Microsoft co-founder on secret jaunt to Israel - with 92-meter yacht
Paul G. Allen landed Friday at Ben-Gurion Airport, the day after his mega-yacht anchored at Ashdod port.
Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Paul G. Allen landed Friday at Ben-Gurion Airport, the day after his 92-meter mega-yacht, Tatoosh, anchored at the Ashdod port - since no regular Israeli marina is large enough to hold the ship, the world's 26th largest motor yacht. He took a helicopter from the airport to his yacht.
Allen and the Tatoosh are expected to sail this morning for a visit at a marine archaeological site in the area. If all goes well, Allen may also bring his other, bigger yacht, Octopus, number eight in length in the world.
As to what Allen is doing in Israel - he is considered extremely secretive and has banned journalists from his yacht and covering his visit.
He is ranked by Forbes as number 32 on the world's richest list, with an estimated wealth of $10.5 billion. He founded Microsoft in 1975 along with his friend Bill Gates, and both never finished college.