LinkedIn founder and chairman of the board Reid Hoffman estimated that half of the billionaires in Silicon Valley that he personally knows have already purchased what they call "apocalypse insurance." This means they have invested in luxury underground bunkers – or "billionaire bunkers" – or in safe-haven islands. (Related: Wealthy Americans are ESCAPING CORONAVIRUS by bugging out to luxury survival bunkers.)
Many of those luxury hideouts can even be found here in the United States. One of these sites is Indian Creek Village, a small island in Florida known as "Miami's billionaire bunker."
Its most famous occupants include billionaires Carl Icahn, Norman Braman, Edward Lampert and Jeffery Soffer. More recently, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner purchased an empty lot on the island for $32 million.
Other famous luxury getaway destinations include the British Virgin Islands, where billionaire Sir Richard Branson owns an island. Branson actually used his private island as a shelter when Hurricane Irma hit the islands in 2017.
"Your father or grandfather's bunker was not very comfortable," said Robert Vicino, the CEO of Vivos. Vicino saw an opportunity to manage and sell high-end doomsday shelters that specifically cater to the world's mega-rich.
To this end, Vicino's company has purchased multiple sites all over the U.S. that can house the country's super-rich. It even has a site in Germany known as Vivos Europa One, the amenities in which can "rival most small towns."
This "modern-day Noah's Ark" contains a chapel, a micro-brewery, a mini-museum and even a small zoo. Customizable quarters can be purchased by invitation only, and they sell for nearly $6 million. These can include private swimming pools, movie theaters, aquariums and gyms at the owner's request.
Smaller private apartments cost upwards of $2 million. Even smaller semi-private suites cost around $40,000.
Its most notable feature is the fact that Vicino has purchased a small fleet of helicopters that can be deployed to ferry residents from nearby airports to the luxury bunker.
But perhaps the most popular luxury survival bunker is the Survival Condo in Kansas. The property is a former intercontinental ballistic missile silo that has been converted into a 15-story underground bunker.
The penthouse units start at $4 million. The full-floor units start at $3 million, and half-floor units cost around $1.5 million each. The amenities it offers include a community swimming pool, a small indoor park to walk dogs, a rock climbing wall, an indoor theater and even a general store.
It was built in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, and is meant to survive a possible nuclear apocalypse. Its walls are between 2.5 to nine feet thick and it can provide accommodation to residents for up to 10 years without the need for external resupply.
"By starting our project at a Formerly Used Defense Site, we have a $120 million head start," said Survival Condo owner Larry Hall. "This project has the advantages of letting the members own a piece of history, the coolness of a missile base, the protection of a nuclear hardened bunker and the features of a luxury condo."
There are also indications that the market for luxury survival bunkers will just keep increasing. Vicino has previously stated that he wants to build a "global community of … apocalypse bunkers."
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