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Doomsday Is Coming And How Should You Prepare For It?
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The Silicon Valley elite may be among the most active — and potentially successful — doomsday preppers, according to a riveting new essay in The New Yorker.
Leaders of industry from Silicon Valley to Wall Street are joining the survivalism movement, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos writes. That list includes Steve Huffman, cofounder and CEO of Reddit; Marvin Liao, a former Yahoo executive and a partner at 500 Startups; and Robert A. Johnson, a managing director of hedge fund Soros Fund Management.
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Reid Hoffman, executive chairman of LinkedIn, compares buying “apocalypse insurance” to owning a safety blanket, in an interview with The New Yorker.
Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn and a notable venture capitalist, told the New Yorker he estimates more than 50% of Silicon Valley billionaires have bought some level of “apocalypse insurance,” like an underground bunker.
Fortified shelters, built to withstand catastrophic events from viral epidemic to nuclear war, seem to be experiencing a wave of interest in general as hints of a new Cold War ramp up.
But billionaires are channeling their inner Bear Grylls for a number of reasons. Hoffman told The New Yorker that some rich people fear a backlash against Silicon Valley as artificial intelligence takes away an increasing number of jobs from humans. The CEO of a large tech company cited Russian cyberattacks as evidence of risk that the US might fall into disorder.
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Vivos xPoint will be the largest private bunker community on earth when it’s completed in 2017.
Some members of the Silicon Valley elite are wasting no time in preparing for the apocalypse.
Huffman, the Reddit CEO, who lives in San Francisco, bought a couple of motorcycles, guns, and ammo, so that he can “hole up in my house for some amount of time” in case of a disaster. In 2015, he had laser eye surgery because he thought it would improve his odds of surviving.
Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook product manager who also lives in San Francisco, shelled out for five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest where he can ride out Armageddon in peace. His island home features generators, solar panels, and weaponry.

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