Must be nice to own an island
Branson bought the 74-acre Necker Island back in 1979 for $180k at the age of 28 and spent the next 3 years turning it into an $80k-per-night luxury resort.
Situated in the British Virgin Islands, it maintains a year-round staff of 100 people and offers a one-of-a-kind, ultra-lux experience.
Except when there’s a hurricane a’brewing
With the news of Irma approaching Necker Island, Branson’s guests all canceled — but Branson is staying put on the island, holed up with his staff in a concrete wine cellar under the property. “I haven’t had a sleepover quite like this since I was a kid,” he tweets…
Yeah, all those private island slumber parties… Same.
It won’t be the first time he’s done this: in the past 30 years, Necker has been racked by 3 massive storms, including Irene, which leveled his entire resort in 2011 (and scared the sh*t out of Kate Winslet).
Ballsy move — but there’s something more than a little weird about Branson cheerfully live-Tweeting his experience as Irma threatens thousands of defenseless people elsewhere in the Caribbean.
(via The Hustle)