Do the ultra-rich know something we don’t? Why are they bracing for the apocalypse? 

The super affluent are prepping for doomsday, but they’re not about to settle for the spartan fallout shelters of the mid-20th century. Instead, members of today’s 1% opt for luxury bunkers with plenty of amenities.

Companies catering to the market for opulent refuge include Oppidum, Survival Condo and Vivos Global Shelter Network—all privately held. Their offerings begin at $1.2 million and climb upward to $80 million. 

But whatever the cost, who can blame the well-heeled for seeking safety? It’s no longer just the fear the USSR might drop the bomb. These days, survivalists are also motivated by the specters of civil unrest, weaponized...

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