Find these billionaires teeing off in Richard Branson’s Necker Island, or discussing fashion tips with Kenneth Cole at Manhatten’s CORE. Curious to see just where else these billionaires rub shoulders? Check out this list of billionaire clubs.
The Carnegie Club, Dornoch
Joining Fee: $32,400 Annual Fees: $10,400
Andrew Carnegie, legendary philanthropist, and industrialist founded this club. Possibly inspired by the concept of Peterpan's Neverland, this paradise for childhood is located at the stunning Scottish moors. The establishment offers endless fun such as horse riding, a golf course, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, and more.
Of course, if that's what you consider fun, you can do all that and join the club by paying a mere US$34,400 plus fees of US$11,000 a year. Falcons included.
The CORE Club, New York
Joining Fee: $50,000 Annual Fees: $15,000
The six-story building in Midtown offers a series of exclusive film screenings and art exhibitions. Members can also enjoy perks from luxury brand partners such as Bulgari and YachtLife, a yacht charter service. Founder Jennie Enterprise created it using the concept of the ‘anti-club.'
The New York Membership costs US$37,900 joining fee, plus annual fees of US$12,900. This is a hub for the ultra-wealthy. Members include folks such as Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz, fashion designer Kenneth Cole and even Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters.
Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago
Joining Fee: Unknown Annual Fee: $4,000
Chicago, Illinois home to the best freshwater sailings in the world, and there is no one place better than and Chicago Yacht Club. This is the club that takes full advantage of that.
The prestigious club hosts the annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, an event that brings over 3,000 sailors from the massive region that stretches along the shores of Lake Michigan and Chicago Harbor Lighthouse. Notable members include Robert Halperin and William Parks, the bronze medalist from the 1960 Olympics.
Club 1930, Milan (Invitation Only)
Entrance Fee: Unknown
Club 1930, as the name suggests has no website, not even a telephone number. It, in fact, can only be entered through a secret door in an ominous-looking bar. The next challenge is the doorman, and good luck going through him.
Only then might you reach the mere possibility of gaining a membership card that is only visible under UV light. The interior has been styled to look like a prohibition-era speakeasy — the perfect spot for secret parties and ambitious networking.
The Groucho Club, London
Joining Fee: $18,745 (Lifetime Membership) Annual Fee: $31,243
Just becoming a member of London’s Groucho Club costs over $15,000, plus an additional registration fee. The elite women-only club of publishers was established in the 1980s and hails itself as the female answer to the “stuffy gentlemen’s clubs”.
The club prides itself on a “maverick ethos" and expects its members to work in the arts and media. One can only join if they are nominated by two members and approved by the club’s committee.
San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, California
Joining Fee: $5,000 Annual Fee: Unknown
The San Diego Yacht Club crews and boats have earned the America Cup two times. New York Yacht Club is another club to take home the highly sought after Auld Mug. The club also runs one of the most thriving youth programs in the country, a fantastic training ground for blossoming sailors, which is of course mostly the kids of the more grown-up ones.
Want more? Participate in the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup, a prestigious regatta held annually since 1904. Don't get too excited though, the club limits themselves to only allowing 100 people in its clubhouse.
The American Club, Hong Kong
Joining Fee: $438,000 Annual Fees: $2,570
Battling your way up the long ladder to the American Club is well worth it in the end. Accessing the club involves a rigid interview with the Board of Directors for this Hong Kong establishment. This place embodies aristocratic chic and is a hub for ex-pats who are part of the world of finance, business, and politics.
The state of the art facilities includes banquet halls, top-notch fitness centers, and private lounges. Good luck getting in, there is quite the waiting list.
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, Qatar
Joining and Annual Fees: Unknown
Established in 1975, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club set out to develop Thoroughbred and purebred Arabian horses and organize racing shows and events. Go wild with horses in this equestrian paradise.
The club has the most state of the art facilities available and is affiliated with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the World Arabian Horse Organization, and the European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations.
Cocoon Club, Germany (Special Guest List)
Entrance Fee: Uknown
Probably the hardest club to get into, the Cocoon Club in Frankfurt is known for its super luxurious interior and decor. There is a screen that projects beautiful and scenic video effects, an amazing touch to an already fantastical club experience.
The honeycombed wall is another signature feature that comprises of a three hundred and sixty-degree angle of the main area. It's definitely an unforgettable experience.
Oldencraig Equestrian Center, England
Membership Fees: Unknown
With over fifty years of experience in the "biz" the Oldencraig Equestrian Center is offering the whole nine yards. Fit for both professional and casual horse riders, the prestigious establishment continues to grow in popularity.
