Richard Branson’s luxury home on Necker Island has been completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma.
The billionaire’s son posted on Instagram to reveal that all the people staying on Necker Island are safe, but the buildings on the island have been destroyed.
Richard was on the island at the time, and took everyone down into his wine cellar to sit out the storm while it destroyed his luxury home above them.
“Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed,” Sam Branson wrote. “Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path.”
Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed 😞 Very concerned for our friends and everyone on the neighbouring islands and people in its path. Please don’t take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way. If your building is not very solid, do find somewhere safe! Homes can be rebuilt but lives can’t. Nature warning us again of the impact of #climatechange We must all do more to combat this. #nomoresubsidiesforfossilfuelandlivestockindustries #hurricaneirma #bvi #neckerisland #besafe #beprepared
“Please don’t take this hurricane lightly if it is heading your way. If your building is not very solid, do find somewhere safe! Homes can be rebuilt but lives can’t. Nature warning us again of the impact of #climatechange We must all do more to combat this.”
This morning, Virgin issued a statement that said, “We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place in the last 24 hours and our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and family in the Caribbean.
“We are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe as well. Necker Island felt the effects of Hurricane Irma and sustained extensive damage, the extent of which we are still assessing.”
“We’d like to thank all of you for your thoughts and would like to assure you that we will be keeping you along, with our family and friends, updated this week as we know more.
“We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time.”
Before the hurricane hit, Richard posted a picture and said that it was like a sleepover with all people on the island sleeping together in two rooms.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 6, 2017
“I haven’t had a sleepover quite like it since I was a kid. Strangely, it’s a privilege to experience what is turning into possibly the strongest storm ever with such a great group of young people.
“We were listening to the parrots in their boxes in the next room chattering away. Watching the tortoises congregating together, as if they sense what is coming our way.’
“Knowing our wonderful team as I do, I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge,” he added.