Famous Celebrity Island Owners
Rudolf Nureyev: Il Gallo Lungo – $2.4 Million
Rudolf Nureyev made a name for himself as one of the icons in ballet. He was regarded as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of all time because of his outstanding performances. His mastery and technique that made him so revered in his industry was his legacy, and his late immersion in ballet urged him to strive for perfection. He probably was attracted to other perfect things, as well, including his stunning dolphin-shaped island, Il Gallo Lungo. He purchased the beautiful piece of land in the 1980s for $2.4 million and added it to his list of investments. After his death, the island was opened as a rentable holiday destination.
David Copperfield: Musha Cay – $50 Million
We’re not talking about the Charles Dickens character; we’re talking about David Copperfield, the illusionist. He was so successful in his craft that Forbes gave him the title of the most commercially successful magician in history. Even his TV specials are critically acclaimed, having earned 38 Emmy Award nominations and winning 21 of them! Because of his enormous success, he was able to purchase his very own island, the Musha Cay, for $50 Million. Now, the gorgeous property has been turned into a private resort. But with its $42,000-a-day rate, the guests should have pretty hefty credit cards!
Ted Turner: St. Phillips Island – $4.9 Million
We already know that Ted Turner has billions of money to spare. Still, he likes to be wise with his money management and investment planning. He is known for being the founder of the first ever 24-hour news channel, the Cable News Network or what we know as CNN. He also ventured into philanthropy work and donated $1 billion to the United Nations that established the United Nations Foundation. But every so often, Ted likes to splurge and treat himself with luxurious items and what better way to indulge yourself than to buy a 4,680-acre private island worth $4.9 million right?
Naomi Campbell: Turkey – Amount Undisclosed.
Being a world-class supermodel already means that you’ve got the looks to make a name for yourself. And when your name is Naomi Campbell, you’ve probably earned enough money to buy everything you want. However, if you have a billionaire boyfriend like her, everything a girl could ever dream of is probably within your reach! And almost every girl has dreamed of owning their own island—with 25 bedrooms and self-sustaining, eco-friendly features! With all its luxurious and glamorous amenities, the price is probably enough to make all our credit cards bleed dry! Despite calling off her relationship with her rich boyfriend, Naomi still spends time on her wonderful private island.
Larry Page: Eustatia Island — Amount Undisclosed
How many times has Google saved your life? Whether you consulted it for a homework question, or asked advice on how to do something or even checked out the nearest food stops; Google has always been there for us. Well, we have Larry Page to thank. As the co-founder of the world’s most used search engine, there’s no doubt that he has earned a fortune for his efforts and genius. Because of this, he was able to purchase Eustatia, a private island within the British Virgin Islands. This investment property also has solar-powered luxury villas for those who are interested in spending time in this wonderful paradise.
The Barclay Brothers: Brecqhou – $4.3 Million
Despite the reclusiveness of the Barclay Brothers, everybody knows that with a net worth of £7.2 billion, they’re bound to end up in any rich people list. These identical twins like to keep things private, but their business ventures always speak for themselves, their money management and their investment planning. In 1993, the brothers purchased the island of Brecqhou, spending around $4.3 million for the property. The construction of its amenities and other features started, even including a castle-like mansion fit for royalty! However, in 2015, the construction was announced to have stopped.
Larry Elison: Lanai – $300 Million
When you’re the fourth richest person in the United States and even the seventh richest person in the world, you can buy anything you want without worrying about petty things, like loans and insurance fees. Well, the co-founder, chief technological officer and chairman of the Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison has climbed his way up the success ladder despite his humble beginnings as an adopted child. Now, he owns his private island in Hawaii and turned it into a resort—the most expensive one on the island, of course, with its $21,000 rate per day! Ellison purchased the property back in 2012 for $300 million.
Ricky Martin: Angra dos Reis —$8 million
Ricky Martin has established himself as one of the greatest icons in the music industry. His charm and natural talent for singing made him the favorite of many, even becoming a sex symbol during his time. He was dubbed as the King of Latin Pop and popularized songs such as Livin’ la Vida Loca. He came out as an openly gay man and married his husband, Jwan Yosef. Because of the couple’s love for island getaways, the two decided to purchase a private island in the beautiful Angra dos Reis archipelago with their investment money. He and his family are no doubt enjoying the excellent amenities and features of their paradise home!
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Goat Cay – $1.2 Million
Both Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have made names for themselves in the music industry. Their distinctive voices have earned them numerous chart-topping songs and fan-favorite albums that have sold millions worldwide. Despite the typical Hollywood couple divorce and breakup story, these two have stayed together through it all, even in investment planning. So when they laid their eyes on Goat Cay, an island in the Bahamas, they were willing to pay $1.2 million to get their hands on it and even waited for 9 nine years to fully enjoy their mansion. The McGraw and Faith couple is a testament to true love and patience!
Diana Ross: Tahitian Island — Amount Undisclosed
Another music icon goes by the name of Diana Ross, who is one of the music industry’s shining gems. Inspiring other big stars such as the King of Pop himself—Michael Jackson—and even the Queen B—Beyoncé—Diana is indeed an impressive personality. With her powerful voice, it’s no wonder that she’s internationally and critically acclaimed as one of the greatest singers of all time. With her fortune-load of investment money, she and her ex-husband, Arne Naess Jr., purchased a property on the coast of Tahitian Island, where they spent their honeymoon. When the couple divorced, the property also went up for sale.