Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal bought a 477 acre remote island sheep station (ranch) in New Zealand. And according to multiple sources may have purchased a large underground bunker and had it shipped from the US. According to survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Bunkers they have shipped and installed 38 doomsday bunkers in New Zealand. Thiel’s plans are to head to New Zealand if things start going sideways. Sam Altman, president of Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator, plans to go with him.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook maintains a doomsday bunker on his Pal Alto property; owns a $59 million dollar mountain compound in Lake Tahoe, California and owns a secluded retreat on an old sugar plantation on the island of Kauai. Zuckerberg purchased the property in Hawaii because of its remote location, sparse population, and year round growing climate. Not a bad idea, especially given that there are many people like Bernie Sanders and AOC who want a French-style revolution against the 1%.
Former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia-Martinez (the guy that created Facebook Ads and made it profitable) bought a piece of property on Orcas Island in Washington State where he has started building his retreat with a well… solar panels… guns… and lots and lots of ammo.
Guns and ammo are a place most preppers start, because retaining possession of what’s yours is key to survival. However two Silicon Valley tech moguls decided to start with Lasik surgery.
Reddit CEO and cofounder Steve Huffman and his good friend Yishan Wong (the former CEO of Reddit) had Lasik eye surgery recently in preparation for shit hitting the fan.
Huffman said in a recent New Yorker magazine interview:
“If the world ends—and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble—getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” he told me recently. “Without them, I’m fucked.”
But these guys aren’t the only ones preparing. Reid Hoffman the cofounder of LinkedIn said:
…he found out that telling someone you’re buying a house in New Zealand is “kind of a wink, wink, say no more,” when it comes to survivalism. He estimates that over 50 percent of Silicon Valley billionaires have some “apocalypse insurance.”
So why are the super-rich preparing?
For the most part it is the same reasons as most preppers. They want to protect their families from nuclear war, pandemics, catastrophic solar storms, and civil war.
But with Silicon Valley tech giants there is one threat that looms larger than everything else…
Would you like to know what that is?