Many celebrities are worth millions of dollars, so they have no issues leading a luxurious life. They spend their money on sports cars, private jets, luxury yachts, and sports cars. However, there are also several stars who go the extra length by buying an island of their own. Even though a lot of them do this to have a private sanctuary, there are people who make these investments and launch luxurious resorts. Let us find out which big names in the entertainment industry happen to own their very own island! This is a list that will probably make you green with envy, but who knows what the future holds?
Jay-Z And Beyoncé – The Bahamas, $4 Million
Together, this couple has a joint net worth that would allow them to buy anything that their hearts desire. Jay-Z has a billion bucks to his name, while Beyonce has $335 million. Fun fact: Jay-Z made history as the first rapper to be a billionaire. This power couple enjoys giving one another luxurious gifts such as the fifth-year anniversary gift that Jay-Z gave Queen Bey. It was none other than an island in the Bahamas worth $4 million! In the past, he also bought her a very rare Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. We are very glad to hear that he is spoiling her because she deserves nothing less than that.
Mel Gibson – Mago Island, $15 Million
In 2005, this actor shelled out $15 million to buy the Mago Island. Based in Fiji, he does not plan to put up resorts there since he simply wanted a private getaway. We are sure that it gets tiring to live in the middle of Hollywood craziness and be hounded by the paparazzi. This island boasts a gorgeous round shape. It spans 5,400 acres of amazing greenery. With a net worth of $450 million, this was pocket change for the actor. His work in Lethal Weapon 4 alone earned him $30 million!
Pamela Anderson – Dubai, Amount Undisclosed
Before Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson got a divorce, he used a huge chunk of his fortune to buy her an island in Dubai! The model wanted to open hotels on the island, although she has been unable to do this thanks to financial issues. At the moment, we do not know what she plans to do with the island. However, maybe she can do the same thing that her high-profile friends have done and turn it into a luxury destination. There is no doubt that the island is worth a lot of money since it is located in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, Pamela Anderson had a reported net worth of $12 million.
Steven Spielberg – Madeira Archipelago, Amount Undisclosed
For decades now, Steven Spielberg has been known as one of the greatest modern filmmakers. We are not shocked to hear that he has enough dough to purchase an island of his own. He did not buy one island but two at the Madeira Archipelago. The family goes there for family vacations. On top of that, he owns a luxury yacht that allows them to cruise between their two islands. In 2019, his net worth was said to be $3.6 billion. As one of the highest-earning directors in history, his movies make $27.4 million on average every year. This includes revenue from the box office and video rentals.
Louis Bacon – Robins Island, $11 Million
In 1993, Louis Bacon purchased Robins Island. Reports say that it was worth about $11 million! Before he acquired it, many companies were interested in buying the island and putting up a number of developments there. Bacon has different things in mind as he wants to keep the landscape the way it is. It is a good thing that he finalized the purchase and plans to preserve the landscape. He also founded the Robins Island Foundation as a way to support the restoration and protection of the waterways, coastline, and landscapes of the island. Isn’t that the most admirable thing you have ever heard of?
Tyler Perry – White Bay Cay, Amount Undisclosed
Tyler Perry owns the White Bay Cay in the Bahamas. We have no idea how much he paid for it, but we are sure that he had to shell out millions of bucks for it. Bought in 2009, he has a private residence on it. Aside from that, you will also find a spa, a marina, and guest cottages over there. The island is spread out across 25 acres of land. The comedian made history when he topped the list of the top-paid men in the industry by earning $130 million a year. As of 2019, he has a reported net worth of $600 million.
Gene Hackman – British Columbia, Amount Undisclosed
Gene Hackman already owned an island worth $3.9 million but eventually sold it to buy one that was more secluded. The new island is found in British Columbia and now serves as his private slice of paradise. Now retired, the actor has millions of dollars to his name. We are sure that he has no issues staying on the island for as long as he wants! He is now worth around $95 million and has focused on writing after retiring from the entertainment industry. He is the author of books like Justice For None, Payback at Morning Peak, and Pursuit.
Dean Kamen – North Dumpling, $2.5 Million
Dean Kames made a fortune when he came up with the Segway. He has been so successful that he now leads a luxurious life and owns an island of two acres in New York. Called the North Dumpling Island, you will find a replica of the Stonehenge over there. In the mid-19th century, it was owned by John Winthrop. However, the federal government acquired it and put up the North Dumpling Lighthouse over there. In 2019, Dean was reported to have a fortune of $500 million. Aside from inventing the Segway, he is also a co-founder of FIRST< which is a non-profit youth organization.
