For Google Bachelor, a Wedding Fit for a Billionaire
Billionaire Larry Page and Lucy Southworth will reportedly wed this weekend.
Dec. 7, 2007 — -- What's a bachelor worth nearly $20 billion to do when he decides to tie the knot?
Rent out a private island, get a fellow billionaire to be best man, fly in a slew of A-listers and revel in the fact that while the whole production will cost millions of dollars, you'll still have enough money to buy just about anything, including some small nations.
Google co-founder Larry Page is expected to marry his fiancée this weekend at a private ceremony on Necker Island, a Caribbean enclave owned by Richard Branson, according to the Times of London.
"Booking a private island is becoming more of the trend these days with billionaires," said Preston Bailey, a New York-based event planner whose clients include fellow billionaires Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey. "It gives them much more security and privacy that is needed in these types of grand affairs."
Branson, the British owner of Virgin Group, will serve as Page's best man, according to Reuters. Which means that Page probably isn't paying him anything to use Necker Island for his nuptials -- but if he were, it would cost a lot more than a ceremony at the local church.
"If you wanted to book an entire island you'd probably pay between $1 and $2 million for a week," celebrity wedding planner Sasha Souza said. "You can book a castle or a chateau in France for a week for about $30,000. So this is significantly more."
Page, 34, co-founded the iconic search company with Stanford University classmate Sergey Brin in 1998. And no, he did not Google "trophy wife" to find his soon-to-be bride.
Lucy Southworth, 27, is currently studying biomedical informatics at Stanford and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford, according to the New York Post, which also reports that the svelte blonde did medical work in South Africa and "wants to better the world."
The power couple's plans for world domination will be put on hold when their 600 guests descend on Necker Island. According to the Times of London, Page and Southworth's guest list includes U2 frontman Bono and several business bigwigs.