Does Donald Trump Have His Own Island? No, But These Celebrities Do
Despite rumors to the contrary, Donald Trump doesn’t own a private island. (He does, however, have his own helicopter, a “Trump”-emblazoned private jet, a large collection of cars, a $100 million New York penthouse, a yacht, his Mar-a-Lago estate, and numerous other properties.)
And get all the details on the private island that Donald Trump didn’t buy, on page 15.
1. Celine Dion bought an island in Quebec but reportedly didn’t like it
- Price: $25.5 million
While most celebrities who have bought private islands opted for a tropical location, Celine Dion bucked that trend. Coastal Living reports that Dion bought Île Gagnon in Quebec, the Canadian province where she grew up. She had a 24,000-square foot stone mansion custom-built on the property, which sits in the Mille Îles River.
But as Coastal Living explains, “Apparently the private island life was less than ideal for the singer.” She listed the property for sale for $25.5 million, and it sold after two years on the market.
Next: This magician owns four islands in the Bahamas.
2. David Copperfield reportedly owns 4 islands in the Bahamas
- Price: $50 million
Page Six recently reported that magician David Copperfield owns not one but four islands in the Bahamas. That includes an island named Musha Cay, which cost Copperfield an estimated $50 million. You can stay at a resort on Musha Cay that costs $325,000 a week.
The Daily Beast reports that Musha Cay is actually composed of 11 small “islets.” Copperfield transformed them into “a magician’s playground with a Gilligan’s Island vibe.” The Daily Beast characterizes the property as “part paradise, part eerie Disney World, with hidden drive-in movie theaters and dark passageways through the jungle that lead to a monkey village.”
Next: This designer purchased an island once owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s second husband.
3. Giorgio Armani bought an island once owned by the second husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
- Price: $190 million
The Daily Beast reports that billionaire Aristotle Onassis, the second husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “is credited for kicking off the private island trend in 1968, when he married Jackie Kennedy on Skorpios, his paradise in the Ionian Sea.”
Giorgio Armani eventually bought Skorpios from Onassis’s granddaughter, and paid an estimated $190 million for the privilege. The island features a Pink House villa originally built for Jackie Kennedy, plus tennis courts and lush gardens.
Next: This comedian has purchased multiple islands in the Bahamas.
4. Eddie Murphy bought an island very close to the capital of the Bahamas
- Price: $15 million
Page Six also reports that Eddie Murphy paid $15 million to buy an island in the Bahamas in 2007. The island, named Rooster Cay, was likely chosen for its location, according to Coastal Living. It’s located just five minutes from Nassau, but according to the publication, “it feels a world away.”
Coastal Living also characterizes Rooster Cay as Murphy’s second island acquisition. As Forbes notes, the comedian also used to own another Bahamian cay called Pearl Island.
Next: This famous entertainers bought an island to escape.
5. Jay-Z and Beyonce reportedly bought an island in the Bahamas
- Price: $4 million
Hello Magazine reports that Jay-Z and Beyonce are rumored to have purchased a $4 million island in the Bahamas. Business Insider cited the rumors in a piece that aptly noted, “suddenly everyone is buying private islands.”
The couple reportedly wanted a private getaway where they could go with their family. The publication reported that they were looking at an island in North Abaco in the Bahamas.
Next: This actor fell in love with the Bahamas after a role in a movie.
6. Johnny Depp seems to have gotten a deal on his private island
- Price: $3.6 million
Page Six reports that Johnny Depp paid $3.6 million for his private island in the Bahamas. That sounds like a steal compared to the sums that other celebrities have spent on their islands! Forbes reported in 2004 that Depp “took his role as a pirate in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean to heart” so much that he bought Little Hall’s Pond Cay.
The 35-acre island is located in Exuma Land and Sea Park, a protected area with natural coral reefs. The island is a mile long. At the time Depp purchased it, it had six private beaches, a cottage, a Tiki hut, and generators for electricity. The Daily Beast notes that Depp later boasted to the press that the island would run on solar power alone. But he also made it clear that the public (and especially paparazzi) weren’t welcome at the eco-friendly retreat.
Next: This entrepreneur bought 98% of a very famous island.
7. Larry Ellison bought 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai
- Price: $300 million
The Daily Beast reports that Larry Ellison (of Oracle fame) bought 98% of the island of Lanai, in Hawaii, for an undisclosed price. That means that Ellison also owns almost every business on the island, ranging from five-star hotels to championship golf courses to pineapple fields and a solar farm.
CNBC, which reported that Ellison paid $300 million for his share of the island, noted that guests are “treated like royalty” when they stay on Lanai. A penthouse suite on the island costs $21,000 a night, which makes it the most expensive hotel suite in Hawaii.
Next: This actor will turn his island into an ecoresort.
