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According to Forbes, the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg is presently estimated to be $85 billion. With that, the Meta CEO is presently the 14th wealthiest person on Earth. Zuckerberg is well-known as the foremost founder of Facebook. He founded the platform while at Harvard at the age of 19 in 2004. 

Mark Zuckerberg

In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg took the company public and presently owns about 13% of its stock. The net worth of Mark Zuckerberg is heavily dominated by his shares in Facebook. His net worth fluctuates based on the financial position of the firm. At the height of the firm’s success in 2021, the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg was estimated to be around $97 billion. 

However, he lost a significant portion of his wealth following the ill-fated attempt of the firm towards building a metaverse project. The attempt cost the firm a lot, triggering the price of its stock to dip by more than 20% on two different occasions. Meanwhile, things are gradually changing for good for Meta after it shifted focus from Metaverse to AI. 

2023 is turning out to be a good year for the Meta founder. On February 2, 2023, his net worth received a huge boost as it went up by $12.5 billion. It likewise went up again by $10 billion on April 27, 2023. It is worth mentioning that apart from being a renowned entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg is also a prominent philanthropist. He once revealed alongside his wife that they’ll give out 99% of their Meta stake in the future.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Net Worth

Year Net Worth
2019 $62.3 billion
2020 $54.7 billion
2021 $97 billion
2022 $67.3 billion
2023 $85 billion

Early Life

Born as Mark Elliot Zuckerberg on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York. Mark Zuckerberg’s parents were medical practitioners as at the time of his birth. His mother was a psychiatrist Karen while his father, Edward Zuckerberg was a dentist. His great-grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Austria, Germany, and Poland. Due to that, Mark Zuckerberg alongside his three sisters (Arielle, Randi, and Donna) were raised in a Jewish household in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Zuckerberg attended Ardsley for his high school education before proceeding to Phillips Exeter Academy. While at Ardsley, Mark Zuckerberg became the captain of the fencing team. Also, he had an early exposure to computers and programming. Zuckerberg began using computers and writing software and designed a program that connected all the computers between his house and his father’s dental office. With the program, the computers were able to communicate with each other.

He also built a music player application known as the Synapse Media Player during his time at Ardsley. The device used machine learning technique to understand the user’s choice of music. The application received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine after it was posted on Slashdot. Likewise, he also developed various computer games for kids.

In 2002, Mark Zuckerberg moved to Harvard to study psychology and computer science. At that time, he was already regarded as a programming prodigy. While at Harvard, he belonged to Alpha Epsilon Pi and Kirkland House. There, he wrote a program that he called CourseMatch. The app allowed users to make class selection decisions based on the preferences of other students. More so, CourseMatch helped them to form study groups. Thereafter, he designed another program initially known as Facemash. The application allows students to select the best-looking person from a choice of photos. 

CourseMatch generated a lot of controversies. The site was launched over a weekend, and by Monday morning, the college had shut it down. They cited how the popularity of the site had constrained the school’s network system and how students were unable to use the internet. Additionally, most students faulted how Mark Zuckerberg used their photos without permission. He was forced to publicly apologize.

Facebook

Amid the controversies that trailed CourseMatch, Zuckerberg had already started writing codes for a new website. In 2004, he leveraged the collective efforts of his roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes to launch “the Facebook.” However, there were claims that Mark conceived the idea while at Phillips Exeter Academy. The Academy is prep school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002. The school produced its students directory which was known as “The Photo Address Book”. Among the students, the directory is commonly called “the Facebook.”

In less than a week after the project was launched, three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Zuckerberg of stealing their idea. They accused him of misleading them into believing he would help them create a social network named HarvardConnection.com. They went on to report to Harvard Crimson, and the newspaper commenced its investigation immediately. Mark Zuckerberg worked tirelessly to stop the newspaper from reporting the story but all was to no avail.

Upon the official launch of Facebook, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra filed a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg. In the end, they agreed on a settlement of 1.2 million worth of Facebook shares and $20 million in cash. Initially, Facebook started like a “Harvard thing.” They decided to avail it to other institutions. Then, his roommate, Dustin Moskovitz assisted him in spreading it to other institutions like New York University, Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Yale.

Later, Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in a bid to concentrate fully on the project. After dropping out, he alongside other co-founders relocated to Palo Alto, California. There, they leased a small house that served as an office space. Later on, he met Peter Thiel, who invested in the project. With the investment, they were able to get a proper office space.

The group had the intention of going back to Harvard to complete their program but they decided against it and remained in California. In 2005, the firm changed its name from TheFacebook to Facebook. Between that year to 2007, Mark Zuckerberg received various offers from top organizations to sell the company. Despite the pressure, he and other co-founders were adamant and held on to the project. At one point, he revealed that setting up Facebook was not for financial gains. According to him, the idea behind it was to facilitate free flow of information. 

