£493million businessman’s super yacht “Vive La Vie” docked in Belfast

Vive La Vie Yacht

The luxurious super yacht, called Vive La Vie berths in Belfast

The yacht is owned by Swiss businessman Willy Michel, whose company Ypsomed develops insulin pumps for treating diabetes.

Designed by Monaco’s Espen Oino and built by German shipbuilder Lurssen, Viva La Vie was made exactly to Mr Michel’s specifications.

The yacht includes seven cabins comfortably housing 13 guests, as well as separate accommodation for crew.

A striking design feature is the interior stairwell, which includes glass bridges suspended in woven steel grids. An illuminated glass sculpture incorporated within the nearby glass elevator can change colour depending on the mood of the guests.

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Willy Michel

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 topharmaceutical 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 and his family still own 76% off the Ypsomed shares. The Swiss magazine Bilanz estimates the net worth of Willy Michel at CHF 700 million, which is more or less USD 700 million.

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