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TheDailyBeast.com: Private Islands of the Stars

Richard Branson: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson—who started his first entrepreneurial venture at age 17—began real-estate hunting in the Caribbean when he heard some of the British Virgin Islands were for sale. He set his sights on the 74-acre Necker Island, which he bought for roughly $293 million in 1979, just six years after launching Virgin Group. Three years and $10 million later, he had built himself a private resort, which he has since rented out to friends and celebrities like Princess Diana and Steven Spielberg. This July, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo were married at Branson’s Edenic sanctuary. "We've vacationed there multiple times, and when we got engaged, we both immediately thought of the island as the perfect place to have our wedding,” Lachey told People magazine.



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