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BILLIONAIRE 21 - The Exploration Issue

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in this issue

2 min
a word from the ceo

As a child in the 1970s, a visit to Johannesburg airport to receive guests was something hugely exciting, especially when one could still go out onto an open-air viewing platform. The continuous announcements of aircraft landing from far-away lands; people pouring into the arrival hall; and the emotion of families being reunited, often after years of being apart, was truly magical. I suspect many people have developed a romantic notion of travel because of similar experiences. My first international flight was at the age of 13 and, by then, the mid-1980s, it felt like the world had taken to the skies. Yet almost none of my classmates had ever left the country. Travel was, however, becoming more accessible and more of us were going off to explore the world. Today, according to…

2 min
editor’s note

Ah, those pre-COVID days. How free we were. Booking a spontaneous flight on a Thursday and, by Friday, enjoying a sundowner to start a long weekend in Tuscany. Now that the pandemic looks likely to curtail travel for months, if not years, many of us will be fantasising where we would go when the restrictions finally ease. The way we travel will change, perhaps forever. In the immediate aftermath, travelling will be mainly done by the business crowd, eager to get off Zoom and start making deals face-to-face. Leisure travellers will return in baby steps, but, in all likelihood, people will fly to fewer destinations perhaps with longer stays. The ordeal that flying is likely to become — health passports; immunisation and temperature checks; greater costs; a longer check-in time; quarantining; not to…

1 min

On the private Hawaiian island of Lana’i, Oracle founder Larry Ellison has created a data-driven wellness resort that is number one on our post-lockdown bucket list. Sensei, which means ‘teacher’, seeks to use your data to create a bespoke profile of treatments to achieve greater longevity and wellness. The resort is located at the Sensei Lana’i, A Four Seasons Resort, tucked in on the cliffs amongst Cook pines, banyan trees and miles of untouched nature. All retreats include a Sensei Guide, private guided sessions with a highly trained wellness team, spa treatments, group classes, round-trip air transfer from Honolulu on Lanai Air and gratuities. www.sensei.com…

2 min
moving on up

Humans are on a quest to learn, to develop, to adapt and to overcome challenges. If you do not adapt and change, you do not survive. Such desire, in addition to the hope of economic rewards, drove early explorers such as the Vikings, the Portuguese, the Spanish, the Dutch and the English in the 15th–17th century. While my ancestor Vikings visited and spent time in North America (just like me, centuries later), they never settled permanently. Further human exploration and more shipping technological innovation was needed. Today, in the 21st century, this insatiable human quest for exploration continues at an increasingly accelerated pace, spurring incredible technological innovations. But now that Earth is (more or less) discovered and claimed (only Antarctica, Antarktis, ‘Liberland’ between Croatia and Serbia and a small piece of…

1 min
going, going, gone

In the face of the coronavirus, auction houses have had to pivot fast, moving from live sales to online auctions. While, historically, digital sales have commanded lower prices, according to Clare McAndrew, an economist who authors the annual Art Basel and UBS Art Report, buyers are becoming more accustomed to purchasing higher-value pieces remotely. This quarter, some beautiful pieces came to market, achieving prices well over their estimate. Nothing like a bit of retail therapy.…

3 min

Anthony Lassman After lockdown, life will remain quieter, particularly in the travel space. The emphasis will be far less on Instagram and social media influences and more on being able to go to beautiful, peaceful places and spend time with friends and family, or alone with books, music and nature. There will be less of the over-hyped beach clubs and ‘cool’ restaurants and far more intimate gatherings at beautiful villas, as well as educational and experiential travel in low-density areas, with strong demand for privatisation. This summer I imagine there will be travellers looking to hire yachts in remote parts of the Mediterranean like the Cyclades and Ionian, Sicily and Corsica. Provided there are no further outbreaks, certain African countries with world-class lodges and private compounds should bounce back. Hotels will need to satisfy…