Diana Ross – Tahitian Island, Amount Undisclosed
When they were still married, Diana Ross and Arne Naess Jr. purchased a property on a Tahitian Island. This was where the couple spent the honeymoon as well! Unfortunately, they decided to lead their own lives in 2000. They came to the agreement to sell it since neither of them wanted it. As one of the richest pop stars out there, Ross has a current net worth of $250 million. She has enjoyed a long singing and acting career since the ‘60s. We are sure that you are familiar with her hits like Touch Me in the Morning, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, and others.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – Goat Cay, $1.2 Million
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw used a fraction of their wealth to invest in a private island in the Bahamas. Known as Goat Cay, it set them back by $1.2 million. Luckily, it has since become their favorite holiday destination. The couple even built a lovely house that they finished building after nine years. We suppose that they consider the island their second home that they can go to when they need to get away from the city. At the moment, Tim has $85 million to his name and Faith has a net worth of $80 million. The talented signers have been man and wife ever since 1996.
Lenny Kravitz – Eleuthera, Amount Undisclosed
Lenny Kravitz does not really have an island all to himself, although he does have a property in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Apparently, the estate comes with a recording studio. Reports say he stays there when he needs to find more inspiration for his music. He did not bother putting up a house since he was fine just staying in a trailer. In 2019, his net worth sat at $40 million. The musician has released 11 albums over the course of his career and earns an annual income of $4 million. Aside from his music career, he also works with a Canadian charity called Artists Against Racism.
Ricky Martin – Brazil, $8 Million
Ricky Martin has no problems managing his wealth even though he already has a huge fortune to his name. In 2008, he paid $8 million for an island. Together with his spouse Jwan Yosef, he must like to take private getaways there! Located in the Angra dos Reis archipelago, it is very close to the Rio de Janeiro coast. Reports say that Martin spent months making the place his own. Over the course of his career, the singer has put out ten albums and has also appeared in films. One of his most recent appearances was for The Association of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018).
Larry Ellison – Lanai, $300 Million
Larry Ellison has a net worth in the billions thanks to the Oracle Corporation, his wildly successful company. In 2012, he paid $300 million to buy this Hawaiian island. There are two Four Seasons resorts over there that will give you the experience of a lifetime! If you want to stay at the main penthouse, you need to shell out $21,000 a month. This makes it the priciest resort in all of Hawaii. In 2019, this entrepreneur was reported to have a net worth of $69.1 billion. Aside from co-founding the Oracle Corporation, he is also serving as an executive chairman at the company.
The Barclay Brothers – Brecqhou, $4.3 Million
With the billions they have between them, David and Frederick Barclay love to invest in real estate. The twins bought Brecqhou Island in 1993. Reports say that the island has a value of $4.3 million. They had to halt construction on the island in 2015 to make way for maintenance. This was the reason they had no choice but to hit the brakes on the construction of the $76 million mansion there. In 2019, the twins allegedly had a net worth of about $855 million. They also have retail and media businesses.
Larry Page – Eustatia Island, Amount Undisclosed
As a Google co-founder, it is not surprising to hear that Larry Page has amassed billions of dollars by now. He has a private island known as Eustatia, and it is located in the British Virgin Islands. He also opened luxury villas powered by the sun and aimed at giving the best experience to people who are in need of a quick escape. Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google together. Aside from that, he also invented PageRank and served as the CEO of Alphabet Inc. until 2019. He currently has a net worth of $58.9 billion and reached the 10th spot on the Forbes Billionaires list in 2019.
Naomi Campbell – Turkey, Amount Undisclosed
Naomi Campbell is the sort of woman who people go crazy over! If you are not convinced, we will have you know that a former suitor of hers gave her this dome on a private island as a birthday gift. The eco-friendly beach house is located on a Turkish island. Luis de Garrido was said to be the architect who designed the place. Even though CNBC reported this, other sources such as luxurypropertyturkey.com suggested that this was only a hoax. From 2008 to 2013, Naomi dated Vladislav Doronin, a businessman who founded a Moscow-based company called Capital Group.
Ted Turner – St. Phillips Island, $4.9 Million
Ted Turner is the person behind CNN. He has led an affluent lifestyle for decades now. In 1979, he even bought St. Phillips Island, which spans 4,680 acres. He put up a house and preserved the lush greenery around it. The island was bought by the State of Carolina for $4.9 million to turn it into a public space. Ted Turner is a famous philanthropist and media proprietor who founded WTBS and Cable News Network. He has also donated a billion bucks to the United Nations and remains active in charity causes. In 2019, it was believed that he was worth $1 billion.
