Top 10 Private Islands of the Rich and Famous

By Cristine Parungao

Celebrities get paid by millions for every project, and as a reward, some buy new cars, houses, and other grand possessions. But there are also some celebrities who invest their money in private islands so they can have peace and privacy.

More than privacy, anyone dreams to have a piece of land in the middle of nowhere, enjoying the serene environment and the ocean.

Believe it or not, buying islands became a trend for celebrities. From musicians, actors, magicians, and models, these famous people definitely know where to put their money. Listed below are the top ten private islands owned by the rich and famous. 

10. Eddie Murphy

 

Net worth: $120 million

One of Hollywood’s top-earning actors, Eddie Murphy, spent a whopping $15 million to buy a private island in Long Cay. It is located in the Bahamas, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in the world. Murphy’s island is called Rooster Cay, which is 15 acres in size according to Forbes

www.homestolove.co.nz, www.britannica.com

Murphy bought the island in 2007, and it is still in the family after more than 10 years. He plans to build a resort and open the island to the public but still manage to keep it private for the family to visit. The Rooster Cay is known to have been the hideaway of the actor for years. 

9. Julia Roberts

 

Net worth: $140 million

Pretty Woman actress Julia Roberts owns a 2-acre private island in Hawaii for her family to enjoy. There is news circulating that the actress is putting up the island for sale, for half of its original price. 

www.today.com, www.washingtonpost.com

Julia Roberts is one of the Hollywood celebrities who loves investing her money in estates. Aside from her private island, she also has several properties in Malibu, New York, and more. 

8. Johnny Depp

 

Net worth: $200 million

Pirates of the Caribbean lead star Johnny Depp bought a private island in the Caribbean for $3.6 million in 2004. The 45-acre paradise in the Caribbean Sea is called Little Hall’s Pond, which is one huge piece of land. 

www.privateislandnews.com, www.imdb.com

The actor said in an interview that Marlon Brando gave him the idea of buying an island. The location is known to be one of the world’s most expensive places to buy a piece of land, because of the clear waters. 

7. Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Net worth: $245 million

One of the actors who has been working in show business since they were little is Leonardo DiCaprio. According to a magazine, Leonardo bought a private island in Belize in 2005. For just $2 million, Leonardo got himself a 104-acre island, which serves as his personal haven. 

www.architecturaldigest.com, www.thesun.co.uk

The island’s name is Blackadore Caye Island, located on the coast of Belize. Last year, Leonardo said that he plans to build eco-conscious lodges to rent out to tourists. This is his way of getting the return on investment.

6. Shakira

 

Net worth: $300 million

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Shakira definitely owned the music industry, alongside Britney Spears. With all the money she’s earned, Shakira bought a $16-million private island in the Bonds Cay, Bahamas

www.grammy.com, www.vladi-private-islands.de

Shakira reportedly built a resort made for multi-millionaires on her 700-acre island. She has partnered with Pink Floyd with this new development.

5. Mel Gibson

 

Net worth: $425 million

Shortly after the release of the 2004 film Passion of the Christ, actor Mel Gibson bought a private island called Mogo in Japan. Telegraph reports that this island is one of the world’s largest private islands, approximately 5,400 acres of land

www.cbsnews.com, www.youtube.com

The actor visits this paradise every so often when visiting Japan. The island has a powdery white sand beaches with turquoise lagoons. The Mogo island was featured in the episode of Operations Righteous Cowboy Lightning 

4. George Clooney

 

Net worth: $500 million 

After his grand wedding in 2014, George Clooney and his wife, Amal Alamuddin, purchased a historic English manor on a private island. The 17th-century estate is 9,000 square feet in size and has 10 bedrooms

www.imdb.com, www.iliketowastemytime.com

The estate is located in Sonning-on-Thames in the UK and is worth $13.5 million. This property served as their honeymoon location, away from the media. According to reports, the house was renovated and given a few upgrades.

3. Celine Dion

 

Net worth: $800 million

The singer moved onto her private island in Riviere des Mille in 2001. The private island has an enormous custom-built mansion in French-style architecture. According to reports, the private property costs $45 million. 

www.grammy.com, www.townandcountrymag.com

The beautiful mansion is 5.7-acres in size and has 400 linear feet of the ocean frontage. It also has a green lawn leading to the beach. The mansion also has a private pool, an ice cream bar, a gazebo for poolside dining, and a tennis pavilion. 

2. David Copperfield

 

Net worth: $1 billion

If you want to know how the rich people splurge their money, you will be surprised how David Copperfield was able to buy 11 islands in the Bahamas. That’s right, he owns eleven islands, which he rented out for travelers and celebrities.

time.com, www.villaguru.com

The group of islands was worth a whopping price of $50 million. He made it to The Islands of Copperfield Bay, which is an ultra-luxe resort worth $30 million in construction. The cost of a one-night lodging is $57,000, which can accommodate up to 24 guests.

1. Larry Ellison

 

Net worth: $67.2 billion

Co-founder of the second world’s largest software company, Oracle, is Larry Ellison. He bought a private island in 1978 for $500 million. It is one of the most expensive private islands in the world, but he sure can afford it. 

www.cnbc.com, www.businessinsider.com

When Ellison got married in 2007, the location was in Necker Island. Today, the business mogul rents out the island for $62,000 a day for private occasions and events.

WANT MORE?

 

Celebrities and millionaires surely enjoy the money and fame; however, they also experience struggle with all the paparazzi following them all day. By purchasing private islands, they are able to relax for a bit and take a break from the media. These are the top 10 private islands that the rich and famous own. 

www.cnbc.com, www.privateislandnews.com

Go to Buzz.Moneis.com for more entertaining articles about the lavish lives of the rich & famous.