Bill Gates drops $747 Million on Hydrogen-Powered Superyacht

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is one of the world's richest men, so it's no surprise that he can afford to splash out on luxury items every now and then. But, even for him, $US500 million [$747 million] is a large chunk of money. 

 Key points: Bill Gates will take ownership of his hydrogen-powered yacht in 2024 The yacht was revealed last year at an industry show in Monaco The yacht will contain an infinity pool, spa, and helipad, among other things And what has he spent it on? A hydrogen-powered superyacht, that he won't take possession of until the year 2024. T

he yacht, designed by Dutch company Sinot, will be 112 meters long and run on liquid hydrogen. It will feature an infinity pool, helipad, and spa and will have room for up to 14 guests.

Impression of the 'Aqua' superyacht
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The yacht was first revealed in Monaco in 2019 and advertised as being suitable for a "forward-looking" owner.

"For the development of Aqua, we took inspiration from the lifestyle of a discerning, forward-looking owner, the fluid versatility of water and cutting-edge technology, to combine this in a superyacht with truly innovative features," marine designer Sander Sinot said at the time.

Artists impression of the pool deck on the superyacht shows lounge chairs and an infinity pool.
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The ship is not expected to hit the open water before 2024, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper, but has the potential to reach a speed of 17 knots and travel 6,000 kilometers before it needs to refuel.

Top deck of the Aqua Superyacht features cascading water and a helicopter landing pad.
Image: Screenshot: @abc.net.au

The ship is not expected to hit the open water before 2024, according to the UK's Telegraph newspaper, but has the potential to reach a speed of 17 knots and travel 6,000 kilometers before it needs to refuel.

An impression of a bathroom on a superyacht.
Image: Screenshot: @abc.net.au

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