The luxury yacht Galaxy was built in 2005 the Benetti Shipyard as project FB232. Is was the first yacht produced at the then new Livorno yard.
Her interior design is by Stefano Natucci. The yacht has an electronically-
In 2012 she underwent a minor refit and was put for sale. In 2013 Galaxy was sold by John Gandal to Swiss entrepreneur and RunningBall founder Hans Thomas Gross.
Rumors that U2 band manager Paul McGuinness is the owner of the yacht Galaxy are incorrect. Galaxy was seen in Willemstad, Curacao in January 2016.
The yacht Galaxy is available for charter.
Hans Thomas Gross purchased the yacht Galaxy from John Gandel in 2013.
Hans Thomas Gross is an Austrian entrepreneur, residing in Switzerland, and founder of Runningball AG.
Runningball AG provides real time sports data to the online sports betting industry. The company supplies computer aided match analyses, with data provided by more than 1,100 freelance scouts. The scouts provide real time data with hand held devices, covering more than 50,000 sporting events of which 30,000 football matches per year. RunningBall has developed a software package to collect, review, enhance, store and distribute large volumes of data pertaining to football matches and other sports competitions. In 2012 Runningball AG was acquired by the Perform Group.
The Perform Group paid USD 167 million for Runningball: EUR 20 million (or US$ 27 million) in cash, EUR 50 million (US$ 70 million) in 13,500,000 Perform Group shares and another EUR 50 million (US$ 70 million) cash, paid in March 2013, based on 2012 EBITDA. Gross sold all his 13.5 million shares in April 2013 at an average share price of USD 7.20, netting him near US$ 100 million.
Based on the transactions, Hans Thomas Gross’ net worth is estimated at US$ 200 million. In September 2013 Gross purchased his new yacht.
Early 2014 Galaxy underwent a major interior refit, and she is now available for charter for EUR 255,000 or US$ 350,000 per week. During the 2014 Cannes Film weekend, famous star Sharon Stone was seen leaving the yacht Galaxy. Hans Thomas Gross is the owner of a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, worth US$ 2,5 million.
In June 2015 Hans Thomas Gross was pictured kissing with Paris Hilton on his yacht Galaxy.
Hans Thomas Gross lives in a large, modern villa in Switzerland.