Zuckerberg's net worth soars $3.5b to record high

FE Online Desk | Published: July 16, 2017 08:14:32 | Updated: October 19, 2017 14:10:43

Shares of Facebook, which have risen nearly 40 per cent since the start of 2017, continue to gain altitude. Expectations of strong second-quarter earnings, to be announced at the end of the month, helped drive the stock to an all-time high on Friday.

That surge has further padded the net worth of Mark Zuckerberg, the social media giant’s chairman and chief executive.

Zuckerberg, who holds roughly 17pc of Facebook’s outstanding shares and a majority of its voting power, has gotten $3.5 billion richer in the last five days.

Just 33 years old, Zuckerberg is now worth an estimated $66.7 billion—a record high—according to Forbes’ real-time rankings of the world’s billionaires.

He is the sixth-richest person on the planet and the only thirty-something to rank in the top 50.

This week’s gains do not appear to have been caused by any singular event. Rather, Facebook investors continue to express confidence in the company’s profitability and growth in user numbers, and its revenue potential in the virtual reality space.

Facebook, which will announce its second-quarter results at the end of the month, is reportedly now planning to introduce a more affordable virtual reality headset in 2018, according to a global media.

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