The 63-year-old millionaire Roc Sandford was born into a wealthy family. His great-grandfather was a writer, an aristocrat, and the 5th Earl of Rosslyn. Other Sanford's grandfather was the Canadian financier and steel tycoon Sir James Hamet Dunn. Despite such relatives, Roc chose to live the life of a hermit and settle on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic.
Sandford had worked in real estate all his life and had also amassed a multi-million-dollar fortune. In 1992 a remote island Geometra caught his attention. A trip to it from London takes as much as 17 hours. And yet Roc wanted solitude so much that eventually he decided to buy the island for $800K.
Roc has been living on Geometra for twenty-two years. Initially he moved there with his wife and four children. The family settled in a building that can hardly be called a house. The 160-year-old building looks like a big barn and its condition leaves much to be desired.
"It may seem a shabby house to someone, but to me it's a luxury," Roc says. There are 5 bedrooms in the house. It was originally designed so that each child would have his own room. There is no central heating in the house, so the millionaire complains that it is incredibly cold in winter. Sometimes Roc's tea turns into ice.
As for electricity, Roc uses a solar panel. The energy he gets is enough to charge his laptop. The millionaire is proud of the absence of public utilities, because he believes that in this way he cares about the environment and saves our planet's resources.
A washing machine is a real luxury for Roc. There are no such appliances in the house.
As for cooking, Roc uses a stove. He does not have a microwave oven or such common kitchen gadgets like a blender. It is also worth noting that there is no hot water in the house. If the millionaire wants to have a shower, he heats up the water on the stove, then pours it into a large basin and washes there.
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When in London, Roc doesn't hesitate to look into dumpsters. He resents the fact that people throw away so much food and is ready to eat out of a trash can for the sake of environmental protection.
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