Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made more than $22 billion in the past 12 months as of Wednesday, according to constantly updated Bloomberg data.
With a net worth of more than $72 billion, the tech wunderkind is the fifth richest in the world, behind other captains of industry like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon head Jeff Bezos, and business magnate Warren Buffett. Bezos took over Gates as the richest man in the world in July, albeit only briefly after Amazon’s stock dipped back down following a substantial uptick.
The billions Zuckerberg has gained year-to-date surpasses Bezos, who has made roughly $19 billion in the past year. The amount business leaders make and are worth fluctuates based on their company’s ever-changing stock prices, of which they naturally own large portions.
On average, Zuckerberg adds $9 billion to his net worth every year, according to an analysis based on Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index, meaning the latest evaluation of the most recent year is far more than what he has made in the past. In fact, $22 billion in a year reportedly exceeds the gross domestic product of dozens of countries, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Albania, Mongolia, and Jamaica, just to name a handful.
The affluent tech mogul plans on donating almost all of his wealth by the end of his life.
“We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission,” Zuckerberg wrote in a lengthy Facebook post, specifically referencing “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.” (RELATED: Zuckerberg Seems To Be Doing A Better Job Of Campaigning Than Hillary)
“We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues,” the tycoon and philanthropist continued, “but we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.”
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