Different mega-rich businessmen have their own tastes of spending their holiday. The list below would give you some suggestions for your vacation fantasies when money was no object.
Richard Branson: Necker Island
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean
Necker Island, located within the beautiful and unspoiled British Virgin Islands of the Caribbean, is the private island and holiday home of Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin. This island is also a place where other billionaires as well as the Obamas regularly choose to spend their downtime. For billionaires, privacy is key when vacationing, that’s why the exclusive Caribbean island is so appealing for those seeking seclusion as it can only afford around 30 guests.
Luxury room of Necker Island resort
Although the Necker Island resort is available to the general public, it costs around US $5,000 a night, making it prohibitively expensive.
Bill Gates: Croatia
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Blending beautiful sights of nature and historical spots, Croatia is a favorite destination for many wealthy families and individuals, including Bill Gates. Different from other billionaires with usual preference of private and high-class holiday, Bill Gates is open to exploring the heart of a place and rubbing shoulders with the locals during his vacation. While he’s no stranger to chartering mega-yachts, he is also a fan of Croatia and its medieval beauty. Gates regularly visits Skradin as well as relaxes on the stunning island of Hvar.
An overview of Hvar, Croatia
Especially, Hvar has one of Europe’s most appealing climates, amazing beaches, ancient architecture, beautiful wildlife, and a sense of approachable charm. It’s been labelled the new St Tropez of Europe with the mega-rich flocking to with their yachts, attracting also Steven Spielberg and Eva Longoria.
Roman Abramovich: St. Barts
Aerial view of St. Barts
Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of the Chelsea Football Club and one of Russia’s largest investment companies, is also the owner of one of the world’s largest yachts. But a yacht is only as luxurious as where you moor it, which is why the paradise island of St. Barts is regularly filled with these floating palaces.
Billionaires’ superyachts in St. Barts
In addition to a yacht, Abramovich also has a vacation home on the Caribbean island. The destination draws in wealthy vacationers with its pristine beaches, luxury hotels, designer shops (the likes of Hermes and Bulgari line the streets of the main town of Gustavia), and fine dining scene.
Larry Ellison: Malibu
Malibu Surfrider Beach, Malibu, California
The owner of software company Oracle is another American keen to invest at home. He may already live in California, but that hasn’t stopped him buying a swathe of homes in celebrity-favourite Malibu, where he can often be spotted enjoying the sun, sea and surf. Accordingly, no one would be surprised to learn that the man has an impressive real estate portfolio including a pad along Malibu’s Carbon Beach, one of the most exclusive enclaves in the world and known as Billionaire’s Beach.
Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Dell: Hawaii
Immerse in nature of Hawaii
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg enjoys simple pleasures such as sampling local burgers and smoothies and surfing when he visits his Hawaiian holiday home.
Turquoise ocean of Hawaii
Sharing the same interest, Michael Dell, who founded Dell computers, jets off to his ‘Raptor Residence’, situated in a private community on the Big Island, when he’s in the mood for a getaway.
Warren Buffett: Laguna Beach
A corner of Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach, a small coastal city in Orange County, California, was the place where Warren Buffett and his family escaped to when it was time to take a break from business. When he bought the vacation home in 1971, the sunny California destination wasn’t quite the chic, moneyed spot it is today.
Laguna Beach, California from the above
For these days, a mix of galleries, art festivals, serene coves, and glorious beaches attract a well-heeled crowd. Hence, while Laguna Beach can undoubtedly feel exclusive, there’s nothing stopping anyone from visiting. You might just not have the beachside home and private country club membership to go along with your trip.