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Willy Michel: his Net Worth, his House and his Vive La Vie Yacht

MY Vive La Vie | Specifications

Boat Name:

Vive La Vie

Yacht Length:

60 m (198 ft)


12 in 6 cabins


16 in 8 cabins


Lurssen Yachts


Espen Oeino




16 knots




1,277 ton



Vive La Vie Yacht Price:

US$ 80 million

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Willy Michel



Willy Michel Net Worth:

US$ 1.9 billion




April 29, 1947


Katja Michel


Simon Michel, Serge Michel, Lavinia Camilla



Gümligen, Switzerland

Private Jet:

Unknown business aircraft

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The dining area can be converted into a disco, with the dining table raising into the ceiling.

M/Y Vive La Vie Yacht

The yacht Vive La Vie was delivered by Lurssen in 2009. She is built out of steel, with an aluminum superstructure.  Her twin Caterpillar engines give her a top speed of 16 knots.

Who Designed the Yacht?

The yacht is designed by Espen Oeino and features an interior design by Art Line. Viva La Vie had been built for private use. Since her delivery Vive La Vie has been cruising around the world.

What are Her Features?

Her dining room has an unusual feature as the crocodile leather dining table can be raised into the ceiling to allow the room to be used as disco.

What Known About the Yacht’s Interior

The owners deck features a large owners cabin, with two bathrooms, two dressing rooms, a lobby and a pink children's room. The interior is designed by Art Line.

Does She Carry Two Motor Bikes?

The yacht’s tenders and toys includes two motorbikes which can be lifted off board with the passarelle.The photo’s of Vive La Vie at this page are used with the permission of Tom Gulbrandsen. See more of luxury M/Y Vive La Vie here.

Is She Available for Yacht Charter?

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

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Who is Willy MichelWilly Michel?

He is a Swiss entrepreneur and founder of the company Ypsomed. He was born in April 1947. He founded Disetronic, which he sold to Roche.

He lives in a castle in Switzerland. His net worth is more than US$ 1.8 billion. He is owner of the yacht Vive La Vie.

What is Disetronic?

Together with his brother he founded the company Disetronic in 1984. Disetronics Holding AG was a company focused on the manufacture and distribution of infusion systems in medicine.

It was known for developing insulin pumps for the treatment of diabetes.

In 2000, the company had 1,021 employees and realized sales of more than US$ 200 million. In 2003, the company was split and partly sold to pharmaceutical company Roche.

What is Ypsomed?

He continued the injection business (Disetronic Injection Systems AG), which was renamed Ypsomed. Ypsomed was brought to the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Other investments

Michels other investments include the Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom, biotech company FINOX, and the Stadthouse Hotel in Burgdorf, Switzerland

Where Does Michel Live?

Michel ‘s house is a castle in Switzerland, named Schloss Gümligen. The castle was built around 1740. In 2000 the castle was purchased by Michel, who fully renovated the mansion.

How Much is Willy Michel Worth?

He and his family still own 76% of the Ypsomed shares. The Swiss magazine Bilanz estimates his net worth at US$ 1.2 billion.

Forbes estimates his net worth at US$ 1.8 billion.

Does He Own a Private Jet?

We think Michel owns a private jet, but we have not jet been able to find a registration  number. Do you know more about a private jet owned by the Michel family? Please do send us a message.

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