Inside the ‘billionaire bunkers’ bought by the super rich

A growing number of the world’s super rich are preparing for the apocalypse by purchasing ‘doomsday bunkers’.

But don’t expect the one per cent to slum it out in drab, concrete dwellings as they survive the end of the world – these bunkers feature some of the most lavish layouts imaginable that are designed for the more modern survivalist.

‘Your father or grandfather’s bunker was not very comfortable,’ Robert Vicino, CEO of Vivos, told CNN.

‘They were gray. They were metal, like a ship or something military. And the truth is mankind cannot survive long-term in such a Spartan, bleak environment.’

A growing number of the world's super rich are preparing for the apocalypse by purchasing 'doomsday bunkers'. The 2.8 meter high mobile shutters at the Safe House, Poland, open up to 180 degrees and a roll-down gate, made of white anodized aluminum, can also function as a projection screen

A growing number of the world’s super rich are preparing for the apocalypse by purchasing ‘doomsday bunkers’. The 2.8 meter high mobile shutters at the Safe House, Poland, open up to 180 degrees and a roll-down gate, made of white anodized aluminum, can also function as a projection screen

But don't expect the one per cent to slum it out in drab, concrete dwellings as they survive the end of the world - these bunkers feature some of the most lavish layouts (pictured) imaginable that are designed for the more modern survivalist. The Survival Condo in Kansas provides military-level security, on top of the protection provided by the facility's 9-foot thick walls

But don’t expect the one per cent to slum it out in drab, concrete dwellings as they survive the end of the world – these bunkers feature some of the most lavish layouts (pictured) imaginable that are designed for the more modern survivalist. The Survival Condo in Kansas provides military-level security, on top of the protection provided by the facility’s 9-foot thick walls

Vivos is one of the world's leaders in bunker construction. The company's latest offering, the XPoint (pictured), is advertised as the largest 'prepper' community on Earth

Vivos is one of the world’s leaders in bunker construction. The company’s latest offering, the XPoint (pictured), is advertised as the largest ‘prepper’ community on Earth

Dotted across nine square miles fields of southwest South Dakota - far from nuclear targets, according to Vivos - are 575 bomb-resistant bunkers that can comfortably sleep 10 to 20 people each. The interiors (pictured) of each bunker are outfitted by the owners at a cost of between $25,000 to $200,000 each

Dotted across nine square miles fields of southwest South Dakota – far from nuclear targets, according to Vivos – are 575 bomb-resistant bunkers that can comfortably sleep 10 to 20 people each. The interiors (pictured) of each bunker are outfitted by the owners at a cost of between $25,000 to $200,000 each

The Vivos underground bunker in Germany (above) looks like a fancy hotel, including a community swimming pool

The Vivos underground bunker in Germany (above) looks like a fancy hotel, including a community swimming pool

Vivos is one of the world’s leaders in bunker construction. The company’s latest offering, the XPoint, is advertised as the largest ‘prepper’ community on Earth.

Dotted across nine square miles fields of southwest South Dakota – far from nuclear targets, according to Vivos – are 575 bomb-resistant bunkers that can comfortably sleep 10 to 20 people each.

The bunkers are about 26 feet wide and up to 80 feet long, and have enough room to keep enough supplies for 12 months.

But with the security comes a hefty price tag.

The bunkers go for $25,000 for a 99-year lease, plus $1,000 annual maintenance fees.

And those who buy a bunker will still have to pay to install their own plumbing, electrical and air filtration systems.

In Vivos Indiana (above) the underground shelter is more like a 4-star hotel, complete with movie theater

In Vivos Indiana (above) the underground shelter is more like a 4-star hotel, complete with movie theater

Vivos Europa One, Germany - Modern day Noah's Ark, is built beneath a 400-foot tall mountain and offers 227,904 square feet of living space. Converted from a Cold War-era munitions storage facility, these individuola residences can be customized with a private pool, a theater, and a gym.

Vivos Europa One, Germany is a modern day Noah’s Ark and is built beneath a 400-foot tall mountain. It offers 227,904 square feet of living space

The Oppidum has its own private vaults 'for your most valuable assets'. Pictured is a bedroom at The Oppidum in Czech Republic

The Oppidum has its own private vaults ‘for your most valuable assets’. Pictured is a bedroom at The Oppidum in Czech Republic

This property called The Glass House, is located in London and is equipped with a stunning atrium with windows cut into the five-inch-thick walls and a magnificent glass staircase

This property called The Glass House, is located in London and is equipped with a stunning atrium with windows cut into the five-inch-thick walls and a magnificent glass staircase

After those extra costs are factored in, the total price can explode to as much as $200,000.

Vivos is planning to build a school, church, shooting range and garden on the nine-acre property. It also plans to offer a full-time staff.

The bunkers were originally used by the Army in 1942 and built with super reinforced concrete and steel walls and doors just in case the bombs they stored blew up. The bunkers can withstand a 500,000-ton blast.

Vivos bought the property last year and the first bunkers will be ready for move-in next summer.

Another prominent bunker builder is Rising S Company, a Texas-based corporation that said business is booming in recent months.

Gary Lynch, Rising S’ general manager, told CNN overall sales have increased by 300 per cent since the presidential election last November.

Lynch added overall sales in 2016 of the company’s high-end bunkers shot up by a staggering 700 per cent when compared to 2015.

Another of the most well-known American bunkers are the ‘Survival Condos’ in Kansas.

Larry Hall is the brainchild behind the developments, which were originally built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s during the Cold War for the Atlas F missile, and there were 72 of them around the country.

It was revealed last month that all the apartments in the first complex sold out, and people now have the option to buy a flat in the second silo.

Another prominent bunker builder is Rising S Company, a Texas-based corporation that said business is booming in recent months. Gary Lynch, Rising S' general manager, said overall sales have increased by 300 per cent since the presidential election last November

Another prominent bunker builder is Rising S Company, a Texas-based corporation that said business is booming in recent months. Gary Lynch, Rising S’ general manager, said overall sales have increased by 300 per cent since the presidential election last November

Another of the most well-known American bunkers are the 'Survival Condos' (pictured) in Kansas. Larry Hall is the brainchild behind the developments, which were originally built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s during the Cold War for the Atlas F missile, and there were 72 of them around the country

Another of the most well-known American bunkers are the ‘Survival Condos’ (pictured) in Kansas. Larry Hall is the brainchild behind the developments, which were originally built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s during the Cold War for the Atlas F missile, and there were 72 of them around the country

It was revealed last month that all the apartments in the first complex sold out, and people now have the option to buy a flat in the second silo. The Survival Condo Project is a luxury complex housed 15 stories below ground in a former missile silo near Concordia, Kansas. Pictured is a theater room inside a the Survival Condo Project bunker

It was revealed last month that all the apartments in the first complex sold out, and people now have the option to buy a flat in the second silo. The Survival Condo Project is a luxury complex housed 15 stories below ground in a former missile silo near Concordia, Kansas. Pictured is a theater room inside a the Survival Condo Project bunker

A full-floor apartment, spanning 1,800 square feet, will set buyers back $3million, while a 900-square-foot, half-floor unit is $1.5million. Penthouse variants are available for $4.5million. The abandoned Atlas missile silo (pictured) was turned into luxury condos by the Survival Condo Project

A full-floor apartment, spanning 1,800 square feet, will set buyers back $3million, while a 900-square-foot, half-floor unit is $1.5million. Penthouse variants are available for $4.5million. The abandoned Atlas missile silo (pictured) was turned into luxury condos by the Survival Condo Project

The Survival Condo Project is a luxury complex housed 15 stories below ground in a former missile silo near Concordia, Kansas.

A full-floor apartment, spanning 1,800 square feet, will set buyers back $3million, while a 900-square-foot, half-floor unit is $1.5million. Penthouse variants are available for $4.5million.

It is designed to comfortably survive any apocalyptic disaster such as global health pandemics, cataclysmic weather and terror attacks, including a nuclear one.

The windows are designed to simulate normal patterns of sunrise and sunset, and display views appropriate to their angles to simulate the feeling of being above ground.

The walls of the silo, constructed out of epoxy-hardened concrete, are nine feet thick and designed to survive a direct nuclear strike.

The dome structure that covers the silo cap can withstand winds in excess of 500 mph.

The survival condos are designed to hold up to 70 people and have enough resources to keep them alive for years.

The survival condos are designed to hold up to 70 people and have enough resources to keep them alive for years. The Silo Home (pictured) in New York is located above a former missile facility

The survival condos are designed to hold up to 70 people and have enough resources to keep them alive for years. The Silo Home (pictured) in New York is located above a former missile facility

The Czech Republic is home to what has been dubbed 'the largest billionaire bunker in the world' - known as 'The Oppidum' (pictured)

The Czech Republic is home to what has been dubbed ‘the largest billionaire bunker in the world’ – known as ‘The Oppidum’ (pictured)

The massive 77,500 square foot underground bunker in the heart of the European country has been specifically built with the end of the world as we know it in mind. Designed for just one owner, it is it the largest private shelter in the world and features a private helipad, luxury underground living rooms and a secret corridor connecting the buildings above with those below

The massive 77,500 square foot underground bunker in the heart of the European country has been specifically built with the end of the world as we know it in mind. Designed for just one owner, it is it the largest private shelter in the world and features a private helipad, luxury underground living rooms and a secret corridor connecting the buildings above with those below

