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A bunker for billionaires

A super-luxury doomsday shelter is looking for super-rich residents

June 13, 2015 12:00PM

Robert Vicino and Vivos Europa One

Robert Vicino and Vivos Europa One

Doomsday bunkers are typically built in fringe locales by people with fringe ideas. But Vivos founder and CEO Robert Vicino has now unveiled Vivos Europa One, an invitation-only, five-star underground bunker.

Located in Germany, the former Cold War munitions storage complex will function like a subterranean cruise ship for the elite, according to Forbes. Each family will be given a private 2,500-square-foot apartment, which can be expanded up to 5,000 square feet. And each family will tap their own architect and contractor to build out their posh doomsday home.

According to Forbes, the fortress is capable of withstanding “a substantial close range nuclear blast, a direct airplane crash, biological and chemical agents, shock waves, earthquakes, tsunami, electro-magnetic pulses and virtually any armed attack.”

No word of the cost per apartment, but considering the initial purchase price of the property was roughly $225 million — with a replacement value of approximately $1.1 billion – it seems only the very very rich will survive the end days. [Forbes] Christopher Cameron