CHARLES SIMONYI • Net Worth $6 Billion • House • Yacht • Private Jet • Microsoft

Name:Charles Simonyi
Net Worth:$6 billion
Source of Wealth:Microsoft / Intentional Software
Born:September 10, 1948
Country:Hungary / USA
Wife:Lisa Persdotter Simonyi
Children:Lilian Simonyi, Livia Suzanne Simonyi
Residence:Medina, Washington, USA
Private Jet:Dassault Falcon 7X (N786CS)

Who is Charles Simonyi?

Charles Simonyi is responsible for the creation of the Microsoft Office Suite. He was born in September 1948 in Hungary. He started working at Microsoft in 1981. As head of Microsoft’s application software group.

He was the chief architect of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other widely-used application programs. He created the first WYSIWYG text editor.  He is married to Lisa, they have two daughters (Lilian Simonyi and Livia Simonyi). Lisa was born in Sweden. Simonyi is the owner of the yacht Skat.

What means WYSIWYG?

A WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor is one that allows a developer to see what the end result will look like. While the interface or document is being created.

Microsoft Billionaire

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

Charles Simonyi Net Worth

His estimated net worth is now $6.3 billion (2022). He left Microsoft in 2002 to co-found a 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. (Paul Allen died in 2018).

Space Tourist

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


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

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Yacht Skat Owner

Charles Simonyi

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Charles and Lisa Simonyi

Lurssen Skat 90 meter (2022)

11 Facts about Charles Simonyi you probably didn’t know

1 He was born in Hungary.

2 In school he worked as a night watchman at a computer laboratory.

3 He learned to program from one of the laboratory’s engineers.

4 He developed Bravo, the first WYSIWYG document program in 1974.

5 In 1981 he visited Bill Gates and started a word processor group.

6 Later he oversaw the creation of Microsoft’s Office suite.

7 He earned more than $1 billion with his share options.

8 His net worth is now $6 billion.

9 His yacht, house, and jet are military-styled in the color grey.

10 In 2007 he became the fifth space tourist aboard the Soyuz TMA-10

11. He is building a new and larger yacht at Lurssen.

Charles Simonyi House

Yacht Skat

He was the owner of the yacht Skat. She was sold in November 2021 to Kjell Inge Rokke, as he is building a larger yacht at Lurssen.