Whatever you’re doing this weekend, it’s probably safe to assume it’ll be exceedingly lame compared with that of the 120 people who’ve flown to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for the Sunday nuptials of billionaire Netscape cofounder Jim Clark and his fiancée, Kristy Hinze.
Clark, who turns 65 on Monday, and 28-year-old Hinze, an Australian supermodel and the host of the Aussie version of “Project Runway,” kick off the celebratory weekend with their guests tonight on Athena, Clark’s 36-foot-wide, 289-foot-long classic sailing yacht. The party moves back onto the private island — located in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean — tomorrow.
The couple was originally planning to marry at Clark’s Palm Beach estate, but growing concerns about paparazzi ultimately prompted their none-too-shabby Plan B.
Necker Island, one of the world’s most exclusive wedding destinations, is accessible only by flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Antigua, or Barbados, followed by another connecting flight to Beef Island, Tortola, and another 30-minute private boat ride. Or you can just land on it with your helicopter. (Google cofounder Larry Page famously wed his wife at the 72-acre locale in late 2007.)
Clark and Hinze are paying about $50,000 a day for all of their amenities. Guests are shelling out another $10,000 apiece. The wedding will be Hinze’s first and Clark’s fourth.