Couple Ian Winfield and Vicki Thompson-Winfield are behind this wonderous establishment and have been appearing on magazine covers ever since.
Carolina Yacht Club, Charleston, South Carolina
Joining Fee: Uknown Annual Fees: $1,100
Founded in 1883, this elite yacht club is set in the gorgeously antique backdrop of Battery in Chareslton's downtown area. The club's old fashioned design looks like a place Scarlett O’Hara Captain Butler might stroll into at any given moment.
The Caroline Yacht Club’s trumps just about any other yacht club agree (though some may disagree.) The access to Charleston Harbor is one of the reasons it's on the list of 11 most exclusive yacht clubs in America.
Cavalli, Dubai (Special Guest List)
Entrance Fee: Unknown
Much like anything Dubai and in the Arab Emirates, it has the feel of being a lavish playground for the super-rich and glamorous. Filled with city-life pleasures, one spot that particularly stands out is the Cavalli nightclub.
Located in front of the Fairmont Tower hotel, the club comprises of three floors. Rumored to be the best club in Dubai, the Cavalli nightclub was launched by the legendary designer, Roberto Cavalli and is decorated 356,000 Swarovski crystals. Now that's pizazz.
The Museum Owners Club
Membership Fee: N/A
Having money is not all about being flashy, it's also about being cultured and refined. And nothing says cultured like owning an entire museum. These billionaires who own museums have joined forces and created their own club. That's a pretty steep membership fee. In this club, you can rub shoulders with people like Ronald Lauder, heir to Estee Lauder cosmetics, who owns Neue Galerie in New York and François Pinault owns Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
Others include Alice Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune, and Hiroshi Yamauchi, founder of Nintendo who owns the Shigureden Museum and the Crystal bridges museum of American Art.
The Arts Club, London
Joining Fee: $2,500 Annual Fee: $1,250
Founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens of all people, the club was created with the vision uniting, artists, writers, and scientists all in the name of the intellectual pursuit. Legendary past members have included greats such as Rodin, Degas, and Liszt.
It boasts a well-stocked cigar room and one of the finest libraries of first-edition books in the United Kingdom. This one is actually slightly more affordable with US$1,900 joining fee and annual fees of US$1,900. It's just a little more about who you know.
The Private Island Owners Club
Membership Fee: N/A
It's not uncommon for billionaires to own islands. Basically, if you have 9 zeros in your bank account, you're part of the on Billionaires Owning Utopian Island Club. As we know, Richard Branson owns Necker Island, Mosquito island on the British Virgin Islands as well as Makepeace island situated off Australia's Sunshine Coastowns. Then there's Paul Allen of Microsoft who owns Allan island.
Vijay Mallya owns a string of islands north of the Maldives where he runs resorts, in addition, he owns the island of Thinnakkara off the coast of Lakshadweep. The Canadian-Indian billionaire Bob Dhillon (yes, that's his name) who owns a 2300 acre island in Central America.
Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky
Membership Fee: Unknown
Reasonably modern for a horse park, this Kentucky establishment opened in 1987. It's the perfect rich man's playground if you're down south. Billionaires can also send their little ones to the educational theme park and learn about the beautiful relationship between man and horse. Or rather, tycoon and steed.
The facility also includes the International Museum of the Horse, affiliate to the Smithsonian. They also host the Kentucky Derby, the world-famous annual horse race that starts the first Saturday of May. There you will find the who's who of the elite ring of equestrian fans.
Yellowstone Club, Montana
Joining Fee: $300,000 Annual Fee: $36,000
According to Business Insider, you can find folks like Bill and Melinda Gates, Dan Quayle, and Justin Timberlake hanging out this club. The beautiful countryside club nestled in the gorgeous Rocky Mountain region in Montana comes packed with ample activities. Skiing, golfing, hiking, fine dining, you name it, they have it.
There is also private membership that allows only 864 residencies ranging from 1 - 360 acres. This can cost you 300,000 membership deposits and $39,500 in annual dues.
Joining Fee: $1,600 Annual Fee: $3,600
The new Annabel’s recently underwent a major reconstruction and now features 26,000 square feet of day and night restaurants, bars, a cigar salon, a nightclub in the basement, and a terraced garden on the roof.
Demand is so high, in fact, that members of the old Annabel’s have been cautioned that unless they apply quickly, they could find themselves left out in the cold when the new building opens in late 2017. Members over 35 pay over $1,600 to join plus an annual fee in excess of $3,600.
New York Yacht Club, New York
Joining Fee: $50,000 Annual Fees: $15,000
New York Yacht Club has 3,000 members, that's a lot of members. But don't get too excited, this is is still an invite-only membership. The New York Yacht Club plays an essential role in the America Cup, having won it a whopping 25 times. That's the longest winning streak in the history of sports.
