For multibillionaires and top celebrities, travel goes beyond seeing places. Many of them like owning the place or a slice of it perhaps, not to mention the jet that flies them to their favorite destination.
But who is the truly wealthy? Forbes defines the super-rich as having a net worth of more than $500 million. There seems to be about 5,625 families this rich worldwide. These people are likely to experience any or all of these luxury travel trappings by the super-rich.
The once quaint fishing village is now an exclusive retreat for billionaires and celebrities. It’s so exclusive that it only has one road for entry and exit and parking spots, not for supercars, but luxury yachts. A-list guests include Steven Spielberg, Andrey Melnichenko, and Rihanna.
The French Mediterranean town is a popular second home for the wealthy, notably multibillionaires from Russia and the Middle East. Average real estate is earmarked at $28.5 million for a five-bedroom property. It’s near Monaco and Nice and boasts of year-round sunshine and warm blue water, earning the town the top spot in the number of luxury property purchases last year, according to Prime Enclave Index by U.K-based Savills, a popular index on property purchases by the super-rich.
Outside of Europe, St. Barthélemy is the prime destination for a leisure home in the Caribbean, according to the same report. British buyers outnumber other nationalities in owning a piece of this volcanic island. If you own a property in St. Bart, some of your famous neighbors include Jay-Z and the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
The new super-rich from Asia are pumping more money into luxury markets worldwide and Maldives is in their mind. The tiny island country is cited by Prime Enclave to be the preferred destination for a second home (or maybe third or fourth) by the ultra-wealthy from Asia. The island is remote enough from many commercial flights that you need to bring your own plane or yacht.
Here’s a typical transportation by the super-rich while on a leisure trip. They’ll fly on their 747 with the whole entourage and bring with them an army of supercars to travel on land. If there’s an island trip or a cross-oceanic agenda in the itinerary, they make sure the luxury yacht is ready at the port of call. They may bring along a helicopter or a private sub should there be nooks and corners that their jet or yacht can’t get into.
Even the super-rich have to fall in line and wait. Space travel is more than ever feasible as a few private startups led by Virgin Atlantic plan to offer the first commercially viable space tourism package—air included—in the next few years. To date, only the Russian Space Agency had provided space travel for private individuals, but the program is erratic and limited.
It’s truly the clubber’s heaven, a favorite party stopover for the truly wealthy. Ibiza boasts a number of the most luxurious nightclubs in the world, including Space (the world’s best club), Club Pacha (an industry institution), and Privilege (the world’s biggest club). But the place is equally stunning for its over a hundred miles of beautiful coastline and numerous private beach coves where the super-rich can spend curing their hangover.
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The ski mountain town will always be a favorite winter destination for the super-rich and celebrities including, Mariah Carey, Goldie Hawn, and Elle Macpherson. But Aspen is not just a destination. It has a whole residential zone that boasts multibillionaires for residents with property prices ranging around $10 million.
It’s the A-list gathering of world movers and shakers, mainly the super-rich who have the means to move and shake us all. Billionaires, heads-of-state, and the world’s most influential personalities meet every year at the World Economic Forum to discuss political, business, and social issues. But it’s not all serious talk in Davos. The Swiss town boasts of one of the finest panorama of the Swiss Alps and home to Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts.
If you find yourself in any of these places or situations, let us guess—you’re a billionaire. Then maybe not, but a regular Joe in the service of a billionaire.
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