Inside luxury bunkers where the ultra-rich prepare for the end of the world: report

Tech billionaires are building luxury doomsday bunkers, according to a tell-all book by Douglas Rushkoff.

Vivos setting up a shelter

Courtesy of Vivos


Rushkoff, who often writes about the future of technology and is known for his association with early cyberpunk culture, said he was invited to a remote beach resort to chat with five of the world’s richest men from the future of the planet. (Rushkoff didn’t say who spoke to him at the station, but said at least two of the men were billionaires.)

At the event, the City University of New York professor said he was repeatedly asked about the best ways to survive climate change or societal collapse, as leaders detailed their plans to build underground bunkers and avoid what they called “the event”.

Source: The Guardian, “Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires”

“The CEO of a brokerage explained that he had almost finished building his own system of underground bunkers and asked: ‘How do I maintain authority over my security forces after the ‘event’? ?” Rushkoff wrote.

A Vivos bunker

A Vivos bunker

Courtesy of Vivos


“The event. It was their euphemism for environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus or malicious hacking that destroys everything.”

Source: The Guardian

In an article for The Guardian, Rushkoff highlighted some of the survival companies the ultra-rich employ to build their escape, including Vivos and Rising S Company.

Rising S Company workers setting up a shelter

Rising S Company workers setting up a shelter

Courtesy of Rising S Company


Vivos and Rising S Company declined to provide details to Insider about specific clients or projects they worked on, citing privacy concerns.

Source: The Guardian

Sites operate as compounds, where individuals can congregate in common spaces, as well as maintain their own private space.

Vivos bunkers in a field

Vivos bunkers in a field

Courtesy of Vivos


Source: Vivos

Despite the appeal of the luxury facilities, Rushkoff said he doubts the venues could survive a true apocalypse.

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“The likelihood of a fortified bunker actually shielding its occupants from the reality of, well, reality, is very slim. For one thing, the closed ecosystems of underground facilities are ridiculously fragile,” Rushkoff wrote in The Guardian. “Only the known the unknowns are enough to dash any reasonable hope of survival.”

Source: The Guardian

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