Islands of famous people

When your bank account staggering amount, but in life you already have everything you achieved - it's time to look after yourself interesting island in the ocean :)

Note: For ease of reading area of ​​the islands was measured in the football field.
For the area of ​​the football field take the quantity of 10 800 square meters -
the maximum permitted area of ​​standards FIFA.

Hawaiian Paradise Director Oracle

Cost: $ 500-600 million
Area: 39 000 football fields
Use: tourist industry
Location: Hawaii (USA), Pacific
Executive Director of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison loves the good life. Why are only $ 100 million,
they invested in the victory in the America's Cup regatta, or yacht "Rising Sun", but which is rumored to have sold for $ 300 million.
Now Allison seems to beat the record buying Lanai - one of the most expensive private islands in the history
(however, for a person with a fortune of $ 36 billion is a mere penny). The purchase price for 98% of the island has not been disclosed,
but observers estimate the value of a piece of sushi with two prestigious resorts and golf courses, half a billion dollars.

"New Holland" Roman Abramovich

Investment: $ 365 million
Area: 7 football fields
Use: Development
Location: St. Petersburg
Artificial island of New Holland appeared between the Moika River in the era of Peter I after construction.
Until the 2000s, it housed the warehouses of the Leningrad naval base. In 2004, the Defense Ministry has transferred the island city,
two years later he won the competition for the reconstruction of the company Shalva Chigirinsky and Igor Kesaeva.
Partners plan to invest $ 1 billion in the island, but their plan was foiled financial difficulties.
In the autumn of 2010 in the second competition won by Roman Abramovich of "New Holland Development»,
which pledged to invest in the reconstruction of 12 billion rubles ($ 365 million at current exchange rates) until 2017.
Investors are going to build on the area of ​​7 ha 8 museums, exhibition centers, cultural centers,
and to restore the architectural appearance of "New Holland". This island can not be attributed to full private ownership of Roman Abramovich,
yet almost all, not built it, will belong to his company. Under the agreement with the municipality,
after the project developer is obliged to convey to the city utilities and two bridges to the island.
Active participation in the project are well-known patron of modern art, a close friend of Abramovich, Daria Zhukova,
whose name is also linked to the now-defunct cultural center "Garage" and updated Gorky Park in Moscow.
Partly because of this, the media dubbed the New Holland "in St. Petersburg hipster mecca."

Skorpios Greek Onassis clan
Cost: $ 125-200 million
Area: 12 football fields
Use: leisure owners
Location: Ionian Sea, Greece
Greek Aristotle Onassis can be called a trendsetter in fashion for the purchase of the islands.
Rich owner bought Skorpios island just east of Lefkada Greek back in 1963.
Five years later he became a place of marriage Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy - widow of the 35th US president John F. Kennedy.
Currently, the island belongs to the granddaughter of Athena Greek tycoon Onassis. It is rumored that the owner appears there is quite rare,
and the island for sale. Among the potential buyers at different times called the Emir of Qatar, Roman Abramovich,
the owner of Microsoft, Bill Gates, singer Madonna and fashion designer Giorgio Armani. None of them, apparently, has not yet bought Skorpios.
This is not surprising: according to various estimates, the cost of the islands ranges from $ 125 million to $ 200 million.

Eco island Richard Branson

The total purchase price and investment: more than $ 120 million
The total area of ​​84 football fields
Use: tourist industry
Location: Mosquito and Necker Island - British Virgin Islands, Karbiskoe sea; Makepeace Island - Australia
61-year-old founder of the company Virgin Richard Branson bought his first Island - Necker - when he was 28.
Currently, the island is open to visitors. In addition, there is a private residence Branson and his family.
In 2011, entrepreneur extravagant villa to which he by then invested about $ 100 million, it was destroyed by the hurricane.
Owner reacted to the loss philosophically - as an opportunity to build a new, even better than the last.
In 2003, Branson bought Makepeace tiny island in Australia, which is shaped like a heart.
It was originally planned that there will be a rest employees Virgin, but now the island is accessible to the general public
(company of 22 people rental cost up to $ 17,000 per night).
In 2007, the businessman bought Mosquito Island adjacent to the Necker, where determined to build "eco-resort»
20 villas and a restaurant that feed exclusively by solar and wind energy.
The island is home to rare species of lizards - dwarf geckos. The businessman also announced plans to bring back the lemurs,
who languish in zoos to the "mainland" - initiative, criticized a number of environmentalists.

