The Virgin boss bought Necker Island – uninhabited until the late 20th century – for a mere $180,000 in 1978. Since then, Princess Diana, Tony Blair and Nelson Mandela have been guests. Ben Ainslie also became a surprise guest earlier this year when he had to be rescued by Richard Branson during his honeymoon.
Developed with a Balinese theme the island can now accommodate up to 28 guests and it is possible for luxury yachts to anchor off the leeward side of the island.
“I immediately fell in love with Necker Island when I visited it for the first time,” he says, “ I am very passionate about it, what with it being my home and spending most of my time there. My most treasured memories are pretty much all from times spent with friends and families on holiday on Necker.”
Branson purchased nearby Mosquito Island in the British Virgin Islands in 2007 which also offers luxurious getaway on an exclusive-use basis for 22 guests.
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