Google co-founder Larry Page has received a residence permit in New Zealand, country officials confirmed. Interestingly, a study was recently published that speaks of the "dangerous state" of industrial civilization, and in the rating of the "Noah's Arks" New Zealand is in first place in terms of resistance to external influences.
In addition, it was reported that billionaires buy land for bunkers in New Zealand, preparing for the apocalypse… And now the richest man in the world, suddenly became a citizen of this particular country.
Immigration New Zealand said Page first applied for a residence permit in November on a special visa open to people with an investment of at least NZ $ 10 million (US $ 7 million).
"Since he was abroad at the time, his application could not be considered due to COVID-19 restrictions," the agency said in a statement. "As soon as Mr. Page entered New Zealand, his application was processed and it was approved on February 4, 2021."
Obtaining resident status in New Zealand does not necessarily affect Page's resident status in the United States or other countries.
New Zealand lawmakers confirmed that Page and his son first arrived in New Zealand in January after the family filed an urgent application to evacuate their son from Fiji due to a medical emergency.
“The day after receiving the application, the New Zealand Air Ambulance, staffed by a New Zealand Intensive Care Companion Nurse, transported a child and adult family member from Fiji to New Zealand,” Health Minister Andrew Little told lawmakers in parliament.
Little answered questions about how Page managed to get into the country at a time when New Zealand closed its borders to non-residents in an attempt to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Little told lawmakers that the family followed current virus-fighting protocols when they arrived in the country.
Page's application for a residence permit was approved after about three weeks.
On Friday, Forbes ranked Page the sixth richest person in the world with a fortune of $ 117 billion. Forbes noted that Page stepped down as CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet in 2019, but remained a board member and controlling shareholder.
Opposition lawmakers said the episode raises questions about why Page got permission so quickly at a time when many skilled workers or separated family members who were desperately trying to get into New Zealand were being denied.
“The government is making it clear that money is more important than doctors, fruit pickers and families separated from their children,” AST deputy leader Brook van Velden said in a statement.
In 2017, it became known that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel was able to obtain New Zealand citizenship six years earlier, despite having never lived in the country. Thiel received permission after one of the top lawmakers decided that his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable to the country.
For the ceremony, Thiel did not even have to leave California - he received citizenship during a private ceremony at the New Zealand consulate in Santa Monica.