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Stars descend on Google's secret summer camp for billionaires in Sicily: Oprah, Gayle King, Diane Sawyer, and Julianna Margulies stay on David Geffen's $300m yacht


  • Also on the yacht was Diane Von Furstenberg, Dasha Zhukova and Bob Iger 

  • Geffen posted pictures of the gang smiling on the boat and out for lunch 

  • Gayle shared pictures out on a hike with Oprah, Sawyer and Von Furstenberg

  • It's likely the famous group were together for Google's exclusive summer camp


By Reporter  



The stars were out in full force on David Geffen's $300million yacht last week, which played host to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, and Gayle King.

Geffen's boat was anchored off the luxurious Verdura Resort in Sicily, where Google's exclusive three-day summer camp is held every year. 

The annual event is held at the $1,770-a-night resort, but it was Geffen's 454-foot boat where a slew of celebrities decided to play instead.  

Geffen posted pictures of his famous crew's week together in Italy, where he was also joined by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, actress Julianna Margulies, and Disney CEO Bob Iger. 


The stars were out in full force on David Geffen's $300million yacht last week. Pictured (L-R) Gayle King, Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bob Iger, his wife Willow Bay, and Russian businesswoman Dasha Zhukova


The music mogul also posted a photo of his star-studded crew having lunch in Sicily, Pictured is King, Sawyer, Von Furstenberg, Oprah, Geffen and Julianna Margulies 


Geffen's boat was anchored off the luxurious Verdura Resort (pictured) in Sicily, where Google's exclusive three-day summer camp is held every year



The music mogul posted a picture on Instagram of the group smiling on his yacht Rising Sun last week, happily dropping their famous names in the caption.   

'Bob Iger, Willow, Gayle, Oprah, Diane, Dasha Zhukova, DVF. A great week in Sicily,' he wrote.   

They stars all smiled big for the camera, including Russian businesswoman Zhukova, whose divorce to Roman Abramovich was announced just days later.  

Geffen also posted a photo of him, Zhukova, and oil heir Michael Hess relaxing in their swimsuits.  

His star-studded crew was also snapped enjoying a casual meal at Lo Scoglio.   

Geffen was joined for lunch by Von Furstenberg and her husband Barry Diller, Oprah, Sawyer, King, and Margulies and her husband Keith Lieberthal.  

An umbrella-dotted beach could be seen in the background as everyone except Geffen shielded their famous faces with sunglasses.   




Gayle King also posted a picture of the power crew on her Instagram, revealing that she took a hike with Oprah, Von Furstenberg, the designer's husband Barry Diller, and Sawyer   

The businessman remarked in the caption that it was a 'great meal'.   

Gayle also posted a picture of the group having a blast in Italy, sharing a snap of a hike she took with Oprah, Von Furstenberg, Diller, and Sawyer.  

'The hiking version of words with friends in Italy! We all survived,' she wrote in the caption.    

It seems likely that Geffen's celebrity gang got together during Google's lavish 'top secret' summer camp in Italy.  

The annual event is held at the $1,770-a-night Verdura Resort on the island of Sicily by Google's billionaire co-founders Larry Page and Sergrey Brin.   

This year's event was held just days before the company made headlines after Google engineer James Damore's memo about women being less biologically suited for some jobs in tech went viral.   

Every year Page and Brin invite a select few of the world's wealthiest leaders in business, tech, sports, and entertainment to spend three days at the retreat.   

Mornings as the resort are dedicated to discussions ranging from human rights to the internet, while afternoons and nights are filled with lavish dinners and performances.   




It is likely that the crew got together at Google's summer camp in Sicily, as Geffen revealed he was attending the exclusive event with NBA legend Kevin Durant   




Geffen also posted a picture with oil heir Michael Hess and Zhukova, who was smiling for the camera just days before her divorce from Roman Abramovich was announced  

There are days trips around the coast, visits to wineries and local tourist spots, as well as spa treatments.   

On the last night of the camp, Google spends more than $80,000 renting the massive 2,500-year-old Valley of the Temples ruins for a spectacular concert and sit-down dinner for 300 people - which this year featured Elton John and Lenny Kravitz.    

It was discovered this year that Prince Harry attended the camp, along with actress Emma Watson.   

And although guests are forbidden from publicizing the event on social media, the Instagram-loving Geffen couldn't help himself.   

Just a day before posting pictures of his celebrity-filled yacht, Geffen shared a snap with Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant.   




Google's annual summer camp is held at the $1,770-a-night Verdura Resort (pictured) by Google's billionaire co-founders Larry Page and Sergrey Brin  




Rising Sun (pictured) is a 454ft-long yacht that was built for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and bought by Geffen in 2010  

In the caption Geffen indicated that he was attending Google camp in Sicily.   

This is hardly the first time Geffen's yacht has been a temporary home for his famous friends.   

In March the music mogul hosted Barack Obama and Michelle Obama along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, and Oprah for a trip through the French Polynesia.   

Springsteen and Hanks are regular guests on the Rising Sun, while Mariah Carey, James Packer, Leonardo di Caprio and Steven Spielberg have also graced its deck.   

The stunning 454ft-long yacht was built for Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and bought by Geffen in 2010.  




After her time in Sicily, Gayle continued her vacation in Mykonos, joking that she was still 'kinda' counting her Weight Watchers points