Billionaire apocalypse bunkers

Vivos Bunker
Vivos built a 575 bunker compound in South Dakota that’s almost the size of Manhattan.

Preface.

There are many reasons why people might want a bunker, but peak oil, peak phosphorous, peak everything really… and limits to growth were not among the reasons given. James Howard Kunstler’s book, “The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the 21st century” could have been titled the permanent emergency. Once oil begins to decline globally in earnest, within 20 years there’ll be 10% or less of oil left (unless wars end oil sooner and faster than that), and oil and other fossils are what allowed humans to expand from about 1 billion to 7.8 billion today.

So, when people emerge from their bunkers, they’d better know how to farm and be living on arable land with adequate rainfall.

You can’t run from the “end of the world” to a bunker. It’s just a very fancy tombstone.

Most of what follows comes from the terravivos.com website “The Backup Plan For Humanity. Secure your space in a Vivos underground shelter to survive virtually any catastrophe“. It’s fun to poke around on and has many photos not shown below.

Alice Friedemann www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and the Future of Transportation”, 2015, Springer, Barriers to Making Algal Biofuels, and “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers”. Podcasts: Derrick Jensen, Practical Prepping, KunstlerCast 253, KunstlerCast278, Peak Prosperity , XX2 report

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Bendix, A. 2019. 45 unreal photos of ‘billionaire bunkers’ that could shelter the superrich during an apocalypse. businessinsider.com

A lot has changed since December 21, 2012, when around 10% of people falsely believed the world would end. Billionaires aren’t the only ones prepping for doomsday, but they could be the most prepared if the world gets hit by an asteroid or nuclear missile. In recent years, companies have built “billionaire bunkers” that cater to the apocalyptic fears of the superrich.

The effects of climate change have become more frequent and severe, threatening vulnerable areas with floods, hurricanes, and extreme heat. Machines have become more intelligent, leading some to worry about a technological overthrow of society. And the possibility ofglobal nuclear warfare looms even larger, with North Korea continuing to advance its nuclear weapons program.

Predicting one of these unlikely doomsday scenarios may be impossible, but planning for them isn’t if you’re a member of the 1%. Take a look at the “billionaire bunkers” that could house the super rich during an apocalypse.

Amid growing threats to the safety of our planet, a small group of elites — namely, Silicon Valley execs and New York City financiers — have started to discuss their doomsday plans over dinner.

Amid growing threats to the safety of our planet, a small group of elites — namely, Silicon Valley execs and New York City financiers — have started to discuss their doomsday plans over dinner.

In some cases, these conversations have prompted wealthy individuals to purchase underground bunkers to shelter themselves during a disaster.

“Billionaire bunkers” don’t need to be built from scratch.

A few companies now manufacture luxury doomsday shelters that cater to super rich clientele. The Vivos Group, a company based in Del Mar, California, is building a “global underground shelter network” for high-end clients.

The Vivos Group, a company based in Del Mar, California, is building a

Their fanciest compound, known as Europa One, is located beneath a 400-foot-tall mountain in the village of Rothenstein, Germany.

Their fanciest compound, known as Europa One, is located beneath a 400-foot-tall mountain in the village of Rothenstein, Germany.

The shelter was once a storage space for Soviet military equipment during the Cold War, according to the company’s website.

The shelter was once a storage space for Soviet military equipment during the Cold War, according to the company's website.

In exchange for purchasing a bunker, residents are provided with a full-time staff and security team.

In exchange for purchasing a bunker, residents are provided with a full-time staff and security team.

This property is designed to withstand a close-range nuclear blast, airline crash, earthquake, flood, or military attack.

The property is designed to withstand a close-range nuclear blast, airline crash, earthquake, flood, or military attack.

A typical living quarters has two floors. On the lower level (shown below), there are multiple bedrooms, a pool table, and a movie theater.

A typical living quarters has two floors. On the lower level (shown below), there are multiple bedrooms, a pool table, and a movie theater.

Each family is allotted 2,500 square feet, but has the option to extend their residence to 5,000 square feet.

Each family is allotted 2,500 square feet, but has the option to extend their residence to 5,000 square feet.

This sample movie theater can fit a family of five.

This sample movie theater can fit a family of five.

The bunker includes communal spaces, such as a pub for tossing back a few while the world comes to an end.

