Hawaii is Hot!! – Are Tech Billionaires Putting it on our Radar?

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I’ve noticed –  over the last year or so – that more people seem to be vacationing in Hawaii (besides President Obama) but hadn’t give it much thought beyond that.  Then this week Business Insider did a post on where tech billionaires are spending their holiday season and lo and behold, 7 of the 11 (including Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel) own massive amounts of property in Hawaii.

Here are more details on who owns property and vacations there (link to entire article above).

Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently bought a 750-acre property on the North Shore of Kauai. He paid a reported $100 million for the property, which includes a white-sand beach and former sugarcane plantation.

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PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel bought this 1.7-acre oceanfront property in Maui in 2011.  The home is made up of four pavilions that wrap around a courtyard and swimming pool.  At a selling price of $27 million, it was reportedly the biggest single-family purchase ever completed on the island.

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Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz vacations at a 4-bedroom home on Hawaii’s Big Island.  The 117,000-square foot lot is surrounded by black lava and a luxury golf course.

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Dell founder Michael Dell escapes with his family to a massive Hawaiian retreat known by many as the “Raptor Residence.” The seven-bedroom tropical retreat has been rumored to be worth as much as $64 million.

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Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison has an entire Hawaiian island to explore in his downtime. He purchased the island of Lanai for $500 million in 2012.

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Oracle’s Larry Ellison

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen also owns a beachfront Hawaiian estate (as well as a hilltop mansion on the Côte d’Azur and several yachts).

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