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The island that swapped donkey rides for offshore cash

It was still dark when the private jet began its descent

Inside, its decor was sumptuous, the black leather seats piped with red, but outside rain was falling and the temperature on the ground below was a bracing 2C.

The date was 21 January 2013, and the island that the plane was heading towards hadn’t yet woken up.

Pash 2bThe candy-red Challenger 605 aircraft carried the registration G-LCDH – the initials of Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, the World Championship-winning Formula One driver.

The previous month, Hamilton had flown on the jet with his then-girlfriend, the former Pussycat Dolls singer turned X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, and…

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