8. Leonardo DiCaprio owns an island off Belize — and you’ll be able to visit soon
- Price: $1.75 million
Page Six reports that Leonardo DiCaprio has referred to his private island off the coast of Belize as “heaven on earth.” Most people would want to keep their piece of paradise to themselves. But the publication reports that in 2018, DiCaprio plans to open an eco-resort on the island, which supposedly cost him just $1.75 million in 2005.
Coastal Living reports that DiCaprio, along with business partner Paul Scialla, wants the resort to “heal the island’s environmental woes, replanting trees and reintroducing native species.” Bloomberg reports that there will be 36 residential estate homes and 36 bookable bungalows spread out across the 104 acres of the Blackadore Caye Resort.
Next: This actor owns one of the largest private islands, but hasn’t built much on it.
9. Mel Gibson owns one of the largest private islands
- Price: $15 million
Page Six reports that Mel Gibson purchased one of the largest private islands on record. Gibson paid $15 million for his island in Fiji. The Daily Beast identifies the property as Mago Island (but offers a conflicting report as to its price, reporting that the actor spent $9 million on the property).
The island stretches to a total of 5,400 acres. And as the publication explains, “Even though he has a ton of space, Gibson has said that he will leave the island largely untouched except for the construction of a modest home.”
Next: This actor bought an island and then put it back on the market.
10. Nicolas Cage bought a 40-acre island in the Bahamas — and then put it back on the market
- Price: $3 million
According to Page Six, Nicolas Cage paid $3 million for a 40-acre private island in the Bahamas. People reported in 2006 that Cage bought the island completely undeveloped. The publication noted that the property is also located near an island owned by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (more on that one in the coming pages).
Variety reported two years later, in 2008, that Cage wanted to sell the island, called Leaf Cay and located in the Exuma Island Chain, for $7 million.
Next: This businessman built a luxe resort on his private island.
11. Richard Branson build a resort in the British Virgin Islands
- Price: $293 million
Coastal Living reports that Virgin Group founder Richard Branson purchased Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, and eventually turned the 74-acre island into a luxurious resort that can accommodate up to 30 guests. The Daily Beast notes that Branson purchased the island for abut $293 million in 1979, just six years after he launched Virgin Group.
It took Branson three years and $10 million to build the private resort, which he rented to A-listers including Princess Diana and Steven Spielberg. And as Coastal Living notes, you can book a stay at the resort during select weeks out of the year, or even rent out the whole island when Branson isn’t using it. (We just hope you don’t have to ride out a hurricane on the property like he did.)
Next: This singer bought an island and managed to keep most of the details a secret.
12. Ricky Martin bought an island off Rio de Janeiro
- Price: $8 million
Page Six reports that Ricky Martin paid $8 million for an island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, a seaside city in Brazil. Variety reported that details were hard to come by at the time, but the island was reportedly located in the Angra dos Reis archipelago.
Next: This singer bought an island with two of her friends.
13. Shakira also owns an island in the Bahamas
- Price: $16 million
According to Page Six, Shakira also joins the list of celebrities who own islands in the Bahamas. The singer reportedly paid $16 million for her private island. Coastal Living reports that Shakira purchased the island, called Bonds Cay, with fellow musicians and friends Roger Waters and Alejandro Sanz.
A hotel existed on the island when the musicians bought it. But as Coastal Living notes, the new owners may choose to develop it further.
Next: These country singers bought an island in the Bahamas, too.
14. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill retreat from Nashville to the Bahamas
- Price: Undisclosed
Coastal Living reports that country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bought their own private island, called Goat Cay, as their home away from Nashville. “To make it their perfect vacation spot, they constructed a main house for their family and small cottages for staff or guests,” the publication reports.
The Daily Beast reports that the main house is 15,000 square feet and features four bedrooms and a lookout tower.
Next: This comedian didn’t want paparazzi on his island.
15. Tyler Perry bought an island in the Bahamas, too
- Price: $6.4 million
Coastal Living reports that Tyler Perry purchased White Bay Cay in the Bahamas to serve as his home away from home. The publication noted that Perry reportedly planned to build a large main house as well as guest cottages on the previously-undeveloped island.
The Real Deal noted that Perry spent $6.4 million to buy the 20-acre island. People reported that Perry had planned the purchase to celebrate his 40th birthday. His major criterion for selecting the right property? “There will be no paparazzi on my island!”
Next: Donald Trump actually doesn’t own an island, but does own a property in the Caribbean.
16. Donald Trump doesn’t own a private island
Despite conspiracy theories to the contrary, Donald Trump doesn’t currently own a private island. One satirical news site (identified as such by Snopes) claimed that Trump bought a private island that he named “Michelle’s Cove” in a joke at Barack Obama’s expense. The island that the then-presidential candidate didn’t buy was supposedly located in the Maldives and cost him $36 million. That’s $36 million that are likely still in Trump’s bank account.
Even though he doesn’t own an island, Trump doesn’t seem averse to island vacations. He actually owns a mansion on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, but recently put it on the market for almost $17 million.
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