The bunker includes communal spaces, such as a pub for tossing back a few while the world comes to an end.

Or a chapel for sending prayers to the rest of humanity.

Or a chapel for sending prayers to the rest of humanity.

When doomsday arrives, the company envisions residents arriving in Germany by car or plane. From there, Vivos will transport them via helicopter to their sheltered homes.

When doomsday arrives, the company envisions residents arriving in Germany by car or plane. From there, Vivos will transport them via helicopter to their sheltered homes.

The full underground structure stretches nearly 230,000 square feet.

The full underground structure stretches nearly 230,000 square feet.

There are only 34 private living quarters, so space is limited.

There are only 34 private living quarters, so space is limited.

But the price will likely preclude most people from buying. Private apartments start at $2.5 million and fully furnished, semi-private suites start at around $40,000 a person.

But the price will likely preclude most people from buying. Private apartments start at $2.5 million and fully furnished, semi-private suites start at around $40,000 a person.

If billionaires can’t find space at Europa One, there’s also xPoint, a compound in South Dakota that’s almost the size of Manhattan.

If billionaires can't find space at Europa One, there's also xPoint, a compound in South Dakota that's almost the size of Manhattan.

xPoint was originally built by Army engineers.

xPoint was originally built by Army engineers.

The compound’s location near the Black Hills of South Dakota makes it relatively safe from flooding and nuclear targets, according to Vivos.

The compound's location near the Black Hills of South Dakota makes it relatively safe from flooding and nuclear targets, according to Vivos.

xPoint comes with its own electrical and water systems, so residents can survive for at least a year without having to go outside.

xPoint comes with its own electrical and water systems, so residents can survive for at least a year without having to go outside.

The entire compound consists of 575 bunkers, each with enough space for 10 to 24 people.

The entire compound consists of 575 bunkers, each with enough space for 10 to 24 people.

Each bunker is around 2,200 square feet.

Each bunker is around 2,200 square feet.

The bunkers start at $35,000, but residents will also have to pay $1,000 in annual rent. That’ll likely require some savings when it’s unsafe to go outdoors.

The bunkers start at $35,000, but residents will also have to pay $1,000 in annual rent. That'll likely require some savings when it's unsafe to go outdoors.

The company has yet another shelter in Indiana, which can house just 80 people.

The company has yet another shelter in Indiana, which can house just 80 people.

The Vivos website likens the shelter to “a very comfortable 4-Star hotel.”

The Vivos website likens the shelter to

The communal living room has 12-foot-high ceilings.

The communal living room has 12-foot-high ceilings.

Residents aren’t expected to bring anything other than clothing and medication.

Residents aren't expected to bring anything other than clothing and medication.

Vivos provides the rest, including laundry facilities, food, toiletries, and linens.

Vivos provides the rest, including laundry facilities, food, toiletries, and linens.

There’s even exercise equipment and pet kennels.

There's even exercise equipment and pet kennels.

The shelter is co-owned by its members, which makes it slightly more affordable than the company’s other models.

The shelter is co-owned by its members, which makes it slightly more affordable than the company's other models.

Vivos claims on its website that the shelter is safe from tsunamis, earthquakes, and nuclear attacks.

Vivos claims on its website that the shelter is safe from tsunamis, earthquakes, and nuclear attacks.

In a statement, the company said interest in its shelters has “skyrocketed over the past few years.” The website says that “few” spaces remain across its network of bunkers.

In a statement, the company said interest in its shelters has

Vivos members aren’t all elite one-percenters, the company said, “but rather well-educated, average people with a keen awareness of the current global events.”

Vivos members aren't all elite one-percenters, the company said,

The Survival Condo Project, on the other hand, caters exclusively to the superrich.

The Survival Condo Project, on the other hand, caters exclusively to the superrich.

The company’s 15-story facility, fashioned from a retired missile silo, cost $20 million to build.

The company's 15-story facility, fashioned from a retired missile silo, cost $20 million to build.

In an interview with the New Yorker, the company’s CEO, Larry Hall, said his facility represented “true relaxation for the ultra-wealthy.”

In an interview with the New Yorker, the company's CEO, Larry Hall, said his facility represented

Source: The New Yorker

The facility only has room for about a dozen families, or 75 people in total.

The facility only has room for about a dozen families, or 75 people in total.

