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first_imgMark Zuckerberg is a billionaire on paper, and it’s all thanks to Facebook. But while his social network doesn’t like anything of yours to be private, Zuckerberg is willing to spend millions protecting his own privacy in the real world.Last week Zuckerberg spent over $30 million purchasing not one, but four houses which he has no intention of living in. The reason for the purchase? His privacy when at home.The four houses are located next to Zuckerberg’s current home in Palo Alto, California. Apparently one of the houses was set to be purchased by a developer who was going to make it larger and resell it as the house next door to Zuckerberg. That makes sense as it’s sure to add a premium to the price, but Zuckerberg clearly didn’t like the idea of someone willing to pay a premium to live next door being that close.His solution was to buy all the surrounding houses and with that stop any developer marketing such a house in the future. It also means Zuckerberg is free to choose who lives there, and in the process protects his own privacy while collecting rent every month. Alternatively, he may decide to turn the other buildings into his own little complex. I guess I’d have one as a gym and another as a movie theater.$30 million is a lot of money to the average person, but not to Zuckerberg. It’s also going to be seen as an investment by his accountant as the value of the houses is probably set to grow in the coming years even if he decides to do nothing with them.[Image credit: jdlasica on Flickr]last_img read more