Billionaire's Paradise: Inside Necker Island
Confirmed for BBC Two on 6 January at 9pm to 10pm
Tuesday 6 January
It’s an upstairs/downstairs world where nearly 100 staff cater to just 28 guests – where some have paid up to a staggering £40,000 a night to experience the perfect island paradise.
And while Necker is home to Sir Richard Branson and his family, it is also a serious commercial venture. Selling the Caribbean dream to the most demanding guests in the world is a daily pressure.
Over the years the island has welcomed everyone from Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela to NASA’s Apollo Astronauts and more recently, One Direction’s Harry Styles. Many of the guests are annual regulars with one New York property developer on her 21st visit. There’s also a mixture of heirs and heiresses to fortunes, and a vast array of successful international entrepreneurs, many of whom use their holiday on Necker to do business with each other.
Meeting the needs of these VIPs are the staff of British, European and local islanders. It may seem that they’ve landed the dream job working in paradise; however the realities of living in the middle of the Caribbean Sea bring a whole host of major challenges.
Commissioned by Tom McDonald, Acting Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History. Stuart Cabb is the Executive Producer from Plum Pictures.
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