11 Stars Who Own Private Islands

Must be nice
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2016 2:31 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, actor Leonardo DiCaprio listens to a question over a translation earpiece during a press event to promote his new film "The Revenant," in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)

(Newser) – It's no surprise for a celebrity to own a fancy car or a huge mansion—but these 23 celebrities rounded up by Ranker kick it up a notch or two: They own private islands. A sampling:

  1. Johnny Depp: He owns a 45-acre island in the Caribbean, and seems to enjoy the privacy it affords him.
  2. Shakira: She and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters reportedly bought an island north of the Bahamas in 2011 and are building a fancy resort there.
  3. Pamela Anderson: Tommy Lee reportedly bought an island off Dubai and gave it to her in 2007 in an attempt to win her back.
  4. Leonardo DiCaprio: He owns a 104-acre island off the coast of Belize and is building an "eco-conscious luxury resort" there set to open in 2018.

  1. Mel Gibson: He bought a volcanic island in Fiji in 2005, and it was once featured in a 30 Rock episode.
  2. John Lennon: He bought an Irish island that got nicknamed, predictably, "Beatles Island." Yoko Ono sold it after he died.
  3. Tyler Perry: He bought an island in the Bahamas in 2009 to celebrate his 40th birthday, and learned to fly so he could pilot his own plane there.
  4. Tim McGraw: He and Faith Hill built a 15,000-square-foot vacation home on the Bahamanian island they bought in 2006.
  5. Ricky Martin: He reportedly paid $8 million for an island off the coast of Brazil in 2008.
  6. David Copperfield: The magician actually owns 11 islands in the Bahamas, and has a resort there he's rented out to guests including Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates.
  7. Sir Richard Branson: The Virgin chief rents out his island, Necker Island, for $62,000 a day. He's owned it since 1978.
Click for the complete list—including the star who taught Johnny Depp how to buy an island.

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