At least seven Silicon Valley billionaires preparing for apocalyptic events have set up survivor shelters in New Zealand over the past two years.
Fearing a nuclear war, pandemics or violent social unrest directed at the rich, technological entrepreneurs have elaborated elaborate contingency plans to flee the US. UU
The 150-ton bunkers, which cost up to $ 11.5 million and are buried four meters underground, are manufactured by the Texas bunker manufacturer Rising S Company.
Fearing a nuclear war, pandemics or violent social unrest, wealthy businessmen have elaborated elaborate contingency plans to flee the US. UU (Stock Image)
The 150-ton bunkers, which cost up to $ 11.5 million and are buried four meters underground, are manufactured by the Texas bunker manufacturer Rising S Company (in the image there is a Rising S bunker)
The general manager of Rising S Co., Gary Lynch, said that New Zealand was the ideal destination for survivors and precursors of the end of the world.
& # 39; New Zealand is not anyone's enemy. It is not a nuclear objective. It is not an objective for war. It's a place where people seek refuge, "he told Bloomberg.
The two most recent 92-square-meter survival bunkers that will be sent to New Zealand were transported from the US. UU In 19 trailers each after dividing into sections.
One was installed in the rugged Northland region after landing in Auckland, while the other was taken to a mysterious location on the west coast of the South Island.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said his country has become a safe and remote place for rich Americans to escape in the event of a major disaster.
"A lot of people have told me that they would like to have a property in New Zealand if the world goes to hell in a hand basket," Key said.
The reputation of New Zealand's end of the world has attracted billionaires like PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who bought two properties, one equipped with a panic room.
A stable democracy geographically isolated with a thriving start-up scene, the country has become known in tech circles as an escape destination of Armageddon.
Fearing a nuclear war, pandemics or violent social unrest, rich businessmen have elaborated elaborate contingency plans to flee to New Zealand (in the photo is Wanaka, where Peter Thiel has a property)
THE BUNKER & # 39; ARISTOCRAT & # 39;
Price: $ 11.5million (USD $ 8.5million) excluding installation
Capacity: 50 more people in private rooms with double beds and shared rooms with bunk beds
Security features: Bulletproof doors, NBC air filtration systems with burst valves and overpressure valves, solar charging system with batteries for back-up power, infrared security system, half-inch steel plate walls and a "safe house" on the floor that isolates the bunker entrance
Mod cons: Green house for sustainable food sources, large storage rooms, complete plumbing and septic systems, double energy that allows the bunker complex to work inside or outside the network, swimming pool, shooting range, gym, sauna, bowling, room press, personal bathrooms with shower
Source: Rising S Company
Setting contingency plans to fly to New Zealand has become a hot topic at Silicon Valley dinners, with some like Thiel making plans public.
Another unnamed venture capitalist told a meeting that he has a & # 39; travel bag & # 39; full of pistols on a motorcycle waiting in his garage.
In the event of an emergency, he will accelerate traffic to a private plane and fly to Nevada, where another plane is waiting in a hangar.
New Zealand's end-of-the-world reputation attracted billionaires as PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel (pictured)
That plane is ready and waiting to take him and four other technology moguls to New Zealand.
Mr. Thiel and the president of the incubator Y Combinator Sam Altman said in 2016 that they had destined New Zealand as their escape destination.
Altman, who also has a travel bag with a gun, gas mask, tent and antibiotics, has since said he was kidding, but is genuinely concerned about biological warfare.
Other wealthy Americans who have bought property in New Zealand include film director James Cameron and billionaire hedge fund manager Julian Robinson.
A total of 17 Americans took advantage of the country's Investor Visa Plus, which requires an investment of $ 10 million during 36 months, in fiscal year 2017.
In the tourist city of Queenstown alone, ten wealthy Americans bought mansions in the last two years, according to local real estate agents.
But Silicon Valley's rush to buy safe houses may have contributed to new legislation that prohibits many non-resident foreigners from buying houses.
The Judgment Clock, maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moved to two minutes until midnight of 2018, the closest point to Armageddon since the 1950s.
In the photo is the plane of the most expensive bomb shelter of Rising S Company: The Aristocrat