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Celebrities Who Own Private Islands!

by Hasan on December 10, 2012 · 18 comments

in Celebrities

Grand entrance with red carpet and flash lights

Owning an island is the ultimate status symbol; apart from that, these private island kingdoms also afford privacy, peace and tranquility to celebrities who are always in the public eye.

Private islands have become the new craze and every celebrity
worth their salt wants to own one!

Gwyneth Paltrow wanted to experience a secluded life on an island and spent three days on an uninhabited Caribbean island. Taking with her only three oranges, a sack of rice, mosquito net, aspirin, camera, notebook and some utensils, she later revealed that she now understands why people who get stuck on a Caribbean island never want to return.

BREAKING NEWS: Celine Dion has put her private island up for sale
Asking Price $29 Million ~ Sotheby’s Quebec

Celine Dion – Île Gagnon, Quebec

Celine Dion Private Island

This one is nothing like other expensive tropical celebrity islands. This is a little island located in Celine Dion’s home province of Quebec. It is unpretentious, in spite of her being one of the highest paid female performers in history.

Located in the Mille Île’s River, her huge 183,000 sq. ft. French-style chateau is a famous tourist attraction even though people can only get as close as a boat can take them to this heavily fenced mansion.

For details on the sale and photographs of the interior of her mansion see Celine Dion’s Private Island Mansion Hits the Market for $29 Million

Sir Richard Branson – Necker and Moskito Islands, Caribbean Sea; Makepeace Island, Noosa River; Island of England, Dubai

Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island

Talking of private islands, there is no doubt that Richard Branson is the king. Necker and Mosquito in the Caribbean Sea belong to Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson, the most flamboyant business mogul in Britain. Both have been transformed into resorts of luxury and indulgence.

Necker Island is a 74-acre private paradise nestling in its incredible turquoise waters, with coral reefs and pristine white beaches. The entire island is often rented by the privileged few. The 120-acre Caribbean island, Moskito, is a more recent purchase and is just a mile and a half away from Necker.  Plans to bring non-native Lemurs to the island caused a controversy in 2011.  It cost $10 million and they already have buyers for the 7-8 luxury homes planned.

For the staff of Virgin, Branson bought Makepeace Island which lies off Australia’s Queensland coast and the Island of England located in Dubai’s man-made world. You can check out their specials and spend your own vacation on Makepeace Island.

Johnny Depp – Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas

Johnny Depp’s Private Island - Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas

This Pirate of the Caribbean fell in love with the Bahamas during the filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and went ahead and bought his own real-life Caribbean paradise getaway for his family in the Bahamas – Little Hall’s Pond Cay.

This 45-acre, one mile long isle is a private island and is part of the Exuma archipelago to the south of Bahamas. It cost him $3.6 million and boasts of the world’s most beautiful reefs, a private harbor, a palm-fringed lagoon, and six pristine white sand beaches. It is accessible only by a boat, helicopter or seaplane. Recent news that made headlines was that his island will be run on eco-friendly solar power.

Mel Gibson – Mago Island, Fiji

Mago Island, Fiji owned by actor Mel Gibson

Australian natives find the tropical islands of Fiji a perfect vacation spot. Mel Gibson, himself an Australian, joined the list of Fijian island owners when he purchased Mago Island in 2005 for about $15 million.

At 5,400 acres and one of the largest private owned islands in the South Pacific. This island is almost completely secluded and uninhabited and the actor left it in its pristine state except for building a modest residence for his personal use.

David Copperfield – Musha Cay, Bahamas

Private islands in Musha Cay, Bahamas

Magician David Copperfield owns four islands in southern Bahamas valued at $50 million. While the 150-acre Musha Cay is where he has his most private resort, the three other islands are used as buffers to ensure maximum privacy. He rents out this island for $325,000 per week and celebrities such as John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey have stayed there.

He calls the waters of his island the “fountain of youth,” where he says he has discovered that dead leaves or insects near death come alive. In spite of these claims being met with disbelief, the island is said to be out of this world with breathtaking beauty.

Musha Cay can be rented for $37,500 per day for up to 12 people if you have enough patience to wait for their site to load. All meals and beverages are included. With a four day minimum they can afford it.

Aristotle Onassis – Skorpios Island, Greece

Skorpios Island, Greece

Athina Onassis, the granddaughter and sole heir to the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis fortune, owns the beautiful Greek Isle of Skorpios. Aristotle and his wife Jackie-O had their wedding on this island in the Lonian Sea. They set the trend for private islands back in the 1960s.

Aristotle and his children are buried on this island. Valued at more than $200 million, this most-famous island is not yet for sale, but if it is ever on the market, bidders will have to compete with Madonna and Bill Gates who are rumored to be interested.

Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Cay, Belize

Private celebrity islands

Eco advocate Leonardo DiCaprio purchased this sprawling 104-acre, 202 mile long Belizean island in 2005 for $1.75 million. This beautiful island with white sand beaches, coconut trees, and rocky outcrops is located near the famous Barrier Reef. It is said that there is no other island in Belize that has the length to install an airstrip.

Leonardo plans to turn his island into a small eco-friendly resort and has teamed up with a hotel resort chain, Four Seasons.

Shakira – Bonds Cay, Bahamas

Shakira's private island to be tourist development

Nothing less than the sprawling 700 acre island called Bonds Cay satisfies Shakira. This huge island cost $16 million and is under the combined ownership of Shakira, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, and Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz. They have plans to create a hub for art and culture in the form of an artists’ retreat with a newcomers gallery and resident artists.

Nicholas Cage – Leaf Cay, Bahamas

Bahamas Island owned by Actor Nicolas Cage

It was in the year 2006 that Nicholas Cage purchased this Bahamian island for $3 million. He already owned a luxurious home on Paradise Island. Leaf Cay is part of the Exuma chain of islands and is located near his close friend Johnny Depp’s private island as well as near an island that is owned by singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

With tropical palms, long sandy beaches and a freshwater pond, this 40-acres is nothing less than a paradise. Rumors are ripe that he is planning on selling it for $7 million and Leaf Cay is currently listed for sale.

Eddie Murphy – Rooster Cay, Bahamas

Rooster Cay, Bahamas island owned by Actor Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is one of the highest paid actors, so it is only natural that he owns an unspoiled paradise, Rooster Cay, which is also known as Long Cay. He bought this little isle in 2007 for $15 million and it is just a few minutes away from Nassau. Speculation is rife as to whether the actor is going to turn this island into a business like many other celebrity island owners or keep it as his private retreat and a love nest for himself and his wife.

The list of celebrities who own private islands is huge. Malcolm Forbes of Forbes Magazine recently sold his 4.71 sq. miles Laucala island to the owner of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. Then there are others like Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie who bought an island in “The World,” Dubai (a man-made island). Tony Curtis, Claudia Schieffer, Faith Hill, Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg are just a few in the long list of private island owners. Madonna and Richard Gere are said to be on the market looking for Greek islands.

What drives celebrities to buy these islands? Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous has his own unique theory. He feels that since we are surrounded by water during our first nine months, we crave this security throughout our lives and islands provide us that.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Al Koholic May 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Regarding the Leonardo DiCaprio island … There’s no way a 104-acre island can be 202 miles long unless it’s only a few inches wide.

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frank m lawrence September 8, 2013 at 2:12 am

right you are … as the english say .

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anon May 7, 2009 at 9:19 pm

When you use “costed” you should have used “cost”

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chase May 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

yea that leo island is 2miles long……check out google maps…they pwn

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Mishele June 23, 2009 at 1:22 am

I don’t agree with Robin Leach at all. I get claustraphobic if I’m on an island for too long. I think it’s because I’ve spent so much time living near and going to the wilderness and having that sense of large uninhabited land that gives me a sense of room and solitude. That’s my idea of comfort.

Or maybe because these islands are mostly in the south and therefore sunny and hot, which I hate.

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berci June 24, 2009 at 8:54 am

david copperfield should’ve hide his island from the photographers.
laaaaaame!

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bill brayling June 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

what a shoal of self obsessed egomaniacs – no one person deserves an island when there are families living in one room. they should be ashamed. Mankind would be a happier place if the ‘top 1 %’ learnt to share.

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Zavrina September 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Felt so hoepesls looking for answers to my questions…until now.

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Go Capitalism June 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I believe its called Capitalism. And they don’t have to share squat. They got themselves there therefore they reap the benefits. And they do deserve an island, they can afford it. And they are technically sharing it. Its called taxes, there governments isn’t sharing it correctly, go troll them. And personally, I would buy my own island and start my own country for multibillion dollar companies to move to (100% tax free no less) so I can wave the nice big middle finger to tax collectors worldwide. I hear they have countries with your wish, its called communism.

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MrSatyre June 26, 2009 at 3:49 am

Mel Gibson is an American citizen (and holds dual-citizenship with Ireland). He is not Australian. He just happens to have moved there when he was 12. He was never made an Australian citizen.

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zoheb khan August 13, 2009 at 5:01 am

private island what a joke there will be no such thing when the world stops powers are with in.

power to control

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Cami December 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

This sux. My computer is being retarded and I can’t see the pictures. :(

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Wendy November 30, 2011 at 12:43 am

Michael where you hiding? The doc is getting 4 years for what? Where r u?

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ella lees September 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

where is michael

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