It’s no secret that the top tier of earners has some pretty incredible places to call home, but even they need a place to get away to every now and then. While most of us search for flight deals when we can, the other side tends to go about things a little bit differently. After all, if you find a place you really love, why just go there once?
Well, if you have the pocketbook to afford it, you don’t have to make a once-in-a-lifetime trip a singular event. Just ask these wealthy jet-setters because when they found their own little bit of heaven they made sure it was a place they could really call their own.
As an incredible gesture to his wife, Amal, George Clooney surprised her with a 17th-century English estate, nestled away on a private and remote island. George’s surprise gift cost him a decent $12 million.
Altogether, the power couple now own a staggering collection of 17 properties all around the world.
It's no secret that the top tier of earners has some pretty incredible places to call home, but even they need a place to get away to every now and then. While most of us search for flight deals when we can, the other side tends to go about things a little bit differently. After all, if you find a place you really love, why just go there once?
Well, if you have the pocketbook to afford it, you don't have to make a once-in-a-lifetime trip a singular event. Just ask these wealthy jet-setters because when they found their own little bit of heaven they made sure it was a place they could really call their own.
As an incredible gesture to his wife, Amal, George Clooney surprised her with a 17th-century English estate, nestled away on a private and remote island. George's surprise gift cost him a decent $12 million.
Altogether, the power couple now own a staggering collection of 17 properties all around the world.
One of the great chameleons of pop music, David Bowie has long displayed a gift for making alternative music. One of his favorite places in the world was his private island off the coast of Mustique.
Nowadays, the place is known as 'Mandalay' and has become available to rent for only $58k per month.
For Naomi's 41st birthday, her boyfriend spared no expense and generously gifted her with a private island and had a Horus shaped house built for her that is 100% eco-friendly!
The self-sustaining masterpiece designed by Architect Luis de Garrido, is on Isla Playa de Cleopatra, in Turkey's Gulf of Gökova.
Of course, the creator of "Jurassic Park" has two of his own islands off the coast of Portugal! It's been rumored that Spielberg has plans to develop his islands further, maybe into a resort or reserve park?
When the famous director is not on holiday there, he's probably traveling around with his family on his luxury yacht.
Oprah doesn't precisely own her own entire island, but she has a 43-acre beachfront property on Orcas Island in Washington. Oprah purchased this exclusive plot back in 2007, together with its unique architecture and design, it's rumored to be an evergreen retreat.
Her property covers 10,000-square-foot, with a house that has four-bedrooms and features striking mountain views.
In a bid to get Pamela back, her ex-husband, Tommy Lee, bought her a private island off the coast of Dubai. The tropical oasis didn't help mend their relationship, but Pam did keep the lavish gift.
The private island still remains undeveloped, and we could say the same about their relationship.
For Queen Bey, it's only fitting that Jay-Z bought her a private island for her 29th birthday! The 12.5-acre property is nestled between the strip of Florida keys and cost a whopping $20 million!
In addition to this, Jay-Z also gifted his wife with another island in the Bahamas when their first daughter, Blue Ivy, was born.
Paul Allen was one of the founders of Microsoft, along with Bill Gates. Back in 2013, he sold his 292-acre island off the coast of Seattle, but he was the one who first developed the property.
The island still lacks a lot of infrastructure, but it does have an airstrip and log cabin, which is still pretty close to paradise.
It was both John Lennon and Yoko's dream to develop the Dorinish Island located off the coast of Ireland. However, after Lennon's passing, Yoko decided to sell the uninhabited island in John's honor and donate the money to an Irish orphanage.
By the time of his death, John had only visited the island once; he never found the time to settle on it.
Branson founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, so it's only fitting that he should also own one of the Virgin Islands. The island was worth $6 million, but Branson originally $100k and was immediately rejected.
One year later and the island was still for sale, so Branson bought the island at his initial offer and received a 97% discount!
The exes heart-shaped island is located just a short 15-minute helicopter ride outside of New York City. The island consists of a 5,000-square foot property as well as an additional guesthouse.
Oh, and the pristine little island also has a helicopter landing pad!
Mel Gibson's private island, Mago, sits in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and covers a staggering 5,400 acres. The volcanic isle lies close to Fiji, and as one of the largest private islands in the region, the pristine island consists of 22 square kilometers of land.
Mel Gibson has left most of the island untouched, preferring it that way, having only built a small and modest house.
Eddie Murphy bought the island of Rooster Cay for $15 million back in 2007. As a true lover of nature, Eddie Murphy decided to leave the island as it is and untouched.
His belief is that the property is perfect as it is, and any building or construction would only take away from the island's inherent beauty.
Back in 2008, Ricky Martin purchased this gem of an island off the coast of Brazil. The estate boasts a giant mansion with a vast nature reserve. As we can see from the photo, it is incredibly lush and green, well done, Ricky!
It sure seems like the perfect place to retreat to with his twins, living la Vida Loca never looked so good.
Mick Jagger doesn't exactly own the entire island of Mustique, but he does occupy a large estate on the island. The beachfront villa boasts six-bedrooms on the pristine and private West Indies island.
