The Luxury Yacht Madame Gu was delivered by Feadship in 2013 after four years of construction. With a length of 99 meters, Madame Gu is one of the largest yachts built in the Netherlands. The yacht’s interior and exterior are designed by Andrew Winch Designs. The yacht can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots, powered by four MTU 20v diesel engines. Madame Gu was named Superyacht of the Year in 2014.
Luxury yacht Madame Gu has a fully enclosed helicopter hangar, similar to Ecstasea. The hangar can also function as a squash court.
Andrey Skoch is the owner of the yacht Madame Gu. A few years ago SuperYachtFan received a message from a London based PR company named Finsbury, stating that Mr. Skoch is actually NOT the owner of the yacht Madame Gu, and requesting kindly to remove this information.
However research by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) disclosed disclosed that the Skoch family actually is the owner of the yacht. The contract was signed by Castel Shipping, based in Belize, but during construction the project was sold to Almano Holding on the Cayman Islands. The Paradise Papers disclose that Elena Lickhach the owner of Almano Holdings is. Elena Lickhach is the wife of Andrey Skoch. So formally Skoch’s advisor is right: the yacht is not owned by Skoch, but by his wife. ;-
The yacht has an impressive tender: a Eurocopter Dauphin AS 365N3, with a cost price of around US$ 9 million. She is registered to Monacair, with registration number 3A-
The yacht Madame Gu is not available for charter.
Andrei Skoch is one of the richest Russian billionaires. His father, Vladimir Skoch, is the beneficiary of the trust that is a 30% shareholder of USM Holdings, a holding company with different assets including Metalloinvest, one of the largest iron ore and hot-
After studying in Moscow, Andrei Skoch started working at the MontazhSpetsBank. Later Skoch joined Alisher Usmanov’s metallurgical business, with Skoch being responsible for Lebedinsky Mining. When Usmanov merged his Arkhangelsk Mining business with Lebedinsky Mining and Oskal Metal Works, the Metalloinvest group was formed. In 2012 Metalloinvest realized net sales of USD 8,2 billion, with 62,000 employees.
In 1999 Andrei Skoch became as Russian parliamentary deputy. Skoch is known as ‘the richest man in the Duma’. The net worth of Skoch is estimated at USD 7.1 billion.
Andrei Skoch is an active philanthropist, in 2013 he was named one of the Top 10 Donors, by Bloomberg.com, after donating more than US$ 117 million in three years. Skoch sponsored a literary competition for young authors called Debut. And he built a memorial to fallen Russian soldiers in Port Arthur, China, formerly known as Lushun, the site of the bloodiest battles of the Russo-
Skoch is divorced with 9 children, including 4 quadruplets born in 1994. He lives in Moscow. His wife Elena Likhach-
Skoch also owns an Airbus A319 business jet, with registration P4-
We believe that Skoch owns residences in Sochi, in London and on the Cote D’Azur. The family also often resides in Monaco, on board Madame Gu.