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Instead of a villa… Rich people’s own islands.

You can even relax in these paradise corners of the land – but for a lot of money.

Richard Branson – Necker island

Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, calls Necker, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago, his second home. The entrepreneur bought this piece of land in the Pacific Ocean in 1979 for $ 180,000 to impress his future wife.

Over the years, the billionaire has transformed an uninhabited piece of land into a luxury resort with Balinese-style villas serviced by 60 salaried employees.

Not only Branson himself rests on Necker, but also many other famous personalities. In 1990, Princess Diana stayed here with her sons, and in 2017, Barack and Michelle Obama visited the island. The guests of the resort at various times were Harry Styles, Mariah Carey, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, and other celebrities.

However, you don’t need to be a Hollywood star to visit this glamorous place. It is possible to rent an entire island, but it will cost you $ 105,000 per night. In some months, hotel rooms are also available for booking. Their cost starts at $ 5150.

Larry Ellison – Lanai Island

Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, owns an entire island. In 2012, the entrepreneur bought most of Lanai, the sixth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and paid $ 300 million. The billionaire built a Four Seasons health resort here.

Here guests are treated like royalty. A penthouse suite with three luxurious bedrooms, retractable TV, ocean views, and handcrafted wallcoverings costs at least $ 12,000 per night.

The vast territory of the five-star hotel has a carp pond, a botanical garden, waterfalls and secluded pools – everything so that guests can feel like the only inhabitants of the island. There are plenty of activities here too. For golf enthusiasts, there is a huge course designed by professional gambler Jack Nicklaus. Billionaire Bill Gates loved to spend time here.

In 2020, with the onset of the pandemic, billionaire Larry settled on Lanai. Allison works remotely and hosts all business meetings in Zoom.

George Cohen – Calivigny Island

Calivigny is a small island in the Caribbean Sea near the state of Grenada, covering an area of ​​32 hectares. French millionaire and founder of Transiciel, George Cohen, bought it in 2000 as a gift to his wife. Then a piece of land cost him almost € 100 million. Over time, each of the Coen family invested money in infrastructure development to make the island one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

Now the island accepts up to 40 tourists. The cost of booking a hotel room on the island starts at $ 132,000.

Not only family members of the French millionaire rest on Calivigni, but also other privileged guests. Melinda Gates, after her divorce from her husband, took refuge from annoying journalists right here.

Dietrich Mateschitz – Laukala Island

The small island of Laukala, part of the Fiji archipelago, is owned by Austrian billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, co-owner of energy drinks company Red Bull. The businessman bought it for $ 10 million in 2003. The island was previously owned by Forbes magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes. He acquired the coveted piece of land in 1972, and at that time most of the island was occupied by plantations.

Mateschitz has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to transform the tropical jungle into an adult Disneyland.

Agriculture is widely developed on the island today. A 100-hectare piece of sushi accommodates greenhouses, an orchid nursery, a coconut plantation, beehives, a small cattle and pig farm, a slaughterhouse, chicken coops, a duck pond – everything to provide food for less than 100 guests and 370 employees of Laucala.

Dietrich’s private residence looks like it has left the screen of a James Bond movie. It is located on the highest peak of the island, surrounded by the jungle and with panoramic views of the reef. There is a main house and two guest villas, each with private terraces, pools, jacuzzis, and outdoor dining areas. In short, a resort within a resort. When the billionaire is gone, his house can be rented. Prices start at $ 45,000 per night.

Mikhail Prokhorov – North Island

In 2015, Mikhail Prokhorov celebrated his 50th birthday on North Island, which is part of the Seychelles archipelago. A Russian businessman bought it in 2011 for about € 25 million. North is famous for its unspoiled landscapes. There are only 11 villas on the island, which can accommodate no more than 30 guests.

Prokhorov often leases the island, including to Hollywood stars. George and Amal Clooney spent their honeymoon here. Journalists of a foreign publication calculated that the two-week vacation cost the couple approximately $ 65,000.

Overseas hotel booking sites offer travelers two villas on North Island. Beachfront villa starts at € 6552 and Villa North Island starts at € 10602.

Shakira – Bonds Cay

In 2006, Shakira teamed up with Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and acquired Bonds Cay, which is part of the Bahamas. Its area is 300 hectares. The artists paid $ 16 million for the island.

Shakira often rests in the Bahamas with her husband Gerard Piquet. Moreover, when the Spanish authorities accused the singer of tax evasion between 2012 and 2014, she claimed that she was living on the islands at the time.

However, Bonds Cay may soon go to the new owner. As they write in the Spanish press, the island was put up for sale, but a buyer was never found. The cost of the island has not been disclosed to date.

There is only 1 boutique hotel on site with a restaurant and bar for 30 guests.

David Copperfield – Musha Cay and 10 more islands in the Bahamas

David Copperfield made a decent fortune from the magic tricks and invested in the purchase of 11 islands in the Bahamas. The first of them, Musha Kay, cost the illusionist $ 50 million in 2006. Then Copperfield bought another 10 adjacent islands and, with a slight movement of his hand, turned them into an expensive resort.

The price for booking the island ranges from $ 50,000 to $ 68,000 per night, depending on the number of people. The maximum number of guests for accommodation is 24.


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