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Ernesto Bertarelli - Facts

Yacht Name: Vava II

Yacht Length: 96 m (315 ft)

Guests: 22

Crew: 34

Yacht Value: US$ 150 million

Owners Name: Ernesto Bertarelli

Bertarelli Net Worth: US$ 8.7 billion

Owners Company: Serono

Owners Country: Switzerland

Vava II is the largest yacht built in the UK

SuperYacht Vava II

The yacht Vava II is 96 meter (315ft) motor yacht built by Devonport Yachts.

22 Guests and 34 Crew in a Remi Tessier Interior

Her exterior is designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, while Rémi Tessier is responsible for her interior. The yacht Vava II can accommodate 22 guests and 34 crew. She is built of steel with an aluminum superstructure. Her max speed is 19 knots.

US$ 150 Million Yacht

The yacht is rumored to have cost more than US$ 150 million. She is the largest yacht built in the UK. In 2012 Vava II replaced the ‘smaller’ yacht Vava.

The Previous Yacht Vava

Vava is a 47.30m (155.18ft) motor yacht, custom built in 1996 by Feadship in Kaag (Royal van Lent). This luxury vessel's sophisticated exterior design and engineering are the work of De Voogt Naval Architects. The yacht's interior has been designed by Robert de Nijs. She was last refitted in 2005. Luxury yacht Vava has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure with a beam of 8.70m (28.54ft) and a 2.75m (9.02ft) draft. Vava is capable of 16 knots, with a cruising speed of 15 knots from her 61,700-litre fuel tanks. Superyacht Vava offers accommodation for up to 13 guests in 6 suites comprising 1 owner cabin, 2 double cabins, 1 triple cabin, 2 twin cabins. Vava has a crew of 11.

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Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli

Ernesto Bertarelli (1965) is a Swiss-Italian entrepreneur with an estimated net worth of USD 8.7 billion. This net worth makes him the richest billionaire of Switzerland.


His father founded Serono, a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Bertarelli became CEO and Deputy Chairman in 1996. When his father died, he and his sister Dona inherited Serono in 1998. Changing the company’s focus from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology, revenues increased rapidly. The company is famous for a natural hormone used in the treatment of female infertility and the multiple sclerosis therapy Rebif.

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In 2007 Bertarelli sold Serono to Merck KG for USD 13 billion. The merged company is now named Merck-Serono. He and his sister both received USD 4,5 billion.

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He is currently owner of the Kedge Capital Group, an investment management firm, and the Ares Life Sciences, a private equity company. Bertarelli is an active sailor, his team Alinghi won the America’s cup twice.


Bertarelli is active in philanthropy through his Bertarelli Foundation. His wife Kirsty Bertarelli is a former Miss UK. She is also a succesfull pop singer, with hits in cooperation with DJ Armin van Buuren.

US$ 60 Million Private Jet

Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli own a Bombardier Global Express XRS private jet with registration HB-JII. The private jet has a value of US$ 60 million.

Yacht Vava II

Bertarelli’s yacht Vava II

Yacht Vava II

Ernesto Bertarelli’s yacht Vava II  - photo by RON RAFFETY

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Vava II, photo by Andrew Sieber

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