The impressive superyacht Octopus is owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Superyacht
Octopus is one of the world's largest yachts. Octopus has two helicopters on the
top deck (one in front and one on the back), and a 63-foot (19 m) tender docked in
the transom (one of seven aboard). The yacht also has a pool on board and two submarines.
Side hatches at the water line form a dock for jet skis.The exterior was designed
by Espen Øino Naval Architects and built by the German shipbuilders Lürssen in Bremen
and HDW in Kiel. Her hull is made of steel. The interior was designed by American
designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle (www.jqbltd.com). Paul Allen also owns
Tatoosh and 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.
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 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 1998 Paul Allen founded the Flying Heritage
Collection, a collection of rare WorldWar II aircraft. The collection opened to the
public in 2004.