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All You Need to Know About Charles Simonyi and his Yacht SKAT

Yacht Name: Skat - Yacht Length: 71 m (232 ft) - Guests: 10 in 5 cabins - Crew: 20 in 10 cabins - 1,998t - Lurssen - 2002 - Yacht Value: US$ 75 million

Owner: Charles Simonyi - Simonyi Net Worth: US$ 3 billion - Owners Company: Microsoft - Owners Country: USA. -  The yacht Skat is styled like the house of Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi and his wife Lisa in Medina, Washington.

Luxury Yacht Skat

Lurssen Yacht

The yacht Skat was built by Lurssen as project 9906 and delivered to her owner Charles Simonyi in 2001. Skat has a military exterior styling designed by Espen Oeino.

Her interior is designed by Marco Zanini, who created a minimalist style, matching the exterior. The yacht features original artworks by Lichtenstein and Vasarely. The yacht is military styled and even has a military like number on the hull: 9906. This number refers to Oeino’s project number: 1999 - project 6.

The Owners First Yacht

Skat was the first yacht for her owner, while normally yacht owners grow into bigger yachts.

Skat means treasure in Danish - the story goes that Simonyi calls his Swedish wife Lisa Skat. The yacht is styled like Simonyi’s house in Medina, Washington.

Helicopter MD-520N

The yacht is often seen with a McDonnell Douglas MD-520N helicopter with the sign N486CS. (CS for Charles Simonyi). The heli has the same gray colour as the yacht and the owners jet and house.

Charter Yacht Skat

Most photos on this page by Ship Dreams. The yacht Skat is not available for charter.

Charles Simonyi

Who is Charles Simonyi?

Charles Simonyi is the owner of the yacht Skat. Charles Simonyi started working at Microsoft in 1981, as head of Microsoft's application software group and was responsible for the creation of Microsofts Office Suit. He was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel and other widely-used application programs.

Microsoft Billionaire

Simonyi became one of Microsoft’s highest-ranking developers and built up a stock fortune of more than US$ 1 billion.

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Charles Simonyi’s net worth is now estimated at US$ 3 billion (October 2018). Simonyi left Microsoft in 2002 to co-found company called Intentional Software.

Intentional Software Corporation’s mission is to make the world’s knowledge more accessible and useful.  Simonyi is considered to be a close friend of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

Space Tourist

Simonyi’s passion for science and for space has led him to travel into space twice aboard Soyuz spacecraft, becoming the fifth space tourist and the first ever tourist to fly twice.


Simonyi is an active philanthropist, his Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences supports Seattle-area arts, science, and educational programs.

Charles Simonyi House

Charles Simonyi owns an impressive military styled house in Medina Washington. The house is designed by architect Wendell Lovett and resembles the styling of his yacht Skat.

And, just like his yacht, the house has a lot of modern art from artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Victor Vasarely. The house is known as Villa Simonyi.

Private Jet

Charles Simonyi owns a Dassault Falcon 7X private jet with registration N786CS. The Jet was delivered in 2007 and is formally owned by the company VALKYRIE 7X LLC.

The jet is styled like Simonyi’s house and yacht. The Jet is considered to be Dassault’s flagship, it has a large cabin, a long range and a value of more than US$ 50 million. Simonyi owned a Dassault Falcon 50EX with registration N586CS.

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The yacht has military styled exterior design

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Skat was built by Lurssen as project 9906

Skat helicopter platform

A helicopter landing platform for Simonyi’s MD-520N helicopter with sign N486CS

The yacht has minimalist interior, designed by Marco Zanini.

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Charles Simonyi is the developer of Microsoft’s Excel software

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Simonyi’s house in Medina, Washington

His Dassault Falcon 7X jet, with registration N786CS

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The Dassault Falcon 50EX jet, with registration N586CS

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