Jeffrey Epstein is the owner of not one, but two islands in the Caribbean, having more than doubled his property holdings in January 2016 when he paid $18 million for Great St James.
That 162-acre property is located next to Little St. James, the 71.5-acre island he purchased in 1998 for $7.95 million.
Epstein has big plans for the latest addition to his already sizable real estate portfolio, with a schematic obtained by Suzanne Carlson of The Virgin Islands Daily News showing his plans to build a massive compound on the property.
Epstein’s plans for Great St. John include a barge dock, two homes, cottages, an amphitheater, gardens, a marine electrical cable, solar array and generator, storage building, security building, work shed, machine shop, and an ‘underwater office and pool.’
That barge and a few completed structures, as well as construction equipment, are visible in aerial images of the island.
This work has been done despite the fact that only the construction of a flagpole and repair of cisterns has been approved on the island.
A spokesperson with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources declined to comment and relayed to DailyMail.com that more information could only be obtained in person and with an appointment at the office in St. Thomas.
ISLAND CHAIN: Jeffrey Epstein owns two neighboring properties in the US Virgin Islands, having purchased Little St. James in 1998 and Great St. James in 2016
GREAT ST. JAMES: He paid $18 million to purchase all plots on the island from two separate parties in January 2016 (Great St James above)
GREAT ST. JAMES: Epstein’s plans for Great St. John include a barge dock, two homes, cottages, an amphitheater, gardens, a marine electrical cable, solar array and generator (above)
GREAT ST JAMES: Epstein has finished work on at least one home ion the property (above) but still makes Little St. James his primary residence
GREAT ST. JAMES: Most of the work has involved clearing the dense vegetation to make a main road around the island (dock above)
Epstein’s plans hit a snag however soon after he purchased the island when he was hit with a pair of cease and desist orders.
The first citation was ‘in regards to unpermitted land clearing.’
Epstein eventually managed to remedy that situation by paying a $70,000 fine records show, and paid an even steeper fine after the second offense in October.
The exact amount is not known, but the fine was between $140,000 and $180,000 according to Carlson.
Work then continued, mostly on clearing the dense vegetation to make a main road around the island, until December of last year.
That is when Epstein was again hit with yet another cease and desist, which it seems he opted to ignore.
Workers have continued to forge ahead on the plans over the past few weeks, even while Epstein has been behind bars.
Now, authorities are trying to get on the island to determine what has been going on there for the past eight months.
If it is found he has been building despite the order, his current fine could be as much as $2.15 million.
There are also two endangered species on or near the island – coral and the Virgin Islands Tree Boa.
One other species also threatens Epstein’s wellness should he ever return ot the island – humans.
GREAT ST. JAMES: Epstein has erected ‘No Trespassing’ signs (above) all around the island as many tourists spent time off the coast in Christmas Cove
GREAT ST. JAMES: This work has been done despite the fact that only the construction of a flagpole (above) and repair of cisterns has been approved on the island
GREAT ST. JAMES: In 2016, he was fined $70,000 and then approximately $150,000 for violating building orders on the island
GREAT ST. JAMES: Workers have continued to forge ahead on the plans over the past few weeks, even while Epstein has been behind bars (construction vehicles above)
GREAT ST. JAMES: There is far more public activity around Great St. James (foreground) than Little St. James (background)
Epstein has erected ‘No Trespassing’ signs throughout the island due to the area’s popularity with tourists.
Local laws make all land below the tideor bush lines public property, so Epstein cannot legally kick people off those lands, but he is being vigilant about making sure no one wanders onto his property.
He continues to make Little St. James his primary residence, but last month the helicopter that shuttles the millionaire and his guests to and from the airport was listed for sale online, with an asking price of $1.8 million
Epstein also sold one of his private jets in June. His other was seized when he was arrested earlier this month after landing back on US soil following three-week trip to Paris.
These two islands are not his only major holding in the area either, with Epstein also owning a 50 percent stake in America Yacht Harbor, a port that has slips for 123 yachts, sailboats and pleasure crafts as well as a strip mall of offices.
Epstein’s firm Southern Trust Company is in that strip, where he operated at least 15 LC companies over the past two decades according to public records obtained by DailyMail.com. Those records also reveal that his office manager for much of that time has been Cecile de Jongh, toe former first lady of the Virgin Islands.
It is unclear what, if any , benefits Epstein has been afforded because of his hiring of de Jongh.
She was not first lady when she took the job, and her husband John’s run happened to coincide with the exact moment the allegations against Epstein first became public.
He was eventually elected to office in 2007 and served two terms as governor despite his wife’s ties to Epstein.
Records suggest that she still works at the office.
LITTLE ST. JAMES: He continues to make Little St. James (above) his primary residence, but last month the helicopter that shuttles the millionaire and his guests to and from the airport was listed for sale online
LITTLE ST JAMES: It is 71.5 acres, and on the island one can find cabanas, a helicopter pad, a Japanese garden and a cinema
LITTLE ST JAMES: Then there are the two properties on Little St James, a private island near St Thomas
LITTLE ST JAMES: Epstein had made the island his primary residence for the past decade, prior to his arrest
LITTLE ST JAMES: There is a staff of 70 who work on the island at all times, and it can be rented for over $50,000 per night
In total, Epstein’s properties are valued at close to $150 million.