There are a host of prominent billionaires in this club such as Mukesh Ambani, owner of the Antilla estate, the world’s most expensive home ever built. Others include Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, and Lakshmi Mittal.
The Vintage Cars Club
Membership Fee: N/A
The cost of this club is more about what car you own rather than how much you pay to get in. In these elite social circles, you can find folks like the billionaire Indian businessman and ex-parliamentarian Vijay Mallya who among other models, owns a 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost in this club. You can find a lot more men with killer wheels such as Ralph Lauren's 11 classic car collection, some of which include a 1929 Blower Bentley, 1930 Mercedes-Benz "Count Trossi" SSK, 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe and 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia.
The Sultan of Brunei is another member who owns his fair share of vintage cars. Rumor has it that he has about 5,000 cars that some of which include Ferraris, Rolls Royces, and Porsches.
The Houstonian, Houston
Joining Fee: $30,000 Annual Fees: Unknown
We've talked yachts, golf, and nightclubs, but where do the fat cats go when they need to shape up? The Houstonian is the gym or the rich. It costs between $7,500 to $28,000 per year and includes amenities like tennis courts, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor track, rock climbing wall, steam rooms and whirlpools and even, a library.
If you end up working out so late, there is a hotel on site. It just gets better and better.
Club Aquarium, United Kingdom (Invite List Only)
Entrance Fee: Unknown
Want to party with the world's richest and glamorous billionaires? Try getting into Club Aquarium, the richest nightclub in the United Kingdom. The nightclub houses a massive dance floor, a jacuzzi, and a killer cocktail bar in a swimming pool.
The most unique feature however is the groovy 70s and 80s feel to it, from the music to the aesthetic, it will take you back in time.
Pangea Club, Singapore (Invite List Only)
Entrance Fee: Unknown
Welcome to Pangea Club the richest club in Singapore. The club is located on Marina Bay Sands resort casino which is the richest casinos in the country. Established in 2011, the club quickly established itself as the hottest club in the world.
It's not pretty pricey and costs twenty grand to get in. Of course, then there are drinks. You can't get more luxury than this.
Fisher Island Club, Florida
Joining Fee: $42,800 Annual Fee: $42,800
Situated just on the outskirts of Miami, Florida, this club is made up of a private beach, one of which is officially the most expensive beach in the world. The tennis, golf, marina and spa paradise costs an initiation fee of $42,800 plus annual dues of $27,306 (that's minus the golf membership.)
Add the golf membership to the price tag and consider yourself a made man, or woman!
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Joining Fee: $3,500 Annual Fees: $500
In 1914, 25 sailors established the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Located on the shores of Lake St. Clair, the clubhouse was designed by the internationally renowned designer Guy Lowell. That probably explains why it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sadly for Lowell, he didn’t get to see his creation come to life as he died at sea before the building was completed. The bell tower is the most prominent feature as it also doubles as radio far for sailors on Lake St. Clair.
XS Club, Las Vegas (Special Guest List)
Entrance Fee: $100
One of the richest clubs in the world is of course in the party capital, Vegas. If you can somehow hustle your way into this seriously upscale club, you might be inspired to make those billions yourself. Just stepping inside makes you feel like you're one of the gang.
Get down on this thirteen thousand square feet dance floor. Just make sure you're loaded when you get there. You won't be getting a bottle of champagne for under a thousand dollars.
Hakkasan, Las Vegas
Entrance Fee: $80
Get your dose of celebrities at this club at this exclusive nightclub. The club is home to world-famous DJs such as Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, so you know' you're going to be partying up in only the best company imaginable.
What better way for a billionaire to spend their day after a long day of sailing.
Pine Valley Golf Club, New Jersey
Joining Fee: $500,000 Annual Fees: Unknown
The Pine Valley Golf Club is another lavish spot for billionaires to come and tee off. The club is actually considered to be the best golf course in the entire world and is run by a board of directors who reach out to potential members to join their private club.
This elite club is accessible only to men, so expect whiskey, cigars, and some eye-brow raising lockerroom talk. All in good fun of course, and for a hefty joining fee of up to $500,000
Augusta National Golf Club Home, Georgia
Joining Fee: $40,000 Annual Fees: $4,000
If you'd like to network with prominent members of society while knocking back golf balls, this might bet the place for you. If you can afford that membership fee that is. Joining fees cost between $25,000 and $50,000, according to the Telegraph.
