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No, Bill Gates didn’t buy a $645 million hydrogen-powered superyacht

PortandTerminal.com, February 10, 2020

There was a rumor tearing up the internet over the past few days that Bill Gates had just purchased a $645 million, hydrogen-powered superyacht called Aqua. Not true apparently.

It’s unclear how The Telegraph, which originated the rumor, came about its information.

According to the maker of the yacht, it’s simply not true. “The Hydrogen concept Aqua is not linked to Mr Gates (or his representatives) in any form or matter,” Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design said in a statement today. “Sinot has no business relationship with Mr Gates.”

Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design statement denying rumours that Bill Gates was purchasing the yacht

Honestly, it did seem out of character for Bill Gates to be purchasing a yacht, hydrogen-powered and eco-friendly or not.

Mr Gates and his wife have dedicated their time and considerable wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, whose goal is to eradicate things like malaria and lift people in developing countries out of poverty. Not your typical superyacht owner hobby, to say the least.

Bill and Melinda Gates visiting classroom full of students several of whom have raised their hands
Bill and Melinda Gates visiting classroom full of students

Here’s a quick snapshot of the superyacht that Bill Gates is NOT buying just in case you are in the market.

The roughly $644 million, 370-foot yacht would have had all the trappings of wealth, including five decks, space for 14 guests and 31 crew members and even a gym, but would run on two 1MW motors fuelled by supercooled hydrogen tanks.

Artist rendering of a superyacht
Lounge chair in class covered cockpit on superyacht
Artist rendering of an infinity pool on a superyacht

Apparently, the vessel wouldn’t have been completely eco-friendly, though. As dockside hydrogen filling stations are more than a little rare, the Aqua would have a diesel engine back-up to help it reach port. Was that the deal-breaker for Bill Gates? Unlikely. And let us be the first to call BS on any rumours that Warren Buffet is also in the market for a superyacht.

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