#4:. Mark Zuckerberg | Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Inc. | Net worth: $41.2 Billion USD
With Facebook’s stock up 20% between January and the end of July, cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth has reached new heights. With a net worth estimated at $41.2 billion, he is the 8th richest person in the world. The social networking site drew 1.49 billion monthly users as of June 2015, up 13% from a year earlier, and growth in its mobile ad business has boosted revenues.
A year after buying virtual reality startup Oculus, Facebook announced that the Rift virtual reality headset would start shipping to customers in early 2016. Zuckerberg founded the site in 2004 and dropped out of Harvard to move the company to Silicon Valley. Facebook now has nearly 11,000 employees in 48 offices around the globe. Since launching its Internet.org initiative in July 2014, Facebook has given free basic Internet services to more than a billion people in 17 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were among funders that invested a combined $100 million in AltSchool, an education initiative that promotes high-tech, personalized education. Last summer they also donated $5 million to a college scholarship fund for undocumented immigrants. In a surprisingly personal Facebook post in late July, Zuckerberg revealed that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl after three miscarriages.