David Copperfield – Musha Cay, $50 Million
David Copperfield might be a magician but trust us when we say that this estate is no joke. He managed to increase his fortune and bought an island of his own in the Bahamas. Called the Musha Cay, the island cost him $50 million. It is now a luxury resort with a nightly rate that will make your eyes pop. On top of that, the minimum stay is four nights! At $39,000 a night, we can’t help but wonder if it is worth all that. The world-famous illusionist and magician has a net worth of anywhere from $875 million to $1 billion.
Rudolf Nureyev – Il Gallo Lungo, $2.4 Million
If you are interested in ballet, you might be familiar with this name. Rudolf Nureyev shelled out $2.4 million when he purchased a dolphin-shaped island called the Il Gallo Lungo Island in the ‘80s. After his passing, the island was converted into a private holiday destination in 1992. You can enjoy a week in the mansion of the late dancer if you have $55,000 to $150,000 on you. He hailed from the Soviet Union and made a name for himself across the globe. Sadly, he died of AIDS at the age of 54. Among other things, he worked on ballet productions and performances of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Swan Lake.
Julia Roberts – Bahamas, Amount Undisclosed
We have another high-profile Hollywood star on the list! Julia Roberts also bought an island of her own in the Bahamas. Even though it set her back by millions, we are sure that she does not regret making this purchase. After all, the Bahamas has unrivaled waters and beaches! She has yet to reveal any details about it, but we are sure that her finances are doing just fine. After all, her net worth is $200 million.
Shah Rukh Khan – Palm Jumeirah, $2.8 Million
Shah Rukh Khan is a Bollywood actor who has a property on the Palm Jumeirah. The six-bedroom villa cost him $2.8 million and rests on 8,500 sq. ft. of land. His family goes where when they are in need of a holiday. He has proven that Bollywood actors live a life just as luxurious as the one that Hollywood stars have. While it is not a private island, it is truly impressive to own a mansion in such an opulent area.
Roman Abramovich – St. Bart’s, $90 Million
Roman Abramovich is the person behind an investment company called Millhouse LLC. He is also the owner of the Chelsea Football Club. He also has an island in St. Barts worth $90 million! It has seen many family holidays and star-studded gatherings over the years. He has been seen visiting it a couple of times on “Eclipse,” his superyacht that cost him $1.5 billion. He was last seen on the island in 2018. It is interesting to hear that he was accompanied by a mystery lady, whose identity has yet to be disclosed.
Aristotle Onassis – Skorpios, $142 Million
Aristotle Onassis is a Greek shipping magnate who was one of the first millionaires who acquired a private island. In 1968, he bought Skorpios Island. Upon his untimely passing in 1978, it was turned into a part of the inheritance of his kids. In 2013, his granddaughter Athina sold it to Ekaterina Rybovleva for the price of $150 million. He had been married to Jackie Kennedy at the time of his death.
Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani – Greek Islands, $11 Million
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was once the Emir of Qatar. If you need any proof that he had a fat bank account, we will have you know that he bought six Greek islands. Overall, they cost him about $11 million. The previous owner had been very happy at this turn of events because the property had been up for sale for years. Hamad said that he does not plan to open them to the public.
Mikhail Prokhorov – North Island, $35 Million
It was already impressive to hear that Mikhail Prokhorov owns a luxury yacht, but he took it one step further by buying a private island. He bought the North Island for a staggering $35 million. It turned out that he made the decision to buy it after going on a lovely holiday vacation there. He is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA and has engaged in politics in his home country of Russia.
Paul Allen – Allan Island, $13.5 Million
If you have billions of dollars in your checking account, you will probably consider buying your own island. This was what happened with Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft. In the early ‘90s, he bought an island for $13.5 million. However, he eventually reached the decision to sell it after he found an even better one. Two decades after the initial purchase, he let go of this property by selling it for $8 million.
John Malone – Sampson Cay, Amount Undisclosed
John Malone deserves credit for acquiring one of the biggest private islands the real estate market has ever seen. He is the owner of Sampson Cay, which pretty much screams luxury from the moment you arrive. After all, you will be greeted by a number of luxury yachts from the get-go! It used to be open to the public but is now strictly used for family holidays. Malone has amassed a fortune of $7.1 billion.
Michael Schumacher – Dubai, $5.55 Million
Now retired, Formula 1 star Michael Schumacher is now living the dream. After all, he has a paradise of his own in Dubai! Perhaps the best part here is the fact that he did not spend anything on it since the Prince of Dubai gave it to him as a gift. Mind you, the island is believed to be worth $5.55 million. We sure would love to take a boat or helicopter trip to visit it, but we are sure that it is going to be pricey.
