17 Islands Owned by the Rich and Famous

What do you do when you get to a point in your life where owning a fancy car, sizeable mansion, costly jet, and majestic yacht with your ex-wife’s name on it aren’t enough? You buy an island, of course!

Most of us, unfortunately, will never have the luxury to make such a ludicrous purchase. Not to worry — here’s a list of 17 individuals you can live vicariously through who’ve made the jump from homeowner to the relatively unused term, island owner.

Larry Ellison: Lanai, Hawaii

Described as paradise on earth, Hawaii is one of the most majestic pieces of land left on our humble planet. Naturally, Ellison decided he wanted a sliver of paradise and he was willing to pay a king’s ransom for it. How much? Try $600 million dollars.

Who was the lucky recipient of such a grandiose sum of money? Another obscenely wealthy individual, of course: David Murdoch of Dole Food.

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Richard Branson: Necker Island

There’s not much Richard Branson wants for and in 1984, he wanted an island. It was rumored he purchased his Caribbean island to woo his now-wife Joan Templeman. Ever the entrepreneur, Branson opened an exclusive resort with eight rooms on the island. Bookings for a week start at $322,000.

In 2011, a partial fire burned through his island home while Branson was vacationing with his family and family friend Kate Winslet. Rebuilt in 2013, the home once again started offering bookings with nightly rates starting at $58,107.

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Johnny Depp: Little Halls Pond Cay

Spending all that time sailing the sea and finding uncharted islands while playing Jack Sparrow in the commercially successful franchise Pirates in the Caribbean must’ve really left an impression on Depp, because in 2004, he purchased an island of his own. Located in the Bahamas, the island has six beaches which he’s named after his children and two mentors Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando.

Describing the island, Depp says, “I don’t think I’d ever seen any place so pure and beautiful. You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It’s instant freedom.”

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