MoneyINC Logo
Years of

How Mark Zuckerberg Achieved a Net Worth of $72 Billion

Mark Zuckerberg, is an internet entrepreneur, American business magnate, and philanthropist who was born on May 14, 1984. He has worked hard to build his internet enterprise, which has enabled him to successfully become a billionaire with a current net worth, as of 2022, of $72.22 billion. Here is an overview of Mark Zuckerberg's life and how he was able to reach billionaire status at such a young age.

Mark Zuckerberg's Early Days

Mark Zuckerberg was raised in Dobbs Ferry, NY, by a mother who worked as a psychiatrist and a father who worked as a dentist and owned his own practice. Zuckerberg showed an interest in working on computers early in life, and he began writing software by the time he was in middle school.

When he was in high school, Mark Zuckerberg developed a technique that enabled all the computers between his house and his father's dental practice to communicate with each other.This was truly ingenious, and it only motivated him to develop bigger and better advancements.

Zuckerberg's College Years

Mark Zuckerberg attended Harvard University in 2002. During college, he became well-known for his ability to program software, and he even created a social networking platform that allowed students to interact with one another, post photos, and more.

However, the platform became so popular that it was overloaded due to high activity, preventing students from being able to access the internet. The university subsequently shut down the site, and Zuckerberg ended up making a public apology to students, who complained that their pictures were being used and they hadn't given their permission.

The Beginning of Facebook

Zuckerberg failed to graduate college, as he dropped out in his sophomore year in order to pursue his dream of creating a major social networking platform. This is exactly what he did, and Facebook was created in February of 2004.

However, this social networking platform was initially developed as an on-campus platform that enabled students to socialize with each other.

A whopping 1000 students had joined Facebook by the very next day, but Zuckerberg never expected Facebook to flourish as significantly as it did. Facebook currently has over two billion registered users worldwide. This was how Zuckerberg began building his net worth.

Facebook has since been so successful that in July of 2006, Yahoo! offered Zuckerberg $1 billion to buyout Facebook, but he declined the offer.

Mark Zuckerberg's Additional Projects

Facebook isn't Mark Zuckerberg's only major project, and he has dabbled in some other projects, some that failed to be successful in the end. However, Zuckerberg has made some acquisitions that have been successful, such as Instagram, which he purchased in 2012 for $1 billion, and WhatsApp, which he purchased for $19 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg is also co-owner of Breakthrough Starshot, a solar sail spacecraft company that he opted to invest in. He co-founded Breakthrough Starshot in 2016. Zuckerberg also does quite a bit of investing in real estate, which is another way that he increases his income, and therefore, his net worth. Mark has been believed to have performed several real estate transactions anonymously, so there is no accurate record of how much real estate the billionaire actually owns.

A Self-Made Billionaire at 23

Due to Mark Zuckerberg's ingenious investment and software building abilities, he was able to make himself a billionaire at the age of 23. As a result, he became the youngest billionaire in the entire world. In 2021, Zuckerberg was named the fifth richest person on the planet by Forbes.

Mark Zuckerberg's Family

Mark Zuckerberg married his college sweetheart in 2012, and the couple has added two daughters to their family, and they have one on the way. Zuckerberg does not appear to have any illegitimate children from any prior relationships, so despite the fact that he has a wife and children, which can be very expensive, there is no reason to believe that having a family is negatively affecting his net worth. There are, however, other reasons why Zuckerberg's net worth is likely constantly declining.

Why Has Mark Zuckerberg's Net Worth Been Decreasing?

Mark Zuckerberg has experienced a number of lawsuits and controversies, which has caused his net worth to decline over time. At one time, Mark Zuckerberg net worth once exceeded $100 billion, meaning that it has declined considerably. One reason for the reduction in Zuckerberg's net worth is that Facebook's stock prices began to plummet.

Experts believe this happened in part due to a reduction in the number of daily users on the mega platform. Another proposed reason for the declining worth of Facebook's stock is because of competition from Tik Tok. There was also a question of whether the rising cost of internet service in India was causing fewer people to utilize the Facebook platform.

An Attempt to Revive Facebook

In an attempt to revive Facebook and attract younger users, Zuckerberg has spent over $10.1 billion to fund the building of an immersive "metaverse." This metaverse is Facebook's rendition of a mobile internet that allows people to interact with others in an interlinked and engaging digital world. However, the young billionaire is yet to recoup his investment, as the metaverse is not expected to be launched until sometime in 2023.

Zuckerberg and His Legal Trouble

Mark Zuckerberg's legal troubles began two years before he became a billionaire. The co-founder of Facebook sued Zuckerberg, claiming that Zuckerberg spent his money on personal use without his permission. Zuckerberg settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money, and not only did Saverin agree to give up any co-founder/ownership of the business, but he also agreed to stop bad-mouthing Zuckerberg to the press.

Zuckerberg's Second Bout of Legal Trouble

A group of individuals with whom he attended collected sued Zuckerberg, stating that he promised to help them create a social networking platform for Harvard students, but he failed to keep his word. Zuckerberg settled out of court and paid millions of dollars to satisfy the group and resolve the problem.

Additional Bouts of Legal Trouble

Mark Zuckerberg was involved in several other lawsuits, and not all of them were brought against him, as he initiated some of them. However, there were no other lawsuits that cost him the large amount of money that the first two did. There was a lawsuit filed against Zuckerberg due to a contest that was being held on the social media platform, among others. Many of the lawsuit cases were thrown out.

Mark Zuckerberg is obviously a very intelligent investor, as he created Facebook on his own and became a billionaire at an extremely young age. Things may appear bleak now, as his net worth is expected to drop even lower before it begins to improve again.

Zuckerberg is a software genius, and he is sure to figure out the best way to return Facebook to the popular social media platform it once was. If he is able to turn things around quickly, then he will likely regain the ability to rebuild his net worth to the amount that it once was. However, if he is unable to experience the resiliency that he's hoping to promote, then things could continue going south, which is definitely not good on Mark Zuckerberg net worth.

You can also read:

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

Read more posts by Allen Lee

Related Articles

Stay ahead of the curve with our most recent guides and articles on , freshly curated by our diligent editorial team for your immediate perusal.
As featured on:

Wealth Insight!
Subscribe to our Exclusive Newsletter

Dive into the world of wealth and extravagance with Money Inc! Discover stock tips, businesses, luxury items, and travel experiences curated for the affluent observer.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram