Have you ever thought about how it feels to own a private island? If you ask me, I think it should give you a great feeling, because if you have your own island, it means that you possess your special place in the world, where you can go whenever you please to hide away from everyone else, have a swim in the pristine waters, and just have some quality rest. It seems that many celebrities had similar thoughts when they decided to buy their own islands.
In fact, it's evident why celebrities, of all people, consider buying private islands. It must be so tiring to be followed by fans and paparazzi all the time, so famous people certainly need a hideout, where they can unplug from the world and finally spend some alone time with their family members, without countless cameras pointed at them.
It's interesting that not all celebs use their islands only for themselves. Some of them plan to develop their property into luxury resorts and allow tourists to come there. However, only a limited number of travelers can visit these resorts, because the nightly rates there are rather high. Like, for example, are you ready to pay $37,500 per day to spend your vacation on David Copperfield's super-private island, surrounded by three other private islands?
From Julia Roberts to Lenny Kravitz, and to Richard Branson, from the Bahamas, to Hawaii, and to Portugal, let's check out what famous people decided to purchase their own private islands, where these islands are located, and what sum of money the celebs had to fork out!
20 Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Cay, Belize, $1.75 Million
In 2000, Leo DiCaprio starred in a drama thriller The Beach and 5 years later he became the owner of a beach in Blackadore Cay, Belize. Talk about the games of fate, right?
The island in the Caribbean Sea cost $1.75 million. We can understand why DiCaprio bought this exact island if we know that it's located near the spectacular Barrier Reef. The actor is known as a nature activist, who encourages everyone to fight against climate change, so it's evident that he wanted to have the land, overlooking one of the most important parts of the ecosystem.
Exciting news - starting from this year, tourists can come to DiCaprio's island and visit the eco-resort the actor built there!
19 Johnny Depp – Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas, $3.6 Million
It would be strange if after starring in Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp didn't want to purchase his own island on the Caribbean coast. So the actor bought Little Hall’s Pond Cay, a 45-acre tropical island, in 2004 for a whopping $3.6 million.
Fun fact: Depp called two of the beaches on his island Gonzo and Brando, after his mentors, Hunter S Thompson and Marlon Brando. All the other beaches on the island are given the names of the actor's family members.
In his interview with Vanity Fair talking about his island back in 2009, Depp admitted, "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."
18 Celine Dion – Ile Gagnon, Quebec, $ Undisclosed Amount
The island owned by Celine Dion is located on the Rivière des Mille Îles (a channel of the Ottawa River). The singer had an incredible castle custom built on the island and moved there in 2001. Even though the mansion in the style of a French Normand Chateau has an impressive fence, it can still be seen from the river, if you take a boat tour, or from the sky.
However spectacular the mansion on the island is, Dion decided to sell it in 2012 and listed the property for $25.5 million. The singer reportedly sold the island in 2016. So we're left to wonder who its current owner is.
17 Steven Spielberg – Madeira Archipelago, Portugal, $ Undisclosed Amount
One of the most famous filmmakers in the world also has a private island. No, excuse me, it's not even an island, but two islands in a group of volcanic outcrops. Steven Spielberg purchased them for an undisclosed amount, so we can only imagine the sum of money the film director had to fork out!
Both of the islands owned by Spielberg are reportedly uninhabited and the filmmaker uses them to have private luxury vacations with his family and closest friends. Somehow, he managed to keep the place secret, because paparazzi and countless fans of the director still don't know where exactly in the Madeira Archipelago these islands are located.
16 Mel Gibson – Mago Island, Fiji, $15 Million
In 2005, Mel Gibson decided to get a place, where he'd be able to hide from the public attention, and bought an island in Fiji for (wait for it) $15 million! We all can be sure that the actor and filmmaker are happy about his investment and doesn't regret it even for a minute.
One of the largest private islands in the South Pacific, Mago Island has an area of over 5,000 acres. Gibson doesn't want to use the island to create a resort there. He reportedly has a down-to-earth lifestyle when he comes to the island, trying to keep himself as close as possible to nature. The actor only hires several people to look after the island, while he's away.
