Mark Zuckerberg Adds 110 Acres to Controversial 1,500-Acre Hawaii Property | Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has added 110 acres to his controversial 1,500-acre property in Kauai, Hawaii, and lost $ 17 million for the purchase.

The 110 acres of land that the Facebook founder and his wife recently purchased include the Ka Loko Reservoir, a century-old reservoir whose dam broke in 2006 and released 400m gallons of water that killed seven people on Kauai’s north coast.

According to the couple’s spokesman Ben Labolt, the reservoir is considered high risk and has not been repaired. The Zuckerberg family is committed to meeting the legal requirements surrounding the reservoir, Labolt told Business Insider.

“Mark and Priscilla continue to make their home on Ko’olau Ranch,” Labolt said. He added that they had “worked closely with a number of community partners to run a functioning ranch, promote conservation, produce sustainable agriculture and protect wildlife and look forward to expanding their efforts to include this additional property”.

Zuckerberg’s latest acquisition comes after two previous acquisitions – a $ 100 million purchase of 750 acres at the end of 2014 and a $ 53 million purchase of 600 acres in March that includes a public beach and a functioning cattle ranch.

Zuckerberg’s massive property has previously faced criticism and controversy. In 2016, Zuckerberg angered neighbors as he built a 6-foot stone wall around his property that blocked easy access to Pila’a Beach, in an effort to reduce highway and road noise.

Pila'a Beach, downtown, shown in 2017, is located below a hillside and hilltop owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the north coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
Pila’a Beach, downtown, shown in 2017, is located below a hillside and hilltop owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the north coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Photo: Ron Kosen / AP

So in early 2017, Zuckerberg’s lawyers filed lawsuits against hundreds of local Hawaiians who may have an interest in small pockets within the boundaries of his property. The “silent title” suits are used to clarify the often complicated history of land ownership in the state and can often force owners to auction off their lands. In some cases, the defendant is even required to pay the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees – in this case, the world’s fifth richest man.

“This is the face of neocolonialism,” Kapua Sproat, a law professor at the University of Hawaii, told the Guardian in 2017. “While a forced sale may not physically displace people, it is the last nail in the coffin to separate us from the earth.”

“For us, as native Hawaiians, the country is an ancestor. It’s a grandparent‚Ķ You just do not sell your grandmother,” Sproat added.

Zuckerberg eventually dropped the case, saying he and his wife wanted to “do this right, talk to the community and find a better approach.” The land pockets were eventually sold at an auction.

Along with his property in Hawaii, Zuckerberg owns a total of about 1,400 acres and 10 houses in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, equivalent to a property portfolio of $ 320 million.

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