Tech magnate Larry Ellison is making headlines after purchasing the Hawaiian island of Lanai. The 67-year-old billionaire and founder of Oracle Corp. paid an estimated $500 million for the 141 square mile island, adding it to the already impressive collection of properties he owns around the world. The purchase also makes Ellison the latest celebrity to join the “I own a private island” club, placing him among the wealthy ranks of actors, athletes and fellow businessmen who lay claim to their own secluded pieces of paradise. Like these men…
Johnny Depp — Little Halls Pond Cay, Bahamas Having gotten rich off of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, it’s only appropriate that Johnny Depp would own a nice little piece of the region he spent so long filming in. After the first movie he purchased Little Halls Pond Cay for $3.6 million. We can only hope he travels the local waters on a yacht called The Black Pearl.
Michael Schumacher — Antarctica, “The World,” Dubai Dubai is a city on the rise, and Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher owns a piece of it. "The World" is a massive artificial archipelago off the city's coast, featuring small islands that form a world map. Schumacher owns part of the Antarctica section, though the place isn't likely to see snow anytime soon.
Leonardo DiCaprio — Blackadore Cay, Belize A narrow 104-acre paradise just off the coast of Belize, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blackadore Cay cost him $1.75 million in 2005. Rather than keep it all to himself, though, the environmentally conscious actor has plans to develop an eco-friendly resort on the island, complete with tours of the nearby Barrier Reef.
Mel Gibson — Mago Island, Fiji One of the largest privately owned islands in the world, Mel Gibson’s Mago Island is roughly 5,400 acres of pristine tropical wilderness. Gibson paid an estimated $9 million for the property in 2005, and only maintains a small home on the island. The rest is virtually untouched.
Eddie Murphy — Rooster Cay, Bahamas Being one of the world’s best-known comedians tends to bring in a lot of cash, roughly $15 million of which Eddie Murphy spent on the 15-acre Rooster Cay in 2007.
David Copperfield — Musha Cay, Bahamas Illusionist David Copperfield’s Musha Cay is an impressive piece of property, but its not quite private. Copperfield rents out portions of Musha to guests year round, including a couple of the smaller surrounding islands. Interested in a little tropical living? A week-long stay on Musha Cay can be yours for just $325,000.
Richard Branson — Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Possibly the best-known private island in the world, Necker Island is Richard Branson’s personal playground. The Virgin Group founder regularly hosts his celebrity pals there, and the place doubles as a resort for the rich and famous. What’s more, he picked it up for less than a quarter million dollars back in 1979, having low-balled its previous owner’s asking price of five million British pounds. Because that’s how Branson rolls.