15 Julia Roberts – Bahamas, $ Unknown Amount
We don't know the location of Julia Roberts' island, nor its cost, but we certainly know that the famous actress owns an island somewhere in the Bahamas! And we can definitely understand why Roberts doesn't want anyone to know where her hideout is located because she must be sick and tired of all the paparazzi and fans following her every footstep. To be honest, it even seems amazing how some of the celebrities manage to keep their islands private after disclosing their locations. Wouldn't it be better for them to follow Roberts' example and just keep everyone's noses out of it? Way to go, Julia!
14 Eddie Murphy – Long Cay, Bahamas, $15 Million
One of the top-earning actors of Hollywood, Eddie Murphy certainly can afford to buy an island for $15 million just for himself and his family. His island in Long Cay, called Rooster Cay, has a perfect location. While it's very close to Nassau (the capital and commercial center of the Bahamas), the actor's hideaway still remains a peaceful and a pristine paradise. Isn't it a perfect place for a super-famous man?
Murphy bought this island in 2007 and to these days he uses it for personal purposes. It's unknown whether he plans to keep it private or open a resort on it and invite tourists to visit.
13 Lenny Kravitz – Eleutheta Archipelago, Bahamas, $ Unknown Amount
We have no idea what amount of money Lenny Kravitz had to fork out to purchase an island in the Bahamas, but we do know a couple of things about what he does to his property.
First, it's a well-known fact that Kravitz has his own recording studio on Eleuthera. So whenever the singer has an urge to record some new material, he just flies to his island and, well, accomplishes his task! And second, even though Kravitz can certainly afford to build a luxury villa on his island, he decided not to do it. The singer likes living in a trailer, while he's staying on Eleuthera!
12 Shakira, Roger Waters, And Alejandro Sanz – Bonds Cay, Bahamas, $16 Million
Did you know that Shakira had something in common with Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters and Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz? If you didn't, here's some news for you - in 2011, the three celebrities teamed up to purchase a 700-acre island in the Bahamas for $16 million.
The island already features condos, luxury hotels, as well as art galleries, large private beaches, and an 18-hole golf course. But the trio reportedly keeps on developing the property and plans to create a resort for multi-millionaires or retreat for artists and the like. If they do, I'm sure of two things: it's going to look awesome and it's going to cost a lot.
11 Larry Page – Eustasia Island, British Virgin Islands, $ Unknown Amount
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google and one of the wealthiest people in the world, purchased a private island in the British Virgin Islands. We don't know much about this island, but we do know that Page enjoys his stay there, whenever he comes to the property. The secluded location of the island, as well as its marvelous landscapes and awesome coastlines featuring shallow reefs, make this island a place of almost any person's dreams.
Just like most of the other islands on this list, Page's property features luxury villas with solar panels, because why wouldn't one use the energy of all this sunlight?
10 Nicolas Cage – Leaf Cay, Bahamas, $3 Million
Nicolas Cage purchased Leaf Cay in the Bahamas (which seems to be a real celebrity hot spot for buying islands!) back in 2006. It's located next to another island in the Exuma Archipelago that's owned by Johnny Depp.
Initially, Cage planned to develop the island into a resort and allow tourists to come there. However, it turned out to be impossible to do it by law, because an endangered Iguana species dwelt on Leaf Cay. So the actor had only a few hotels built there that accept high-profile visitors to a limited area of the island. I'm sure that the island's pristine beaches look attractive and the actor managed to make quite a few dollars out of his property.
9 Faith Hill And Tim McGraw – Goat Cay, Bahamas, $1.2 Million
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, a popular country power-couple, also bought an island in the Bahamas for $1.2 million and built a luxury estate there. As Faith Hill admitted in her interview with Today, they enjoy spending time in their tropical hideaway. "We wanted to feel connected to the outside. When the breeze comes through the room, it's just life-changing... It really is! It's something for the soul," the country singer said.
It's evident that, just like all other islands owned by celebrities, Goat Cay features pristine waters and beautiful sandy beaches. So we can be sure that the country couple enjoys spending time there.
8 Richard Branson – Necker Island, British Virgin Islands, $180,000
It's interesting that Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Airlines and one of the richest people in the world, owns the least expensive island on our list. But the thing is, he bought it back in 1978 when prices for the islands must have been completely different to what they're now.
Since then, the island has been visited by a number of famous people, including Princess Diana, Tony Blair, and Nelson Mandela. These days, it can accommodate up to 28 guests, who will certainly enjoy their stay in Balinese-themed houses.
