Barack Obama, 55 and his wife, Michelle, 53, flew to their good friend Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands on Monday night through Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.
After landing on Branson’s private jet, the Obamas posed for a photo with local immigration personnel who checked them into the territory and Police Commissioner Michael Matthews.
As news spread of the Obama’s pending arrival, several people showed up to the airport and armed police blocked the area east of the airport off to traffic so that the Obamas could be swiftly transported to Trellis Bay where a boat was waiting to take them to Necker Island.
It’s not known how long the Obamas will be in the territory.
Necker Island, a 74-acre island which holds about 30 guests, is north of Virgin Gorda and is about a 15- to 20-minute sail from Beef Island. Branson bought the island in 1983 for $180,000. Rates are currently going around $42,000 per night. A villa can be had for $27,000 for a week.
Michelle Obama was seen boarding the private jet owned by Richard Branson.
Branson, who has been a dedicated supporter of the former president, is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He has been a longtime supporter of Obamacare and Barack throughout his eight years in office. Branson is also involved in the concern over climate change, another thing he and the former president can bond over.
The billionaire posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of himself sitting down for a meeting with Obama with the caption: “Thank you Obama.”