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Richard Branson has finally emerged from his private home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, and revealed how brutal the damage was.
Richard Branson has finally emerged from his private home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.
The billionaire rode out Hurricane Irma in his basement last week and is now revealing the extensive damage his home sustained.
Branson explained in a blog post that many of the buildings on Necker Island have been largely obliterated:
His exotic collection of wildlife braved the storm with him as well. He owns over 80 lemurs, hundreds of flamingos, iguanas that are close to extinction, tortoises, and rare birds.
He assured the public that most of his wildlife is safe and used to hurricane-type conditions in the tropics.
But it’s not his mansion or the wildlife that Branson is most concerned about. Instead, he’s set up a relief effort to help those less fortunate who were affected by Hurricane Irma. The British business owner claimed that the island region needed a “Disaster Recovery Marshall Plan, ” a reference to aid the U. S. delivered to Europe after WWII.
He stated later:
Branson also commented on job creation, stating it was “paramount” to island relief efforts.