Billionaires are transforming Hawaii into a tropical paradise for the tech elite

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More than eight million visitors come to the Hawaiian Islands every year for the state's pristine parks, beaches, native cuisine, and rich cultural traditions.

It's no wonder that when Silicon Valley billionaires are plotting their next vacation home, they often look to Hawaii. Over the years, tech icons from Marc Benioff to Larry Ellison (who owns an entire island) have purchased a slice of paradise.Advertisement

The trend isn't without its conflicts. Mark Zuckerberg brought a lawsuit against hundreds of Hawaiians in December in an effort to buy the islanders out of their parcels on his 700-acre oceanfront estate. He dropped the lawsuit after threats of protest outside his gates.

Take a look at the multimillion-dollar estates where the tech elite take vacation.