Perhaps you'll luck out on the golf course with Connie Rice and Darla Moore.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland
Joining Fee: $50,000 Annual Fees: Unknown
Officially known as the world's oldest and most prestigious golf club in the world, this club is known to all as the "Home of Golf." The club was established in 1754 as a male-only membership until 2015 when it welcomed their first female members including Princess Anne and several other pro-golfers.
The membership is by invitation only, obviously, not every Tom, Dick and Harry is going to be able to golf with Princess Anne. Currently there are2,400 members from all over the world.
Monthly Service Fee: $2,500
When you're a tycoon planning your vacation, you're not going to be dealing with laboring over Skyscanner and Trip Advisor like the rest of us mere mortals. This club gives its members special services by offering property management and travel planning. With complete know-how in all beach, mountain, and urban destinations out there, members can enjoy the special “Inspirato Experiences."
In addition, their complete on-site concierge will meet your every need at any destination possible. Top tier service comes to $30,000 for the initiation fee, which includes two complimentary trips, and $3,400 annual dues.
La Fira Club, Spain (Special Guest List)
Entrance Fee: Uknown
This Barcelona nightclub is on fire! And don't worry about going on a specific night, every single night is popping. The club is filled with antique furniture giving it a super classy touch. They really keep in with the theme in terms of drinks and sell some very old-timey champagnes. Of course, this isn't going to be cheap as the time capsule of a club will cost you one pretty penny...or thousands of them.
Enjoy the scattered mirrors throughout the nightclub that distort your body. A helpful reminder that you can't always look perfect.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York
Joining Fee: $750,000 Annual Fee: $20,000
The US Open has taken place on this golf course multiple times. To enjoy a day at this golf club, you will have to get your hands on an extremely rare species in order to enter — a member of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Only then the waiting list can be months long. While $350 per round is pocket money for these big-league folks, it's certainly more about who you know.
LIV Club, Florida
Entrance Fee: $80
The whopping thirty thousand square feet club is the epitome of style. Located, right along Miami Beach, this is where the billionaire goes to blow off steam. If the crowds get a little too much, you can always stroll by the night-time waves.
The LIV Club also attracts hoards of celebrities and wealthy business people from around the globe and have been known to pay as much as one hundred grand just for a bottle of champagne alone.
Halikarnas Club, Turkey
Entrance Fee: Uknown
This nightclub resides in a resort town in Turkey, named Bodrum. Situated comfortably near the beach, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll after a wild night and big crowds. And quite a crowd it has. The club can hold over ten thousand people at one time.
That's a lot of people partying up at the same time in the same space, all...night...long. You can also enjoy the Roman Empire themed aesthetic and architecture. Now that's upscale partying!
The San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, California
Joining Fee: $2,500 Annual Fees: Unknown
We've mentioned some old and established yacht clubs here, but nothing quite beats this one. Founded in 1869, the clubhouse, after a long search, finally settled in its current location, the Belvedere Cove, in 1926. The move created quite a ruckus among its members and even resulted in a split, thus the rival club, the St. Francis Yacht Club was born.
Despite the scandalous split, The San Francisco Yacht Club found the perfect spot right in the Belvedere Cove. The excellent harbor allowed for the development of some world-class amenities In 2007, the club went through some major refurbishing, modernizing the whole look.
Newport Harbor Yacht Club
Joining Fee: $10,000 Annual Fees: Unknown
Established in 1916, this premier West coast club played a pivotal role in the expansion of Newport Beach throughout its history. The clubhouse itself was built in 1919 joins the ranks of the oldest and most established clubs in the country.
You know that a place like this is swarming with some seriously old-timey wealth. The nouveau riche have been trying to squeeze themselves into this club for years. Good luck to them!
Richard Branson's Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Cost per Night: $77,500
Richard Branson calls this his Necker Island his home and "favorite hideaway." The island which essentially doubles as a resort can accommodate up to 30 guests, with additional room for six children.
The idyllic paradise is surrounded by breathtaking Caribbean beauty and offers guests incredible facilities, beaches, and spas. Basically a family getaway spot for billionaires.
Hartpury Equine, England
Membership Fee: $50 per month
The massive 8 arena facility complex houses 230 horses, on-site equine therapy, and even a rehabilitation center. The College offers top-class equestrian training by leading industry experts and athletes. In addition, they host events such as The Hartpury Festival of Dressage, the NAF Five Star International Hartpury, Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular, and Horse Trials.
With just 300 members, including Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett, you can be apart of the experience for a price that ranges between $250,000 to $500,000.
The Australian Club, Sydney (Men Only)
Joining Fee: Endless background checks and vetting process. Annual Fees: $5,000
The most powerful brokers and finance folks love to convene in the Australian Club in Macquarie Street. After a long day making hoards of cash at those top floor investment banking offices, they come and spend it while looking over the views of Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour.