Even its location was strategically chosen in central Europe, in an undisclosed rural area close to Prague and less than two hours from both London and Moscow by private jet. Pictured is a jacuzzi bathtub inside The Oppidum

Even its location was strategically chosen in central Europe, in an undisclosed rural area close to Prague and less than two hours from both London and Moscow by private jet. Pictured is a jacuzzi bathtub inside The Oppidum

This property, now called The Glass House, is virtually unrecognizable with a luxury swimming pool. The nuclear bunker was a Regional Control Centre and one of four in the London area, fully equipped with showers, food, water and fuel stores

This property, now called The Glass House, is virtually unrecognizable with a luxury swimming pool. The nuclear bunker was a Regional Control Centre and one of four in the London area, fully equipped with showers, food, water and fuel stores

Each apartment contains private bathroom and kitchen, and can be designed to your taste
Private bathroom

These apartments contain a private bathroom (right) and kitchen (left) and can be designed to your own taste

This includes air and water filtration systems, a range of energy sources (including wind power), and the capacity to grow plants and breed fish for food supplies. Armed guards patrol the entrance.

There are many other special features too, such as a cinema, swimming pool, surgery, golf range, and even a rock climbing wall.

And while the sales booms across all bunkers may suggest cashed-up Liberals are trying to escape a ‘Trump-pocalypse’, Vicino said people are moving in from all across the political spectrum.

The facilities also aren’t only available in the US.

In fact, the Czech Republic is home to what has been dubbed ‘the largest billionaire bunker in the world’ – known as ‘The Oppidum’.

The massive 77,500 square foot underground bunker in the heart of the European country has been specifically built with the end of the world as we know it in mind.

Designed for just one owner, it is it the largest private shelter in the world and features a private helipad, luxury underground living rooms and a secret corridor connecting the buildings above with those below, allowing its residents to quickly access safety when they feel threatened.

Even its location was strategically chosen in central Europe, in an undisclosed rural area close to Prague and less than two hours from both London and Moscow by private jet.

From the surface it is unimposing – but below ground it is colossal, a mansion carved deep into rock.

Luxury living areas including children’s bedrooms are safely tucked away behind a blast door, along with a bathroom with jacuzzi, cinema room, games room, swimming pool, gym, spa and a bar.

It even features an underground garden which comes complete with simulated natural light.

The Germany bunker is for the super-rich, though prices are kept under wraps for those who qualify

The Germany bunker is for the super-rich, though prices are kept under wraps for those who qualify

Behind the large swimming pool of the Survival Condo Project is a rock climbing wall for residents to enjoy while in the nuclear bunker, which was originally build back in 1960

Behind the large swimming pool of the Survival Condo Project is a rock climbing wall for residents to enjoy while in the nuclear bunker, which was originally build back in 1960

The Survival Condo Project's complex is designed to comfortably survive any apocalypse, such as global health pandemics, cataclysmic weather, and terror attacks

The Survival Condo Project’s complex is designed to comfortably survive any apocalypse, such as global health pandemics, cataclysmic weather, and terror attacks

The Oppidum also has its own private vaults ‘for your most valuable assets’.

Its security features look like something out a spy film, complete with fingerprint technology, iris recognition and state-of-the-art video surveillance.

Former Czech intelligence chief and security expert Andor Sandor said: ‘The uniqueness of the bunker lies in the fact it combines state-of-the-art security with luxury and comfort.

‘It is the largest known such facility on earth.’

Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, as a joint venture between the governments of what were then Czechoslovakia and The Soviet Union.

The team behind the massive bunker claim because the construction of the facility occurred at a time of heightened world tension, the enormous level of resources used to develop it would be all but impossible to match today.

They claim in cases of less catastrophic situations, the bunker will allow the inhabitants to survive natural or man-made disasters, or long-term power outages for up to 10 years.

And while some may question whether luxury is needed in a post-apocalyptic world where surely survival is more important than the finer things, Vicino explained why he believes style still matter – even after the nukes have fallen.

‘These shelters are long-term, a year or more,’ he told CNN. ‘It had better be comfortable.’

The Vivos xPoint bunkers are located in South Dakota. They are currently converted to accommodate about 5,000 people

The Vivos xPoint bunkers are located in South Dakota. They are currently converted to accommodate about 5,000 people

And while some may question whether luxury is needed in a post-apocalyptic world where surely survival is more important than the finer things, Vicino explained why he believes style still matter - even after the nukes have fallen. The Vivos xPoint South Dakota bunker once served as an Army Munitions Depot

And while some may question whether luxury is needed in a post-apocalyptic world where surely survival is more important than the finer things, Vicino explained why he believes style still matter – even after the nukes have fallen. The Vivos xPoint South Dakota bunker once served as an Army Munitions Depot

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