The du Pont family is one of the most prominent American families, as well as one of the richest. In their long history, they managed to acquire Cherry Island inside the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.
At about eight acres, it includes a pair of restored craftsman homes. Exterior features include an in-ground pool, underground utilities, and a private pier. Additional features include a shed, a boathouse, and two docks.
Christopher Ondaatje, a Sri-Lankan-born Canadian-English businessman, philanthropist, adventurer, writer, and – brace yourselves – bob-sledding Olympian for Canada, loves his Meisner's Island.
It's a tranquil place, not very rugged, with a freshwater lake and plenty of space for his children and grandchildren. He called it the most beautiful piece of real estate in northeast America.
Jim Jannard, most famous for founding the eyewear and apparel company Oakley, Inc., is the proud owner of three different islands: Kaibu Island and Vatu Vara Island, both found in Fiji, as well as Spieden Island near Washington State.
Kaibu is two square kilometers and offers tourist attractions, while Vatu Vara is a more private island that Jannard enjoys with his family. Spieden Island has no permanent population despite having a size of more than five hundred acres.
Arnaud Henry Salas-Perez Obolensky
As part of the princely Russian Obolensky family, sometimes Arnaud Henry needs a place to get away from it all. Arnaud is a private fellow, but we at least know he owns Patroklos Island in the Saronic Gulf of Greece – about sixty-five kilometers from Athens.
It used to be a notorious haven for pirates, and it was at the center of the Israeli “Greek Island Affair.”
Edward de Bono
Edward de Bono doesn't have a private island. He has THREE. He owns not only Green Island, near Australia, but also Tessera off the coast of Italy, as well as Reklusia in the Bahamas.
But how does he actually have the time to enjoy these places? He's on TV; he's published something like fifty books; he's written numerous articles; he's created films; he's created schooling methods. The man has an asteroid named after him!