Showy businessman Richard Branson, never one to follow the pack, bought a little gift to thank his employees: a 25-acre island off Australia's Sunshine Coast, a popular vacation destination in the Queensland territory. Virgin Group (www.virgin.com) is developing Makepeace Island into an ecotourism retreat for the company's staff, their families, partners, and friends. The $3.3 million investment will encompass a campground, training facilities, tree house lodging, and tennis courts on the ...

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