There is the aforementioned Paris bolthole where he spent the weeks before returning to the US and getting arrested on the tarmac as his plane touched down at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
The $9 million pied-a-terre is located on one of the nicest blocks in the City of Lights, and Epstein traveled there frequently, often spending a few months at the apartment each summer.
There are few details known about the property other than the fact that Epstein has operated one of his companies out of the apartment since 2002, and that it is in the same building where famed art dealer Paul Guillaume lived with his wife.
He would die under mysterious circumstances at the age of 42 and his wife was initially arrested for his murder, but ultimately cleared of all charges when it was ruled that his death had been caused by septic shock.
Halfway around the world, just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits Epstein’s country estate.
The Zorro Ranch consists of a 26,700-square-foot mansion on 10,000 acres that was purchased by Epstein back in 1993.
It was only 7,500 acres when he purchased the property, but Epstein has added to the ranch over the years.
This could be in large part because it is the one state where he resides that he does not have to register as a sex offender.
There is also a possible ski chalet that Epstein owns, with records obtained by DailyMail.com showing that a $22 million home in Vail, Colorado was added to his portfolio back in 1997.
It was transferred to him back in 1998 by Libet Johnson, the late heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, who passed away in 2017.
Johnson’s name remained on the deed however, and she listed both herself and Epstein as living at the same address on Madison Avenue.
It is still listed as being owned by the late heiress’ trust.
PALM BEACH: The $14 million estate in Palm Beach that was purchased in 1990 (above), and where a number of young girls said they were sexually assaulted
NYC: The Manhattan mansion is known as the Herbert N. Straus House, named after its former owner who was one of the heir’s to the Macy’s fortune, the department store which was founded by his parents.
PARIS: Epstein’s apartment in Paris is on the famed Avenue Foch (above), and in the same building where famed art dealer Paul Guillaume lived with his wife, who was later suspected of murdering him
NEW MEXICO: The Zorro Ranch consists of a 26,700-square-foot mansion on 10,000 acres that was purchased by Epstein back in 1993 in New Mexico (above)
COLORADO: There is also a ski chalet that Epstein owns, with records obtained by DailyMail.com showing that a $22 million home in Vail, Colorado was added to his portfolio back in 1997
The sale of his Manhattan mansion also happened under mysterious circumstances, which public records showing no transfer of money when he was deeded the house from his good friend Leslie Wexner.
There was however a transfer of close to $50 million to a Wexner charitable fund from businesses registered to Epstein’s addresses.
This is the home where over the weekend a search uncovered nude photos, discs with images of minors and Epstein’s infamous massage table.
It is known as the Herbert N. Straus House, named after its former owner who was one of the heir’s to the Macy’s fortune, the department store which was founded by his parents.
Another department store magnate, Leslie Wexner of Limited Brands, later bought the property, and then handed it of to his friend Epstein.
A few changes were then made by the pedophile.
‘The entrance hall is decorated not with paintings but with row upon row of individually framed eyeballs; these, the owner tells people with relish, were imported from England, where they were made for injured soldiers,’ read a Vanity Fair piece back in 2003.
‘Next comes a marble foyer, which does have a painting, in the manner of Jean Dubuffet … but the host coyly refuses to tell visitors who painted it. In any case, guests are like pygmies next to the nearby twice-life-size sculpture of a naked African warrior.’
The writer, Vicky Ward, does not stop there either, going on to described more of the space in her profile.
‘Despite its eccentricity the house is curiously impersonal, the statement of someone who wants to be known for the scale of his possessions,’ she wrote.
‘He thinks 51,000 square feet is an appropriately large space for someone like himself, who deals mostly in large concepts—especially large sums of money.’
There is also a leather room, ‘so called because of the cordovan-colored fabric on the walls,’ where ‘the chairs are covered in a leopard print, and on the wall hangs a huge, Oriental fantasy of a woman holding an opium pipe and caressing a snarling lionskin.’
Finally, there is the $14 million estate in Palm Beach that was purchased in 1990, and where a number of young girls said they were sexually assaulted.
A video of a 2005 raid of the property, which sits on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, gave a firsthand look at the bizarre decor of that residence.
The video, which runs for a little under 54 minutes, takes the viewer to a closet crammed with dozens of white towels before going inside Epstein’s garage, filled with two black sedans, a convertible and an aqua colored motor-cycle.
In one bathroom sits a dentist’s chair, with fully equipped dentist’s cart, complete with what appear to be drills, a lamp and other instruments.
In another, Ghislaine Maxwell’s black-and-white portrait hangs above the toilet bowl. On the opposite wall in full color is a young naked girl, back to the camera, running her hands through her hair.
A crudely drawn picture depicting a baby and with quotes from both Ralph Waldo Emerson (‘A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature’) and Star Trek’s Mr. Spock (‘Live long and prosper’) hangs in another wall.