Craig McCaw – James Island, $75 Million
Craig McCaw is a tech magnate with nearly $2 billion in his checking account. There is no doubt that he can have any island that his heart desires. In 1994, he purchased the James Island for $19 million. However, he ended up selling it two decades later for $75 million. Aside from that, he also put his mansion in Montecito up for sale. Gary Newman, former head of Fox, bought it for $12.2 million.
Dr. Henry Jarecki – Guana Island, Amount Undisclosed
In the late ‘70s, Dr. Henry Jarecki bought Guana Island. He has been enjoying his private island since then! It is located in the British Virgin Islands and has been turned into a lavish eco-resort destination with delectable gourmet meals and lush greenery. The resort also offers guests these fresh feats when they cruise the island. At the moment, Jarecki has a reported net worth of $1.3 billion.
Dietrich Mateschitz – Fiji, $10 Million
Dietrich Mateschitz is now a billionaire thanks to the success of Red Bull, which he co-founded. He paid $10 million for his island in Laucala, Fiji. On top of that, he shelled out hundreds of millions to open a luxury resort on the island. It is exclusively for people with plenty of money since you need to pay $5,000 a night if you want to stay in a villa. We have no idea if the price comes with a cruise already.
John Wayne – Taborcillo Island, Amount Undisclosed
The late Hollywood actor John Wayne was also blessed enough to get a private island as a gift. In 1977, he received the Taborcillo island from Omar Torrijos, the Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution. However, the island has since been sold. It is now owned by an Austrian billionaire by the name of Ralph Hübner who has launched a theme park and luxury resort there. We hope that we can visit it soon because that sounds like it would be a very exciting trip.
Eddie Murphy – Rooster Cay, $15 Million
Eddie Murphy was already the owner of a private island but decided he wanted something bigger. In 2007, he bought Rooster Cay in the Bahamas! Reports say that he spent about $15 million for the six-hectare property. We bet that the family enjoys going there and taking a cruise around the island. With his net worth of $120 million, we are sure that the maintenance costs do not make a dent in his wallet.
Nicolas Cage – Leaf Cay, $7 Million
Nicolas Cage had enough money to buy Leaf Clay, an island spanning 40 acres, but he later decided to put it on the market. This happened when he was unable to turn the place into a private getaway thanks to debt and tax issues. If you have $7 million to your name, you can become the new owner of this island. Leaf Cay is a lovely holiday destination. It is actually a part of the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas.
Ekaterina Rybolovleva – Skorpios Island, Estimated $131.1 Million
Ekaterina Rybolovleva might have come from a rich family, but she also made a name for herself as an equestrienne and businesswoman. The socialite owns a Greek island called Skorpios. According to reports, she is transforming it into a retreat for the rich and famous! We can’t wait to see what the place will look like once she is done working on it. There is no doubt that it is going to be very luxurious.
Joe Francis – Casa Aramara, Amount Undisclosed
Casa Aramara has got to be one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. After all, the nightly rate goes for $15,000 to $45,000. The owner Joe Francis was not thinking of cutting corners when he built the resort on the Mexican coast. It has international cuisine cooked by famous 5-star chefs. Each room has perks of its own, while the amenities and activities have everything that you will need for a fun vacation. As a matter of fact, there is an ‘anything’ button that guests can click when they need anything at all!
Donna Karan – The Sanctuary, Approximately $39 Million
If you have a lot of extra money around, you might be happy to hear that Donna Karan is selling her beachfront house in Turks and Caicos island. It is worth $39 million and comes with a yoga pavilion, a spa, an infinity pool, and butler services. Aside from these things, you get to be neighbors with Bruce Willis, Christie Brinkley, and Keith Richards who live in the estate as well. The fashion designer made up her mind to put it up for sale when her visits got rarer and rarer. This might make for a good investment!
Bruce Willis – Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Island, $4.95K a Night
Bruce Willis, like Donna Karen, also has a property on Parrot Cay! He actually offers it as a holiday home. The villa has five bedrooms and two guest villas. It has excellent privacy and security that allows access only to residents. On top of that, it is a no-fly zone as well. It is a good thing that you could try living like the Die Hard actor since you can stay at the hotel resort called The Residence when he is not around!
Shakira – Bonds Cay, $16 Million
Shakira decided to buy an island so that she can develop it into a business. Together with Roger Waters, she bought an island spanning 700 acres in the Bahamas. Reports say that she shelled out $16 million for it. They want to build hotels there and offer private escapades for high-profile guests. The resorts are going to have lavish amenities, multiple guesthouses, and private beaches.
