Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, is reportedly constructing a vast compound named Koolau Ranch in Kauai, Hawaii, with an estimated cost of $270 million. The development, detailed in planning documents obtained through public records, boasts a 5,000-square-foot underground bunker featuring an escape hatch, emphasizing self-sufficiency in energy, food, and water supply. The compound, estimated at $100 million for construction and $170 million for the land, includes at least 30 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms, and a network of tree houses interconnected by rope bridges to offer a treetop experience.
The underground bunker links two mansions via a tunnel, equipped with an escape hatch accessible by ladder and robust metal doors filled with concrete. Security measures include “blind doors” in the library designed to seamlessly blend with the walls. The development reflects a broader trend among tech executives preparing for doomsday scenarios.
Meta has not responded to requests for comments on the Koolau Ranch development. This initiative by Zuckerberg aligns with a growing interest among tech leaders to safeguard against potential crises, showcasing a trend in “apocalypse insurance.” Sam Altman, OpenAI’s CEO, stockpiles items like guns, gold, antibiotics, and gas masks. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has purchased motorcycles, guns, and ammo, expressing a readiness to “hole up” in his house if necessary. Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder, estimates over half of Silicon Valley billionaires have invested in “apocalypse insurance,” including underground bunkers.
Mark Zuckerberg’s compound stands out for its scale and unique features, but it mirrors a broader sentiment among tech leaders to ensure preparedness for various doomsday scenarios. The interest in securing against potential crises is evident, with executives taking diverse measures to protect themselves and their assets. As of the report, Meta had not provided a comment on the development.