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Bye bye, Britain! Sir Richard Branson sells Oxfordshire mansion and moves to holiday island tax haven home

Virgin Group founder decides to leave UK for the British Virgin Islands Has famously draped himself in the Union Flag to promote his business Sir Richard insists he has left for his love of BVI rather than tax reasons
Saying goodbye: Sir Richard Branson has draped himself in the Union Flag to promote his business in the past. He is pictured here in Dubai in 2006. Now he is living on his holiday island of Necker in the British Virgin Islands. Photo: MailOnline News.
Photo: Mail Online News.
Photo: Mail Online News.
Mail Online News

Sir Richard Branson has left Britain and is living on his holiday island of Necker, it emerged today.
The decision to leave the country for the British Virgin Islands is a turnaround for the charismatic 63-year-old entrepreneur, who has draped himself in the Union Flag to promote his business.

However, a spokesman for the Virgin Group founder said he had been there for seven years and stressed it made no difference for tax purposes whether he was in the UK or British Virgin Islands.

He sold his Oxfordshire mansion to his children Holly, 31, and Sam, 28, for £1.35million in August last year - but the transfer is said to have taken place up to five years ago, reported The Sunday Times.

Sir Richard - who is said by Forbes to be worth almost £3billion - had also sold his mansion in Holland Park, west London, around seven years ago after putting it up for sale for £17.5million.

The British Virgin Islands has a zero rate of income tax and a maximum ‘payroll tax’ of 8 per cent - much lower than the rate of up to 50 per cent Sir Richard might have to pay if he was a UK resident.

Non-residency rules mean Sir Richard is permitted to be in Britain between 46 and 183 days a year.

Sir Richard said on the Virgin website today: ‘We are fortunate enough to live on Necker, the most beautiful place in the world, because it is our home where we can live life to the full. 

'We are fortunate enough to live on Necker, the most beautiful place in the world, because it is our home where we can live life to the full'

‘I have not left Britain for tax reasons, but for my love of the beautiful British Virgin Islands and in particular Necker Island, which I bought when I was 29 years old, 34 years ago as an uninhabited island on the edges of the BVI. 

‘Over that time, we have built our home there, a place where my family and I are able to truly relax.’

His spokesman said: ‘After almost 40 years of working in the UK, Richard, now in his 60s, chose to live on his island Necker in the British Virgin Islands, an island he bought in 1979.

‘He moved there more than seven years ago, but rather than retiring there, he spends 90 per cent of his time starting not for profit ventures and raising millions for charity through speeches and other charitable engagements.

'Since he gives 100 per cent of any monies he earns from these to charity, it makes no difference for tax purposes whether he is in the UK or the BVI'

’Since he gives 100 per cent of any monies he earns from these to charity, it makes no difference for tax purposes whether he is in the UK or the BVI.’

Sir Richard bought Necker Island in 1978 and has regularly hosts parties for friends and family, including A-list celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince Harry and Jennifer Lopez.

Two years ago a devastating fire believed to have been caused by lightning burned down the island’s Great House while 20 guests were staying there.

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet saved his 90-year-old mother Eve by picking her up and taking her out of the house to safety.

5 Responses to “Bye bye, Britain! Sir Richard Branson sells Oxfordshire mansion and moves to holiday island tax haven home”

  • xxxxxxxx (13/10/2013, 12:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw why they calling us a tax haven?
    • The TRUTH (15/10/2013, 07:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They trying to squeeze us to get more money for wars to invade helpless countries. Yeah they don't put a dime into the BVI and now the UK Government trying to take what we built. So they label us tax haven. I thought we were obe, mbe, obgyn, etc... That nonsense label in being apart of the British empire and yet they put labels like tax haven on us. Well then if we are tax haven then yeah ok, at least we kept a few dollars to keep you from invading other helpless countries, ya nut jobs.. Branson welcome home, build a school or something with your virgin brand on it. In Tortola so we can see.
  • Sell out (13/10/2013, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd ah mussy more trips to Necker for the NDP
  • vip (14/10/2013, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he can vote in the BVI
  • pic (14/10/2013, 19:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is the start of England taking over the BVI we better go independence and run our own show


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