Independent on the ‘$100 Million Man’

January 15, 2011

“The Independent” is carrying an in depth interview with Bermuda resident Dr James Martin called ‘The $100 man: Why philanthropist James Martin gave away his fortune.’

Dr. James Martin, a technology entrepreneur considered one of the world’s foremost computer scientists, lives on his own private island in Bermuda. Agars Island is said to contain houses, a beach, infinity swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, docks, atrium, huge art collection, a 300-year-old temple brought from Bali and the ruins of a 19th-century fort. In recent years, he has donated $150 million to Britain’s Oxford University.

Excerpt below, and you can read the full piece here:

From an aircraft window at night, Bermuda emerges from the dark void of the North Atlantic as lonely points of light. Once on the ground, a taxi from the airport takes me from one end of the island to the other. Along the way, the driver stops to check directions at a crossroads where one of the houses is named “Xanadu”, conjuring images of the palatial estate of Citizen Kane.

Eventually, we run out of road and drive through a pair of stone pillars and on to a dirt track where I’m told to wait by a wooden jetty for my contact. As I pay the driver, who seems quite lost in this secretive corner of Bermuda, a figure on the jetty by the water flashes a light from a torch and comes towards me. He introduces himself as Paul the gardener, and he’s here to show me to the boat that will take me to Agar’s Island, the private realm of James Martin, the mysterious philanthropist.

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