Eric Clapton – Standfast Point, Island of Antigua, $4 Million (Just For The House)
Eric Clapton is an iconic musician who did everything in his power to make his Standfast Point property in the Island of Antigua homey and comfortable. If you ask us, he deserved it since he has always worked hard from the very beginning. The mansion can fit 14 guests and boasts a billiard room, dining areas, and two swimming pools. Let us not forget about the staff members who work hard to accommodate the guests either. If you are interested in renting it out, it goes for $50,000 a week!
David Bowie – Mandalay, Sale Price $30 Million
It is hard to think of a 20th century musician who was more influential than David Bowie! He launched his career in the ‘60s and dabbled in a number of styles and genres. He bought and built a big mansion in Mustique. Originally called Britannia Bay House, the Mandalay Estate must be the coolest thing on the island! Simon Dolan bought the property for a mere $18 million after the musician passed away in 2014.
Noel Coward – Round Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Amount Undisclosed
At first, this place in Jamaica was nothing more than a pineapple farm spread over 110 acres. It has since been converted into what it is now by John Pringle. The island has seen many socialites who invested in homes of their own there. Stars like Noel Coward and Adele Astaire still have houses on the island! They are actually open to the public when they are not used by the stars. Ralph Lauren owns a house here as well and helped decorate many of the other deluxe houses on Round Hill.
Billy Joel – Long Island, $32.5 Million
Billy Joel recently put his Long Island property up for sale at the price of $32.5 million. He bought it for $22.5 million. It comes with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a beach house, a bowling alley, a tennis court, and a guest cottage! It has undergone a lot of renovations such as the conversion of the indoor pool into a music room. The Piano Man singer said that he is selling it since he can’t make a dock for his 3 boats.
Oscar De La Renta – Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic, Amount Undisclosed
Did you know that Oscar Faillo is the real name of the famous fashion designer Oscar de la Renta? He was trained by the likes of Antonio del Castillo and Cristobal Balenciaga. He was thought to be an unofficial Dominican Republic ambassador. In the past, he had a vacation home that was recognized across the globe. The talented man passed away after suffering cancer complications at the age of 82.
Bernard Arnault – Indigo Island, $35 Million
Bernard Arnault is the person behind LVMH, the luxury goods company. He is actually one of the richest people on the planet! There is no doubt that he owns many amazing assets. Indigo Island is only one of them. He paid $35 million for the island, which now has villas owned by high-profile Hollywood celebrities. At the moment, he has a net worth of $98 billion.
Isabel Goldsmith-Patiño – Las Alamandas, Manzanillo, Mexico, Amount Undisclosed
British financier Sir James Goldsmith is the father of Isabel Goldsmith-Patiño, which means that Don Antenor Patiño is her grandfather. Before her grandfather passed away, he left his land on the Pacific coast under her name. Because she always had a love of nature, she decided to build a luxury hotel there. The estate spans 1,500 acres and can welcome 35 guests at most. Isabel has also been busy working on a project that protects and preserves the coast of Mexico.
Jennifer Lopez – Hamptons, $18 Million
In 1991, Jennifer Lopez made a name for herself as a dancer by appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color. Two years after that, she tried her luck in acting by playing Melinda Lopez in a TV show called Second Chances. In 2016, she bought a property in the Water Mill area of the Hamptons. If you were curious about the price, it set her back by about $18 million! Her 14,000 sq. ft. beach property comes with a gorgeous panoramic view of the water, seven bedrooms, and nine and a half bathrooms.
Pierce Brosnan – Kauai Island, Undisclosed Amount
Pierce Brosnan has worked as a producer, but he will forever be known for bringing James Bond to life. He has since amassed a net worth of $80 million, so he has no problems traveling to exotic destinations across the globe. The actor fell in love with Kauai Island and decided to buy a lovely real estate property there. In this day and age, he and his wife can be seen enjoying everything that the island has to offer!
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blackadore Caye, $1.75 Million
Leonardo DiCaprio is not quite like the other celebrities on this list. We are saying this because he did not open resorts just because he could! Instead, his plan is to build environment-friendly villas. In 2005, he purchased the Blackadore Caye in Belize for $1.75 million. We are sure that many environment enthusiasts and fans would love to drop by the island in the future.
Richard Branson – Necker Island, $180K
If the name Richard Branson sounds familiar, it is probably because he founded the Virgin Group. In the late ‘70s, he bought the Necker Island for $180,000. He has since built luxury resorts there, which only goes to show that he knows how to manage his money. In 2011, the island was ravaged by a fire. After going through renovation and restoration efforts, it was reopened seven years later in 2018.