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All You Need to Know about Willy Michel and his Yacht Vive La Vie

Yacht Name: Vive La Vie - Length: 60 m (198 ft) - Guests: 12 in 6 cabins - Crew: 16 in 8 cabins - IMO: 1009754 - Displacement: 1,277 - Lurssen Yachts - 2008 - Value: US$ 80 million -

Willy Michel Net Worth: US$ 1.9 billion - Company: Ypsomed - Country: Switzerland -

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

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.

Espen Opeino Design

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

Dining Room converting into a Disco

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.

Yacht 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.

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 yacht Vive La Vie here.

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

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Willy Michel

He is a Swiss entrepreneur and founder of the company Ypsomed.

Willy MichelDisetronic

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.


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

Michel Residence

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.

Willy Michel Net 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.

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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