You don’t get fifty billion dollars without starting a global phenomenon. At the time of writing Bloomberg estimates Mark Zuckerberg is the 7th richest person in the world with $50,100,000,000 in net worth, earned through his creation and continued work on Facebook. Outside of his day job, he plays philanthropist with a social organization accent he carries over from his work. Zuckerberg has been married to Priscilla Chan since May 19, 2012. They have one daughter, Maxima Chen Zuckerberg, born December 1, 2015.
Zuckerberg is majority owner of Facebook, whose acquisitions include Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus, one of the indisputable pillars of the modern web and the source of his wealth. At time of writing Facebook is trading around $117 a share. Zuckerberg personally owns a $10 million house in San Francisco, a 750-acre Hawaiian estate valued at $100 million, and a $7 million historic home in Palo Alto.
None of Zuckerberg’s property holdings are especially extravagant for his income level, but the latter two properties reveal insight into his character. Both his estates in Hawaii and Palo Alto are walled off from prying eyes; for his Palo Alto home he spent nearly $50 million buying surrounding homes to knock them down. For a man accused of running the largest spy machine in the world, a man who once remarked people were “dumb fucks” for trusting him with personal information, a man who tapes over his own laptop’s webcam and microphone over privacy concerns, it seems a bit ironic he would expend so much money securing his own.
Zuckerberg is not only a modern business titan: he is also a towering figure in popular culture. His name is the byword for a creepy asshole so captivating in his passionate intensity that Jesse Eisenberg, who played him in The Social Network, played essentially the same role again in Batman v. Superman as Lex Luthor: an ambitious, controlling, power hungry computer genius. His minimalist and ever-present t-shirt, jeans, and hoodie combo has seared itself in the popular consciousness as the archetype of a new tech entrepreneur—just look at the dress of the main character’s in Silicon Valley!
Much like his cultural and industry forerunner Bill Gates, Zuckerberg is swinging the bulk of his net worth towards charitable causes. He is even involved with Gates through their mutual support of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an organization dedicated to accelerating the development of alternative energy sources. In addition to this, he and his wife operate the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative set to absorb 99% of their Facebook shares over time with a multi-faceted focus aimed at health, education, and social interconnection.
Far from being the arrogant, self-absorbed douche of he and the media have made him out to be, he is currently one of the shrewdest CEOs in the world. The man you find at the intersection of hiring Sheryl Sandberg to expand his business, investing into VR with the purchase of Oculus, and development of internet-carrying solar-powered drones, is a man of purpose. That purpose is to get the world to talk to each other with his ever and constantly evolving suite of services pushed out through Facebook. Whatever the world can say about him, there’s something very unique about someone possessed with a drive to not “build services to make money,” but instead “make money to build better services.” Expect to see a significant chunk of the technological advances you will see in your phone, your monitor, and every other display in your life come branded, tagged, and integrated with the blue and white sigil on which Zuckerberg’s built his house.