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Superyacht Octopus

Superyacht Octopus Paul Allen

The impressive superyacht Octopus is owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Superyacht Octopus is one of the world's largest yachts. 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 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. 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 (www.jqbltd.com). Paul Allen also owns Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus. Motor 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. Bill Gates is however often seen on yachts of his friends and business partners. Bill Gates’ honeymoon (1994) was on Paul Allen’s motor yacht Charade. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit.


February 2014: Paul Allen’s other yacht Tatoosh is currently heading towards Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Apparently Paul Allen is visiting the Winter Games and will use his yacht as a luxury base.


Paul Allen

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. Allen also owns three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS). His wealth is estimated at USD 15.8 billion. Paul Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne. In 2011 Allen was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, following donations of USD 372 million. In total Allen has donated more than $ 1.5 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.

Bill Gates yacht Octopus and tender in Port Vauban Antibes yacht Octopus Paul Allen submarine Paul Allen Microsoft yacht

Exclusive: the interior of Octopus!

Octopus links

Yachtmati - page with lot’s of great photos

SuperyachtTimes - Technical details and photos

Yacht-sea - More information

Mick Jagger on board the yacht

Octopus in Greece

A site dedicated to the yacht

On virtualglobetrotting

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Two helicopters on the hangar deck of superyacht Octopus

With her tender Man of War

Crew cleaning the funnel

Paul Allen’s yacht Octopus in Antibes, France

She features a recording studio, a cinema, a juice bar and a medical room

Man of War inside

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The submarine in its float-in hangar

helicopter hangar on board the yacht

Helicopter hangar

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Photo by Ship Dreams