Richard Branson’s private island is named after Dutch explorer, Johannes de Necker who “discovered” it in the 17th Century. It remained uninhabited until the late 20th Century. In 1965 two British journalists tried to survive as castaways on the island. They lasted three weeks before they were driven off the island by venomous insects.
Richard Branson has created a resort that also functions as his private residence. In 2011 a fire destroyed one of the larger buildings prompting Oscar-winner, Kate Winslett, who was a guest at the time, to carry Branson’s 90-year-old grandmother to safety. While Branson owns all the land and buildings on the island, all the beaches technically belong to the British Crown and are open to the public although few people have the resources or time to visit. The island has a dedicated team of staff and its own flock of flamingos. The sky’s the limit for what can be arranged after all this is where the richest people in the world come to stay.