319,600 EC annually to the treasury. But can reinvest some to grow the principal.
    (Treat it like an endowment where the principal is neve touched unless the people voted on it every 20 years.)
    B: Distribute all of it to the citizens to boost the economy = $1,831 per person (approx. 100k ppl)
    C: Put it in the treasury and do business as usual

    If I was the PM, I would do option “A”.

    Now to the politics part.
    If I was in opposition, rather than come up with negative things about the sale, my speech in parliament would be this:
    Yes, let’s sell the __king Yacht! That’s good cheese for our struggling treasury. But we the opposition will be pausing for or be part of a new committee to track every penny of that loot.

    But if option “A” is implemented then this would do wonders for Antigua for many many many many years to come.

  20. Time to pay all the workers the money that’s owed for so long now ,more excuses.

    An enemy of the state is a leaders who wishes to enrich himself while the citizens suffer, not a person with an opinion about yacht should or shouldn’t sell

  21. Me just want fu know if Government going to pay backpay (2018), nurses, teachers, overtime etc now that they have money.
    I plan on checking treasury ASAP, before the money dissapear or it pocketed

  22. slava ukraine putin is a nobody oligarchs shouldand find a way and let somebody take out that egomaniac war criminal putler leave the yacht alone and save russia

  23. Look! The Labourites, including Gaston Browne, are out in numbers, rejoicing over what is high seas piracy. We know how this government screws up everything it touches, so we will wait. Wonder why America was willing to do a hands off here?
    Have we forgotten the Lazarenko money? What about NAMCO? They have a saying,”who laughs last, laugh the best.”
    These ‘owners’ are going to sit and watch their property been stolen and sold without a peep? Let’s wait people. Let’s wait.

    • @ Watching, I noticed the same said thing as well.

      The Gastonites went into hiding on the African airline fiasco; went very quiet when wages, pensions and overtime wasn’t being paid. Furthermore, they conveniently overlooked the ongoing water shortages that was promised to be put right last year, and NEVER forget the their promises of housebuilding projects.


      Now don’t get me wrong @ Watching, I’ll put my hands up if this unexpected windfall is used for any of the above (especially all outstanding monies owed).

      Like you, I’ll be looking at how this money is distributed.


  24. Wow looking at all the comments@ Brix I must say Antiguans better hold on to their seatbelt, because th3re is something in the pipeline which slowly going to brew. I guess people don’t find it strange that 20 bidders came in to purchase but the gold medal went to GOogl3 CEo. As the Bible says in Matthew 24, therefore let no man deceive you, people is happy but what’s the outcome months and years after? Well I will be listening for pay rise and the elderly can get their pension money.

  25. I am puzzled here. You sell a man’s something and the man will Tek um so easy? Secondly, isn’t the money going towards rebuilding Ukraine? Thirdly, now that it’s sold, do we still have to pay all Dem US$. When will the new owner move it? Fourthly, if all the money going to Ukraine, what are we celebrating? Are the Americans so jealous of the Russians, that they need to covet everything they own? Deviously. Can Iraq covet all that Tony Blair and the Bushes own because they invaded their country? Antigua is a dot on the map of world doing? Don’t celebrate yet.

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