The answer is…
CEO Sir Richard Branson!
The flamboyant entrepreneur is best known for Virgin Airlines and Virgin Records reputedly owns Villa La Cassinella sharing the “ Punta di Lavedo” peninsula with Villa Balbianello. This fabulous estate has been extensively renovated and completed in 2008.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the original owners were the Comasco industrialist family who created magnificent gardens around the property. There is a stunning 3 hectares of cypress trees, boxwood hedges, vines of wisteria and jasmine, flowering dogwoods, azaleas, plus tree peonies and roses.
This villa can only be accessed by boat or helicopter. There is a central courtyard, an upper terrace, a teak-decked infinity pool, lined in glass tiles, a tennis court, home cinema and magnificent Lake views. The “News of the World Newspaper” quoted: “Remember the scene in Casino Royale where James Bond chills out after surviving a spot of eye-watering torture by Le Chiffre? The one where 007 nurses his cuts and bruises in a luxurious sun-drenched garden cascading down to a spectacular stretch of water surrounded by towering mountains?
Ever wondered where that stunning backdrop to Daniel Craig’s R&R was? The 18th century Villa Balbianello hosted Mr. Craig and his Hollywood crew. The mansion sits on a spit of land jutting into the deep green waters of the Lake whose shores are lined with holiday homes of some of the world’s mega-rich.
Richard Branson has a villa on the same peninsula as Balbianello. David Beckham was given board and lodgings by Sir Richard while he ‘wowed’ them at AC Milan. And George Clooney is often seen driving to and from his humble shack.”
Above content courtesy of lakecomovillas.net
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