Larry Ellison

standard True Swankiness is Owning an Island

You’ve worked hard to attain the means to allow yourself to conspicuously consume, but nothing says ‘capitalism at its swankiest’ like owning an island. If it’s good enough for Ted Turner, Richard Branson, and Larry Ellison, it’s good enough for you. How much do you need to buy an island? Perhaps the better question is how much do you have? The number should probably start with a b as in billions, especially if you want to go seriously over the top with impressive views and white sand splendor.
Here are a few of the more famous private island owners and how much they had to spend for the privilege.
Larry Ellison
The unquestioned king of island buying is Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison who spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million …

standard The Swank Life Guide to Buying an Island


With the recent news that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has bought Lanai, Hawaii’s sixth largest island, the first question that came to our mind was, “Who even knew it was for sale?” It turns out that, for the 3,200 residents of this rural, almost forgotten island (when it comes to tourism), history has been a string of deep-pocketed western owners who don’t mind losing $20 million to $30 million dollars each year. But our purpose here is not to sit down and hash out whether or not Ellison’s ownership will be a good or bad thing. What we’re more concerned about is pondering the inherent swankiness in owning an island.