Sir Richard Branson - Richard Branson's Island Home Rebuilt After Blaze
Tycoon Sir Richard Branson's luxury island retreat in the Caribbean has finally been rebuilt, more than two years after it was destroyed by an inferno.
More than 20 guests, including Hollywood star Kate Winslet, fled to safety as a blaze ripped through the mansion on Necker Island in August, 2011 after lightning struck the wooden home.
A team of construction workers has been rebuilding the main property - named the Great House - ever since, and the home in the British Virgin Islands finally reopened this month (Oct13).
Branson, who was in a nearby building when the blaze broke out, says, "Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world. The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I'm thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I'm very excited about."
Winslet was praised by the billionaire businessman for carrying his elderly mother Eve to safety during the fire.