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The yacht Aurora was built by Lurssen Yachts as Phoenix, for Jan Kulczyk. On the website of Moran Yacht and Ship you will find an interesting article about her, with interior photo’s and specifications. Kulczyk purchased a larger Lurssen, named Phoenix II. There are some rumors on the Internet that Aurora is owned by Computer Associates founder Charles Wang. However this seems not correct as SuperYachtFan received a message that Aurora is actually owned by a (former?) Russian Governor of the St. Petersburg Region. This make sense as St. Petersburg hosts the former Russian Navy cruiser Aurora. The cruiser Aurora had an important role in Russia’s 1917 October Revolution, as a blank shot from her forecastle gun signaled the start of the assault on the Winter Palace. Aurora is now a navy museum based in St. Petersburg. This could explain the yacht’s name Aurora. Also, during one of SuperYachtFan’s visits to Antibes, we spotted a Russian plated Bentley near the yacht Aurora. The Bentley had some special plates with registration B-888-BB-88. Still we are not sure who the actual owner is, it could be Valentina Matviyenko, the highest-ranking female politician in Russia and Governor from 2003 until 2011. (Aurora was purchased in 2010 from Jan Kulczyk). Or Georgy Sergeyevich Poltavchenko, the current Governor of St. Petersburg. Do you know who owns the yacht Aurora? Please do sent us a message. The yacht Aurora is not available for charter. But enquire now, for your ultimate charter experience on similar yachts!
Governor of St. Petersburg
The Governor of the City of Saint Petersburg is head of the executive branch of Saint Petersburg City Administration. The mayor's office administers all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and enforces all city and state laws within Saint Petersburg. The mayor's office is located in Smolny Institute; it has jurisdiction over all Saint Petersburg City. The mayor appoints a large number of officials, including Directors who head city departments, and his or her deputy mayors. Georgy Sergeyevich Poltavchenko is the acting governor of Saint Petersburg since August 2011. He was preceded by Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, the first female leader of Saint Petersburg. In 2011 she was elected the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, the country's third-highest elected office.
Motor yacht Aurora, owned by a (former?) Governor of St. Petersburg (or by Computer Associates founder Charles Wang)
The yacht was built as Phoenix for Jan Kulczyk. He replaced her with Phoenix II
The yacht Aurora is probably owned by the Governor of St. Petersburg
There are some rumors on the Internet that Aurora is owned by Computer Associates founder Charles Wang. Superyachtfan is not 100% sure, but until someone sends us an email to confirm or deny this information, Superyachtfan will list Charles Wang as her owner. Charles B. Wang is co-founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. (now named CA Technologies) and is owner of the New York Islanders ice hockey team. Charles Wang launched Computer Associates in 1976 and grew the company into one of the country's largest software vendors. CA Technologies realized USD 4.4 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2010 and maintains 100 offices in more than 45 countries. The company has more than 13,000 employees. There has been some controversy in 1999 when Wang received the largest bonus in history (USD 670 million) at that time from a public company. Wang received the bonus while the company faced a slowdown which had affected CA's earnings and stock price. Wang retired from Computer Associates in 2002. Charles Wang is also founder of Plainview Properties, a real estate firm which proposed a major development in Plainview, New York, to be called, "Old Plainview", a traditional village, combining townhouses, apartments, offices, restaurants, a Hyatt hotel and recreation space. Wang is an active philanthropist, his donation of more than USD 50 million to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the construction of the Charles B. Wang Center was, at the time, the largest in history to a SUNY school. He also funded the expansion of the Chinatown Health Clinic which was renamed the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Further he funded Project Hope: a project to provide young Chinese athletes access to educational opportunities. Charles Wang has an estimated net worth of more than US$ 900 million.