Jeff Bezos already looks like supervillain Lex Luthor, but now the Amazon head is spending his money on things that only comic book characters would own.
The clock has cost Bezos over $42 million to build so far and is being constructed inside of a mountain.
Engineers and contractors are building the massive, multi-room clock inside a mountain in West Texas.
Because when you’re a billionaire, your life should look like a James Bond film. And also, it only makes sense to OWN A MOUNTAIN.
The Clock of Long Now is the brainchild of Danny Hillis. Hillis is a computer scientist and entrepreneur.
Hillis first imagined the 10,000-year clock in 1986. He was probably stoned.
According to Bezos, the clock will be 500 feet tall, “all mechanical, powered by day/night thermal cycles,” and “synchronized at solar noon.”
“The clock is designed to tick just once a year and chime once per millennium.”
The $42M project clock works less than you’re Uncle Billy.
The installation of the clock began back in 2018.
In 2011, Wired reported about the clock idea and the longtime friendship between Hillis and Bezos.
“[A]round 2005, the pair got serious and started making plans to build a clock on Bezos’ property in the Sierra Diablo Mountain Range. Bezos explained the clock as a way to remind people that the far future not only exists but will happen to their descendants.”
Alright, maybe they were both high.
If anyone is interested in seeing the clock, well, it probably won’t happen.
“Visiting the Clock will take a commitment,” the official website reads. “The nearest airport is several hours away by car, and the foot trail to the Clock is rugged, rising almost 2,000 feet above the valley floor.”
Bezos’ net worth has skyrocketed recently, and the tech giant is doing good with his money – he’s spending $100M to feed America. That’s probably the same amount of food in the pantry of his new Los Angeles home.
Here’s a rundown of some of the other insane things Bezos has bought over the years.
[via Popular Mechanics]