In the case of a nuclear attack, which Russian President Vladimir Putin is talking about more and more often after the attack on Ukraine, the consequences would be literally catastrophic. Millions of people would burn to ashes in an instant, others would have no chance to hide from the radioactive cloud, and much of the land would be contaminated for thousands of years. The richest people in the world have the opportunity to secure themselves even in the event of such an apocalypse. The book “Survival Of The Richest” by Professor Douglas Rushkoff, a technology expert at the City University of New York, points out the facts and situations he experienced firsthand. One day, Rushkoff was given the opportunity to visit a habitable complex deep underground, where, according to him, he met the five richest men in America. “They all came from high society. At least two were billionaires,” he recalls. These people were not at all interested in the questions that Rushkoff had prepared. Rushkoff was asked for his opinion on which part of the world they should build bunkers, where climate change will have the least effect and where the missiles will land in the event of a nuclear war. As Rushkoff points out in his book, the likelihood that a fortified bunker will actually protect its occupants is very small. “It will get everywhere. Radiation is able to seep through the strongest materials. Air filters need to be replaced regularly and they can stop working anyway. Going to the surface at that time would be suicide,” he describes. Production According to Robert Vicino, founder of California-based bunker supplier Vivos, Bill Gates has giant nuclear shelters under each of his residential homes. “His head of security visited us a few years ago. It’s the latest form of insurance for these multi-billionaires,” he said. Rising S Company in Texas manufactures luxury Aristocrat bunkers. They are so big that 50 people can comfortably fit in them. They include a home cinema, sauna, gym, bowling alley and, of course, a swimming pool. A park or golf course can even be built next to them. The largest bunker that Rising S managed to build was equipped with a covered firing range. Another had space for a race track. Horses could be transported here via an elevator hidden in a grain silo. Survival Condos No less luxurious is the accommodation in an atomic shelter from the 60s Survival Condos in Kansas. Today it has been converted into a complex of underground apartments, which reach up to 15 floors underground. They even have “windows,” wall-mounted screens that can project images of the outside world, and all apartments are equipped with bidets in case the toilet paper shortage problem reoccurs during the next coronavirus pandemic. Shared facilities include a spa and a climbing wall. The price of one apartment ranges from 2.6 million pounds, with monthly costs not less than 2,000 pounds. There is enough food in the complex to last 5 years. Survival Condos owner Larry Hall is currently in talks to build new versions of these facilities in countries from England to South Korea. It also offers the manufacture of private bunkers (from £21 million). Gary Lynch of Rising S recalls one manager who fled New York frantically ringing the bell because he had forgotten the code to open the secret door to his bunker. “He also asked about the electric heater and the hot water heater and whether he needed additional water or air filters,” Lynch recalls. So it seems that when disaster strikes, there will be no safe place on Earth for some billionaires. Space The Space X program, founded by Tesla magnate Elon Musk, has spent the last 20 years exploring ways to colonize Mars and transform humans into a multiplanetary species. “I think it’s an incredibly important thing for the future of life itself. There’s always the threat that something could go wrong on Earth. The dinosaurs aren’t here anymore!” Musk said earlier this year. As he claims, astronauts on the red planet could become a reality by 2029, but Douglas Rushkoff says it will only be a lifeboat for the elite. “Only the richest get into the esmir,” added Professor Rushkoff at the end.