Deal or no deal: Did Bill Gates buy a $645M futuristic yacht after all?

What: Reports that Bill Gates had bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht appear to be false.

A statement by the company behind the yacht concept, Dutch marine architects Sinot, however, reads that “unfortunately”, the above reports are incorrect.

Details: According to an article by the Guardian and other international outlets, Gates had ordered the futuristic yacht in question for an estimated “an estimated £500m ($644m).”

Sinot, however, states that it has “no business relationship with Mr. Gates” and the sale of the Aqua yacht concept didn’t take place.

The boat: Aqua is a concept under development of a 112m superyacht, first presented at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2019.

The luxury vessel is designed to run on liquid hydrogen and fuel-cell technology when it is launched in 2024. It will feature its own infinity pool, helipad, spa and gym.

Whether or not the concept comes into fruition and gets snatched up by an activist billionaire remains to be seen but some commentators have assumed the entire story may be a well-executed publicity stunt.

Others, just quipped that the deal fell through when Mr. Gates realized the yacht ran on Linux.