Which Celebs Have Their Own Private Islands?
Posted July 30th, 2012 | by The Update
It’s the ultimate in luxury— a private island offers the peace and seclusion that those in the limelight crave. From Hollywood big shots to business tycoons, you might be surprised by just how many people do indulge in this level of luxury:
(From The Hollywood Reporter) But the allure of private islands long has captivated the sort of Hollywood players and business titans for whom tourist- and paparazzi-free privacy, a postcard-perfect setting and, of course, bragging rights trump everything. Marlon Brando, for example, bought Tahiti’s Tetiaroa Atoll in 1965. In recent years, a new class of notables interested in such properties has emerged: Shakira (Bonds Cay, Bahamas) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Blackadore Caye, Belize) are among those who have purchased or invested in islands. Improvements in technology and the proliferation of private jets and modern airports in hard-to-reach corners of the globe have made it easier to own an island — provided you’ve got millions of dollars to spare. “They buy it because they can; it is ego gratification,” says Westside Estate Agency chairman Stephen Shapiro. “It’s a great talking point. You want to go on vacation where nobody is going to see you except the people you invite.”
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