Facebook Pays $7.3M for Extra Zuckerberg Need
Apparently the world's richest man needs a little protection
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2018 12:11 PM CDT
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Facebook's CEO may have earned a paltry $1 salary last year, but he still doesn't come cheap. The world's biggest social media network increased spending on Mark Zuckerberg's security by 50% in 2017, paying over $7.3 million to keep him safe, the Guardian reports. The money was needed "due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, chairman, and CEO," Facebook told US regulators.

The company also dished out more than $1.5 million on his private jets last year, bringing Zuckerberg's overall plane-and-security price to $20 million since 2015. The real reason for all that cost is likely the CEO's traveling to every US state he hadn't seen before—30 in all—as a personal challenge last year, CNET reports.

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