Mick Jagger also owns Pelican Beach, a smaller and slightly more modest property just next door his villa.
Diana Ross recently put her French Polynesian island up on auction, starting at $11.8 million. For many years, the island was her second home as she spent a lot of time on it, she loved it so much that she even spent her honeymoon there.
The Polynesian island houses a villa that crowns this small Southern Seas paradise.
For many years, it remained unclear if the late Robin Williams actually owned the island of Pender Harbour, but what is apparent is that he took several vacations there, along with his family.
The island is now in his family's possession, and they are dedicated to preserving it in its natural state as a way to honor Robin's legacy.
Marlon Brando fell in love with the French Polynesian island called Tetiaroa after several of his films were shot there. The reef is composed of a dozen small islands circling a sparkling lake 30 miles northeast of Tahiti.
Nowadays, the island houses a lavish and eco-friendly retreat with a nightly rate starting at $12,400.
The founder of Red Bull also owns his own island, and it's probably the grandest island there is, Laucala. The island offers 240 acres of farmland, hydroponic bays, and an 18-hole golf course.
Dietrich decided to transform the island in Fiji into his own exclusive resort, turning it into a luxurious haven for his vacations.
At just 17 months, North West was gifted Turtle Island from her famous parents, Kim and Kanye West. The Australian island is a perfect fit for any celebrity or recluse star,
The island rests off the coast of Australia, with reality tv star hoping to build a private amusement park for her daughter with husband, Kanye West.
Johnny Depp has his own 45-acre tropic haven in the form of an island called Little Hall's Pond Cay in the Caribbean. Johnny Depp first laid eyes on the island while shooting Pirates of the Caribbean and decided to buy it in 2004.
The actor said that it was Marlon Brando who taught him how to buy an island.
In 2011, Shakira coupled up with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters to purchase the island of Bonds Cay together. Their island is situated just north of the Bahamas and more than 500 acres in size. It's reportedly valued at $16 million.
They are apparently set on developing a retreat, or more like a luxurious resort for other wealthy vacationers.
Leonardo Di Caprio
In 2005, Leonardo DiCaprio bought the lease of the Blackadore Caye island, which is located off the coast of Belize. The island possesses a diverse ecosystem of land and marine species, recognized internationally as part of the 'Mesoamerican Biological Corridor' region.
As an outspoken climate change activist, Leo made sure to oversee the design and construction of his eco-conscious retreat on the isle, and the "restorative island" opened to guests two years ago in 2018.
Hollywood's Pretty woman is known for being very secretive when it comes to her private life, so it would make perfect sense that she bought her own private island in the Bahamas.
Julia Roberts's island is solely just for vacations with her family.
The producer, writer, and actor we all know as Tyler Perry, purchased the White Bay Cay in The Exuma Cays in the Bahama. The island was his 40th birthday gift that he bought for himself!
The mastermind behind Madea took pilot lessons so he could fly his private plane to the island.
Cage has gone through great lengths for all the roles he has played in his career, but in 2006, he went as far as buying a deserted island in the Exuma archipelago.
Cage's island was renamed "Leaf Cay," and the private 40-acre-plus undeveloped island is around 85 miles south of Nassau, close to the Bahamas.
Musician Lenny Kravitz bought the lease of an island in the Eleuthera archipelago in the Bahamas, where his mother was from. While on his visits to his home on Eleuthera, he lives a simple life, peaceful, and quiet.
Consider Lenny Kravitz's private island in the Bahamas, the perfect mix of mountains and beaches. While his place in the Eleuthera archipelago reportedly boasts a recording studio, there are rumors that he prefers to sleep in a trailer, not a tropical mansion.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The power couple made their own slice of heaven on a private isle. They bought the 20-acre island, called "L'ile de Agnes," in 2006, situated near the Bahamas. Their getaway features a four-bedroom home that they built from scratch, with the help of designers and architects, of course.
They also had to build all the infrastructure, like electricity and running water, before they could make their 15,000 square foot vacation home on the island.
The superstar magician David Copperfield has also decided to invest in his own private island; in fact, he bought 11 islands in the Bahamas! As it turns out, his plan was to rent out his resort to other wealthy vacationers.
He spent $50 million on remodeling the islands to accommodate other famous people, like Johnny Depp, Oprah Winfrey, and John Travolta.
Celine owned a private Floridian island, located on the Rivière des Mille Îles in Canada's Québec, where she built an incredible mansion in the style of a French Normand Chateau. She moved there with her family in 2001 after a three-year remodeling project.
In 2013, she put the place up for sale for the price of $72.5 million.
Hollywood legend Gene Hackman used to own a tiny island among Washington's San Juan Islands. On it, he built the main house that includes 3-bedrooms with a 360-degree deck and two guest houses for his visitors.
In 2008 he decided to sell his place, only to purchase another island located in British Columbia, Canada.
David and Frederick Barclay
Back in 2003, Business magnates and brothers, David and Frederick Barclay bought Brecqhou, an island just off the coast of the British Channel Islands. They built a medieval castle, and until recently, the island was entirely off-limits to civilians.
