Happy New Year, Mark Zuckerberg.
In the first two weeks of 2017, the Facebook founder's net worth has
soared by nearly $5 billion, by far the biggest gain of any person in
the world. Bolstered by climbing revenues and a series of bullish
analyst reports, Facebook's shares are inching closer to October's
As a result, Zuckerberg, who owns 410 million company shares, has more than recouped the losses he suffered
in the weeks following Donald Trump's election, when his net worth fell
7% to $49 billion.
He is now worth an estimated $53.8 billion,
according to FORBES' real-time rankings
of the world's billionaires, and clocks in as the planet's
fifth-richest person; Zuckerberg trails only Bill Gates, Warren Buffett,
Jeff Bezos and Amancio Ortega of Spain, each of whom holds a fortune of
more than $70 billion.
Zuckerberg’s $5 billion surge vastly outpaces the gains of any other
individual on the FORBES billionaires list, based on data compiled
between the start of normal trading hours on January 3 and the end of
normal trading at 4:00 P.M. EST on Friday, January 13.