Zuckerberg DOUBLES size of Hawaii empire after spending $53m on 600 acres of ...

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have almost doubled the size of their estate in Hawaii, purchasing a neighboring 600 acre plot for $53 million in a move likely to further enrage his island critics.

The Facebook founder, who began buying up chunks of the island in September 2014, added the additional land on March 19, according to Pacific Business News.

Kauai is the fourth largest of Hawaii's eight main islands, and home to 67,000 people.

Zuckerberg, 36, and his wife expanded their Hawaii estate in March

Zuckerberg, 36, and his wife expanded their Hawaii estate in March

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The pair already own the land above Pilaa Beach, on the north shore of Kauai

The pair already own the land above Pilaa Beach, on the north shore of Kauai

The north shore land, which includes the spectacular Larsen's Beach, was bought from a nonprofit organization established by a local family, whose roots, the paper reported, go back to the days of the Hawaiian kingdom.

Abner and Lucy Wilcox, a missionary couple, arrived from Connecticut in 1837 - when Hawaii was still a monarchy.

The monarchy would remain in power until January 1895, and the territory was then annexed by the U.S.

The Wilcoxes ran a school, which would pass down through the generations.

In 1975 the Waioli Corporation took over the management of the land, and the trustees sold part of their property to the Zuckerberg-Chan family.

The couple said in a statement that they plan to continue the work that the Waioli Corporation has done to conserve the land known as Lepeuli, which is home to pristine reefs and forests, providing habitat for native birds and plants.

The Facebook founder has vowed to preserve the pristine island landscape

The Facebook founder has vowed to preserve the pristine island landscape

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Zuckerberg and Chan with their daughter Max, in a photo posted on December 11, 2020

Zuckerberg and Chan with their daughter Max, in a photo posted on December 11, 2020

Mindful of previous criticism, they will also keep the lease with the

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