There are several ways in which the rich and famous like to flaunt their wealth. Some buy private yachts worth millions while others spend millions on a piece of art. Owning private islands is a popular status symbol and many celebrities seem to own their own secret domains across the seas. This list covers the top 10 celebrity private islands across the world.
1. Necker Island, Caribbean Sea – Sir Richard Branson
Bought for an estimated 180,000 pounds in 1979, this island is owned by Britain’s most flamboyant business tycoon. The island has pristine bays, clear sands and beautiful corals to provide the best private getaway possible. Surprisingly, one can rent this place for a whopping $15000 for a day. Recently, Google co-founder Larry Page’s wedding nuptials took place here.
2. Mago Island, Fiji – Mel Gibson
Living in the Fijian islands is a dream for anyone and Mel Gibson bought his for 15 million dollars. With a total acreage of 5400 acres, this is one the largest private islands owned by a celebrity. The actor chose this because it is totally uninhabited and away from civilization.
3. Musha Cay, Bahamas – David Copperfield
Famed magician David Copperfield’s islands in the Bahamas have long been on the lists of the best celebrity islands. With a total cost of $50 million, these four islands have an overwhelming free spirited beauty.
4. Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas – Johnny Depp
Soon after filming the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, Depp wanted his own private retreat which he finally bought in Little Halls Pond Cay in the Bahamas. A private harbor, six clear beaches, a palm lined lagoon and a relatively cheaper cost of $3.5 million, Depp could not have got a better island.
5. Blackadore Cay, Belize – Leonardo DiCaprio
With plans to convert this 202 acre long beautiful island into an eco-friendly resort, Leonardo is doing his bit for the environment and living a luxurious life as well. Located near the Great Barrier Reef, this Belizean island is well-connected to the world as well (a major drawback with other secluded islands).
6. Skorpios Island, Greece – Aristotle Onassis
One of the most beautiful islands on earth, the Greek island of Skorpois is owned by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Aristotle is widely considered as the trendsetter for first buying and living on private islands way back in the 60s. Skorpios Island is now estimated at $200 million.
7. North Dumpling Island – Dean Kamen
Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s island gives him the opportunity to own a ‘mini-country’ – Kamen has invented a flag, nation anthem and constitution for the island and calls himself Lord Dumpling. The island is powered on solar and wind energy only.
8. Gardiner’s Island, Robert David Lion Gardiner
This island deserves to be on the list because it is the oldest family owned estate in America. It has survived Indian Wars, pirates, the revolution and two world wars.
9. Bonds Cay, Bahamas – Shakira, Roger Waters and Alejandro Sanz
This 700 acre huge island retreat is the combined property of two pop stars and one British rock legend. The island came at nearly $16 million and according to the grapevine, they plan to create an art and culture resort on these islands.
10. Pender Harbour, British Colombia – Robin Williams
Very close to Gene Hackman’s personal island in British Columbia, Canada, the American comedian owns his own island – a lush green and pearly white affair.