Not content with being a Hollywood megastar and a pretty critically acclaimed actor to boot, Leonardo DiCaprio has now spent a massive $1.75 million on a private island just off Belize.
The island, which will be called ‘Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island’, is aimed at making the world a more eco friendly place. DiCaprio spent the last decade looking for the perfect person to partner up with for his venture, and finally found Jeff Gram, who is already a next door neighbour so to speak, who owns the nearby resort, Cayo Espanto Island.
DiCaprio not only wants to make the resort a relaxed haven for the people who decide to spend their holidays and hard earned cash there, but he also wants to reduce some of the burden on the environment.
DiCaprio himself claimed:
The main focus is to do something that will change the world.
I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.
DiCaprio is a well known advocate for both eco and animal friendly causes, sitting on the boards of various non-profit organisations and having his own foundation; the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, that is geared towards doing the same thing.
He spoke at the 2014 UN summit on climate change about the issues and claimed:
This disaster has grown beyond the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments…
DiCaprio, who was called a ‘credible voice’ on the environment by the United Nations Secretary-General, even released a documentary in 2007 called The 11th Hour, highlighting the problems the environment faces. Here’s a quick look at the trailer: