It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

Pro-Privacy (for Himself): Mark Zuckerberg Just Bought the Four Houses Around His Palo Alto Home

Guess he only wants to share pictures of Beast and corporate press releases.
OFF MY LAWN. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

OFF MY LAWN. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It’s one of the grand ironies of the social media age that Mark Zuckerberg, who made billions by making it so, so easy to follow the lives of our exes–is extremely zealous in guarding his own privacy. Remember that fight with Mahbod Moghadam and the Instagram photo?

Well according to the San Jose Mercury Newshe’s recently taken it to new heights. Apparently Zuck has opened his wallet and purchased the four homes around his own Palo Alto pad, shelling out $30 million total, paying at market rates.

He’s not drawing up plans for a underground super-lair; in fact, he plans to lease the homes back to their current residents. No, it’s simply to keep rubberneckers out of his yard in the long run:

“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.'”

In other news, Facebook just removed the setting that allows normals without a bazillion dollars to hide from search results.

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