The extravagant ways tech executives spent their summers

How was your summer vacation?

Probably not as extravagant as the vacations taken by some of the biggest names in tech.

Tech millionaires and billionaires vacation a bit differently from normal people.

From massive island retreats to superyachts, these tech executives’ summer getaways take luxury vacations to the next level.


Google’s Larry Page has his own superyacht called “Senses,” which he bought from New Zealand businessman Sir Douglas Myers for $45 million in 2011.

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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen cosponsored a massive fair — the Seattle Art Fair — to get more tech billionaires interested in collecting art.

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“To live with these pieces of art is truly amazing,” Allen said to Bloomberg. “I feel that you should share some of the works to give the public a chance to see them.”


In May, Allen invited scores of movie stars, musicians, and supermodels aboard his 414-foot yacht, “Octopus,” for a Bollywood-themed bash, during the Cannes International Film Festival.

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Many tech executives descended upon Idaho’s Sun Valley for investment bank Allen & Co.’s 33rd annual, weeklong conference — the so-called summer-camp for billionaires. Here’s GoPro CEO Nick Woodman.

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Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Google’s YouTube, was also in attendance at Sun Valley.

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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, 25, was spotted this summer with supermodel Miranda Kerr, his new fling.

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Vice Media CEO Shane Smith has shelled out $23 million for a massive property in Santa Monica, California.

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The 3.3-acre estate has 12 bedrooms and 14,000 square feet of space. It has made appearances in “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Entourage.”


When Google Chairman Eric Schmidt isn’t holed up in one of his mansions, he’s cruising the high seas on his 194-foot yacht, “Oasis.” He reportedly paid $72.3 million for the boat in 2009.

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Brit + Co CEO Brit Morin went to Iceland.


Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has an impressive real-estate portfolio — including the island of Lanai, which he bought in 2012 for more than $500 million — and he owns a number of cars and planes, too.


Virgin Group billionaire Richard Branson owns a Caribbean retreat called Necker Island. Its luxury resort can accommodate as many as 30 people. Branson also owns a yacht — called the Necker Belle — and a submarine, called the Necker Nymph.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s vacation getaways include a 750-acre property on the North Shore of Kauai, which includes a white-sand beach and former sugarcane plantation.

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Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz vacations at a five-bedroom home on Hawaii’s Big Island. The 117,00-square-foot lot is surrounded by black lava and a luxury golf course.

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This summer, Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma spent $23 million on a 28,100-acre property in upstate New York’s Adirondacks.

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In June, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow to Apple genius Steve Jobs, purchased a two-parcel property in Malibu for $44 million.

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