Mark Zuckerberg Buys the Four Houses Surrounding His Own House ‘Cuz He Can

He's reportedly leasing them back to their current owners.

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Are you a Facebook user who wants privacy? Well, too bad, you can’t have it anymore. The site’s chief-executive-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, however, can now have all the privacy he wants, since he just purchased four houses adjacent to his home in Palo Alto, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Zuck dropped more than $30 million in total for the new properties, with one clocking in at $14 million. Details are a bit hazy — as Facebook has yet to comment — but as the Mercury News notes:

He has no plans to build a Taj Mahal on the land, according to a person with knowledge of the transactions, who said Zuckerberg is leasing the existing homes back to the families that live there. The 29-year-old multibillionaire acted after he learned of a developer’s plan to buy one of the properties next door to the Facebook co-founder, said the source. “The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg.”

The 29-year-old Facebook founder reportedly spent $7 million on his current 5,000-square-foot crash pad, where he lives with his wife, Priscilla Chan.

When you have as much money as Zuck — who’s worth an estimated $19 billion — there’s really no limit to the kind of cash you’ll drop to keep yourself clandestine. For the rest of us plebs, though, unless we win the lottery or something, we’ll just need to accept our total lack of privacy.

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133 comments
BradWeitman
BradWeitman

LOL, 


I love how the article discussed all the details of his life and then said he has privacy.  Is this a joke? 

PatLukes
PatLukes

Actually Bill Gates did the same thing.  I think it's a good idea.  With the ridiculous mega mansions that are being built here in California by 'certain people with no architectural taste', he is protecting the neighborhood.  I live near one of those 'mega mansions' and it hurts my eyes to look at it.

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Fastgirl
Fastgirl

Soo..... He can do whatever he wants with his billions.

seizeabe
seizeabe

The reason why he bought those houses.....

"He has no plans to build a Taj Mahal on the land, according to a person with knowledge of the transactions, who said Zuckerberg is leasing the existing homes back to the families that live there. The 29-year-old multibillionaire acted after he learned of a developer’s plan to buy one of the properties next door to the Facebook co-founder, said the source. “The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg."

”Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/11/mark-zuckerberg-buys-the-four-houses-surrounding-his-own-house-cuz-he-can/#ixzz2i68T2Mre

RobertSF
RobertSF

He's a disgusting human being. I hope some day someone erases that smug look on his doughy pasty face with a good punch to the nose.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

Even he can't hide from peak oil - not in any of them

derekca
derekca

I don't care what he does with his money. He can buy a hundred houses, so what?

just-me-in-tn
just-me-in-tn

It is only a good deal if he's leasing it back to them for $1/year.  Otherwise, they are simply paying him back for the house.  

BobSmith3
BobSmith3

While he's buying up multi-million dollar houses he's pushing for an immigration bill that will suppress the wages of middle-class IT workers.  


Ebullient
Ebullient

It's actually an outstanding idea, provided he does what the story claims he intends to do.  I wish someone had done that in the Brentwood section of L.A., where billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong bought up a bunch of nice old ranch houses just to demolish them and make his own super-mega-über-ginormo-mansion.  In a place like L.A. where housing is insanely expensive already, one guy doing something like that shoudn't be able to happen. 

byrondelaney
byrondelaney

Cause people that win the lottery are never in the public spotlight, right? Wait, no. 

paulmichael1
paulmichael1

The person we think is responsible for FB is not actually Zuck, its the FBI... such lack of ingenuity (FB..I). He and his pre-IPO movie are just hype.  Typical mind-control antics of the overlords. Watch out, war cycles starting again. 

The2ndguardsUS
The2ndguardsUS

Just to remind everyone, This guy sold his customers out to the NSA. Never forget that.

KarlMarx
KarlMarx

No matter how much he spends he is still just a J**boy.  Let him and Ellison and Blankfein and the Googlers pay to support Israel. The ovens never sleep. PS: No, Marx wasn't J**ish, you racist.

VicenteScully
VicenteScully

He's just made his neighbors very rich AND prevented developers from ruining the neighborhood with yet another McMansion. There's nothing wrong with that. Unlike the government, he didn't force his neighbors to leave. Try to negotiate with eminent domain. Let haters hate, starting with what's in the mirror. 

LarryPesto
LarryPesto

Immoral dweeb. The digital/computer revolution has put a ton of dweebs in high places. The reason we have to enter out password twice to get in a site or add a "!" before our favorite password to sign up to a site. Neurtic little a**holes. Hey Zuckerberg, you remember those a**whipings you took in Junior High. Nothing's changed punk. I remember guys like you. I'd love to kick the sh*t out of him

soundeavor
soundeavor

what a diptard....looking forward to his ouster at FecesBook

Chamborde
Chamborde

Now if he would just ditch that stupid hoodie and start dressing like an adult.

highdef2012
highdef2012

... i JUST HAD A BOWEL MOVEMENT.   THANKS ZUCK.. WANTED YOU TO KNOW DUDE!

