There's a debate raging over whether Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates spent more than $600 million on a super yacht. And now the company that actually makes the yacht has tried to correct the record.
Earlier on Monday, headlines across the Internet were saying that Bill Gates had bought the world's first hydrogen-powered super yacht for a whopping $644 million. That vessel, which is being designed and built by Sinot, and is known as the Aqua, features everything you'd expect in a super yacht, including a 370-foot span, five decks, a gym, and so much more.
The Guardian reported on Monday that Gates has commissioned the vessel and will be the first to own it. Before long, stories cropped up around the Internet, saying that one of the world's richest people is now buying one of the world's most expensive super yachts.
But then Sinot stepped in.
Sinot on Monday morning replaced its homepage with a request that news outlets correct their stories and say that Gates had not in fact bought the Aqua.
"The Hydrogen concept Aqua is not linked to Mr. Gates (or his representatives) in any form or matter," Sinot's site reads. "Sinot has no business relationship with Mr. Gates. Aqua is a concept under development and has not been sold to Mr. Gates. Unfortunately, all information in these recent articles is incorrect."
The company then asked for sites to issue corrections on their stories.
It's unclear what might have caused the apparent mistake. Either way, Gates himself hasn't commented on the reported buy, and it's unclear whether news outlets will correct their stories or will stand by their sourcing and say that Gates is in fact buying the super yacht.
Still, one would be hard-pressed to blame Gates for wanting the Sinot Aqua. The vessel is downright impressive, with a futuristic design, hydrogen power, and even space for a helipad, so owners and visitors can land on its deck without any trouble.
The Aqua was unveiled last year. Exactly when it'll actually hit the seas remains to be seen. It also remains to be seen whether Gates will be one of the first billionaires to be riding on it when that happens.