Private Islands of the Rich and Famous

Sometimes, being rich and famous has its perks. In this case, it's being able to own private islands in exotic locations all over the world! The following gallery shows several celebrities and billionaires and the enormous, luxurious private islands they own.

Private Islands of the Rich and Famous
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Private Islands of the Rich and Famous

Musha Cay is a 150-acre island in the Bahamas surrounded by smaller islands, which make this tropical spot even more private for the magician.

The Russian mogul bought St. Petersburg's New Holland Island in 2010. Abramovich is in the process of building a $400 million art museum there.

The late Greek shipping billionaire owned Skorpios Island, off the coast of Greece. It's still owned by his granddaughter, Athina.

The director/actor/producer purchased White Bay Cay in the Bahamas in 2009. He is building a 14,000-square-foot Balinese-style home with five or six guest bungalows on the 25-acre island.

The immensely popular singer recently listed her private island 15 minutes from Montreal for $29.3 million. On the island is a 24,000-square-foot mansion, complete with helipad. See more pictures of Celine's pad on AOL Real Estate.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently listed this 292-acre island off the coast of Washington for $13.5 million. While it lacks a sizable house, the island does come with a caretaker's cabin.

These billionaire British twin businessmen purchased Brecqhou, one of the Channel Islands, in 1993. The island features a mock-Gothic castle which has 3-foot granite walls, battlements, two swimming pools and a helicopter pad.

The telecom tycoon and his wife recently listed their 780-acre island off the coast of Vancouver for $75 million. It comes with a 5,000-square-foot main residence, a golf course and an airstrip.

The billionaire hedge fund manager owns a 3,000-acre wildlife preserve in Maryland, which includes this group of islands which supposedly spell out his initials. The "P" is on the lower right hand part of the image, and the T and J are above it.

In 1986, the Segway inventor purchased New York's North Dumpling Island for $2.5 million. Kamen claims that the island is completely carbon neutral, using solar panels on every building, along with a 10-kilowatt wind turbine. There's a Stirling engine generator for backup power, burning only local fuel.

Earlier this summer, the Oracle CEO and third-wealthiest American (worth $36.5 billion) purchased 98 percent of Hawaii's Lana'i island for an estimated $600 million. The pristine 141-square-mile island has 3,200 inhabitants.

In 2005, actor Mel Gibson purchased Fiji's Mago Island for $15 million. The island stretches for 5,400 acres, one of the largest privately-owned islands in the South Pacific.

"The Rebel Billionaire" purchased Necker Island, in the British Virgin Islands, for just $200,000 in 1979. He now operates the entire 74-acre island like a resort, which can accommodate up to 28 guests for $54,000 a day.

In 2004, actor Johnny Depp purchased Little Hall's Pond Cay in the Bahamas for $3.6 million dollars. The island is 45 acres and has six different beaches.

This billionaire hedge fund manager bought Robins Island, off the coast of New York's Long Island, for $11 million back in 1993. Bacon restored the mostly neglected isle, building several mansions on it and even importing full-grown oaks.


Which is your favorite? If you could own any island, which would it be? Let us know in the comments!

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