Why is Mark Zuckerberg smiling? Because at the moment of Facebook’s IPO today, his wealth stands at about $16.9 billion. Yes, that’s a “16.9” with 400 zeroes after it. And it’s not counting another 60 million Facebook stock options on the side.
Forbes has tracked the evolution of Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth. The highlights:
- 2008: Billionaire at 23 years old.
- 2009: Drops off the billionaire list during the world financial crisis.
- 2010: Worth $4 billion and makes Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful people for the first time. (He’s now at #9 on the power list, between Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and British prime minister David Cameron.)
- 2012: With an IPO price of $38 per share, Mark Zuckerberg has “a new net worth of about $16.9 billion, not including 60 million unexercised Facebook options.”
His wealth puts him at #35 on the list of the world’s richest people, on a page with nine other people you’ve never heard of.
Tip of the cap to him. That’s a lot of dough.
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