Eriska is a flat tidal island at the entrance to Scotland’s Loch Creran. For more than forty years, the family of the Buchanan-Smiths, private folk, owned the island, but since 2016 it’s been owned by Creation Gem, a family-owned business from Hong Kong.
The local Eriska House from 1884 is an astounding building that has been converted to a hotel and upgraded with modern amenities, thanks to the Buchanan-Smiths.
This billionaire has two entries on our list. This one is for Moskito Island. He bought it for about $12.6 million, a fair share more than his first island. He's spent a fortune turning this 125-acre Caribbean spot into an upscale eco-resort.
There's also a huge pool, long nature trails, and recreation areas. 80% of the island's energy comes from renewable sources. The island is also home to the endangered ring-tailed lemurs.
Known as “The Lawyer,” Gianni Agnelli controlled 4.4% of Italy's GDP, 3.1% of its industrial workforce, and 16.5% of its industrial investment in research. He was the richest man in modern Italian history.
He bought Dino Island for fifty million Lira with the aim of developing the island for elite international tourists. As a beautiful Mediterranean island, it has tons of flora and fauna that contribute to its style.
Clan Grant makes up all of the inhabitants of the Isle of Ewe, a small Scottish island on the west coast of Ross and Cromarty. They have lived there since the mid-19th century.
However, we pulled a sneaky on ya: the actual owners of the island are J.I.H. Macdonald-Buchanan, who leases the island to the Grants. There used to be more families, but most of them left during WWII.
Brearley doesn't live on Insh Island anymore. This eccentric landowner spent his time in a cave at the north end for thirty years. Now uninhabited, the island lies a mile northeast of Ellenabeich in Seil. “Insh” is derived from the Gaelic word for “The Island,” meaning it's essentially called “The Island Island.”
While a company does now own the island, and members of the public are encouraged to stay away due to difficult landings.