If you have money to burn or a survivalist fantasy to play out, the idea of owning your very own island can be intensely tempting.

We can’t describe it any better than the recent purchaser of a private island just off of Halifax, who pooled money together with nine other friends to make the buy: “Having a random patch of land somewhere holds almost no appeal, but an island is totally different. An island is like your own little country, with complete control of everything within its borders.”

In other words, it’s more badass than having a moat around your home and is akin to being the king of your own empire.

We’ve rounded up some of the most extravagant examples of island ownership. Take a look:

skorpios island greece

It’s where Jackie got her O. Skorpios, the Greek island where Jacqueline Kennedy married shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, was recently sold out of the family to the daughter of a Russian oligarch. The 24-year old Ekaterina Rybolovlev shelled out a reported $153 million for the private island.

Photo: KARA-OF-EVAN/Flickr

greek islands ionian sea

Looks like the the beleaguered Greek economy has attracted its share of billionaires looking for a bargain on land surrounded by the blue Mediterranean waters. The Emir of Qatar, one of the world’s wealthiest people, recently bought six islands in the Ionian Sea for $11 million.

Photo: L. Richard Martin, Jr./Flickr

necker island

Sir Richard Branson owns the 74-acre (300,000 square metre) Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Though a fire in 2011 destroyed the Great House (where Kate Winslet saved Branson’s 90-year old mom from the flames), Branson rebuilt and the island operates as a resort for the uber-wealthy. Branson bought Necker Island in the 1970s for $180,000, though the island’s worth is now pegged at $60 million.

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In 2008, pop star Ricky Martin bought an island in Angra dos Reis, Brazil for a rumoured $8 million. Jealous? The region has about 365 offshore islands so there’s got to be other real estate options nearby.

Photo: Ana Paula Hirama/Flickr

pender harbour

It’s no secret that actor Robin Williams has a crush on Canada. In a recent Reddit AMA, Williams said the country was “like a really nice apartment over a meth lab.” Williams has his own piece of Canada in Pender Harbour, British Columbia, though not much is known about the exact price tag of the island.

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Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, might not own the full island of Lanai, but since he owns a good 98 per cent we thought we way as well include him on the list. In 2012, Ellison picked up the Hawaii island for $300 million from American businessman David Murdock. The CEO admits he’s been in love with the land since he first flew over it in his 20s. He owns pretty much everything on the island, including the two grocery stores, two Four Seasons hotels and golf courses, the community centre and pool, movie theatre, half the roads and roughly 88,000 acres of land. His plan? Build an ultra-luxurious hotel on the coast, dabble in agriculture and build a sustainability lab.

Photo: Justin Ornellas/Flickr

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