Nowadays, you don't have to be super-duper rich to buy a private island, just normal super-rich with sprinkles of eccentricity. So fill out that business school application or pack your bags for Hollywood, dear reader. Because this is America. And in America, it's isolated happiness on an faraway landmass, or all-out bust.
Check out some people who own private islands below:
It's a good thing Mel Gibson<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/08/14/celebrities-with-private-islands.html#slide_1"> bought Mago Island</a> in Fiji in 2005. It gives him shelter whenever he says something offensive.
Notorious recluse Johnny Depp owns <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2009/06/johnny-depp-vanity-fair-cover-notes">an island in the Caribbean</a> where he can hide from people in Edward Scissorhands costumes. Photo care of <a href="http://www.privateislandsmag.com/">Private Islands Magazine</a>.
Does Tyler Perry walk around in a white wig and a dress in <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903999904576470253369797270.html">White Bay Cay</a>? Or is this private island a way to escape <a href="http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0018516/">Madea</a>?
When billionaire Branson <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/">returns from Mars</a> with a pot of space gold, he can bury it <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/trip-richard-bransons-private-island-2012-9?op=1">on Necker Island</a>.
Maybe the Internet constantly <a href="http://www.gossipcop.com/eddie-murphy-dead-august-2012-death-accident-snowboard-crash-died/">thinks Eddie Murphy is dead</a> because of all the time he spends on <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/08/14/celebrities-with-private-islands.html#slide_4">Long Cay in The Bahamas</a>.
Oracle co-founder Ellison owns an island in Hawaii that he said he would turn into a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/larry-ellison-hawaiian-island-laboratory_n_1934177.html">"little laboratory."</a> Because what else would an oddball billionaire do with a private island?
Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, owns <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2011/08/31/welcome-to-billionaire-paul-allens-13-5-million-private-island/">Allan Island in Washington</a>. You'd think he'd change the spelling of the island's name, but maybe that would look egotistical.
Singer Celine Dion bought a private island called Ile Gagnon in Quebec <a href="http://music.yahoo.com/photos/celeb-musicians-who-live-on-islands-slideshow/celine-dion-photo-1345160760.html">for $29.7 million</a>, presumably so she can hide from people singing the Titanic theme at her.
Rocker and exhibitionist Tommy Lee bought the island of Greece in The World islands in Dubai for himself and ex-wife Pamela Anderson. He says <a href="http://www.popcrunch.com/tommy-lee-buys-pam-an-island-in-dubai/">he chose Greece</a> because he is of Greek descent.
You wouldn't think magician David Copperfield would need a private island to disappear, but he bought Musha Cay in The Bahamas <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/garywalther/2012/11/27/muscha-cay-david-copperfields-magic-island-in-the-bahamas/">for $50 million</a>.
Louis Moore Bacon
This hedge fund manager bought Robins Island off the coast of Long Island <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/louis-bacon-moore-robins-island-2010-3?op=1">for $11 million in 1993</a>.
Businessman Malone owns Sampson Cay in The Bahamas, but that's not all. He's actually <a href="http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/27/john-malone-billionaire-landowner/">the world's biggest landowner</a>, laying claim to 2.2 million acres across the world, CNN Money reports.
The Barclay Brothers
Billionaire twins <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_and_Frederick_Barclay">David and Frederick Barclay</a> do everything together. They even joined forces to buy the island of Brecqhou in the U.K. for<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/48561974/page/5"> $4.3 million</a>.
Tech magnate McCaw <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Island_(British_Columbia)">owns James Island</a> in British Columbia. He also owns <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/realestate/article/Craig-McCaw-selling-island-buys-world-s-3610752.php">the world's most expensive car</a>, because why not?
Kamen, the <a href="http://www.ted.com/speakers/dean_kamen.html">creator of the Segway</a>, can ride his motorized personalized scooter all around the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Dumpling_Island">2-acre</a><a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2011/08/14/celebrities-with-private-islands.html#slide_5"> North Dumpling Island</a> in New York.