In 2012, Facebook went public by filing an initial public offering (IPO). Through the IPO, the firm intended to raise $5 billion. Then, the platform had already grown massively with more than 845 million monthly active users, and over 2.7 billion likes and comments daily. The firm was able to raise $16 billion from the IPO. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg retained 22% ownership right in Facebook and 57% of the voting shares.

That year, Mark Zuckerberg made a $1 billion bid for Instagram. The bid generated several reactions with many stating that Mark Zuckerberg is on the verge of making a huge mistake. Against all odds, his acquisition of Instagram proved to be one of his best decisions. The platform helped Facebook to retain its dominance for a long period.

Two years later, Facebook acquired popular messaging app, Whatsapp for approximately $19.3 billion. The following year, the platform became the most popular messaging platform. Following the acquisition of the two platforms, Facebook came under intense pressure to sell them as a result of several anti-trust cases filed against them by state and federal authorities of the United States. Luckily, a judge dismissed the lawsuits in 2021.

Meta

In 2018, the Oculus lead, Jason Rubin, forwarded a 50-page document themed “The Metaverse” to Facebook’s leadership. According to Rubin, Facebook’s virtual reality enterprise is not advancing as expected despite the heavy funds spent on content for early adopters. He advised the firm to direct more investment to the Metaverse in an attempt to outsmart other market rivals. He noted why the firm must act swiftly to prevent its competitors from “being in the VR business in a meaningful way at all.”

Around late 2021, Facebook came under intense scrutiny due to leaks regarding whistleblowing. In the Q3 2021 Earnings Call, on October 25, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the ongoing criticism of the company’s social services and the way it operates. He indicated a possible shift from the firm’s strategy to focus on building the metaverse. Three days later, Facebook changed its name to Meta.

During the unveiling, the firm revealed a shift to a new long-term focus of building the metaverse. However, before the change to Meta, a Canadian company that offers large-scale data analysis of scientific literature had registered Meta as its trademark in the United States around 2015.

But, Mark Zuckerberg through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative had already acquired the firm in 2017, adding it to one of their projects. Upon rebranding from Facebook, CZI revealed that it no longer prioritize the initial Meta project, thus, transferring its naming rights to Meta platforms.

Unfortunately, the firm began to struggle heavily after rebranding to Meta. In February 2022, it reported a huge decline in profits in the fourth quarter of 2021. Likewise, it reported that its monthly users failed to grow, thereby causing its revenue to remain stagnant. While speaking about the massive decline, Mark Zuckerberg blamed competition for user attention, particularly from video-based apps such as TikTok.

Consequently, the firm’s share price went down by 27% in reaction to how $230 billion evaporated from the market cap of Meta. The decline affected the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg because he owns about 13% of Meta. Due to that, his net worth plummeted by $31 billion. Around March 30, Meta was accused of revealing phone numbers, physical addresses, and IP addresses to hackers posing as law enforcement officials.

A few months later,  the Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg stepped down after serving for 14 years. She was replaced by Javier Olivan.In July 2022, Meta revealed that its first year-on-year revenue declined at the time its total revenue slipped by 1% to $28.8 billion. The decline was attributed to the fall in Meta’s advertising business. According to analysts and journalists, Meta’s advertising business was limited by Apple’s app tracking transparency feature and the number of people who have opted not to be tracked by Meta apps. Again, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the decline came into play as a result of the increasing competition from TikTok. The crisis gained more ground in October 2022 after Meta’s market value dipped to $268 billion. The dip represented a loss of around $700 billion compared to 2021, thereby triggering the firm’s shares to dip by 24%. 

The persistent loss pushed Meta out of the top 20 U.S. companies by market cap. In a bid to reduce its expenditure, Meta laid off 11,000 employees in November 2022. The layoff affected 13% of its workforce. Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the firm was wrong to aggressively increase its investment. Likewise, he spoke about how he wrongly predicted that the surge in e-commerce would last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, he attributed the decline to global economic downturn, dip in ads revenue and increasing competition in the social media space.

Donations

Mark Zuckerberg is also popular for his generous gestures. He founded the popular Start-up; Education Foundation. On September 22, 2010, several reports indicated that Mark Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark Public Schools. The donation went to the public school system of Newark, New Jersey. However, the donation generated a host of controversies. That year, alongside other well-known billionaires like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg signed “The Giving Pledge.” According to the pact, the billionaires intended to donate at least half of their wealth to Charity. Through, “The Giving Pledge,” they also encouraged on their colleagues to donate at least 50% of their net worth to charity.

In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan revealed that they would give the majority of their wealth to charity. The following year, the billionaire donated 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. As of then, the shares were worth $990 million in value. As of 2013, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife had donated $1 billion to charity. This earned them the first position in “The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s list” of 50 most generous Americans for the year.

