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Jonathan Rothberg: his Net Worth, his House, Private Jet and yacht Gene Machine

Gene Machine Yacht | Specifications

Yacht Name:

Gene Machine

Yacht Length:

55 m (180 ft)


12 in 6 cabins


12 in 6 cabins


Amels Yachts


Tim Heywood Design




15.5 knots


MTU 16V2000


670 ton




US$ 40 million

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Jonathan Rothberg | Facts


Jonathan Marc Rothberg



Rothberg Net Worth:

US$ 500 million


4 Catalyzer, Ion Torrent, 454 Life Sciences


January 1, 1963


Bonnie Gold-Rothberg




Guilford, CT, USA

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The yacht Gene Machine was built as Engelberg for Dmitry Yakubovskiy. The yacht is named after a DNA encoder named Gene Machine. See our amazing photo gallery at the bottom of this page.

Who is Jonathan RothbergJonathan Rothberg?

He is a scientist entrepreneur and investor. He was born in January 1963. He is married to Bonnie, they have 5 children. His father founded Laticrete International.

He is the inventor of the Gene Machine. A machine for massively parallel DNA sequencing human genome. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

He also received the Connecticut Medal of Technology. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rothberg is the owner of the yacht Gene Machine.  

What is this Gene Machine?

Rothberg is the inventor of a DNA encoder called Personal Genome Machine or Gene Machine.

The machine can read 10 million letters of genetic code. With a high degree of accuracy, in just two hours. Using DNA sequencing doctors in the future will finger genetic weak spots in tumors. And treat cancer patients with customized drugs.

In 2007 Rothberg sold his gene technology company 454 Life Sciences for US$ 155 million. And in 2010 he sold another company with similar technology named Ion Torrent for US$ 375 million in cash.

How About 4Catalyzer?

Dr. Jonathan Rothberg is the founder of 4Catalyzer. A startup accelerator focusing on physics, math and life sciences.

4Catalyzer’s aim is to transform 21st century medicine by solving today’s most challenging problems. Across life science research tools, medical devices and therapeutics. Investments include Butterfly Network and LAM Therapeutics.

Tell me More About the Rothberg Family..

Jonathan’s father is the founder of Laticrete International. Laticrete is a manufacturer of construction supplies.

The company offers specialized products for water proofing, crack suppression and sound proofing. And floor warming, as well as adhesives, mortars, grouts. And caulk for residential and industrial installations.

Where Does Rothberg Live?

Jonathan and his wife Bonnie Rothberg live in a large waterfront home in Sachem Head. The house is facing the Long Island Sound.

In their 11 acres garden they created a replica of Stonehenge. Rothberg paid sculptor Darrell Petit to build this replica. He calls it Circle of Life. It was built out of over 700 tons of Norwegian Blue Pearl Fjord granite.

How Much is Jonathan Rothberg Worth?

The net worth of Rothberg is estimated at US$ 500 million.

How Much Does He Donate to Philanthropy?

He and his wife are the founders of the Rothberg Institute for Childhood Diseases. Which works on treatments for tuberous sclerosis. He also  sponsors the Rothberg Catalyzer Prize. He has donated several million dollars to philanthropy.

Gene Machine Yacht

The superyacht Gene Machine is a 55 meter (180 ft) motor yacht. It is built by Amels. The yacht is the third hull in the succesfull Amels Limited Edition 180 series.

The yacht has a stunning interior design by Enzo Enea. The yacht can accommodate 12 guests and has a crew of 12.  Gene Machine is powered by twin MTU 16V 2000 M70 engines. These bring her with a top speed of 15.5 knots.  Her cruise speed is 13 knots.

Who was She Built for?

Gene Machine was built as Engelberg. For Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Yakubovskiy. Yakubovskiy and his brother Stav Jacobi founded the Engelberg Industrial Group (EIG). The company is based in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Some of the photos hereunder by Dutch Yachting. In July 2017 Gene Machine was in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The yacht is said to have a laboratory on board.

Is She Available for Yacht Charter?

The boat is not available for yacht charter. The yacht is not listed for sale.

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