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Jim Moran built an automobile empire, which became one of the largest in the world. He ordered 8 Feadship yachts named Gallant Lady

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All You Need to Know About Paul Allen and his Yacht Octopus

Yacht Name: Octopus - Yacht Length: 126 m (414 ft) - Guests: 26 in 13 cabins - Crew: 57 in 28 cabins - IMO 1007213 - Yacht Value: US$ 250 million - Owners Name: Paul Allen - Allen Net Worth: US$ 20 billion - Owners Company: Microsoft - Owners Country: USA. Paul Allen’s yacht Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER)

UPDATE: Sad news, as Vulcan Inc released a statement announcing the death of Paul G Allen. He died at the age of 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (October 15th 2018)

Luxury Yacht Octopus

One of the worlds largest yachts

Paul Allen’s yacht Octopus, owned by the billionaire Microsoft cofounder. Luxury yacht Octopus is one of the world's largest yachts. She is built by Lurssen Yachts.

Two Helicopters and a Submarine

Octopus has a large helicopter hangar on the main deck, giving shelter to two helicopters. The yacht has a large glass bottom pool and a 10 person submarine. The submarine and the main tender (named Man of War) float into the yacht through a large hatch. The two helicopters on the Octopus bear the registration numbers N904AF and N76AF. The first one is a  MD900 and the second a Sikorsky S-76C.

A Music Recording Studio

The yacht has a music recording studio on the bridge deck. Other features include an observation lounge, a cinema, a juice bar near a gym, a salon and a medical center.

Yacht Octopus Interior

The owner has his dedicated deck, with a large study, a walk-in closet and an outside bar with whirlpool. There is a large VIP cabin, 4 guest cabins, a children's cabin and two additional staff/doctors cabins. The exterior was designed by Espen Øino Naval Architects. The interior was designed by American designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett of Seattle. Paul Allen also owns the yacht Tatoosh and the Feadship Meduse. In January 2016 Tatoosh was involved in an accident. Her anchor chain damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands. On this page you will find exclusive interior photos of Octopus.

Bill Gates Yacht

Octopus is often referred to as the Bill Gates yacht, however Bill Gates is not the owner of the yacht Octopus. As far as SuperYachtFan knows Bill Gates does not own a yacht. In the winter season 2013/2014 Octopus went to Hamburg, Germany for a refit.

Cannes Film Festival

Every year in May, Paul Allen hosts a themed party during the Cannes Film Festival. In May 2014 Paul hosted a party on board Octopus during the Cannes International Film Festival. Guests included Dolph Lungren, Sharon Stone and Entourage star Adrian Grenier. In 2015 the theme was Bollywood, in 2016 the theme was Shakespeare. Guests included Mick Jagger, Mischa Barton, and Chloe Sevigny.


Octopus is a member of Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER), a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange quick and easy assistance for anyone in distress at sea. Octopus has assisted on several occasions in recent years, including an air and sea search in the waters of Palau looking for missing police officers and their pilot.


In March 2015 A research team led by Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced battleships. The ship was sunk during World War II and, despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. Using historical records from four different countries, detailed topographical data and advanced technology aboard his yacht, M/Y Octopus, Mr. Allen and his team discovered the wreckage in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines on March 1, 2015. Read more at Paul Allen’s personal website. In July 2015 Octopus was in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Charter Yacht Octopus

The luxury yacht Octopus is not available for charter.

Paul Allen

Who is Paul Allen?

Billionaire Paul Allen was one of the richest yacht owners in the world. He founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He has his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. His investments include real estate, technology, media, and content companies.

He owned Three Sports Teams

Allen also owned three sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS).

Paul Allen Net Worth

At the tine of his death, Paul Allen’s net worth was estimated at US$ 20 billion. Paul Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne.

Paul Allen

Philanthropy - The Most Generous Man

In 2011 Allen was ranked the most generous living American by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, following donations of USD 372 million. In 1988 Paul and his sister Jody Allen founded the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on the US Pacific North West region, and has donated close to US$ 500 million.  In total Paul Allen has donated more than US$ 2 billion to good causes. In 1998 Paul Allen founded the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WorldWar II aircraft. The collection opened to the public in 2004.  Paul Allen  has donated USD 100 million for prevention of the Ebola Crisis.

Private Island

In December 2013 Paul sold his Washington based private island, named Allen Island - named after a Navy hero.

