FacebookbillionaireMark Zuckerbergis suing about 300 Hawaiians to force them to sell their land to make his £80million property more secluded.
Zuckerberg, whose 750-acre Kauai estate includes about a dozen plots still tied to local Hawaiian families, issued proceedings to officially acquire the land.
The legal move, called “quiet title and partition,” would force locals to sell land that has been in their families for generations.
They would also lose the right to access Zuckerberg’s estate in return for a fee.
The 32-year-old tycoon’s lawsuits, filed by three of his companies, list both the living and the dead, who once owned the properties. He bought the estate in 2014.
The legal bid comes as Zuckerberg’s neighbours are reportedly angry at a seven-foot stone wall being constructed around the estate, because it blocks the view.
Land parcels acquired through the Kuleana Act – property laws introduced in 1850 – are often passed on from heir to heir.
A lawyer at the Honolulu firm representing the Zuckerberg companies said the legal action was “the standard and prescribed process to identify all potential co-owners, determine ownership, and ensure that, if there are other co-owners, each receives appropriate value for their ownership share.”
Mark Zuckerberg sues hundreds of Hawaii families to force them to sell their land
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