The following year, the billionaire and his wife donated US$25 million to battle the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the West Africa. At the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mark Zuckerberg donated heavily towards combating the deadly virus. During that period, he donated $25 million to an accelerator supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Then, the fund was aimed at developing treatments that would help combat the disease. Similarly, he gave $25 million in grants to provide support for local media organizations that were affected by the outbreak. 

Mark Zuckerberg’s Investment Portfolio

Mark Zuckerberg has been able to significantly grow his net worth through his heavy investment in Meta. He owns at least 400 million shares of Meta. Over time, he leveraged his Meta platforms to invest in numerous projects, including VR game-makers Downpour Interactive and BigBox VR, VR/AR optics company ImagineOptix, CTRL-Labs, Oculus VR, Instagram, Whatsapp and many more. Investments in many of these projects paid off, thereby impacting the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg. For instance, Instagram which was purchased for $1 billion in 2012 is now generating $20 billion annually in ad revenue for its parent firm, Meta.

Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg is also one of the noble investors in Intercom, a messaging software firm. The Meta CEO was one of the participants in the firm’s 2014 series C funding. At the moment, the net worth of Intercom is more than $1 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Residential Properties

Mark Zuckerberg has been able to grow his real estate investments in recent years. According to our findings, the billionaire is a proud owner of at least 10 magnificent real estate properties, particularly in California. We can confirm some of his real estate properties in notable areas like San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Lake Tahoe, Kauai, Hawaii.

In 2010, he bought his magnificent 5,617-square-foot Palo Alto home for $7 million. Zuckerberg is someone who gives utmost priority to the privacy of his immediate family. As part of his bids to achieve that, he decided to purchase about four homes that are very close to his Palo Alto residence. He reportedly paid a whopping $43 million to get those properties. Later in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg extended his real estate holdings to Hawaii. There, he reportedly purchased 707 acres on Kauai Island for about $116 million. We can also confirm that he and his wife, Chan bought two adjoining Lake Tahoe homes for $59 million.

His Car Garage

Despite his mammoth net worth, the car garage of Mark Zuckerberg is not filled with too many luxurious vehicles. According to our findings, only one of his five vehicles is quite expensive. The vehicle is Pagani Huayra, a super-exclusive Italian car. He purchased the vehicle in 2019 for $1.9 million. Other notable vehicles in his garage include Infiniti G25 which he bought for $33,100, Volkswagen Golf MK6, bought for $29,000 and a few more.

Is Mark Zuckerberg Pro Bitcoin?

Unlike a few other influential investors, Mark Zuckerberg was not a fan of Bitcoin during its early days. At one time, he banned any new cryptocurrency startups from advertising on Facebook. However, after Bitcoin began to witness a massive rise in institutional adoption, he began to develop a positive stance about it. In 2018, the Meta CEO publicly confirmed his admiration for Bitcoin, stressing that the technology powering the crypto can help advance Facebook in the distant future. It is not in doubt that Mark Zuckerberg now understands and appreciates the remarkable potential of Bitcoin and the crypto market at large, particularly in an emerging digital world.

A few years later, Zuckerberg relaxed the ban on crypto ads on Facebook. According to his firm, the decision to relax the ban was based on the emerging maturity and stability in the crypto landscape. Zuckerberg expressed optimism in the capacity of crypto and web3 to dominate the future. He said; ’I m very optimistic about Crypto and Web 3 and that whole general direction. I think it’s still quite early compared to what it’s going to be and its full potential.” One of the features that thrills Mark Zuckerberg about Bitcoin and Crypto at large is its decentralized nature which thus gives back financial power to the people. In one of his interviews, the Meta CEO tipped cryptocurrencies to relegate existing centralized systems. According to him; “cryptocurrency technologies can take power from centralized systems and put it back into people’s hands.”

We can confirm that Mark Zuckerberg has now become a staunch proponent of Bitcoin. He has over time, leveraged his social media platform to hype the token, thereby aiding its adoption and price performance. Barely a few years ago, the Meta CEO posted an image of his pet which he named Bitcoin. Apart from the fact that the post generated massive reactions, it also raised the value of the token. According to our findings, Bitcoin skyrocketed from $55,500 to $56,200 a few minutes after the post dominated the social media space. This thus indicates the heavy influence of the CEO in the space.

Amid his growing admiration for crypto, Mark Zuckerberg leveraged his firm to develop a new digital currency, Libra. However, the project faced numerous regulatory setbacks prior to its launch. One of the issues was because it manifested from Facebook. Also, the project was seen as a potential threat to the existing traditional financial system. These issues led to the interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg by the House Financial Service Committee hearing. In a bid to secure approval for launch from regulators, the project was later renamed as “Diem,” a dollar-backed stablecoin project. Still, the project still faced tough regulatory challenges, thereby forcing Zuckerberg to totally abandon it in 2022.