Private Jet and Helicopters

Paul Allen owned several private jets, including a Boeing 757 with registration N757AF (which he sold to Donald Trump), a Gulfstream G650 with registration N650AF and two Bombardier BD-700 ‘s with registration N724AF and N726AF. Paul owned several helicopters, some of which are permanently station aboard  his yachts. Such as the N904AF, which is stationed aboard Octopus

Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel

Paul Allen also owned the Research Vessel Petrel. The 76 meter (250 ft) Petrel was acquired early 2017 and was retrofitted with state-of-the-art subsea equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters (or three and a half miles). The vessel used to be known as AcergyPetrel and was active as a pipeline inspection vessel. The vessel was built in 2003, and is equipped to support all aspects of pipeline inspection, seabed survey and ROV operations and can accommodate up to 50 people onboard.

USS Indianapolis Wreckage Found

In August 2017 the RV Petrel discovered the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, 5,500 meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean. The Indianapolis was lost in the final days of World War II when it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Prior to the attack, the Indianapolis had just completed its secret mission of delivering components of one of the two nuclear weapons that were dropped on Japan. Read more at https://www.paulallen.com/wreckage-from-uss-indianapolis-located-in-philippine-sea/

USS Lexington Wreckage Found

Early March 2018 Paul Allen's research vessel #Petrel found the wreckage of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Lexington, 76 years after it was sunk in the Coral Sea. The Lexington is one of the first aircraft carriers built by the U.S. It went down in 1942 with 216 crew members and 35 aircraft on board, and it's finally been found. More here.

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Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

In October 2018 is was disclosed that Paul Allen started treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the same type of cancer he overcame nine years ago. Allen issued a statement which said he learned recently that the cancer had returned and said he planned “on fighting this aggressively” while staying involved in his philanthropic and business dealings. He died two weeks later at the age of 65 of complications.

Statement on the death of Paul G Allen

October 15, 2018 – The following statements were released today by Vulcan Inc. on behalf of the Allen Family, Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen network.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. Mr. Allen died on Monday afternoon, October 15, 2018, from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle. Mr. Allen was 65 years old.


This is a time of profound loss for Mr. Allen’s family. On their behalf, Paul’s sister, Ms. Jody Allen, has released the following statement.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.  

Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”


Speaking on behalf of Vulcan Inc., the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers, Stratolaunch Systems, the Allen Institute and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf released this statement:

“All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today. He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.

Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal.

Paul’s life was diverse and lived with gusto. It reflected his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation and in the power of shared experience – in a stadium or a neighborhood – to transform individual lives and whole communities.

Paul loved Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The impact of Paul’s efforts can be seen here at every turn. But the true impact of his vision and generosity is evident around the globe.

Paul thoughtfully addressed how the many institutions he founded and supported would continue after he was no longer able to lead them. This isn’t the time to deal in those specifics as we focus on Paul’s family. We will continue to work on furthering Paul’s mission and the projects he entrusted to us. There are no changes imminent for Vulcan, the teams, the research institutes or museums.

Today we mourn our boss, mentor and friend whose 65 years were too short – and acknowledge the honor it has been to work alongside someone whose life transformed the world.”

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Paul Allen House

Paul Allen owns several houses all over the world. Being one of the richest men, he can afford any house he likes.

Mercer Island House

His main residence is based on Mercer Island near Seattle. He is reported to own 11 properties on Mercer Island, but his main address is on 6555 West Mercer Way. He is not allowed to land a helicopter on the property, so he has a floating heli pad.

Hawaii Residence

Paul Allen also owns a residence on Hawaii: Thurston Estate, which was built for Lorrin Thurston, publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser.

South of France, Beverly Hills and New York houses

Further he owns Villa Maryland in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France, a mansion in Beverly Hills and he is the owner of Teton Ridge Estate in eastern Idaho. And he owns an apartment on 4 East, 66th Street in Manhattan, New York.

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Super Yacht Octopus, Paul Allen. Photo by HestonBerkman

Octopus yacht Paul Allen

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Paul Allen House Mercer Island

Paul Allen’s main residence on Mercer Island. Note the floating heli-pad

Allen's Teton Ridge Estate

Paul Allen’s Teton Ridge Estate in Idaho

Villa Maryland

Allen also owns Villa Maryland in St Jean Cap Ferrat, Cote d’Azur, France

Thurston Estate

His Amazing Thurston Estate in Hawaii

Bill Gates yacht

Crew cleaning the funnel

Paul Allen yacht

With her tender Man of War

Helicopters on Octopus

Two helicopters on the yacht with registration N904AF and N76AF

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She features a recording studio, a cinema, a juice bar and a medical room

Paul Allen submarine

The submarine in its float-in hangar

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helicopter hangar on board the yacht

A Large Helicopter hangar

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Man of War floats inside Octopus

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The yacht Octopus in Reykjavik (July 2015)

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The Expedition Vessel Petrel, found the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis

Prior to the acquisition by Paul Allen, when she was known as Acergy Petrel

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Paul Allen’s US$ 75 million Gulfstream private jet, a G650 with registration N650AF

One of his 2 Bombardier Global Express jets (N724AF)

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