Star Retreats: Celebrities Who Purchased Private Islands
During a stressful day at the office, many people imagine they are lounging on a deserted island. Trading a work-filled desk for some sun and fun is everyone's dream, and when the dream occasionally becomes a reality, people don't want to return to their regular lives.
For celebrities, luxury vacations are common, and for the select few, heading to a secluded island could even be an everyday thing. If they are willing to make a huge investment, celebs can actually buy an island of their own. Don’t believe it? Check out these celebrities who have owned their own island at some point in their lives.
Throughout his career, Johnny Depp made the transition from teen idol to box office megastar. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies alone have grossed an astounding $4.5 billion in the United States. When he's not on set, Depp performs with his rock band, Hollywood Vampires, which also includes Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
There are directors, and then there's Steven Spielberg. The California State University alumni earned countless accolades for movies, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park. He won two Oscars for Best Director for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.
Following a string of '80s films, Julia Roberts became Hollywood's most desirable leading lady with Pretty Woman. In 2000, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Erin Brockovich. In 2003, she made an astounding $25 million for Mona Lisa Smile.
Lenny Kravitz has been tearing up the Billboard charts since the release of his 1989 debut album, Let Love Rule. The '90s found him dishing out the number one hits "Fly Away" and "Are You Gonna Go My Way." Overall, the artist has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Following a stint on Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy became Hollywood's biggest comedy star. Films such as 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor delivered big bucks at the box office. In 2006, he earned his first Oscar nomination for his work in Dreamgirls.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
There's no bigger couple in country music than Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Since 2006, the pair has only seen their music careers skyrocket. In 2007, they released a collaboration album titled The Rest of Our Life, which topped the country charts.
With the success of Baywatch, Pamela Anderson was solidified as a superstar. The Canadian continued her TV dominance with a lead role on V.I.P., and she landed movie roles in Scary Movie 3 and Borat. In 2006, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Magician David Copperfield has been mesmerizing audiences around the world since 1974. Overall, the New Jersey native has made about $4 billion in ticket sales. Decades later, Copperfield still has many Guinness World Records to his name, including the most expensive poster depicting magic sold at an auction.
Dean Kamen is responsible for the creation of the Segway. Since it hit the market in 2001, the New York native has seen his net worth rise to about $500 million. In 2013, he earned the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award for his handful of inventions.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola delivered some of the most memorable films of the '70s. His work on the Godfather series, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation has been studied by other aspiring directors. In 1974, Coppola won the Oscar for Best Director for his work on The Godfather Part II.
German racer Michael Schumacher has the distinction of being the only driver to win seven Formula One World Championships. In 2012, he retired from the sport after 21 years. Ironically, Schumacher suffered a brain injury while skiing in the French Alps the following year.
From kids to grandparents, comedian Robin Williams made everyone laugh during his illustrious career. The Chicago native earned Grammys, Golden Globes and Emmys for his many performances. On August 11, 2014, Williams left this world far too early at the age of 63.
Cable television would have been in dire straits long ago without Ted Turner. The Ohio native helped launch CNN and TBS, the first two superstations in the country. Turner also dabbled in professional wrestling with his purchase of World Championship Wrestling.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has represented his home country of Portugal to the fullest. The forward made history by earning four European Golden Shoes, which is the most for a European player. In 2014, the star athlete was named Grand officer of the Order of Prince Henry.
Veteran Bear Grylls gained national attention for his series Man vs. Wild. Since the conclusion of the show, he has continued his adventuring ways on countless other shows. In 2014, he took celebrities with him on his journeys on Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
For six decades, Gene Hackman has been a staple in American cinema. The actor has earned accolades for his work in The French Connection, Unforgiven and The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2004, Hackman retired from acting and began a new career as a novelist.
In the '90s, George Clooney dominated television as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. After leaving the show in 1999, he became a movie star with O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ocean's Eleven. In 2013, he earned the Oscar for Best Picture for Argo.
Nebraska native Marlon Brando turned heads with four consecutive Best Actor nominations at the Oscars. Following some downtime, he became immortalized as Vito Corleone in 1972's mafia film The Godfather. The actor has been credited for bringing method acting to Hollywood.
Known as the "King of Latin Pop," Ricky Martin has been rocking packed crowds since his days in Menudo. As a solo artist, he earned recognition in the United States with his 1999 self-titled album. The musician has sold more than 15 million copies of the album worldwide.
In 1977, businessman Larry Ellison co-founded Oracle Corporation with Bob Miner and Ed Oates. The company has since grown to become one of the world's largest software companies. With a net worth of $69 billion, Ellison is the fourth wealthiest person in the world.
Jay-Z and Beyonce
Jay-Z and Beyonce have long been one of music's most powerful couples. In 2018, the pair collaborated as The Carters for their debut album, Everything Is Love. The album's release was followed by their second sold-out stadium tour together titled On the Run II. The two have sold more than 400 million albums worldwide (combined).
Actress Lindsay Lohan became a teen idol with roles in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. The Long Island native tapped into more adult themes with roles in I Know Who Killed Me and The Canyons. In 2004, she released her debut album, Speak, which was followed by 2005's A Little More Personal (Raw).
Tyler Perry has become a top-tier producer, and it's all thanks to Madea. The New Orleans native introduced the character on the big screen in 2005's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Madea has since become a franchise with a slew of hit films.
As the founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson has had his hands in many things. Whether it's music or travel services, the London native wants to deliver top-quality service to his customers. Branson's accomplishments in air travel earned him an International Air & Space Hall of Fame induction in 2000.
Larry Page might not be a familiar name, but you're probably aware of his company. As the co-founder of Google, Page is one of the most influential names in the tech world. Aside from his work on Google, the Michigan native co-founded PageRank and Alphabet Inc. His work has earned him accolades from Fortune and Forbes.
Nicolas Cage gained attention for Moonstruck and Leaving Las Vegas, which earned him an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award. In the late '90s, the actor continued his momentum with roles in Con Air, Face/Off and 8mm. He worked as a producer on the films The Wicker Man and Stolen in addition to acting.
With her 2001 album, Laundry Service, singer Shakira broke into the American music scene. Her nine studio albums have sold a combined 70 million copies worldwide. In 2006, a 16-foot statue of the singer was unveiled in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia.
In the '80s, Mel Gibson became a bonafide star with his work in the Mad Max and Lethal Weapon franchises. In 1995, Braveheart earned him the Oscar for Best Director. He then continued to gain attention as a director with 2004's The Passion of the Christ and 2016's Hacksaw Ridge.
Singer Celine Dion was Canada's best kept secret until the 1990 release of her English album Unison. In 1997, her career skyrocketed with the hit single "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. The track is currently the second best-selling single of all time by a female artist.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio landed his first Golden Globe nomination in 1993 for What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Four years later, he became king of the world with his iconic role in Titanic. When he's not acting, the Los Angeles native works on protecting the environment through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.