"It's fight club. We don’t talk about fight club."
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are building a top-secret $100 million mansion on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, which includes a sprawling, 5,000-square-foot bunker that has its own source of power.
As Wired reports, the gargantuan estate — one of the most expensive properties in the world that cost an additional $170 in land purchases — is so shrouded in secrecy that any tradesperson or security personnel working at the site gets fired immediately for talking to the press.
"It’s fight club," one former contractor told Wired. "We don’t talk about fight club."
The scale of the compound is staggering. According to public documents obtained by Wired, the compound will consist of more than a dozen buildings, featuring 30 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms.
A wooded area will be decked out with 11 treehouses, connected by rope bridges.
And a massive underground shelter has everything from an escape hatch to a blast door. It's also all slathered in security cameras, and the reinforced concrete underground shelter will be built in a style that's "common in bunkers and bomb shelters," per the report. A massive 55-foot water tank and power source make the shelter largely self-sufficient.
And given the nondisclosure agreements workers have to sign, the tycoon is hellbent on keeping trespassers out at all costs.
"The only other time you see that is when you’re doing secure military installations," a local official told Wired. "For a private project to have an NDA attached to it is very rare."
Given Meta's abysmal track record in ensuring its billions of users' privacy, it's pretty ironic to see Zuckerberg willing to go to the end of the world to keep his massive Hawaii estate a secret.
"I would not be surprised if NDAs were the bubble wrap on every interaction for the privacy-conscious tech billionaires whose business is the sale of our personal data," privacy expert Danielle Citron, who once visited a Zuckerberg home in Silicon Valley, told Wired.
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