Mark Zuckerberg is hiding out at his sprawling $100million estate in Hawaii amid mounting turmoil at Facebook as a growing list of prominent brands are boycotting the social media network over its perceived failure to crack down on hate speech and incitements to violence. The Facebook founder - who recently became the fourth-richest person in the world as his net worth rose to a staggering $86.5billion - was photographed on a Kauai beach with wife Priscilla Chan, their toddler daughters Max and August, and several family friends on Monday. It's unclear when the Zuckerbergs arrived on the island's north shore, where they began snapping up 700 acres of land in 2014.
The massive property is an ideal setting to ride out the coronavirus pandemic gripping the nation as it offers both seclusion and stunning views while Zuckerberg and all of his staff work from home for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile chaos is erupting at Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley as a number of brands including Ben and Jerry's, Patagonia and REI have stopped advertising on the site after the NAACP called for a boycott and accused Facebook of promoting 'bigotry and violence'.
Zuckerberg appeared unfazed by the drama surrounding Facebook as he hit the waves with his family on Monday. He was seen floating just off the coast in a kayak with Max, four, and August, two, while his wife paddleboarded nearby. The family appeared to be joined by another couple with three young children and an unidentified blonde woman who helped Zuckerberg lug his kayak back onto the sand before they packed up to return to their luxury home. The 36-year-old's net worth has reportedly grown by $30.1billion during the pandemic, according to a Forbes profile published earlier this month.