NathanBerg
NathanBerg

ha, ha!!!  if the developer wouldn't have posted his plan on facebook, it might have worked!  :-)

BrandenJCasto
BrandenJCasto

Mark Zuckerberg has privacy, yet here is a news article about him lol

mobi19
mobi19

I have no problems with Zuckerberg's wealth and he has proven that he gives back through his donations to Newark. Zuckerberg is also responsible for founding a company that offers decent paying jobs and builds wealth within his community. What I do have a problem with are CEOs who are not founders of companies who slash jobs because they don't have the intelligence to retrain loyal staff, cut salaries and benefits, and then have the audacity to STEAL large bonuses or golden parachutes.

OrdinaryAverageGuy
OrdinaryAverageGuy

Anyone else see the irony?   Zuck worried about privacy, meanwhile the rest of us who use FB are subjected to ever-changing privacy policies and "accidental glitches" that make our posts (sometimes) public.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

@derekca -  if you ran a business, would you run it ethically?

 Do you hold ethical standards for others?

Perhaps you should care.  Even just a little.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

@BobSmith3 - that's one of many reasons he's not worth respecting.  


Especially given how much taxpayer-funded corporate welfare and other entitlements he and his company receive.


"Free market"?  HARDLY.

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

@Ebullient Since when do you get to decide what use someone can have who buys up multiple houses? Maybe you could go live in another country where they don't allow that to happen.

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

@The2ndguardsUS Actually he sold them out to Obama. This administration made deals with Facebook and other companies that help Obama's government to spy on law abiding citizens.

SteveMcQueen
SteveMcQueen

@KarlMarx  

Unfortunately, the world is full of f*cktards like yourself.  Fortunately, evolution is not on your side.

paul232
paul232

@KarlMarx But being a J boy is a good thing. Smart, successful, hard working...I can see why you're offended if you aren't those things.

Ebullient
Ebullient

And once you kicked his butt, then what?  He picks himself up, with help from friends, and goes back about his business.  And the tragic and sad thing is, you do too.  You go right back to being you.

wompasdub
wompasdub

@LarryPesto Hey that's ok, I'll keep being a "dweeb" making internet software and making more in a year than you'll hope to see in your life. We make you put in passwords twice so idiot users like yourself don't type your password wrong with your 1-finger typing and 3 second memory span. You just sound butthurt those of us not too stupid/lazy to open a book don't have to to ever associate with someone like you other than "yes I'd like fries" or "dig a ditch for my pool". 

DSK
DSK

@LarryPesto Except you are now picking up other people's trash attempting to pay off your trailer and he's laughing at you.

AlEng
AlEng

@mobi19 Don't be a victim of the president. It's none of your beeswax what a CEO makes or does. You run your company the way you want and that' that. 

ricketzz
ricketzz

@OrdinaryAverageGuy  Nobody is forcing you to participate. As I understand it, Facebook is all about revealing secrets so others can see if you're date-worthy. I have no need for it, let alone time.

mk2
mk2

@OrdinaryAverageGuy it had nothing to do with privacy, he leased the land back to the people that lived there. It was all about preventing a developer from using his name to promote the developer's business. Try reading the article next time.

mkat2
mkat2

@OrdinaryAverageGuy Happy to say, I have never joined Facebook in spite of family & friend's urging!

I readily saw privacy & control issues. Sorry, Mark & no thanks, not for me!

goblue562
goblue562

@Fastgirl   I get so tired of people thinking that the NSA is listening to EVERY phone call that EVERY person in the WHOLE country is making, or reading EVERY Facebook post or EVERY twit, or reading EVERY email that's sent EVERY day.

Idiots... Think about it.  That's an awful lot of reading/listening to do.. there aren't enough people in the entire US government to keep up with it.  If you have no reason for the US to look into your stuff, I really doubt that they're too worried about your inane Facebook post or picture.

Ok, let the "Your so stupid and without a clue" replies begin...(and yes, I know that it's 'you're'..  I was trying to mimic the idiotic responses that'll come).

Ebullient
Ebullient

Z's not even laughing at him.  He doesn't even think about him.

SkipperSam
SkipperSam

@JonathonDapper @LarryPesto But now he can buy a whole NFL team just to whoop on you

He could have you killed and post a billion dollar bond, the state would never have the case come to trial so they could keep the bail money

NetizenSmith
NetizenSmith

@mkat2 @OrdinaryAverageGuy Funny. I see facebook as a virtual extension of the face to face interaction. I don't share any details online that I wouldn't share in person with the expectation that some people near by may hear my details.

I'm curious. Do you interact with friends in public places? How do you control your privacy when speaking out loud in a public place? Do you take measures to ensure that no one else but your intended audience hears you? Or are there some things that you do not care if other people hear or see? How do you handle going to stores and restaurants? Do you wait until no one sees your enter and then hide in a corner or do you simply not care that random people you don't know will see you going to those stores? 

And if you don't care that random people in public see what you are reading, the car your drive, the electronic devices you use, the food you eat, the stores you frequent, or over hear that you and a friend had a fight or that your kid is doing awesome in school, or what movie you and family went to see...why do you care if random people on the internet care?

I find it strange that people accept the lack of privacy when in public, but as soon as that same interaction moves online that interaction has to be more secure even though the content is the same.

Fastgirl
Fastgirl

So stop thinking about it. People can think whatever they want. Most have good reasons why they think they way they do. We don't really know what goes on at the NSA. Do we?