It is worth mentioning that Zuckerberg’s confidence in crypto made him to launch Novi, a platform geared towards enabling crypto transfers. He launched the platform through his firm, Meta. At the time of the launch, the firm collaborated with Coinbase, a leading crypto exchange. Coinbase provided technical support in terms of digital storage technology for the project. As expected, Novi enjoyed the patronage of scores of users across the globe. However, in late 2021, members of the U.S Senate directed that the project be shut down. The lawmakers claimed Novi could not be trusted to manage cryptocurrencies for investors. Occasioned by this development, Meta was compelled to closedown the project in 2022.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Crypto and NFT Holdings

Mark Zuckerberg holds Bitcoin in his personal crypto portfolio. Although, we cannot confirm the exact worth of his Bitcoin investment, it is certain that he holds the token. At a time, the Meta CEO gave a hint about his Bitcoin holdings after he shared an image of his pet, named Bitcoin. Even though Zuckerberg might not be one of the earliest investors in Bitcoin, credible sources reveal that he holds a significant amount of the token. No wonder he is in the list of the richest Bitcoin investors of all time.

Certainly, Zuckerberg’s decision to venture into Bitcoin must be connected to his growing confidence in the future of the token. Recall that he once lauded the technology fueling Bitcoin, describing it as the strength of the crypto. The Meta CEO is not doubt of the capacity of Bitcoin to relegate existing centralized system in the financial arena. More so, Mark Zuckerberg is also seeking to grow his net worth through the investment in the largest crypto by market cap.

As of the time of writing, it is not certain that the Meta CEO holds other cryptocurrencies. But, he has over time, leveraged his firm to invest in numerous crypto projects. At a time, his firm made efforts to launch Libra/Diem crypto project. The project failed to materialize after regulators felt it could provide enablement for money launderers and as well threaten existing traditional financial systems. Also, Meta started Novi in 2021 after collaborating Coinbase. It is worth mentioning that the firm provided enablement for users to send cryptocurrencies. In the end, the U.S. lawmakers ordered the closure of the project, saying it could not be trusted with people’s assets.

At the moment, there are no signs that the Zuckerberg personally holds or has investment in NFTs. But he has harnessed Meta to invest in the NFT market. In 2022, he announced that Facebook and Instagram would allow users to mint NFTs on the platforms.

Crypto Projects Featuring Mark Zuckerberg

We can link failed the Libra/Diem stablecoin project to Mark Zuckerberg. This is because he was the one who leveraged his firm, Meta to initiate the project. Aside this, there is no other substantial crypto project featuring Mark Zuckerberg. But, in the future, Wall Street Meme is one of the top crypto projects that’s likely to feature the Meta CEO. Without a doubt, the project is gradually becoming a major force in the crypto industry. This is due to the success it recorded with the presale of the $WSM token.

The project is hosting one of the top crypto presales in the industry. Within a few minutes into the launching of the presale, $WSM recorded $300k worth of sales. Therefore, making $WSM the most trending token in the crypto market. Meanwhile, the token has the backing of one of the fastest-growing communities. The Wall Street Meme community has over 500k followers across Twitter and Instagram. Their support has proved crucial in placing $WSM on the path of becoming the next cryptocurrency to enjoy an outstanding price rally. Visit wallstmemes.com to explore the exciting investment opportunities of $WSM.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Net Worth – Our Verdict

We have been able to accurately analyze the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, with adequate reference to his early life, educational background, investment portfolio and many more. Our findings reveal that the billionaire is the foremost founder of Facebook which he founded while at Harvard. It is worthy of note that the success of the project formed the basis of Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth. He leveraged this feat to invest in numerous projects, including Instagram, Whatsapp, Downpour Interactive and BigBox, ImagineOptix and many more.

Amid the decline in the revenue of Facebook, now rebranded as Meta, Mark Zuckerberg endured a heavy drop in his net worth. The decline was caused by the global economic downturn as well as the rising competition in the social networking space. Following the heavy fall in revenue, the firm was forced to save costs by reducing its workforce by 13% and focusing on substantial projects. However, it is clear that the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg will always be impacted by Meta’s market.

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FAQs

Why did Mark Zuckerberg quit his studies at Harvard?

Mark Zuckerberg decided to quit his studies at Harvard to concentrate fully on his Facebook project.

What is the current net worth of Mark Zuckerberg?

According to Forbes estimates, the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg is around $85 billion.

Why did Meta abandon its Libra/Diem project?

According to reports, Libra/Diem crypto project was abandoned after suffering regulatory setback prior to its launch.