HMY Holdings, the luxury yacht brand founded by former NFL player Patrick Mahomes, has secured $1 billion in financing from China-based China Development Bank (CDB) and China Unicom Holdings Group Corp. (CHG), the firms said Tuesday in a statement.
HMY said the financing will be used to build and operate the yacht for at least 10 years.
The investment comes after the Chinese government in December approved the country’s first privately-owned luxury yacht, the HMY Lohu.
The Lohuan, which will be renamed the Hmy Yacht Hanyu, will be one of two Chinese-owned superyachts built and operated by CDB, which owns the other.
Hmy, which started in 2011, has been in the spotlight for several years after its founder and CEO, Patrick Mahome, was arrested in September 2018 on federal charges related to allegedly plotting to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong.
Hanyue, a two-masted, 7,500-ton superyacht, will feature a 7,400-square-meter (9,600-square foot) pool with a sauna and a restaurant on deck.
Hymies first yacht, Hmy Hanyua, which was built in the 1990s, is one of the most sought-after luxury yachties in the world, with buyers such as billionaire Marc Benioff and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Mahomes was indicted on federal racketeering charges in late September.
HmY Holdings, a unit of HMY, is also the developer of Hanyuan, a luxury yacht that is the second-largest private yacht in China, after the Hanyualan, according to China Construction News.
The Hanyouan is currently in the midst of its first phase of construction, which includes a 10-story tower that will house a restaurant, sauna, a restaurant and a hotel, according the CDB.
Mahome was arrested and is expected to be arraigned in court in May 2019.
The U.K.-based CDB declined to comment on the financing.
Hrym Hanyuu, HmMy Hanyun and Hmy Aun, which are all owned by HmH Holdings, are all scheduled to go into production in 2021.
HmeY, a division of HmMH Holdings, was previously acquired by China Development Group.