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Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island property destroyed by fire

A fire has ravaged Sir Richard Branson’s luxury home, the Great House, in the Caribbean after lightning struck the property during a tropical storm. Sadly, the house has been completely destroyed but thankfully 20 people were able to escape unhurt.  Among them was British actress Kate Winslet, Branson’s 90-year-old mother (who Winslet is believed to have helped carry from danger) and Branson’s daugher, Holly.  Sir Richard was staying at a nearby property on the island when the lightning struck.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. So easy to forget how dangerous it can be in an island paradise like that! Glad to hear everyone made it out safe, and at least it’s not much of a loss for old Richard!

  2. Hi Paul, this is terrible news. Thanks for sharing it. I just wrote an article about Branson’s other island hideaway on Makepeace Island in Noosa where I live. Glad everyone survived. Light wing storms are terrifying in the tropics.

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