Zynga Blows $1.4M on CEO Security

With a decent chunk going to his own security company
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2012 9:44 AM CDT
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus speaks at a Zynga event, in San Francisco, in this Oct. 11, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – Zynga CEO Mark Pincus must be a really important guy, because his company is spending a whopping $1.37 million on his personal security, the Wall Street Journal reports. Of that, $596,000 went to a company owned by—you guessed it—Pincus himself. In regulatory filings, the firm says it put security in place "due to specific threats" against Pincus.

About a year ago Pincus, 46, got a restraining order against a 39-year-old woman he said was sending him bizarre emails and phone messages, and he has since reported that she violated the order. While it's not unusual for companies to spend money on CEO security, most spend less than $250,000; the only companies to spend more than Zynga are Lockheed Martin and Oracle, both of which are several times larger.

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