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TheDailyBeast.com: Private Islands of the Stars

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Aristotle Onassis: Skorpios Island, Greece

Billionaire Greek shipping mogul Aristotle 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. Onassis’ granddaughter Athina eventually inherited the island after his death, and flatly denied that it was up for sale in 2009 for a reported $170 million, amid rumors that Bill Gates, Madonna, and Roman Abramovich were all interested. A year later, Giorgio Armani beat out the other bigwigs and bought Skorpios for an estimated $190 million. Aside from tennis courts, lush gardens, and the Pink House villa originally built for Jackie O, the island remains largely untouched.



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