Willy Michel -
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.
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.
The owners deck features a large owners cabin, with two bathrooms, two dressing rooms, a lobby and a pink childrens room.
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.
The yacht Vive La Vie is not available for charter, but enquire for your ultimate charter experience on other yachts.
Willy Michel is the owner of the yacht Vive la Vie. He is a Swiss entrepreneur and founder of the company Ypsomed.
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 USD 200 million. In 2003, the company was split and partly sold to pharmaceutical company Roche.
Willy Michel continued the injection business (Disetronic Injection Systems AG), which was renamed Ypsomed. Ypsomed was brought to the Swiss Stock Exchange.
Willy 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 and his family still own 76% off the Ypsomed shares. The Swiss magazine Bilanz estimates the net worth of Willy Michel at US$ 1.2 billion. Forbes estimates his net worth at US$ 1.8 billion.