Current members include Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, businessman James Packer and Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia Murray Gleeson. The club features a lavish ballroom as well, high-end conference and meeting facilities, and dates back to 1838.
Beyonce’ & Jay-Z's Galactica Star (Vacation Boat)
Weekly Cost: $434,000
Music power duo with a whole lot of talent, Beyonce and Jay-Z rented the yacht “Galactica Star”, a floating mansion with custom-built VIP guest rooms, a beach club, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, a sundeck and a helipad? And with a separate master suite, it sounds like the most romantic getaway. If you're a billionaire looking for a breath of fresh air, try Beyonce and Jay-Z's boat.
This little toy set them back $70 million, plus the cost of insurance and ongoing maintenance fees. But at $900k a week to charter, maybe it’ll be a good investment.
Chlosterli Club, Switzerland (Invite List Only)
Entrance Fee: Unknown
Located in the Swiss Alps, on an old mountain retreat, the Chlosterli Club offers a warm and comfy atmosphere in the heart of the icy mountains. The magical club transforms into a while disco dance club at night and in the day is a restaurant.
It's most popular in the winter times, specifically in December and January, and is mostly a major tourist hot-spot.
St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco
Joining Fee: $2,500 Annual Fees: Unknown
As we mentioned above, dissatisfied members of The San Francisco Yacht Club who were against the move to Belvedere created their own spot. Billionaire club rivalry is what can be found along the coast of San Francisco. These fellas don't mess around.
It's considered the most prestigious yacht club on the Western coast and is popular mostly for its location which is near the Golden Gate Bridge. Notable members include James David Zellerbach, Tom Blackaller, Pamela Healy, and Roy Disney. Wow!
Emirates Equestrian Centre, Dubai
Joining Fees and Annual Fees: Unknown
If you're looking for more fun with horses then look no further. The Emirates Equestrian Centre is the epicenter of equestrian fun in the Middle East. The facility also hosts the Dubai Show Jumping Team and the Dubai Pony Club. Nothing says elite billionaire like being apart from the Dubai Pony Club.
The super-refined country course was approved by the British Horse Society Centre in the Middle East, so you know you're getting that royal touch. In fact, it's the only facility that has been officially approved by them.
Royal Ascot Racing Club, England
Joining Fee: Invite Only Annual Fees: $500
Established in 1711 by Queen Anne herself, the Royal Ascot is the world's most prestigious horse racing association ever created. Keeping in the with long-held tradition, you can find the jockeys still wearing purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, and the velvet cap.
Of course these days, the club is managed by a formal board in order to keep with modern times. The club holds two prestigious races a year, The Gold Cup and The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, both of which were presented by the late Queen.
Annapolis Yacht Club, Maryland
Joining Fee: $11,000 Annual Fees: $1,900
The most iconic yacht race in America took place on this very spot - the traditional Annapolis to Newport race. No race in history has this much nation-wide appreciation.
Tragically, the club was struck by a fire that destroyed the clubhouse in 2015. Thankfully, the strong membership of 1600 members managed to band together and rebuild it. It now is going as strong as it was in 1886.
Capital Club, Dubai
Joining Fee: $15,150 Annual Fees: Unknown
Light up a cigar and talk all things Brexit and business. It's a great opportunity to network with industry leaders, if you can pay US$15,150 joining fee, that is. There is of course also an undisclosed amount of annual fees.
The Capital Club is not exclusively a flashy smoky hangout for hotshots and bigwigs (though it is that too) but it's also home to many prominent government officials and players in the commerce sector.
Merion Golf Club Merion, Pennsylvania
Joining Fee: $70,000 Annual Fees: $6,000
The Merion Golf Club is a privately own golf club based in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania bordering Philadelphia. Gear up for the special feature, apparently this club is home to one of the best male locker rooms ever. Nothing says rich guys having fun like partying it up in a fancy golf club showers.
Enjoy facilities like these by forking out about $70,000 for a membership fee and $6,000 annual upkeep fees.
Palm Beach Yacht Club, Florida
Joining Fee: $30,000 Annual Fee: $4,975
What started out as a small group of sailing enthusiasts in 1890 interested in sailing on the Intracoastal Waterway, soon evolved to become one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in America.
This incredibly breathtaking spot has won countless coveted awards such as the Epicurean International Award, an award that is limited to just 100 restaurants on the planet Not impressed? Eat at their restaurant and enjoy culinary heaven. Of course, if you're a mere mortal with a 9-5 job, keep dreaming.