"I immediately fell in love with Necker Island when I visited it for the first time," Branson says, " I am very passionate about it, what with it being my home and spending most of my time there."
7 Pamela Anderson – Dubai, $ Undisclosed Amount
Some guys buy girls flowers or candies after a breakup if they want to win them back. But it certainly was too simple and commonplace for Tommy Lee Jones. Not long before he and Pamela Anderson divorced, the musician bought her a private island somewhere off Dubai coast as a gift. However, it never worked and he didn't win the actress over.
Anderson once shared that she was planning to build an eco-friendly resort on her island and let tourists come there. But this plan was never realized, supposedly because the actress didn't have enough money to construct hotels and all other amenities on her property.
6 Tyler Perry – White Bay Cay, Bahamas, $ Unknown Amount
Tyler Perry, an American actor, and filmmaker, also has his own island, which he bought for an undisclosed amount of money. According to rumors, Perry is planning to develop the island further and build a Balinese-themed house there, as well as several smaller bungalows for his guests. Afterward, the actor is supposedly going to add a spa, a tennis court and a marina to his property. Added by the pristine waters and beautiful beaches, all these amenities will certainly create a paradise on earth!
It's interesting that White Bay Cay isn't Perry's first island. Before it, he purchased another one, so the guy certainly knows his way around private islands!
5 David Copperfield – Musha Cay, Bahamas, $50 Million
In fact, Musha Cay isn't the only island in the Exuma Archipelago owned by David Copperfield. The famous magician actually bought four islands in the Bahamas and paid a total of $50 million for them! However, he only uses Musha Cay as a private resort, while three other islands are there to ensure its total privacy. This is what I call a serious approach!
It's actually possible to rent the property and have the time of your life on Copperfield's island if you're ready to pay $37,500 per day. This huge amount is paid for exclusiveness and privacy, as well as perfectly equipped lodgings.
4 Beyonce & Jay-Z – Bahamas, $3 Million
What do lay people give to their significant others for anniversaries, birthdays, and similar celebrations? Most commonly, it's flowers, chocolates, different souvenirs, as well as other simple things. But celebrities are a bit different from us. They have more money, more opportunities and, usually, they also have bigger ambitions. Thus, for their wedding anniversary, Jay-Z decided to give Beyonce a private island in the Bahamas, as a gift! I wonder how it feels to receive this kind of present...
As we can see in the photo above, the couple has a private estate on this island, surrounded by lush forests and overlooking the ocean. Marvelous!
3 Dean Kamen – North Dumpling Island, New York, $3.5 Million
You might not know who Dean Kamen is, but you certainly know what a Segway is. Well, TheTravel is always here to enlighten you - Dean Kamen is the inventor if Segway and, evidently, a wealthy person, who can afford to buy a private island!
Kamen didn't purchase his property in the Bahamas, like most other rich and famous people do, but bought a small 2-acre island in New York. As we can see in the photo, the businessman has a not so big house and a wind turbine on his property. Besides, there's also a Stonehenge replica there (you can spot it on the left side of the photo). Lord Dumpling, as Kamen calls himself while staying on the island, certainly enjoys his vacations there!
2 Larry Ellison – Lanai, Hawaii, $500-$600 million
Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, the second-largest software company in the world (after Microsoft, of course), also has his private island (on fact, it's 98% of this island), which was bought for something between $500 and $600 million. It's certainly an impressive sum of money and it's actually the most expensive private island on our list!
The software tycoon reportedly plans to develop the island into a luxury resort and boost its infrastructure. If he does, it'll certainly become a paradise for any tourist, who will be able to afford a vacation there. We certainly expect the nightly rate to be really, really high!
1 Ricky Martin – Brazil, $8 Million
Ricky Martin bought an island somewhere near Angra dos Reis, not far from the Brazilian coast in 2008. The famous singer reportedly paid $8 million for this property.
We're sure that Martin didn't regret about his decision to purchase a private island even for a moment. After all, who doesn't dream of having a perfect hideout, where you can take some quality rest, spend great time with your significant other, and enjoy pristine waters and stunning landscapes? Most people in the world have this dream, but only few of us can realize it. So let's be happy for them and aspire to make our dreams come true one day, too!