Richard Branson

standard 3 Swanky Things to Do in 2013

Well, we’re almost halfway through the year, which means it’s time to take a look back and assess your Swanky Quotient (SQ). Have you done anything exceptionally swanky this year? Jake Swank is proud to report that he went to Necker Island and partied with billionaire Richard Branson. That’s pretty swanky, right? But if you’re feeling like a loathsome toad because your life is so boring, we’re here with three specific suggestions for activities that are swanky enough to make your friends gasp out loud.
Hire four sledgehammer-swinging men to destroy your $420,000 Maserati: This one is too awesome for words but we’re going to give it a try anyway. What do you do when you spend nearly half a million dollars on a supercharged Italian sportscar and receive …

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 …