8 islands owned by billionaires

If you have a few million dollars to spare, you're in luck: At least a couple of these getaways for the ultrawealthy are up for sale.

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Nov 5, 2012 1:41PM

but yet they bitch about a 3% raise on taxes, lol


Nov 5, 2012 1:26PM
Maybe they know something I don't know if the economy is in such a bad shape.  I don't have enough money to buy anything sometimes.
Nov 5, 2012 1:01PM

Own an island? Unless you keep it as a nature preserve its actually rather costly. Generators for electricity, water pumps/filters, environmentally safe waste disposal...etc...


Lets not forget that you'll also need to either build an airstrip and own or charter your own aircraft to get to your island or buy/charter a boat to take you to and from your island...


Building on your island? Contractors, architects - and man it would suck if something happened to your nice new home... wild fires could wipe out your nice lush paradise!


Speaking of natural disasters: I don't think many insurance companies will cover you... earthquakes, water spouts (if you live on the ocean you know exactly what I mean - tornados/cyclones of water), hurricanes, tropical storms... damages to your real estate can get costly...


But the freedom of owning your own island - especially if its not under the rule of a sovereign nation.... well... if I don't like you, I could find 1001 ways to torture, maim, and murder you and no one would hear your screams from miles away!... Kinda morbid huh? ROFL


Ooops, I forgot wildlife.. imagine waking up to a spider the size of your face with venom that could kill an elephant... or a nice coral snake bite... or better yet get mauled by an unknown species that science has yet to discover - it just happens to be living on your island. LOL


Nov 5, 2012 12:52PM
Actually, no, I'm not interested in owning an island.  I'm interested in, one-day, owning my house outright from the crooked bank that funded my mortgage.  Instead of doing stories that only cater to the 1%, why don't you try doing relevant stories for the country at hand?
Nov 5, 2012 12:01PM

And who cares and does this put any more money in my pocket or lower the price of a gallon of gas for the avg.-person?

What passes for news worthy items is like junk food...we now have junk news items....

Nov 5, 2012 12:00PM

You have got to be kidding with this kind of fail story... who the hell are you even reporting this to the 1% that can actually afford to waste such funds on a damn island 0.0 Seriously MSN...get a damn hobby these 1%ers more than have the means to waste if they are so inclined to buy an island.... Why dont you actually do something useful with your platform rather than waste it with nonsense reporting such as this.

Nov 5, 2012 11:16AM
How long can they really own those islands? The day they die, they will never have it anymore and they can't bring it with them. Because those materials belong to the mother nature, we don't own them.
Nov 5, 2012 10:22AM
A version of "keep up with the Jones', for the wealthy.
At cocktail parties in Cannes they can say, "i have an island as well".

Nov 5, 2012 10:16AM
If God was here he'd tell it to your face, man you're some kind of sinner;
Nov 5, 2012 10:14AM
The question shoud be, "How much money does MSN pay a monkey to write a headline on the main page that doesn't make sense?"
Nov 5, 2012 9:50AM
Once again, they did not research this article very well.  Robins Island is in the Peconic Bay, not the Long Island Sound.  I know this as I grew up looking at it eveyday of my youth as I lived right across from it and my uncle was the caretaker on the island prior to Mr. Bacon's purchase of the island.
Nov 5, 2012 9:21AM

if the valleys around me ever flood ill have my island


Nov 5, 2012 9:14AM
in my virtual world, i own a private island so ha msn.com
Nov 5, 2012 8:58AM

As beautiful as they are, I would go crazy after to much time on one of those islands. I need the convenience of the American town for everyday living. A week at Neckar with a half dozen supermodels would be great though.

Nov 5, 2012 8:40AM
  Thia is funny about owning an island,    I own a three acre island in the Clinch River and god and everyone else in Scott County Virginia knows I'm no Millionaire or Billionaire.  LOL     but  if some Billionaire could move my Island to a tropical ocean or into one of the Great Lakes or in a River near a large city in the US,  then I'd have something of great value.    as it is and where its is >> NOT SO MUCH !!!       See me next spring or summer and I'll let  you go camping and it won't cost you $20,000 a week.   Ha !!!
Nov 5, 2012 8:06AM

Kind of a superficial study.  The island of Niihau, just off of Kauai is far more significant than all the others put together.  It has been owned by the Robinson family since before I lived on Lanai about 60 years ago.  It has been preserved so that the native hawaiians still speak the original language and keep the same lifestyle.


I do not think the people from Lanai are overjoyed by the sale from Dole Pineapple ownership to the present owner.  Nobody will be able to own their own house.  They live a delicate balance of needing enough work to exist and the new property values that may endanger their future.  Life on Lanai is a very fascinating topic from the viewpoint of a Social Anthropoligist.

Nov 5, 2012 8:06AM

Realistically, an empty island isnt just going to be UP for sale, even the lands that we live on, they're owned by nobody, however people who have "power" so to speak make these decisions to just "claim" them, so if I were to say that i just happened to "find" an Island that no one has ever seen or claimed I can just claim it for myself and start building a house, or a cabin, and maybe a ginormous sign that says; "This is my land, and these are my laws" (stamped) [All Rights Reserved] by: Myself... Right...?, Wrong! because that's just the way things are, and there's too many reasons why that can't happen, in order to maintain "order" and everything else that coincides we need "leaders" and Blah blah blah. It's all BS.


I arrived on this earth too late to make the decisions that I want to make for this land, how I would have envisioned it. Rainbows & Bunnies!

Nov 5, 2012 7:10AM
A picture before the fire...!!!  Its $56000 a night and apparently you now get the submarine for free !!  how generous !!!
Nov 5, 2012 6:20AM
i am going to own an island one day.
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