Island Magic of David Copperfield

Cost of purchase: $ 50-65 million
The total area of ​​187 football fields
Use: tourist industry
Location: Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean
The richest of the planet illusionist David Copperfield bought four islands in the Exuma ridge in 2006.
Place of purchase chosen by chance: Copperfield says that before buying, he drew two lines,
connecting locations four wonders of the world - Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, the Egyptian pyramids in Giza,
Stonehenge and stone idols on Easter Island. And (lo!) At the intersection of two lines turned out to be a prestigious resort of Mary Kay,
where at one time we visited Oprah Winfrey and singer Robin Williams. On one of the islands of Copperfield I found "fountain of youth»,
water which, according to the owner, are able to return to a life of dried leaves and half-dead insects.
Ravings of a madman? A publicity stunt? Check it out - you rent the island will cost you about $ 400,000 a week.

Island partner Bill Gates

Cost: $ 13, 5 million
Area: 109 football fields
Usage: investment
Location: Washington, USA
Kofaunder Microsoft Paul Allen, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes $ 14 billion, Allan bought the island 20 years ago.
With all due respect to the merits of Allen, it is worth noting that the island was named after a hero of the American Navy,
and not the guru of IT-industry as one might think. Currently, the island is almost built up,
there is not even electricity. Buy a piece of land in the middle of the sea is much easier than to sell.
Allen is trying to get rid of the island since the mid-namesake zero when it was put up for sale for $ 25 million.
The crisis has tempered the appetite of the owner: Now for Allan asked half the sum - $ 13, 5 million.

Mel Gibson Island

Cost of purchase: $ 15 million
Area: 2037 football fields
Use: Leisure owner
Location: Fiji Islands, Pacific
Hollywood actor Mel Gibson, known for his xenophobic statements, love drinking and battering,
He acquired the island in 2005, Mango. Gibson bought one of the largest private islands in the world, the Japanese Tokyu Corporation.
Local residents were against the deal, however, their opinion is not taken into account. Based on satellite images in Google Maps,
Most of the island is covered by forests and undeveloped.

"Antarctica" racer Schumacher

Cost: $ 7 million
Area: 2 football fields
Use: Leisure owner
Location: World Islands, Dubai
In October 2006, it ended the era in the history of "Formula-1" - the legendary racer Michael Schumacher ended his sports career.
Perhaps the most original gift he received from the UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
He gave Schumacher an artificial island in the archipelago The World, which repeats the shape of the world map. The island where the couple
Schumacher spends days of well-deserved retirement, on this map is located in Antarctica. "You can reach it only
boat or helicopter. He may build a race track for practicing carting, "- says the manager of the rider immediately
after receiving a valuable gift.

"Pirate" Island Johnny Depp

Cost of purchase: $ 3, 6 million
Area: 13 football fields
Use: Leisure owner
Location: Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean
Actor Johnny Depp bought an island Little Halls Pond Cay after the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" (2003),
who gathered around the world more than $ 650 million. The island is located 60 miles south of Nassau and allows Depp engaged
favorite snorkelling (snorkelling breathing) away from the madding crowd.

Private "beach" Leonardo DiCaprio

Cost of purchase: $ 1, 75 million
Area: 39 football fields
Use: Development
Location: Belize, Caribbean
Name the actor Leonardo DiCaprio did starring in "The Beach" and "Titanic", so his love of the sea is not surprising.
In 2005, DiCaprio earned enough to buy an island Blekador Kay. In 2007, the actor announced plans to build
there environmentally friendly hotel class "luxury" brand Four Seasons. According to information in the public domain, the project
"Green Hotel" is incomplete, the investment in it is estimated at $ 30 million.

Bonus: libertarian island creator PayPal

Investment: $ 1, 25 million
Total space: not known
Use: the creation of micro-
Location: neutral waters
The founder of PayPal, at the time gave the $ 500,000 team of Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, Peter Thiel always had original ideas.
For example, billionaire launched a project that helps talented high school graduates to start their own businesses, bypassing college.
Since 2008 til finance Seasteading Institute («Institute of Marine settlements"), which deals with the problem of creating
microstates on artificial islands, living in accordance with the ideology of libertarianism. Platforms will be built
in areas of the world ocean, not within the jurisdiction of the traditional states. The laws in these islands will be about such:
no social support, the maximum free building legislation, the lack of a lower threshold of wages and
minimal restrictions on the carrying of weapons. By 2050, the "Sea of ​​settlement" plan to collect up to several millions of citizens,
which will require the construction of more than 40,000 platforms that can accommodate up to 270 residents.


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