When things start getting crazy globally, rich people start looking for backup plans. Bloomberg looks at the uptick in people with enough wealth to secure a second passport, or even multiple passports.
For instance, an Austrian passport costs about $23,750,000, and "applicants are required to invest actively in the local economy. Granting of an Austrian citizenship falls under the government’s privacy laws so it isn’t published or reported anywhere, not even to other countries."
Other countries, notably several small Caribbean nations, have options in the low six figures and also offer tax haven opportunities. Given the historical record, Austria might not be the best place to move if a world war breaks out.
• Where the Super-Rich Go to Buy Their Second Passport (Bloomberg)
The Lord of the Rings and Kim Dotcom put New Zealand on the map for wealthy tech moguls seeking a safe space to hole up when disaster strikes. The Trump presidency kicked the bolt-hole craze to levels where Kiwi lawmakers had to put the brakes on the trend among the ultra-wealthy.
They served in the Army, Border Patrol and as police. They have legitimate U.S. birth certificates. But Trump’s government is denying their passport applications and telling them they aren’t U.S. citizens.
The Passport Index features beautiful high-resolution images of the covers of all the world's passports, with interactive features ranking passports by how much visa-free travel they entitle their bearers to, and the ability to assemble grids of the places your passport(s) permit entry to. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
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