A super-yacht owned by billionaire Microsoft founder Paul Allen dropped anchored and smashed into a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands, causing important damage to the fragile ecosystem, it has emerged.
Bill Gates’ partner Paul Allen is known not only for his vast wealth -valued by Forbes at $18.1 billion – but also because he spends a goodly amount of his fortune as an environmental campaigner. He has long aimed to become “a global leader in supporting ocean health”, as he has explained recently through his project management company Vulcan Inc. This may have sounded paradoxical to the Cayman Department of Environment, which estimates the fine due to this incident at $600,000.
“It’s not going to depend at all on who’s vessel it is, or what assets they have,” said the Department of Environment deputy director, Scott Slaybaugh, to the local news channel Cayman 27. “It’s the value of the reef and that’s what we take seriously, so the consequence would be the same for anyone.”