The landscaping took years of work to complete, and now select guests can visit the olive grove, fruit and vegetable garden, vineyard, and ponds.
The survival expert and adventurer established his own private location in 2001 on St. Tudwal West island off Wales' Llyn Peninsula. The West island was transformed into his vacation home.
The 30-acre rock is famous for its wildlife but also has a signature lighthouse cottage and lush coastline.
Francis Ford Coppola
The director of Godfather, along with his family, operates six remote hideaways across the globe; They have three around Central America, including Turtle Inn, a jungle getaway retreat on the coast of Belize.
And, as if that wasn't enough, he began ferrying visitors to his own private island called Coral Caye.
This island was given a gift to Michael Schumacher by Dubai crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and its worth is $7 million. The only way to reach this isolated island is by boat or helicopter.
Believe it or not, but this isn't a real island, it's actually a human-made artificial island and is one of the 300.
Princess Caroline's daughter-in-law arrived with an extraordinary dowry when she married Pierre Casiraghi back in 2015: a set of five private islands.
The collection of islands has been owned by the Casiraghi family since the early 1700s, the Borromeo islands — which also hosted the couple's wedding— features terraced gardens, Renaissance dwellings, separate churches, a convent-fort, as well as strict privacy.
The shipping billionaire — and later husband to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — owned Skorpios, a private island on the Ionian Sea.
It was first bought in 1963, and upon Onassis's passing, the island was transferred to his eldest daughter Christina, and then in turn to her daughter Athina, who is now the only surviving heir. Aristotle Onassis, his son Alexander, and his daughter Christina were all buried on the island.
For years, Brooke lived on and enjoyed her Emerald Island while enclosed by towering trees, the privacy in the middle of Chazy Lake, which belongs to the gorgeous Adirondacks Park.
The Islet has a small, tree-lined private dam that connects to the shore, but apart from that, she was all by herself on the 8.5 acres piece of earth.
Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro, better known as Alejandro Sanz is a Spanish musician and composer. Alejandro has won 17 Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards. He has also purchased a 700-acre island in the Bahamas for $16 million.
A hotel property already existed on the island when he purchased it, but as the new owner, he may develop it further.
Larry Page, the co-founder of Google and probably known as one of the wealthiest people in the world, also joined the private island club and bought his own piece of land, surrounded by water in the British Virgin Islands.
The isolated area is a real paradise, and lays claim to marvelous sceneries and impressive coastlines starring shallow reefs, make this retreat a place of almost anyone's dreams.
Many people might not know who Dean Kamen is, but we all certainly know what a Segway is. Dean Kamen is the inventor and creator of Segway and, apparently, now he is wealthy enough to afford his own private island!
Kamen didn't purchase his property in the Bahamas, as most other rich and famous people do, but bought a small 2-acre island in the state of New York.
Larry Ellison, the co-founder of Oracle, the second-largest software company in the world, has also bought his own private island, which was purchased around $500 and $600 million.
It's absolutely an impressive amount of money, and it's actually the most expensive private island on this list!
Louis Moore Bacon
The fabulously wealthy Hedge fund manager and investor, Louis Moore Bacon gained the lease for Robins Island, beside the coast of Long Island, for $11 million in 1993.
Louis Moore Bacon is also a conservation philanthropist who created The Moore Charitable Foundation to provide financial aid to nonprofit organizations that strive to conserve and protect the environment and wildlife.
The Emir of Qatar
The Emir of Qatar recently set aside a not-too-modest amount of $11 million to pay for this collection of six Greek islands in the Ionian Sea.
The Emir of Qatar is the king and leader of the state of Qatar, and since June 2013, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current Emir.
The Russian magnate Roman Abramovich acquired St. Petersburg's New Holland Island back in 2010. He bought the already developed island with the purpose of building a $400 million art museum.
The island reopened to the general public in a reduced capacity in 2011, before becoming an all-year-round public area in the summer of 2016.
Paul Tudor Jones
The Hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones owns a triad of private islands. It's quite interesting that three islands spell out his initials when seen from above. Rumor has it that his islands are human-made, but that remains unclear.
Paul's trio of islands are part of a 3,000-acre wildlife preserve he owns on the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland.
The cellphone tycoon Craig McCaw and his wife together own this 780-acre island just beside the coast of Vancouver. With such luxurious facilities as a private harbor and spa, it's a fantastic private retreat fit for a billionaire.
It's also home to a mansion as the primary residence, golf course, an airstrip, and was recently listed for an impressive $75 million.
John Malone owns Sampson Cay in the Bahamas — it is one of the 365 islands within the Exuma Chain. The island was home to the resort once, but it has since closed for commercial use.
The property extends 506 feet beside the ocean but now the island is now only open to his family and friends.
In January 2018, the Mean Girls star announced her intention to add to her growing aspirations of entering into the hospitality industry by designing her own island in Dubai's revived "The World" project.
Lindsay Lohan posted across her social media platforms, the 6.2-acre beach and marina plan would be named Lindsayland.