Google co-founder Larry Page owns at least FOUR private islands
Larry Page secretly owns at least four private islands, including one next to Richard Branson’s teaser, it has been revealed.
According to legal documents, the Google co-founder has three Paradise Pads in the Caribbean and one in the South Pacific.
These include Hans Lollik, the smaller neighboring island of Little Hans Lollik, Eustatia Island 40 miles to the east, and Tavarua Island in Fiji, Business Insider reports.
It comes after the billionaire previously vowed to test crazy new technology ideas in so-called “safe places”.
It’s been revealed that Google co-founder Larry Page owns at least four private islands that are speculated to be “safe” proving grounds for crazy tech ideas
These include the islands of Hans Lollik (pictured) and Little Hans Lollik, which he bought in 2014
According to the legal documents, Page bought Hans Lollik and its smaller neighboring island Little Hans Lollik in 2014 for $23 million.
The publication claims an investigation into Page and his co-founder Sergey Brin revealed that he quietly acquired the network of islands around the world.
Just under 40 miles east of the Lolliks is the 36-hectare island of Eustatia and, according to documents obtained in 2020, Page added the island of Tavarua in Fiji’s Mamanuca region.
Page’s ownership of Eustatia Island, which lies just off billionaire Richard Branson’s Necker Island, has been an open secret among locals for many years.
But unlike the Virgin Group founder, Page has never publicly admitted he owned it.
Supporting a dense, diverse coral habitat, the Hans Lollik Islands offer breathtaking views and cliffs, palm forests and crystal clear waters.
Little Hans Lollik is said to have gorgeous white sandy beaches dotted with cotton candy and stunning views of the island.
After Page bought the Hans Lollik Islands eight years ago, a legal battle broke out between the seller and a real estate developer named James Eckel.
Eckel claimed to have a deal to buy the island, but a judge ruled against him, with the Virgin Islands court case pending.
Page bought the islands from Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Company through a limited liability company called Virgin Island Properties LLC.
The negotiations were led by Wayne Osborne, the CEO of Pages Family Office Koop, who was removed in 2017 amid years of litigation over the islands.
Transcripts obtained by Business Insider revealed that Page’s identity was kept secret from the island’s seller during the negotiation process, reflecting his desire to keep his life private.
While Page’s family office eventually bought the islands outright, Osborne’s testimony revealed that there had been discussions about buying the company that owned the islands in hopes of reducing taxes incurred.
Ownership of the Hans Lollik Islands (pictured) came to light in a lawsuit over the island
In 2020, Page added another island to his collection, the heart-shaped island of Tavarua in Fiji’s Mamanuca Archipelago (pictured).
Just under 40 miles east of the Lolliks lies the 36-hectare island of Eustatia (pictured) and the island of Tavarua in Fiji’s Mamanuca region, according to documents added by Page in 2020
“I think there’s an issue where you don’t have to pay stamp duty if you buy the company,” Osborne said, according to the transcript.
Only one correspondence with Osborne, simply stating, “Please continue…thank you,” from Page is mentioned in the statement.
It remains unclear what the world’s sixth-richest person, with a net worth of $117 billion, has in mind for the Hans Lollik Islands, but the larger of the islands has personal significance.
In the statement, Osborne indicated that Page had proposed to his wife, Lucinda Southworth, that she later marry the explorer on Branson’s Necker Island there in 2007.
During testimony, Osborne confirmed that Eustatia was the only other island Page had owned as of March 2014. It’s unclear if he owns any more besides the ones mentioned above.
An email referenced during Osborne’s 2017 deposition shows Page wanted to buy Cayo Norte, the largest privately owned island in Puerto Rico, before purchasing the Hans Lollik Islands instead.
It’s speculated that Page’s private island collection reflects comments he’s made in the past about building “safe places” for technologists to test ideas without having to use them publicly.
Employees at his now-defunct flying car company, Kittyhawk, were testing vehicles on Page’s Eustatia Island and joked at the time that “Larry just wanted a flying car to come from his yacht to his private island.”
The billionaire applied for a special permit to fly to New Zealand with his child, who is around 12 years old. His wife stayed in Tavarua with their other child
In 2020, Page added another island to his collection, the heart-shaped island of Tavarua in Fiji’s Mamanuca Archipelago.
Tavarua boasts white sandy beaches and is surrounded by a coral reef with a luxurious resort offering surfing, sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking to its visitors.
The island is a surfer’s dream with seven surf breaks, including Cloudbreak, which is known for creating waves up to 20 feet high.
Page bought a stake in parent company Aquarius Tours Ltd, which holds a 99-year lease on the island, Business Insider has revealed.
He later bought more shares to take a controlling 51 percent stake.
Page arrived in Tavarua in 2020 at the height of the pandemic with a special initiative that allowed superyachts to bypass Fiji’s COVID travel restrictions.
He and his family spent several months there and on the surrounding islands.
At the time, Fijian health officials pressured a TV station to air a story about how it had donated COVID-19 drugs to the country, as the tech titan went out of its way to avoid publicity.
Page, 48, has retired in recent years — he has avoided being photographed on all but a few occasions since stepping down as CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. in 2019.
It was reported during the pandemic that the billionaire’s wealth allowed him to enter Fiji despite the country closing its borders to traditional travellers.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faced backlash for allowing Page and his son entry amid tight border controls
Fiji’s “Blue Lane” initiative allowed the super-rich to visit the archipelago on their super yachts and private jets, even when other travelers were banned.
“Superyachts are welcomed with open arms, for which the access procedures are easier, while for sailboats like ours it is not easy,” wrote Lorenzo Cipriani in his blog post.
“The government is promoting a campaign welcoming those with big bucks to spend waiting for the arrival of hundreds of luxury yachts.”
The couple is very private and have not revealed the names of their two children, who were born in 2009 and 2011.
While living on the island during the pandemic, Page was allowed into New Zealand despite the closed border so his son could receive urgent medical attention.
The billionaire applied for a special permit to fly to New Zealand with his child, who is around 12 years old.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faced a backlash for allowing Page and the boy entry amid tight border controls to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Ardern denied knowledge of the 2,600-mile round trip, which infuriated expatriate New Zealanders who were unable to see their families for months.
The country’s immigration chief, Kris Faafoi, told reporters Page had applied for a special permit “to ensure his son received the treatment he needed.”
It doesn’t appear that Page was accompanied by his media-shy wife Southworth or their other child, who is around 10 years old.
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