Richard Branson Reveals The Real Reason Why He Bought an Island

Richard Branson’s private island is famously known for its paradise-like exuberance, however not many people know that he bought the island for a fraction of the original asking price and that his primary intention for buying the island was to impress a girl.

The self-made billionaire traveled to Necker Island for the first time in 1977 with Joan Templeman, who would later on become his wife. Today, Branson wrote in a blog post:

“I had been madly trying to come up with a way to impress a girl I had fallen for, so I rang up the realtor, and expressed my interest.

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“We were still in the early days of Virgin Records, and I by no means had the cash to buy an island.

“To my delight, the object of my affection agreed to join me on the trip.

“I fell in love twice that weekend – once as our helicopter (supplied by the realtor of course!) swooped over the turquoise water and white sandy beaches of Necker Island, and again when I saw the smile on the face of the beautiful girl who sat beside me on the journey.

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“Together we strolled around the Island and dreamed up plans for turning it into a haven for musicians.”

After the trip was over, Branson offered to buy the island for $100,000 but was quickly denied as the asking price was set at $6 million. While Branson’s dreams of owning his own private musical island were temporarily crushed, he was ecstatic a year later when he was offered the island for $180,000.

Eleven years later, Branson married Joan Templeman on Necker Island. They have since turned the 74-acre island into an exotic resort with zip lines, 1,500 square foot rooms, and luxury yachts docked on their private turquoise water.

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