FACEBOOK BILLIONAIRE Mark Zuckerberg has splashed out on four houses that surround his house in an apparent desire to preserve his privacy.
This news dropped into the INQUIRER's irony inbox over the weekend. We wonder if Zuckerberg is so concerned about privacy when it comes to social networks.
We understand that operations like Facebook have a loose appreciation for the desires of users and much greater understanding for the wishes of advertisers.
Zuckerberg is a user of Facebook, so we understand, and he is also a human being who lives in the real world.
Married, he apparently lives in a house where he has acquired some sort of hold over the neighbourhood.
The Mercury News reported that the multi-billionaire somehow got himself into a situation where he was able to exert influence over others.
The newspaper said that Zuckerberg bought four houses adjacent to his own five-bedroom home for around $30m, and plans to vet the people that live in them.
According to real estate documents Zuckerberg has slowly bought the neighbouring properties through an investment company, and is planning on leasing them back to the people that live there.
It is thought that a developer was eyeing one of the neighbouring houses and making a big splash about the identity of its neighbour.
It appears that the Facebook CEO paid over the odds for some of the properties, but that is to be expected, said one expert, particularly when the owners were not planning on selling. µ