17 Wealthy Celebrities Who Purchased Their Own Islands
- 17 Wealthy Celebrities Who Purchased Their Own Islands
- Whilst Some Of Us Can Only Dream These Celebrities Have Bought Their Own Island In Reality
Have You Ever Dreamt About Your Own Private Island?
Imagine having so much money that you could buy whatever you wanted!
Perhaps you’d choose a huge house in Los Angeles? Maybe go on a world trip? Or how about buying a fleet of expensive cars?
Believe it or not, some celebrities have even bought islands!
Often located in the warmer regions of the world like the Caribbean or the Bahamas, some aren’t all that expensive ($1 million is cheap for a celeb!).
So, let’s take a look at some wealthy celebrities who purchased their own islands.
1Larry Ellison – Lanai
The American investor and businessman is a billionaire.
In fact, he’s listed as the 10th wealthiest person in the whole world according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index!
Ellison amassed some of his fortune as the founder of Software Development Laboratories, which is now known as Oracle and is the 2nd biggest software company worldwide.
2Jay-Z And Beyoncé – 12.5-acre Island In The Bahamas
As if a $24,000 platinum-covered phone wasn’t enough of a gift for Beyoncé back in 2009, a year later Jay-Z bought her a private island!
It cost almost $4 million, which is nothing for this pair of A-listers.
3Tyler Perry – White Bay Cay, Bahamas
Comedian, actor, filmmaker, and playwright Tyler Perry bought White Bay Cay back in 2009.
The purchase price has never been disclosed.
4Gene Hackman – Fawn’s Island
Located between Washington State and Canada, Gene Hackman’s first island – Fawn Island – wasn’t big enough at 2.3 acres so he sold he for $3.6 million and bought a bigger one in British Colombia.
5Dean Kamen – North Dumpling
If you’ve never heard of Dean Kamen, you’ll almost certainly have heard of his invention: the Segway.
Even though his two-wheeled, gyroscope transport system didn’t gain as much popularity as he’d have liked, he still earned a huge income from it.
6Diana Ross – Tahitian Island
When Detroit-born American singer and songwriter Diana Ross married Arne Naess, he brought with him a private island in Tahiti called Taíno.
They even honeymooned there.
7Steven Spielberg – Island(s) In The Madeira Archipelago
With a net worth of around $8 billion, it’s no wonder Steven Spielberg has his own private island.
The island (and money he paid for it) is top secret but it’s thought to be in the Portuguese archipelago, Madeira.
8Lenny Kravitz – Eleuthera Island, Bahamas
With Bahamian ancestry and a lot of money, it’s no surprise that the American singer Lenny Kravitz bought an island in the Bahamas.
Kravitz also has many other homes dotted around the world too.
9Ricky Martin – Praia Grande, Brazil
The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Ricky Martin reportedly splurged $8 million in 2008 on a Brazilian private island.
Reports say that Martin’s island is over 19 acres and is near Angra dos Reis.
10Faith Hill And Tim McGraw – Coat Cay
When country music singer Faith Hill bought the Bahaman island Coat Cay with Tim McGraw in 2003, it cost them $1.2 million.
However, the island needed a lot of work as it didn’t even have a home or a pier.
11The Barclay Brothers – Brecqhou
British twins, Dave and Frederick Barclay accumulated their wealth in real estate.
This afforded them to purchase Brecqhoq, which is worth around $4.3 million.
12Larry Page – Eustatia Island
Co-founder of Google, Larry Page, bought Eustacia Island in the British Virgin Islands.
Page got married on the nearby Necker Island but his ownership of Eustatia is pretty secretive.
13Mel Gibson – Mago Island
The huge 5236-acre volcanic island, Mago Island, is one of the biggest in the South Pacific.
It’s just over 3 miles long and 3 miles wide. There is a village, some ponds, a stream, and even a lagoon.
With its white sandy beaches, coconuts, and coral reefs, Mago Island really is luxurious.
14Ted Turner – St Phillips Islands
After founding CNN, you can imagine just how much wealth Ted Turner has managed to accumulate.
With an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion, Ted Turner had an extravagant life on 4680-acre St Phillips Island.
15David Copperfield – Musha Cay
Forbes once described David Copperfield as “the most commercially successful magician in history” and so we’re unsurprised by his ability to buy not one, but four Bahaman Islands for $50 million.
16Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Caye
Famous for his roles in Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, The Beach, and Romeo and Juliet, it’s easy to see how Leonardo DiCaprio could afford to buy an island.
104-acre Blackadore Caye is situated in Belize, directly behind the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
17Richard Branson – Necker Island
London-born British businessman, Richard Branson has a net worth of $6 billion.
He was the son of a flight attendant and barrister and began his empire as a mail-order record business over 50 years ago.
He is listed on Forbes Billionaires 2021 list as #589 in the world.
It’s no surprise that celebrities purchase entire islands for themselves.
After all, who wants paparazzi snapping photos of your every move?
While there’s certainly a price to fame, there’s definitely payback too!
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