Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plunged by a reported $5 billion(R59,82 billion), the day after a data scandal affecting more than 50 million Facebook users.
The CEO’s Facebook stock declined by as much as eight percent in the wake of the scandal, but it seems Zuckerberg actually managed to save himself about $40 million (R478,53 million) by selling nearly five million shares so far this year, according to Market Watch.
Facebook’s stock has been rocked by reports that a firm hired by [then presidential candidate] Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election, Cambridge Analytica, had collected the personal data of around 50 million Facebook users to use it to target voters. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now investigating whether Facebook violated the terms of consent decree over its use of personal data
Facebook still remains one of most valuable US companies, ahead of Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft, with a market cap of about $500 billion.
The 33-year-old inverter owns approximately 403 million Facebook shares, worth an estimated $65.8 billion(R787,18 billion).
On Friday, Facebook suspended the accounts of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories, for allegedly failing to delete the improperly stored data.
In case you thought you were having a bad morning.
Mark Zuckerberg is already down $4 BILLION today, thanks to plummeting Facebook stock. pic.twitter.com/t0v78Wr557
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) 19 March 2018
— C (@C52324) 20 March 2018
In case you thought you had a bad day ! Mark Zuckerberg is already down $4 BILLION today, thanks to plummeting Facebook stock. #facebook
— Pankaj Baid (@pankajbaid17) 19 March 2018
Timing is such a funny thing, right? Good timing selling that stock before it tanked 7% yesterday on the datamining story.
Makes one wonder… 🤔
— Neddardus Starkus 🇺🇸 (@N4LRB4me) 20 March 2018