15 Celebrities who own private islands

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mel Gibson, are just some of the celebrities who own private islands in 2022, see this list of 15 of them.

Private islands have been a trend for many years now, with the ultra-wealthy among us seeking more exclusivity and barricading themselves with the protection of large bodies of water. To own an island, all you need is the money to acquire it and then develop it into a habitable paradise of your own design.

Here, you will see 15 celebrities who own a private island and, in some cases, how much they paid to get it.

15 Celebrities who own private islands in 2022

15# – David Copperfield

The most commercially successful magician in history, David Copperfield, has made loads of money from entertaining people. In 2006, he spent a whopping 50 million dollars on a private island called Musha Cay, located in the southern Bahamas. Since then, he has allegedly added 10 more islands to his collection, and they are now known as the Islands of Copperfield Bay. He has since turned it into a tourist location for other celebrities.

14# – Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

Country and Pop singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are one of music’s most renowned couples. From the public display of affection to soulful duets, we never want to see them part ways. Since 1996, the couple has officially agreed to spend the rest of their days together. And, what better way to do this than on an island of their own way from prying eyes? Although the island was listed for sale in 2021, we have not heard of anyone who paid the $35 million price to claim it. They designed it as a retreat from regular life, and it is named L’île d’Anges.

13# – George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

In the middle of The Thames, celebrated actor George Clooney and his wife Amal founded a private home with a private cinema, a pool house, and a grand terrace. Their island is located some miles west of London and affords them luxury and privacy.

12# – Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell remains one of the most recognizable names in the beauty industry. However, she is notoriously private when it comes to her private life. In fact, most of what we know about her dating life has always been gossip and speculation. In 2018, while dating Russian businessman Vladislav Doronin, who made his money from real estate and art collections, she got a gift of a self-sustained eco-friendly mansion on an island in Turkey’s Gulf of Gökova. It was rumored that he acquired the entire island for her as well, which makes sense as the mansion, designed like the Egyptian Eye of Horus, is the only tangible thing on the expanse of land.

11# – Eddie Murphy

American actor and comedian Eddie Murphy is quite funny and rich! He is not just rich but ultra-rich. He is so rich that he is among the select few that own their own islands. Sources say that Murphy acquired the property for 15 million dollars in 2007 and has maintained its natural beauty since then. Named Rooster Cay, the actor has a mansion there where he retires from time to time.

10# – Nicolas Cage

There are so many facts people do not know about Nicolas Cage. For example, his real name is not even “Cage”, and he has been married five times (including to the daughter of music legend Elvis Presley). Also, in 2006, he managed to coop an entire island for 3 million dollars. Named Leaf Cay and part of the Bahamas islands, he has built a home there. However, if you have about 8 million dollars in 2022, Nicolas Cage is willing to sell it to you.

9# – Ricky Martin

The Puerto Rican singer is known for his musical versatility and has released records in multiple genres, including Latin pop, pop, dance, reggaeton, and salsa. Despite having four children, the singer has only been married once, and it was quite recently to his gay partner, Jwan Yosef. He owns a private island off the coast of Brazil, and his mansion there is designed to look like a Portuguese colonial villa.

8# – Shakira

In recent times, Shakira has faced some ups and downs. For example, her marriage to football superstar Gerard Pique crashed after a cheating scandal exposed him. Then, she was involved in a tax evasion case, meaning she could go to jail. Amidst all these, she remained one of the wealthiest musicians and was the top-selling female Latin artist of all time. She bought a 16 million-dollar island in the Bahamas for all her wealth in 2011. It appears that she split the cost with Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.

7# – Mel Gibson

There is doubt that any Hollywood star has been as successful as Mel Gibson at both acting and directing. Also, he is one of the most renowned property investors in the entertainment industry. Although he makes this list for purchasing the Mago Islands for 15 million in 2004, the actor owns several other properties. His purchase of the Mago Islands from Tokyu Corporation of Japan has met resistance from the original native inhabitants of Mago, who were displaced in the 1860s.

6# – Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry has been a significant force in the entertainment industry as far back as the late 2000s, and in 2011, Forbes said he was the highest-earning man in the industry. Since then, he has continued to expand his financial frontier. He is not one for the news, and it went under the radar that he had bought a private island in the Bahamas called White Bay Cay, where he erected a 14,000-square-foot mansion.

5# – Leonardo DiCaprio

It is no small feat to have made it into the annual rankings of the world’s highest-paid actors eight times. Leonardo DiCaprio has been in the industry since 1993 and has accumulated wealth. Before it became a thing, the actor acquired an island known as Blackadore Caye in the Caribbean Sea. However, what is most noteworthy about this purchase was that the island was deserted, and he managed to restore it with greenery and a mansion within 10 years.

4# – Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz holds the record for the most consecutive wins in one Grammy category by a male after winning the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002. His music career has made him one of the most celebrated singers, and he owns a private island in the Bahamas called the island of Eleuthera. He also makes money from modeling for brands too.

3# – Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is much more than the estranged ex of Amber Heard, with whom he was locked in a legal battle for months. The actor has brought eccentric acting to Hollywood and has made money from doing so. His 5.35 million dollar-private island in the Bahamas, called Little Halls Pond Cay, is among his 100 million dollars worth of property.

2# – Celine Dion

Music’s most powerful vocalist, Celine Dion, is no stranger to lists about earnings and wealth. She was the top-earning artist of the 2000s and can still sell out locations if she organized a concert today. Media sources reveal that she has a 5.7-acre estate on her private island in Florida. The singer has built a mansion that contains five buildings and three pools.

1# – Beyoncé & Jay-Z

Music’s most powerful couple, Beyoncé & Jay-Z, own a 360-acre island in the Bahamas. And before that, Jay-Z had bought his wife a 20-million-dollar island in 2010. They use the island to cool their heads from city life and maintain their privacy, which the rapper has said is the key to their marriage’s success.

So, which of these celebrity-owned exclusive islands blew your mind?

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Obinna is a fiction writer from Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up loving comic book characters and superheroes. He watches lots of action films and writes entertainment and technology articles. He is also interested in science and how things work.

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