Richard Branson’s private island destroyed by Hurricane Irma

Sir Richard - who has a net worth of around £3.8billion, described the atmosphere before the storm, as "eerie but beautiful".

Richard Branson’s son reveals Necker Island has been entirely destroyed by Hurricane Irma but everyone is safe after sheltering in wine cellar

The billionaire’s son Sam said ‘homes can be rebuilt, but lives can’t’

SIR Richard Branson’s private island has been completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma, his son has confirmed.

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Sam Branson assured his Instagram followers that “all humans” on Necker Island were safe – before he urged others to avoid taking the storm “lightly”.

 The Virgin boss was pictured playing dice with his Necker Island staff members as Hurricane Irma raged across the Caribbean
The Virgin boss was pictured playing dice with his Necker Island staff members as Hurricane Irma raged across the Caribbean
 Sir Richard Branson had a sleepover in two rooms with his staff
Sir Richard Branson had a sleepover in two rooms with his staff
 His team shared pictures of the preparations for the devastating storm
VIRGIN LIMITED EDITION – His team shared pictures of the preparations for the devastating storm

Hours before the storm brutally hit Necker Island, the Brit billionaire jokingly said he would hide in his wine cellar, as he was pictured playing dice with his staff members on Tuesday night.

But in a more serious tone, Sam stressed, “homes can be rebuilt but lives can’t”.

He added in a lengthy Instagram post: “Glad to say that all humans on Necker are okay although a lot of buildings destroyed.

“Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path.

“Please don’t take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way. If your building is not very solid, do find somewhere safe!”

Sam blamed Hurricane Irma’s impact on the lack of action to reign in climate change.

 The Brit billionaire has decided to ride out the storm

ALAMY – The Brit billionaire has decided to ride out the storm

 The eye of the category five hurricane is heading straight for Necker IslandThe eye of the category five hurricane is heading straight for Necker Island

 The monster storm is estimated to be the same size as France

AFP OR LICENSORS – The monster storm is estimated to be the same size as France

Photos from inside the island retreat captured panicked staff members moving furniture, kayaks and other water sport equipment inside.

Sir Richard – who has a net worth of around £3.8billion, described the atmosphere before the storm, as “eerie but beautiful”.

All guests had been evacuated from the celeb hangout and staff members have been moved to the main house for safety.

Justifying his decision to stay on Necker Island as the hurricane passed, Sir Richard Necker has “really strong buildings” with hurricane blinds that can handle “extreme weather pretty well”.

Hurricane Irma had already lashed the Caribbean islands of Barbuda, St Barthelemy and St Martin, before it passed Necker.

The “potentially catastrophic” storm is churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida over the weekend. – The Sun

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  • seenitall

    His son confirms that ‘a lot of buildings have been destroyed’ – not the same as the headline! I’m just glad that so few lives have been lost; as Sam says ‘buildings can be replaced . . . people can’t’.