Apocalypse Is Imminent: The Rich Are Preparing… Are You?

A recent survey found that roughly 20% of Americans engage in at least some degree of prepping these days. Now, that’s way more than did so in the not so distant past when preppers were considered foil-hat wearing nut jobs. However, Katie Canales, writing for Business Insider, notes that “the wealthiest in society, from Silicon Valley to Wall Street and beyond, take it to a whole other level”—they are building mega-bunkers. The elites perceive an imminent apocalypse on humanity’s doorstep, and they are fervently preparing for itare you?

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, told The New Yorker that he estimates more than 50% of his “fellow Silicon Valley billionaires” have outfitted themselves for a coming crisis—whether acquiring a bunker or some form of doomsday hideaway spot in the US or elsewhere in the world. And that number soars to nearly 100% for the uber-rich—we all know about Bill Gates and his numerous bunkers around the world.

Jim Dobson, writing for Forbes, echoes this realty, noting that “the most famous names in the world, from tech billionaires and celebrities to doctors and lawyers, and countless corporate titans… [are preparing] outrageous underground bunkers with luxury amenities, including swimming pools, bowling alleys, and gun ranges.”

This begs the question: Do the rich and uber-rich know something the rest of the country doesn’t?

Clearly, the richest of the rich are building bunkers to prepare for a potential apocalypse… and wouldn’t they be the very ones that would have the best “insider” information regarding the threat level we face?

For example, Antonio García Martínez, an ex-Facebook product manager who lives in San Francisco, bought five acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest. His island home features generators, solar panels, and weaponry. He has stated, “You just need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse. I think people who are particularly attuned to the levers by which society actually works understand that we are skating on really thin cultural ice right now.”

Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of the online community Reddit, has asserted, “I think, to some degree, we all collectively take it on faith that our country works, that our currency is valuable, the peaceful transfer of power—that all of these things that we hold dear work because we believe they work. While I do believe they’re quite resilient, and we’ve been through a lot, certainly we’re going to go through a lot more.”

The World of Elite Prepping—Mega-Bunkers for the Apocalypse

Many of the world’s elite have chosen to spend tens–if not hundreds–of millions of dollars designing and constructing their own secret shelters to house their families and staff… or buying into ready-made bunker communities for the elites.

For example, Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers (a Texas company that specializes in underground bunkers and services), states, “business is booming, he says, with over 2,000% more inquiries from possible buyers worried about their future.” And this is on top of business that was already booming back in 2016, when sales for their custom high-end underground bunkers grew 700% compared to 2015 and overall sales were up 300%.

And high-end bunker developments for the elites are booming as well. In the US, developers are acquiring decommissioned military bunkers and missile silos and redeveloping them into fully integrated condo communities—condo communities within fortified structures designed to withstand a nuclear strike and equipped with power systems, water purification systems, blast valves, and Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) air filtration. For example, developer Larry Hall’s Survival Condo in Kansas utilizes two abandoned Atlas missile silos built by the US Army Corps of Engineers to house warheads during the early 1960s.

Survival Condo Project: The rich and uber-elites are preparing for the imminent apocalypse with mega-bunkers
Survival Condo Project: The rich and uber-elites are preparing for the imminent apocalypse with mega-bunkers

And the elite aren’t constrained by geographical boundaries—they are acquiring bunkers around the world.

For example, Vivos Europa One—billed as a “modern day Noah’s Ark”—has been built in a former Cold War-era munitions storage facility in Germany. The Vivos group, which manages several facilities around the globe, states that Vivos Europa One is:

“One of the most fortified and massive underground survival shelters on Earth.  Carved out of solid bedrock, under a 400′ tall mountain, by the Soviets during the Cold War, this shelter was a fortress for military equipment and munitions. Now privately owned, this 76-acre above and below ground hardened facility is capable of withstanding a substantial close-range nuclear blast, a direct airliner crash, biological and chemical agents, massive shock waves, earthquakes, electro-magnetic pulses, flooding and virtually any armed attack.”

Aristocracy Theory & Prepping—Does Society Suffer from a Thin Veneer?

Peter Thiel is a Silicone Valley tech-billionaire who is currently prepping for the apocalypse… and encouraging (warning?) other elites to do the same.

We’ll talk more about him later; however, he’s a huge believer in the book “The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State.” This book essentially details how a civilizational collapse would give way to the rise of the surviving “cognitive elite” who would emerge from their bunkers to rebuild a new world in the wake of our existing way of life having crumbled to pieces.

This view is commonly referred to as the Aristocracy theory. However, there are those that disagree with it, such as Rebecca Solnit, who wrote “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster” in 2009.

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In her book, she attempts to debunk the “thin veneer of civilization” theory—the notion that authority and a strict social order are all that are keeping us from descending into barbarism. Instead, she argues that “when chaos arrives, the human reaction is cooperation and innovation.”

However, she utilized isolated, singular events to make her point, such as earthquakes (e.g., San Francisco 1906 and Tang Shan 2008), heat waves (e.g., Europe 2003), the 9/11 attacks, and the Halifax munitions explosion of 1917.

These events were not catastrophic or apocalyptic events that occurred on a global level. As such, they did not generate a macro collapse that impacted institutional command and control functions, nor relief efforts from those not impacted.

Now that we’ve actually seen the initial effects of a global pandemic and the civil unrest it can generate, I think the evidence is more in favor of the elites “thin veneer of civilization” view. It won’t take much more to push America off the ledge and plunge it into a complete socioeconomic collapse.

Bilderberg Group—Elite’s Are Prepping, Building Bunkers & Planning for Escape

Some of these elites are members of the most secretive groups on the planet, such as the Bilderberg Group. When these folks start building bunkers, it’s worth noticing.

