15 Expensive Things Owned By UK Billionaire Sir Richard Branson
He’s a business magnate, investor and philanthropist, he founded the virgin group and controls over 400 companies, he’s pioneering private space tourism and has an estimated net worth of around $5 Billion Dollars, he’s Sir Richard Branson and Vidello Productions is taking a look at 15 expensive things he owns.
15 – Majorca Country Estate
After initially selling this estate 13 years ago, Sir Richard Branson has re-purchased the site after initially being refused permission to build a luxury hotel.
The 4000 acre Son Bunyola estate is thought to be worth around £11.2 million pounds and sits on the islands west coast.
It’s thought Branson is planning to re-ignite the project and turn the estate into a five star eco-resort that will make up part of his Virgin Limited Edition Brand.
The estate features a 200 year old mansion with a circular turret one and a square one at the other.
14 – Necker Belle Yacht
Not so much a luxury yacht but more a luxury catamaran, Necker Belle was originally launched as Lady Barbaretta in 2003 and underwent refurbishment at Australia’s Azzura Marina over a period of 2 years.
The boat features a 14 meter beam and has 4 en-suite bedrooms that sit directly above the waterline that give any guests fantastic views.
The interior of the boat is very much the same to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island retreat and features a main lounge area that can also be converted into a double cabin.
With the ability to accommodate up to ten guests and a crew of seven, the boat can cruise along at 20 knots while under sail and 18 knots under power.
If you’re looking to rent the boat out on a charter then you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of $88,000 dollars a week.
13 – Morris Mini-Minor
It’s one of the rarer antique cars from around the world and comes from an era where small cars ruled the road.
The Morris Mini Minor was an economy car that was launched in 1848 and was initially available as a 2 door saloon and convertible.
This was later upgraded to a 4 door saloon in the 1950’s and the car has a top speed of around 72mph.
With fixed rear windows and rubber floor mats, this car emits all the class of the early 1960’s and is considered to be worth a small fortune to collectors.
12 – Necker Nymph
Just when you expect to see Sir Richard Branson flying on one of his giant airplanes, think again, as you may in fact find him somewhere under the ocean in his own personal sub-plane.
The Billionaire commissioned an underwater plane, called Necker Nymph, to explore the world’s oceans and take visitors to his luxury hideaway, Necker Island via an underwater joyride.
This amazing piece of technology can dive up to 130ft and features fighter jet technology while using downward lift on the wings to glide through the water for up to 2 hours.
While the sub is available to hire for around $25,000 dollars a week, its thought that Sir Richard Branson paid roughly $550,000 dollars to buy her.
11 – VSS Enterprise – Destroyed
Flying into space is a dream for most people and it was expected to become a reality for Sir Richard Branson, who initially unveiled a 60-foot long spaceship called VSS Enterprise.
The craft was designed to seat up to 8 people, including 6 passengers and two pilots and will let people pay a hefty fee of around $200,000 for a two hour flight in sub-orbital space.
The ship featured full lie flat seats that activated once reaching sub-orbital space and the space-suits were supposed to be equipped with personal data and the ability to control the in-flight cameras both inside and out.
On October 31st 2014 the ship crashed during a routine test flight over California’s Mojave Desert.
Another newer version of the ship VSS Unity is currently undergoing testing ready to help launch Virgin Galactic.
10 – Ulusaba safari lodge
Located in South Africa, this amazing game reserve offers up to 13,500 hectares of African bush to explore.
The private game reserve is located in the Sabi Sand Reserve bordering Kruger National Park with the nearest airport being Johannesburg International Airport.
There are two main accommodations in the park, the first being Rock Lodge, which is perched high up on a rocky hill and offers panoramic views of the jungle, 21 luxury guest suites, spa treatments, fully equipped gymnasium and swimming pool.
Safari Lodge is another world class facility that is built along the banks of the dry Mabrak riverbed and features 21 rooms in a tree house style that lets you watch the animals below.
Activities such as mobile tracking and viewing are also available when you visit one of the retreats.
9 – Moskito Island
It’s thought to be one of the most ecologically friendly islands in the world and is located in the North Sound just offshore from Anguilla Point.
The 120 acre island features some of the densest rain-forests in the area and plans to transform the island into a showcase of biodiversity are afoot with several exotic species planned.
Branson plans to have as few buildings as possible on the island, limiting it to just one for himself and his family and possibly room for 4 or 5 other families.
The properties are expected to feature the most environmentally friendly technology’s including carbon neutral villas and ecologically sound cement with power coming from wind, wave or solar based products.
It’s thought there will also be a butterfly park somewhere on the island.
8 – Kasbah Tamadot
Located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, which he also purchased in 1998, this property is another one of the Billionaires Virgin Limited Edition retreats.
It features 27 amazing bedrooms and suites which also include nine Berber tents that offer a comfortable stay.
