They have made it in life – they have the money, the fame, the brains, and the mojo. They are the super-rich, the millionaires, and billionaires of planet Earth. For most of us, owning a home is the ultimate American Dream, but not for the Uber rich. They own private islands.
Here’s a list of 10 billionaires and millionaires who own private islands.
Sir Richard Branson – Necker Island
For the $4.2 billion-dollar head of Virgin Group, forking out cash for a private island is a piece of the pie. He bought Necker Island; a pristine island tucked among the British Virgin Islands for $200,000 in the 1970s. The island and a staff of 60 can be yours for $53,000 a night.
Larry Ellison – Lanai, Hawaii
Oracle’s billionaire Larry Ellison has been reported to love his privacy. He bought out his neighbors in Malibu, but that wasn’t enough. Lawrence acquired almost all of the Lanai islands for about $300 million.
Johnny Depp – Little Halls Ponds Cay, Bahamas
Moved by the lifestyle of Island’s inhabitants while shooting Pirates Of The Carribean, Johnny Depp decided to buy this Bahamas paradise for more than $3.6 million. It is reported that the island will run on solar energy.
Ted Turner – St. Phillips Island, S.C.
The island located off the coast of South Carolina has been a darling for Turner family. The pristine island which is under conservation boasts more than 70 acres of white, sandy beaches. It’s home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. St Philips Island is currently valued at $23.8 million.
John Malone – Sampson Cay, The Bahamas
Most billionaire purchase islands and open them to tourists, but not John C Malone. The media mogul bought Sampson Cay, one of the 365 small islands in Exuma, and turned it into a private paradise where his friends and family can have a good time.
Bill Gates – Grand Bogue Caye
With a net worth of more than $70 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates owns the largest island in Belize. The island is a tourist haven and a hub for saltwater fishing.
Celine Dion – Ile Gagnon, Quebec
The songbird and melody queen Celine Dion bought a private island nestled on the sleepy Iles River in her home province Quebec. The island hosts her imposing mega-mansion and offers a fabulous, quiet retreat.
Shakira – Bonds Cay, Bahamas
The belly-dancing singer bought the 700-acre island off the coast of Bahamas
Dietrich Mateschitz – Laucala Island, Fiji
The Red Bull tycoon purchased the island known for deserted, white sandy beaches and wild orchids
Frederick and David Barclay – Brecqhou, Channel Islands, UK
The billionaire Barclay twins known for being highly protective of their privacy bought the remote island in 1993.