Facebook’s eye-popping $5 billion FTC fine may have set a record, but it’s a drop in the bucket for owner Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg, who has a net worth of $79.8 billion according to Bloomberg, could pay the fine out-of-pocket and still remain comfortably placed as the fifth-richest man in the world.The next in line, Zara founder Amancio Ortega, has $66.6 billion.
Of course, Zuckerberg wasn’t ordered to fork over any dough to settle claims his company violated its user privacy rules. Instead, the fine will be paid by shareholders, who were so unfazed by the FTC’s record-smashing fine that they boosted the stock up 1.1 percent in regular trading.
That 1 percent uptick, which sent the stock to $204.66 a share, added roughly $6.6 billion to the company’s $584.2 billion market cap — $1.6 billion more than the cost of the fine.