Each bedroom has its own unique name and is decorated with Moroccan furniture, antiques and artifacts from all over the world.
Several suites feature their own private plunge pools and if you fancy a bite to eat then why not check out the Kanoun restaurant which features an intimate fireside bar and serves appetizing local and international flavor cuisines.
The hotel also includes an indoor/outdoor infinity pool, a well equipped gym, tennis court, spa and marvelous fragrant gardens.
7 – London Mansion – SOLD
Located not far from the home of David and Victoria Beckham, this Grade II listed mansion was sold 10 years ago for a reported price of £17.5 million pounds.
The home was given a massive overhaul in 2008, long after Branson sold the property and now features a huge underground subterranean complex with a swimming pool, squash court, gym and cinema.
Above this, the house features 6 bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, conference room, catering kitchen, staff sitting room, staff bedrooms and a hobby room.
The house backs onto Holland Park and is now thought o be one of the most expensive homes in London with an asking price of around £53 Million Pounds.
Other celebrity faces in the area include Simon Cowell (yes we have a video on him coming soon), Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page.
6 – Makepeace Island
Located at Noosa on Australia’s Sunshine soaked gold coast, the property on this island is available to lease all year round.
Branson purchased the island back in 2003 and had plans to turn it into an eco retreat for the crew of his virgin Australia airline.
The island is shaped naturally like a heart and covers an area of around 25 acres with direct access from a nearby river-boat.
The island can accommodate around 22 guests who have access to luxuries such as Volcanic Boulder Bathtubs, enormous sculptures and ornate lighting.
Other features on the island include a 500,000 liter lagoon pool, bar facility, beach areas, nature walks, tennis court and spa facilities.
If you’re looking to stay on the island then expect to spend around $8000 a night for a taste of this private living.
5 – The Roof Gardens
Another one of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition properties, The Roof Garden’s is a unique retreat in the heart of Central London that includes themed gardens with more than 70 full sized trees, fountains and even flamingos.
The whole area sits 100 feet above Kensington high street and is currently one of the most stylish venues in London.
The private members club features several VIP areas and two bars that provide ease of service wherever you are seated.
The club offers a truly relaxed atmosphere and employs over 100 talented professionals that look after guests 24/7.
The gardens can cater for most events and can hold up to 120 guests at any one time whole guests can dine in the exclusive Babylon restaurant with its mouth watering cuisines.
4 – Necker Island
Hold onto your hats, because this is going to be a big one!
It’s one of the most famous and luxury Resort Island in the world and it was purchased for a small fee of around £180,000 pounds in 1978.
After spending an additional £10 Million pounds and 3 years, he managed to turn the island into what it is today, a stunning private holiday retreat.
Some of the guests who have stayed here include the late princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Kate Moss, Nick Lachey, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr.
The island has even been the venue for the 2010 Victoria’s secret swimsuit catalog photo shoot.
Part of the British Virgin Islands, Necker island covers 74 acres of land and is surrounded by pristine gold sandy beaches and beautiful Turquoise water.
The island features the great house, a sprawling property that includes 10 bedrooms with sea views, a second floor Jacuzzi with master terrace, an airy and spacious dining area and even a Michelin starred restaurant.
There’s plenty to do on the island and activities include sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving or fishing and there is even a personal submarine tour available.
If you’re looking to stay on the island then you can expect to pay roughly $54,000 dollars a day with access to a personal chef and all of the islands staff and amenities.
3 – The Lodge Verbier
Taking the Virgin Limited Edition division of the company to new heights is The Lodge Verbier, a massive luxury Private Lodge located in Verbier Switzerland.
Offering world class facilities such as 2 Luxury master suites and an additional 7 bedrooms, open plan kitchens, wine cellar, outdoor Jacuzzi’s, indoor pool and steam room and a fully equipped gym, your stay here will be perfect.
The price paid for the estate is currently unknown.
2 – Mahali Mzuri
This time we jump over to Kenya where Sir Richard Branson Owns Mahali Mzuri, another one of his exclusive luxury retreats.
Featuring 12 sleeper tents that sit on an elevated platform, this resort can sleep up to 24 guests at a time.
The tents feature a roomy sitting area and a terrace that looks out over the Kenyan landscape.
With a spa treatment an infinity pool, you will be well looked after when it comes to relaxation.
1 – Falcon 900 EX
With a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet and a speed of 662 miles per hour, Sir Richard Branson is certainly not hanging around when he boards his Falcon 900 EX.
Sir Richard made it clear that he wanted the jet to be a mobile advertisement for Virgin Galactic and the colors on the outside represent just that.
The jet can carry a maximum of 14 passengers and features luxury seats, on board private crew and has access to a business center and on-board bedroom.
It’s thought Sir Richard paid roughly $36 Million dollars for this Private Jet.
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