Billionaire Paul Allen's traditional - for him - New Year's Eve is rumored to be set for chic and sunny St. Barth's in the Caribbean again, an all-night celeb-studded party aboard his $200 million battleship-sized yacht, the Octopus - which costs about $385,000 a week to operate. And the Seahawks owner has something special to celebrate this year - recent tests showing he's cancer-free. Not that the party needs any enlivening, as last year's St. Barth's shindig revealed.
A witness said the left-leaning financier showed up with the pair of lovelies and appeared quite "friendly" with them, making a little like an octopus himself. At one point, Soros, 78, was seen trampling all over one of their gowns as he enjoyed a beverage.
Revelers reported aboard the Octopus in recent New Year's include rap mogul Russell Simmons, Eddie Murphy, Jon Bon Jovi, Martha Stewart, George Lucas, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ellen Barkin, Barry Diller and a lineup of super models. Allen usually takes the stage with his band, as well.
Vanity Fair notes, in a piece on St. Barth's, that invitations aren't needed for Allen's bash. The 416-foot boat, with a crew of 60, two helicopters, seven boats, a submarine, and a remote controlled ocean-floor vehicle, is "so huge that he literally just sends shuttles [to shore] , and anybody can come."