The FBI raided one of Jeffrey Epstein's private islands in the Caribbean, which locals call 'Orgy Island' and where airport workers say they saw him travelling with underage girls. Here's an inside look at the properties.

Rick Friedman Photography via Getty; Marco Bello/ReutersJeffrey Epstein owned two private islands in the US Virgin Islands.

The convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had an expensive real-estate portfolio that included two neighbouring private islands.

In 1998, Epstein bought Little St. James, a 72-acre private island in the US Virgin Islands, for $ 7.95 million. The island has been dubbed “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island” by locals, according to the Los Angeles Times.

On Monday, August 12, just days after Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell – where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking – the FBI raided Little St. James to search for evidence pertaining to the case against him.


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Next to Little St. James sits Epstein’s second private island, Great St. James. Epstein purchased the second island in 2016 for a reported $US18 million.

According to New York magazine, Epstein planned to build a compound on Great St. James but was issued a stop-work order in December for not obeying environmental regulations.

Keep reading for an inside look at both of the properties.


Jeffrey Epstein owned two private islands in the US Virgin Islands: Little St. James and Great St. James.

Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via GettyEpstein in 2004.

Source: New York magazine, Miami Herald


The islands sit next to each other off the coast of St. Thomas.

Source: Google Maps


The first of Epstein’s US Virgin Island purchases was Little Saint James.

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Source: New York magazine


Little St. James spans 78 acres.

Source: Business Insider


Epstein bought it in 1998 for $US7.95 million.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: New York magazine


He flew underage girls to the island on his private jet as recently as last year, Vanity Fair reported, citing locals.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: Business Insider, Vanity Fair


The Los Angeles Times reported that the island has been dubbed “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island” by locals.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James Island.

Source: Los Angeles Times


The island includes five buildings: a villa-style compound, a library, a cinema, a detached bathhouse, and cabanas. According to New York magazine, there is also a “flamingo-stocked lagoon” on the island.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: Curbed, Business Insider, New York magazine


The main residence and compound sit on the northeast point of the island, and a pair of guest houses sit on the northwest and southeast points of the island. The mansion has a distinctive turquoise roof.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: Business Insider, AP


The island also has a temple structure that boasts some strange features. One of those features, Business Insider previously reported, is a door that appears to be designed to keep people inside.

Source: Business Insider


The island is believed to have been Epstein’s primary residence.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: Miami Herald


In 2000, Epstein started Jeffrey Epstein’s VI Foundation on Little St. James.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: JeffreyEpstein.org


According to its website, the foundation gave $US35 million to Harvard, kick-starting the university’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. However, Vox reported that a source close to the contribution said the donation sum was actually much smaller — $US6.5 million.

REUTERS/Marco BelloLittle St. James.

Source: JeffreyEpstein.org,Vox


On Monday, August 12, just two days after Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell, the FBI raided the island, according to the Miami Herald.

Source: Miami Herald


The larger of Epstein’s two islands is Great St. James.

Source: Google Maps


It spans 165 acres.

Source: New York magazine


Epstein purchased Great St. James in 2016 for a reported $US18 million.

REUTERS/Marco BelloGreat St. James.

Source: New York Post


Epstein planned to build a compound on the island but was issued a stop-work order in December for not obeying environmental regulations. According to the New York Post, the stop-work order was ignored, and construction on the island continued.

REUTERS/Marco BelloGreat St. James.

Source:
New York magazine, New York Post


The Virgin Islands Daily News reported that the compound was supposed to include an amphitheater and an “underwater office and pool.”

REUTERS/Marco BelloGreat St. James.

Source: Virgin Islands Daily News


To the public’s knowledge, Epstein owned four other luxury residential properties:a mansion in Manhattan, an estate in Palm Beach, Florida, a ranch in New Mexico, and an apartment in Paris.

Screenshot via Google MapsThe Manhattan residence that was owned by Epstein.

Epstein’s seven-story mansion on East 71st Street was valued at $US77 million in a recent court document. However, the New York City Department of Finance valued the home closer to $US56 million earlier this year. In Florida, his Palm Beach estate, which he purchased in 1990, is estimated to be worth over $US12 million.

In New Mexico, Epstein owned a 7,500-acre ranch that was appraised at over $US18 million in 2013.

He also owned an apartment in Paris on the famous Avenue Foch. However, very little information on the apartment is available to the public.

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