American people spent 11 billion dollars worth of survival items last year alone, from April 2022 to April 2023. In this framework, the rich spent hundreds of millions to secure underground complexes, private islands, and bunkers to survive at the “end of the world,” with a special focus on New Zealand.
According to surveys conducted by Hunter, about a third of Americans are preparing for a new pandemic, a nuclear crisis, or the consequences of global warming. Ordinary citizens spent a staggering $11 billion on survival items alone from April 2022 to April 2023. Young adults are driving this behavior, with the generation born after 1997 standing.
However, due to the economic capacity of the majority of the population, the steps taken by the billionaires of that country are first. According to the media outlet Daily Mail, at the end of last year, it was known that Mark Zuckerberg built a $100 million secret fortress buried under their ranch on a Hawaiian island, with its power supply, food, and blast-proof doors.
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Frank VanderSloot, Idaho’s richest man, recently bought a 2,000-acre ranch south of Zuckerberg’s compound for $51 million. Additionally, the CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altmano, Since he and the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel, disappeared, they have an “agreement” when the world ends: when things go wrong, Altman said in 2016, the two will hide in one of Thiel’s properties in New Zealand.
Like Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of Google, Larry Page, has residency in New Zealand after it was granted last year. businessman Mihai Dinulescu He abandoned a cryptocurrency startup when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020 and fled to New Zealand with his wife. DailyMail already reported there are bunkers in Hamilton, Hanmer Springs, and Wanaka.
Rod DruryCEO of Thiel-backed New Zealand accounting software company Xero said: American billionaires “treat New Zealand as a kind of haven.” One of PayPal’s co-founders, Reid Hoffman, admitted The New Yorker which, among the richest in the world, is understood to be New Zealand This is the place of refuge in case of a calamity. “To say ‘you’re buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a ‘wink, wink, don’t say no more’” suggested Hoffman.
In 2022, a local community council in New Zealand’s South Island blocked Thiel’s plans to carve his majestic fortified residence into the landscape next to the historically protected Lake Wanaka, believing it would “damage the quality and naturalness of the unique landscape.” The scenic beauty of New Zealand and its island remoteness make it a popular choice for Silicon Valley elites looking for a natural bulwark against the apocalypse, a growing fear given the escalating wars in the region and the growing heat of climate change.
However, they also took refuge within the territory of their country. The town overlooking Biscayne Bay south of Miami is famous for its mix of celebrities and business moguls. Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and his fiancée, Lauren Sánchez, will soon live in this wealthy enclave, where the retired NFL star Tom Brady, the daughter of former president Ivanka Trump, and the singer Julio Iglesias will be your neighbors.
At the same time, the billionaire of the Virgin brand, Richard Branson, and the actor Johnny Depp topped the charts for privately owned islands, along with wealthy families such as DuPont and Disney. Some even pay a lot of money to become citizens of different countries with so-called “golden visas.” It is believed that most of the elite names that began to prepare for the “end of the world” will remain strategically anonymous.