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"All These Rich People Can't Stop Themselves": The Luxe Quarantine Lives of Silicon Valley's Elite

Travis Kalanick is throwing (outdoor) parties, private-jet owners are hopping from safe zone to safe zone, and dinner party hosts are administering 15-minute COVID-19 rapid tests - all business as usual. "Coronavirus is a poor person's virus," says one source.

Are you going to Travis Kalanick's party this weekend?" read a text that popped up on my phone a couple of weeks ago. "Umm, no!" I replied. First, I wasn't invited. (Kalanick is not a big fan of mine, or most other people who have written about him.) But more importantly, this message landed in my inbox smack in the middle of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles, where Kalanick now lives. (Kalanick held the party outside, according to two people with knowledge of the soiree, and it was a smaller gathering than pre-COVID parties he is known for.)

Kalanick isn't the only one throwing parties during the worst pandemic in 100 years. I've heard about parties from Palm Springs to Palo Alto, business meetings on the slopes in Colorado after a mountain-biking sesh, electric surfing in Hawaii, and billionaires traveling the world on their private jets, hopping from state to state, country to country, intentionally following the lowest COVID rates of the previous week. "All these rich people can't stop themselves," one person who is close to a number of wealthy tech CEOs and venture capitalists told me. "They just can't stop themselves from throwing parties and going on their jets and socializing as if everything was normal."

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