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CEO Yachters: The Richest Men on the Seven Seas

  1.  Larry Ellison

    Larry Ellison

    The Oracle (ORCL) CEO’s BMW-Oracle team won the America’s Cup sailing race in 2010. The team beat Switzerland’s defending champion Alinghi, whose billionaire owner Ernesto Bertarelli had been in a long legal dispute with Ellison. (Pictured: Oracle's trimaran and Ellison's yacht in 2010)

    (This slideshow has been updated.)

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  2. Ernesto Bertarelli

    Ernesto Bertarelli

    Alinghi, founded by Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli—who inherited biotech firm Serono from his father and sold it to Merck (MRK) in 2007—is a two-time America’s Cup winner.

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  3. Richard Branson

    Richard Branson

    In 2008, the Virgin Group CEO set out on a racing yacht with a crew of champion sailors in an attempt to break a trans-Atlantic speed record. Branson abandoned the effort two days later, after 40-foot waves hit the yacht in the Bermuda Triangle.

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  4. Steve Fossett

    Steve Fossett

    Fossett, the stockbroker and founder of Marathon Securities and Lakota Trading, set more than 116 records in balloons, sailboats, gliders, and powered aircraft, reported the BBC. The adventurer disappeared in 2007 after taking off for a brief flight from a private ranch in Yerington, Nev.

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  5. Bill Koch

    Bill Koch

    The Oxbow Group founder won the 1992 America's Cup.

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  6. Ted Turner

    Ted Turner

    CNN (TWX) founder Ted Turner won the 1977 America’s Cup and is a four-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. He was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.

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  7. Niklas Zennström

    Niklas Zennström

    The Skype (MSFT) co-founder has participated in races, including the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship and TransPac52.

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  8. Bob Oatley

    Bob Oatley

    Wealthy Australian winemaker Bob Oatley, who owned Rosemount Estate, won the Admirals Cup in 2003. His yacht series, Wild Oats, also won five Sydney to Hobart races.

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  9.  Campbell Rose

    Campbell Rose

    The chief executive of Stralliance Developments, a Melbourne-based property developer, participated in the America's Cup in Perth in 1986 and was a team member of the Australian Olympic Yachting Team at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 (not pictured).

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