George Alagiah , BBC newsreader, 62; Marvan Atapattu , cricketer, Sri Lanka (1990-2007), 47; Gary Ballance , cricketer, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England, 28; Boris Becker , tennis player, Wimbledon champion (1985, 1986, 1989), world No 1 (1991) and Olympic gold medallist (1992), 50; Satyajit Bhattacharya , serjeant-surgeon to the Queen and the royal household, consultant surgeon, Royal London and St Bart’s hospitals, London, 55; Cath Bishop , rower, Olympic silver medallist (2004), 46; John Bird , actor, Bremner, Bird and Fortune (1999-2007), 81; Guion Bluford , the first African-American in space (1983), 75; Kyran Bracken , rugby union player, England (1993-2003), born in Dublin, 43; Tom Conti , actor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983), Shirley Valentine (1989), 76; Jamie Lee Curtis , actress, Halloween (1978), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), True Lies (1994), 59; Lisa Dwan , actress, The Engagement (2014), Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014), 40; Marouane Fellaini , footballer, Manchester United and Belgium, 30; Edward Gardner , conductor, chief conductor, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, musical director, English National Opera (2007-15), 43; Fiona Glascott , actress, Goldfish Memory (2003), Brooklyn (2015), Episodes (2011-17), 35; Paolo Gentiloni , prime minister of Italy, 63; Terry Gilliam , animator, writer and film director, Life of Brian (1979), Brazil (1985), Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014), 77; Ben Helfgott , president, 45 Aid Society, Holocaust Survivors and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, UK Olympic weightlifter (1956, 1960), 88; Mariel Hemingway , actress, Manhattan (1979), 56; Stephen Hough , concert pianist, 56; Scarlett Johansson , actress, Lost in Translation (2003), Captain America: Civil War (2016), 33; Lord (Robert) Iliffe , chairman, Yattendon Group, 73; Billie Jean King , tennis player, winner of 39 Grand Slam championships and founder (1973), Women’s Tennis Association, 74; Sidse Babett Knudsen , actress, Borgen (2010-13), Westworld (2016), 49; Finian Maynard , windsurfer, six-time speed windsurfing world champion (1998-2001, 2006, 2009), 43; Mads Mikkelsen , actor, Casino Royale (2006), Hannibal (2013-15), 52; Kent Nagano , conductor, 66; Stel Pavlou , novelist, Decipher (2001), Gene (2005), and screenwriter, 47; Mark Pritchard , Conservative MP for the Wrekin, 51; Gavin Robinson , Democratic Unionist Party MP for Belfast East, lord mayor of Belfast (2012-13), 33; Mark Ruffalo , actor, Spotlight (2015) 50; Richard Stanley , film director and screenwriter, The Island of Dr Moreau (1996), 51; Tina Weymouth , bass guitarist, Talking Heads, 67.
This isn’t an isolated trend, either. Robert Vicino, the founder and CEO of a bomb shelter company called Vivos, claims that he’s received “thousands and thousands of applications” for spots in a communal bomb shelter compound in South Dakota. This subterranean community is advertised as eventually including 575 luxury “off-grid dugouts” with badass amenities like a movie theater, a shooting range (?), a hydroponic garden, and a members-only restaurant and bar. Because even after the apocalypse, rich people need their exclusivity. A spot in the community, codenamed xPoint, costs $25,000 per person, and Vicino says they’ve already reserved 50 spots.