For example, Peter Thiel, Bilderberg member, co-founder PayPal, Facebook board member, Trump advisor & billionaire venture capitalist, was instrumental in leading the Silicon Valley focus on prepping.

Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and another Bilderberg member, is another major player in the elite prepping movement. He has close ties to Theil (they are both advocates for New Zealand as the best location for elites to hunker down) and has consistently warned about massive social unrest and societal collapse.

He is also on the record having said that the prepping among the elites is widespread and many will flee to bunkers and compounds they’ve prepared in remote parts of the world (by private jet of course). He has also estimated that more than 50 percent of Silicon Valley’s billionaires have bought some level of “apocalypse insurance,” such as an underground bunker.

Sam Altman, former president of Y-Combinator accelerator program and Bilderberg member, also has close prepping ties with Thiel—including New Zealand.

As Josh Sanburn, writing for Time, alludes to, many consider the Bilderberg Group of some of the world’s most powerful people, which has been meeting in secret since 1954, to be a one-world shadow government, political kingmakers, and a form or type of the infamous Illuminati.

To some degree, this view was confirmed in 2000 by Denis Healey, a Bilderberger founding member and steering committee (inner circle) member for 30 years, when he told the Guardian:

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So, we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

He added that shaping the world “isn’t a conspiracy! That is the world. It is the way things are done. And quite rightly so.”

Frequent topics for discussion at their annual meetings include:

  • Current events
  • China
  • Europe: migration, growth, reform, vision, unity
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • U.S. political landscape, economy: growth, debt, reform
  • Cybersecurity
  • Geo-politics of energy and commodity prices
  • Precariat and middle class
  • Technological innovation

When members of this exclusive and shadowy group start prepping and running to escape to their bunkers… it might be time to do the same! They might just know things we don’t.


As we have seen, there is a concerted and orchestrated effort among the rich to prepare for a pending apocalypse. It would certainly appear that the fervor with which they are prepping has been encouraged and directed behind the scenes by a large network of connections—a network that ultimately leads directly to ultra-elites.

I would contend that those at the top of this group have access to the best information, while the rest of us are kept in the dark through misinformation and disinformation. It’s intentional—the masses represent one of the threats they fear the most… social unrest and collapse.

They are intentionally using that false hope and guidance that is being directed at the masses to buy themselves precious time to (1) finalize their preparations and (2) worn other elites whom they deem worthy of being a part of the “rebuilding” team to get their “arks” ready… to prepare their bunkers and bugout locations for the imminent failure of that “thin veneer.”

However, this should not come as a surprise to anyone. All of this was revealed by God in Scripture:

“And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'” (Revelation 6:15-17)

The apocalypse is coming and the rich are going to head for those bunkers.

Now, we believe that it is critical to respond in kind to this move by the rich. Whether they know something specific or just have an idea, it is based on the best available (inside) information—information we simply don’t have access to. They are privy to things most simply aren’t.

As such, we absolutely need to be as prepared as we can as well.

However, understand that all the preps in the world are going to provide little protection from God’s coming wrath and judgment.

These folks are going to realize, as they hunker down in their mega-bunkers, that things are far worse than they ever could have imagined. Their romantic dreams of riding out doomsday are going to quickly evaporate.

As reality sets in, they are going to cry out and beg for their bunkers to collapse in on them and allow them to die quickly:

“They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?‘” (Revelation 6:16-17)

Preps are good—they serve a legitimate and necessary purpose, with intrinsic value. However, they are not an “ark.” Do not fall into the trap of worshiping your preps—placing your faith in them to be your ark.

There is only one Ark that is going to save you (body and soul) from the coming apocalypse—Jesus Christ.

We encourage you to get on His Ark today—and then focus on your prepping. It is imperative that you get onboard before the opportunity is gone and the doors are shut… more securely than those five-ton blast doors on the bunkers of the elites.

Will it be possible for you to find salvation in the Tribulation to come?

Yes. However, it will likely require your life. And the sad truth is that if you aren’t willing to turn to Christ now (when it costs you nothing), how likely is it that you will really do it then (when it will cost you everything)?

Wouldn’t it be so much better to accept Christ before the apocalypse comes and (1) receive a seat on God’s Ark (the Body of Christ) by His grace and (2) avoid God’s wrath and judgment that is about to fall on mankind?

It’s not rocket science my friend—salvation is through faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone. Accept His gift of forgiveness and eternal life today—and get on the real Ark that is Jesus Christ!

Then, once you’re in a right relationship with Christ, you can focus your attention on developing your spiritual and physical preps. After all, things could very well get much worse before God closes up the doors to the Ark and the real apocalypse begins!

The apocalypse is coming—everyone (including the rich and powerful of the world) see it.

Rest assured, as bad as it will be, the world is not going to end. However, it will not be the elites, who emerge from their mega-bunkers, that will rebuild the world. It will be Christ triumphantly returning to establish His promised and long-awaited earthly kingdom… and He will be coming with those who were on the Ark.

As always, hope for the best, plan for the worst, and—in all things—pray!

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Doug is a passionate servant of Christ and holds an MBA, BBA (Summa Cum Laude), and AAcc from Liberty University, as well as an additional two years of study at Bible college. He has over 20-years of corporate finance, accounting, and operations management experience—spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is proud to have served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and his local communities as a firefighter/EMT and reserve peace officer—experience that has provided him with a unique skill-set when it comes to emergency medicine, firearms, crisis management, and wilderness survival. Doug enjoys playing the drums, prepping, and spending time with family—especially in the Outer Banks of NC.