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Paul Allen

Paul Allen - Fact Sheet

Yacht Name: Octopus
Yacht Length: 126 m (414 ft)

Guests: 26 in 13 cabins

Crew: 57 in 28 cabins

Yacht Value: US$ 250 million

Owners Name: Paul Allen

Owners Net Worth: US$ 17.7 billion

Owners Company: Microsoft

Owners Country: USA


Octopus carries two helicopters and a submarine.

One of the Richest Men

Billionaire Paul Allen (1953) is one of the wealthiest yacht owners in the world. He founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He has his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. His investments include real estate, technology, media, and content companies.


He owns three sports teams

Allen also owns three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS). His net worth is estimated at US$ 17.7 billion (April 2016). Paul Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne.


Philanthropy - the most generous

In 2011 Allen was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, following donations of USD 372 million. In 1988 Paul and his sister Jody Allen founded the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on the US Pacific North West region, and has donated close to US$ 500 million.  In total Allen has donated more than US$ 2 billion to good causes. In 1998 Paul Allen founded the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WorldWar II aircraft. The collection opened to the public in 2004. In December 2013 Paul sold his Washington based private island, named Allen Island - named after a Navy hero. Paul Allen  has donated USD 100 million for prevention of the Ebola Crisis.


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Yacht Octopus

One of the worlds largest yachts

Paul Allen’s yacht Octopus, owned by the billionaire Microsoft cofounder. Luxury yacht Octopus is one of the world's largest yachts.


Two helicopters and a submarine

Octopus has a large helicopter hangar on the main deck, giving shelter to two helicopters. The yacht has a large glass bottom pool and a 10 person submarine. The submarine and the main tender (named Man of War) float into the yacht through a large hatch. The two helicopters on the Octopus bare the registration numbers N904AF and N76AF. The first one is a  MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C.


A Music recording Studio

The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck. Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym, a salon and a medical centre.


A Private Owners Deck

The owner has his dedicated deck, with a large study, a walk-in closet and an outside bar with whirlpool. There is a large VIP cabin, 4 guest cabins, a children's cabin and two additional staff/doctors cabins. The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle. Paul Allen also owns the yacht Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. In January 2016 Tatoosh was involved in an accident. Her anchor chain damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus.


Bill Gates Yacht

Octopus is often referred to as the Bill Gates yacht, however Bill Gates is not the owner of the yacht Octopus. As far as SuperYachtFan knows Bill Gates does not own a yacht. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit.


Cannes Film Festival

Every year in May, Paul Allen hosts a themed party during the Cannes Film Festival.   In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus during the Cannes International Film Festival. Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. In 2015 the theme was Bollywood, in 2016 the theme was Shakespear. Guests included Mick Jagger, Mischa Barton, and Chloe Sevigny.


Research

Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange quick and easy assistance for anyone in distress at sea. Octopus has assisted on several occasions in recent years, including an air and sea search in the waters of Palau looking for missing police officers and their pilot.


Musashi

In March 2015 A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015. Read more at Paul Allen’s personal website. In July 2015 Octopus was in Reykjavik, Iceland. The luxury yacht Octopus is not available for charter, but enquire for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts.

Paul Allen House

Paul Allen owns several houses all over the world. Being one of the richest men, he can afford any house he likes. His main residence is based on Mercer Island near Seattle. He is reported to own 11 properties on Mercer Island, but his main address is on 6555 West Mercer Way. He is not allowed to land a helicopter on the property, so he has a floating heli pad. Paul Allen also owns a residence on Hawaii: Thurston Estate, which was built for Lorrin Thurston, publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser. Further he owns Villa Maryland in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France, a mansion in Beverly Hills and he is the owner of Teton Ridge Estate in eastern Idaho. And he owns an apartment on 4 East, 66th Street in Manhattan, New York.


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SuperYacht Octopus, Paul Allen. Photo by HestonBerkman

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