The facility is somewhere north of Wichita, Kansas, but its exact location is secret.

The facility is somewhere north of Wichita, Kansas, but its exact location is secret.

A single unit is relatively small — around 1,820 square feet.

A single unit is relatively small — around 1,820 square feet.

As of last year, units were advertised for $3 million each. The company also sells half-floor units for around $1.5 million.

As of last year, units were advertised for $3 million each. The company also sells half-floor units for around $1.5 million.

All floors are connected by a high-speed elevator.

All floors are connected by a high-speed elevator.

Homeowners can venture outside, but there are SWAT team-style trucks available to pick them up within 400 miles.

Homeowners can venture outside, but there are SWAT team-style trucks available to pick them up within 400 miles.

Under a crisis scenario, residents have to secure permission from the company’s board of directors before leaving the premises.

Under a crisis scenario, residents have to secure permission from the company's board of directors before leaving the premises.

But conditions inside are far from unbearable. The facility comes with a gym, game center, dog park, classroom, and 75-foot swimming pool.

But conditions inside are far from unbearable. The facility comes with a gym, game center, dog park, classroom, and 75-foot swimming pool.

There’s even a rock wall. Doomsday has never sounded so luxurious.

There's even a rock wall. Doomsday has never sounded so luxurious.
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10 Responses to Billionaire apocalypse bunkers

  1. NJF says:

    These people are so isolated from physical scarcity that they can build all the little castles they want and they still probably won’t survive a 8-to-16-fold population decrease.

    I still believe the government will just release a bunch of plagues, possibly engineered, to reduce the starving population to avoid a civil war. Our population density is so high in urban areas they would spread like wildfire.

  2. Bernard Beveridge says:

    Are you as curious as I am as to where the electricity to run all of those lights (etc.) is going to come from? Solar panels would probably not be practical since they would need to be exposed to sunlight (duh) and could be easily destroyed by the “hordes.” Or will the sharpshooters eliminate that problem? Possibly gasoline powered generators would solve the problem – except that they require lots of gasoline (another duh) as well exhaust pipes running to the surface – exposure to those “hordes” again. If anyone has any first-hand knowledge about what energy source might be utilized please share it.

  3. vimingok says:

    As someone who has occasionally brushed up against billionaires, even those “luxury” bunkers look like suburban professionals’ idea of opulence and coolness. They’re marketed to that type of slob, not the ultra wealthy.

    The masters of the universe have always understood that space + time = power. So apocalyptic bunkers for that class of people would be outrageously large and house no more than a dozen tops – close family members only, at best. Provisions would have to last several years at least, and underground farming is a must. Power systems could range from mini reactors to biofuel. Technological fripperies like home cinema would be low on the list of priorities.

    So bunkers of that kind may well run you into the billions. What is more, you probably have to build them yourself! Keep in mind that paranoid captains of industry will only build them if they expect survival on the surface to become physically impossible. They can just move away from geopolitical chaos or climate change, at least for a while.

    • vimingok says:

      Also, no security personnel – extra mouths to feed; potential enemies. At most a couple of wimpy slaves picked up in Turkmenistan or Brazil, and eternally grateful for the opportunity.

  4. Rice Farmer says:

    A couple of observations. First, once desperate people find out about these hideouts, the game’s up. Walls and steel/concrete blast doors will not keep them out. Second, the crash won’t wait until “the oil runs out.” What matters is not how much oil there is left (a heckuva lot, actually), but the net energy from the system.

  5. Tom says:

    i agree with Rice Farmer’s observation and would like to add that the poisoning of the biosphere will spare no one – in fact, all life will disappear before the Earth goes through it’s latest extinction event. There will be nothing to eat, because the food chain is broken, polluted and disappearing. Potable water is being poisoned in many ways and is disappearing as is air quality – especially by CO2, CH4, NO2, H2S and more. We don’t have long now, so try to enjoy what little time we have left and contemplate your being. All the best to everyone.

  6. Patty says:

    Who knew billionaires spent so much time in front of the boob tube. I have those same red pillows with the circles. Bought them at Goodwill.

  7. Edward Huguenin says:

    What makes you the remaining 99% will ever let them out?

  8. me says:

    Survival Acres Life Project is a better idea. It doesn’t cater to the rich or powerful. Preparing for the collapse of humanity needs to include everyone.