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Mr. Farhad Vladi, President of Vladi Private Islands GmbH Founded in Hamburg, Germany 1971 Graduated from the University of Hamburg in 1969 Masters Degree in Economics at age 24. He graduated from the University of Hamburg in 1969, (24 years old) with a Masters Degree in Economics and continued to participate in a training program at the Deutsche Bank AG, Hamburg. Farhad Vladi is best known as founder and owner of the company Vladi Private Islands GmbH , 26 years old, (founded in Hamburg, Germany 1971) which is the world's leading island brokerage company. Farhad Vladi has been island-shopping for more than 40 years. The Hamburg-born son of a German housewife and an Iranian businessman Manuchehr Vladi who imigreted to Germany from Iran in 1940. Vladi saw his first island—Capri—when he was 5. "Father traveled a lot and always took at least one of his four children with him," Vladi says. In 1969, soon after he got a master's in economics from Hamburg University, Vladi read a report (false, as it turned out) that an island in the Indian Ocean had just been sold for a piddling $5,000. Intrigued nonetheless, he shipped out for the Seychelles islands, determined to buy an island for himself. Alas, the one he wanted turned out to be too expensive, so instead, he found a buyer and took his commission. That transaction began his career. In 2011 Both Prince William and Kate are said to have "total privacy" while honeymooning on the islands of Seychelles. Farhad Vladi, the man who rented the couple's next destination, North Island, to them, revealed that the private getaway is quite popular amongst the world's elite, telling Us Weekly, "Bill Gates was on Fregate Island… Paul McCartney and Heather Mills were on Cousin, another island in the Seychelles," he said. " Angelina Jolie was on North Island with Brad Pitt." Vladi added, "What people like about North Island is that you have total privacy." Even though he viewed—and still views—island selling as "a crazy thing to do," it quickly proved more lucrative than he had imagined. Soon he was flying all over the world inspecting property and compiling computer listings. In 1976, after selling 50 islands—mostly in Nova Scotia and the Caribbean—he set up a North American office. Divorced and the father of an 11-year-old daughter, Natalie, Vladi now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. VPI grosses about $3 million from the 30 or so islands Vladi sells each year. A recent visitor offered up details of their luxurious stay, gushing, It's pretty much the best place in the world It's very romantic. The staff fill your baths and they put champagne on ice. All your drinks are included in the price." While few of his customers would like to maroon themselves a la Robinson Crusoe, "the desire to have an island still ranks high in the imagination," says Vladi. Owners become so attached to them that it usually takes death, bankruptcy or divorce to bring one on the market. Often, Vladi admits, they are bought as status symbols. Still, a private island provides a sense of romance that no town house in Spain or Florida condo could ever hope to match. "Every island has a name because each has a soul, a heart," Vladi says. "Other properties don't have that. An island has no street number, nothing. It's different, it's magic."He is selling and renting out private islands, island-related properties and island shares around the world. Over the years, Farhad Vladi has assembled an archive covering over 12,000 islands all over the world – probably the world's largest archive on privately-owned islands. He has been accepted as an expert witness on private island matters in the Courts of the United States and Canada and has also appraised islands for the Irish Government and for many other private parties. He recently revealed that he had rented out an island in the Seychelles to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, i.e. Prince William and his wife Catherine for their honeymoon after their April 29, 2011 wedding. In 1971, he sold his very first private island – Cousine Island in the Seychelles – and set up a private islands consulting company. Some years later, he founded Vladi Private Islands GmbH in Hamburg, Germany, and later in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – a company which also offers private islands for rent, advice on island development and management and private island appraisals.) Half a mile off the windswept Brittany coast, there lies a pink granite island called Costa Eres. Its four acres include grassy fields, a pine forest, two white sandy beaches and a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle. The first screech of the seabirds wakes you in the morning, and the boom of the Atlantic lulls you to sleep at night. Sometimes, when the wind is still, the skirl of a Breton bagpipe can be heard, floating across the water from Ploumanac'h, a mainland fishing village. If that sounds like the perfect escape from a frantic, overcrowded world, the man to see is Farhad Vladi, 43, an international island broker who has Costa Eres listed for sale at $1.5 million. But if Brittany isn't exactly the neighborhood you had in mind, don't fret. His real estate firm of Vladi Private Islands offers them in sizes and shapes to suit every taste, at prices ranging from $9,000 to $20 million.