17 Islands Owned by the Rich and Famous

Roman Abramovich: New Holland Island and Abramovich Island

Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich purchased the man-made New Holland Island for $400 million. This successful businessman, investor, and politician bought the former St. Petersburg military base to transform it into an art metropolis.

This isn’t the only island Abramovich owns. In 2009, he spent $90 million on an island in St. Barts, which he calls Abramovich Island, but is also known as the Gouveneur Bay Estate. This 70 acre estate is a place for him and wife Daria Zhukuva to relax, entertain family and friends, and have lavish parties.


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Barclay Brothers: Brecqhou Island, UK

Brecqhou Island is not the most tropical of getaways, but a private oasis nonetheless for the Barclay Brothers. Sir David Rowat Barclay and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay, British businessmen and newspaper owners, purchased this Channel Island in 1993 for approximately $5.4 million.

This very private set of identical twins figured this to be the perfect refuge from all of the limelight. Being somewhat known as an eye sore, the Barclay brothers completely transformed the Brecqhou island, including the building of an extravagant concrete palace.



John C. Malone: Sampson Cay, Bahamas

It should come as no surprise that the world’s largest landowner owns his own island. John C. Malone, American billionaire and business executive extraordinaire, purchased Sampson Cay in the Bahamas as part of the plethora of land he owns around the globe.

Malone originally opened up the island — which had a marina, restaurant, and five villas — to the public, but he closed it down in August of 2013 so he, his family, and friends can enjoy a private, relaxing time on the island.


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