The main house on Necker Island, that was featured on an episode of MTV Cribs, caught ablaze at roughly 4a.m. Kate Winslet and her children were amongst those staying at the house. Branson confirmed,
“Kate Winslet, her boyfriend and her family were there and Holly (Richard’s daughter) and some of her friends were also staying… My mother was there and they managed to get her out and she is fine.”
Fortunately everyone got out and no one was hurt. The only casualty was the beautiful house that was “completely destroyed”. It is believed that it was the result of lightening related to the great Tropical Storm Irene that is currently penetrating much of the Virgin Islands.
Glad everyone is fine and am sure that he will have an even better house back up in no time. His next venture should be – Virgin Weather.
On a separate note, it’s pretty cool how people refer to him as ‘Billionaire Richard Branson’. Forget Sir, Duke, or Lord, having Billionaire as your title is Large!