VIRGIN RECORDS founder Richard Branson credits his acts for helping him build a home on getaway Caribbean island Necker Island - because he's added to his home there every time they've scored a hit.

The businessman bought the British Virgin Islands retreat when he was just 24, but admits he had no money at the time to invest in property.

He says, "As JANET JACKSON had a hit, I would build a little piece of the island and then the Rolling Stones would have another hit and I'd build another little piece of the island.

"In a sense, as Virgin Records grew into a great record label, so this beautiful island grew as well."

Necker is now an exclusive resort only open to rock stars, celebrities and millionaires.

05/04/2005 02:54