At 414 feet, late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s explorer yacht, Octopus, was among the largest private boats in the world when it launched in 2003. She reportedly came with a price tag of $200 million.
Built by German yard Lürssen, a firm which has produced many yachts that have, however briefly, held the mantle of largest afloat, including the 512-foot Dilbar, the recently seized yacht of Alisher Usmanov, Octopus features an ice class hull. She also boasts a submarine, and a dive complex complete with a hyperbaric chamber for decompression. The superyacht is now available for charter, at $2.2 million per week via Camper & Nicholsons. Her new owner is reportedly Swedish healthcare billionaire Roger Samuelsson.
As it is designed for adventure — albeit adventure of the more luxurious sort — Octopus’ previous outings have included trips to Antarctica. The exploration amenities onboard Octopus, which include a scientific hub for marine discovery, have made the yacht newsworthy; in 2015, she uncovered the location of sunken Japanese warship Musashi, an ‘unsinkable’ battleship finally beaten by over 30 torpedo and bomb hits during the battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944.
Accommodations aboard Octopus include a private owner’s deck, one of three decks which contain staterooms for 12. The owner’s deck is outfitted with an elevator, and features an observation lounge with a wet bar; a pair of VIP apartments and ten staterooms round out the cabins. Other amenities onboard Octopus include a library, a cinema, and a glass-bottomed aquarium.
At the time of his passing in 2021, Allen’s net worth was around $20 billion. Several of his properties hit the market subsequently, and many have found new owners. His Santa Fe retreat remains on the market for $17.5 million.
Samuelsson’s net worth is reportedly north of $1 billion.