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Millionaires Holidaying in the Caribbean

Posted by Caribbean World Magazine on 23 January 2021 | 0 Comments

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23 January 2021

The star-studded list of Millionaires hanging out on the powdery sand beaches of the beautiful Caribbean is growing, from actors and pop sensations to global sports stars.

A sixth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is definitely happening, according to Hollywood reporters, with or without Johnny Depp’s involvement, they claim. Rumour has it that Captain Jack Sparrow could be set to return in a small cameo, in order to provide some connective tissue to the previous movies while also passing the torch onto the next generation of swashbuckling heroes, but at the moment, the plan is still for the reboot to focus on a female pirate as the series’ new lead. Another new face? Robert Downey Jr is eying a role apparently - and as a huge fan of the Caribbean the location will certainly appeal. Robert Downey Jr and his family have enjoyed incredible vacations in the Caribbean and paparazzi snappers caught him cradling his baby son Exton Elias on an Anguilla beach one Sunday afternoon while on holiday with his wife Susan - he later dipped Exton’s little toes in the warm blue shallows. His dad, it is proposed, will work with Karen Gillan who is earmarked in the lead role in this soft reboot should Depp not be recast.

Latina pop sensation Shakira is no stranger to the lure of sparkling Caribbean Sea as she was raised in the Colombian beach town of Barranquilla on the palm-trimmed Caribbean Coast. Born to immigrant parents of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent, Shakira loves to travel and, prior to marriage and having a family, toured extensively worldwide. During the legendary half-time show at the 2020 Super Bowl, Shakira shared the stage with fellow Latina Jennifer Lopez and set the arena ablaze. In her 8 minutes of stage presence, the Lebanese-Colombian superstar delivered a remarkably versatile performance of rock Latino, pop, Arab belly dance, mapale, salsa and Afro-Colombian champeta. The performance was quintessentially “Barranquillero.” Yet it was also Arab and Congolese—which in itself is part of the social fabric of Caribbean Colombia. Barranquilla, Shakira’s lively hometown, Barranquilla is home to the second-largest carnival celebration in the world, attracting thousands from across the world annually and recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Shakira, who has invested in the Caribbean region, grew up in a city built on the backs of African slaves and home to several thousand Arab immigrants and their descendants - and her biggest hits celebrate this unique culture.

The other mesmerising star of the Super Bowl show - the super sassy Jennifer Lopez - chose the Dominican Republic for her heart-to-heart with fiancé Alex Rodriguez at his stunning Caribbean home. Rodriguez, aka A-Rod, took to Instagram to dismiss rumours that their engagement was over and share a video from the balcony of his Caribbean pad alongside the caption: “Happy Monday. New week. New day. Onward. Upward.” The 45-year-old former baseball star tagged the Love Don’t Cost A Thing singer in his post. J-Lo, now 51, was rumoured to have called off their two-year engagement amidst speculation that Alex’s friendship with Madison LeCroy was to blame. However, the pair rebuffed the claim in a joint statement and soaked up the golden Caribbean sunshine together.  The couple also chose the romantic Caribbean in which to celebrate their 2019 engagement, spending cosy days on a secluded Bahamian beach well away from the prying eyes of fans and paparazzi snappers.

In the past decade Russian engagement in the Caribbean has been fast growing; so that today Moscow’s diplomatic profile and its economic presence in a number of Caribbean nations is now stronger than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The yachting scene is particularly popular with affluent Russian-born actors, models and celebrities with Hollywood names such as Milla Jovovich no stranger to Caribbean shores. The beautiful Russian-born American actress, model, singer, and fashion designer, who has a net worth of $50 million, came from humble origins, raised by her single mother in downtown LA. She shot to international fame after her flawless skin and elegance was spotted by the photographer Richard Avedon at the age of 11, and was featured in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine 'Lei' which was her first cover shoot. She made her first professional model contract at the age of 12, and soon made it to the cover of 'The Face', 'Vogue', 'Cosmopolitan' and many other magazines. In 1994, she appeared on the cover of 'High Times' in the UK, at the age of 18 to become the highest paid supermodel in the world and securing campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Emporio Armani, Donna Karen, DKNY, Celine, P&K and H&H. She discovered her absolute love of gorgeous beaches whilst filming Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) and after spending time in the Caribbean, hasn’t looked back.

British-born Formula One hero Sir Lewis Hamilton ranks amongst the UK’s wealthiest sports stars thanks to a £131million fortune. His father Anthony, who is extremely close to, was born in Grand Coy in Grenada. It was Anthony who bought him a radio-controlled car in 1991, which gave him his first taste of racing competition. Hamilton began karting in 1993 at the age of eight at the Rye House Kart Circuit and quickly began winning races and Cadet class championships. At the age of ten he approached McLaren F1 team boss Ron Dennis for an autograph, and told him, “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.” The rest, as they say, is history and Hamilton continues to thrill motor sport fans across the globe. For downtime, he enjoys the quietude and exclusivity of the impeccable soft-sand beaches of Turks and Caicos but has an affinity with his ancestral island, the “Spice Island” of Grenada.