(ORDO NEWS) — Wealthy Silicon Valley businessmen fleeing the COVID-19 epidemic in their special shelters in New Zealand , built in the face of global disasters. As it turned out, advanced IT moguls have long been ready for any negative scenarios, including viral pandemics. What needs to be done in advance in order to survive in an extreme situation is in the material of Gazeta.
Wealthy US businessmen, many of whom work in Silicon Valley, fled to New Zealand to hide from the coronavirus epidemic in special bunkers, Bloomberg reports. As it turned out, many of them have similar “Doomsday shelters” in which you can survive any catastrophe, including outbreaks of unknown viruses.
San Francisco-based entrepreneur Mihai Dinulescu and his wife flew to Auckland, New Zealand four days before the country closed all borders to foreigners. However, local media reported that even after the ban, some private aircraft still received permission to land.
According to Dinulescu, once in New Zealand, he learned that at least ten of his business colleagues and acquaintances had fled to their refuge from the United States, fleeing the coronavirus.
In the past few years, the Silicon Valley elite has been actively investing in preparations for the end of the world so that they and their families can wait out the worst moments in a pleasant environment with enough supplies. At the same time, the point is not that they really think that the Day of Judgment is just around the corner – they just have money to afford it.
“Those who are preparing for the end of the world do not think that it will actually happen. They see it as a kind of distant event, but evaluate its consequences as severe. Therefore, given their income, spending a small part [on one’s defense] is a logical step, ”said former head of Reddit Yishan Wong in an interview with New Yorker.
Among the businessmen who take the end of the world and preparing for it quite seriously include the former president of Y Combinator and the current head of Open AI Sam Altman, as well as Reddit CEO Steve Huffman. This group also includes the billionaire and co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, who received New Zealand citizenship in 2011 and owns two estates in the country.
“New Zealand is a utopia,” said Thiel nine years ago.
The choice of New Zealand as a place to start from scratch is not accidental. Peter Thiel has repeatedly stated that one of the most important books in his life was the work of James Dale Davidson, The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State [rus. “Sovereign citizen: How to survive and prosper during the collapse of the welfare state”]. This book tells how the “elite of the intelligentsia” will rebuild the world after it waits for the fall of the existing regime in pre-established shelters. Davidson singles out New Zealand as an ideal bunker site.
It is known that the example of Thiel was followed by many representatives of Silicon Valley, who purchased real estate there. In narrow circles, buying a home in New Zealand is called “apocalypse insurance.”
However, buying a bunker is not an adequate measure. It is necessary to conduct all communications there, as well as stock up on products and related products. The current head of Reddit Steve Huffman in 2017 admitted that he had bought motorcycles, weapons and ammunition in the event of a disaster. He decided to take such a step after watching the movie “Collision with the abyss”, in which the Earth faces an inevitable collision with a comet.
Another unexpected precaution in the event of an apocalypse was surgery for laser vision correction, which became popular among Silicon Valley businessmen. It is believed that good vision and the absence of the need to wear glasses can significantly increase the chance of survival in the end of the world.
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