Little bit of a shocker there. Well, not really “shocking” per se, but it’s just something you didn’t expect. Just 5 years after unleashing Facebook, 26 year-old founder Mark Zuckerberg is now worth more than Steve Jobs. According to Forbes, Zuckerberg added $4.9 billion to his name this year, adding up to a total net worth of $6.9 billion, or around $800 million more than Jobs. That’s enough to place Zuckerberg at #35 on the Forbes 400 (richest in America), while Steve Jobs is at #42. (Bill Gates, by the way, still leads the list by far with $54 B, while Oracle head Larry Ellison is at #3 with $27 B.)
How is that possible? Apparently, Jobs was slowed down by his shares (worth $4.4 billion) in Disney, which apparently isn’t so hot right now. From Forbes:
Jobs may be the face of Apple (a company he founded in 1976–8 years before Zuckerberg was born), but the majority of his money comes from his stake in Disney. He acquired 138 million shares of Disney after he sold his animation studio, Pixar, to the company in 2006. Those shares were valued at $4.4 billion when we locked in the numbers for the 400. His 5.5 million shares of Apple were worth about $1.3 billion.
(It’s just funny how things work. Zuckerberg made $4.9 billion off Facebook this year, a social network site that contributed to a lot of unproductivity from millions of people this year.)
Anyway, it looks like Facebook and Apple could be bumping into each other a lot more now. Especially after Apple just announced the Ping social network function for iTunes, which Jobs described to be “like Facebook and Twitter… but for music.” Meanwhile, Facebook is rumored to be working on putting out some sort of “Facebook phone”—a rumor that Zuckerberg himself has shot down a number of times over the past few days. Rumor or not, seriously now. With all the iPhones, Droids, Blackberrys already out, and with Windows Phone 7 and Nokia’s Symbian^3 due out by October, who—besides probably grade school kids—would want a Facebook phone?
Despite ranking #35 on the Forbes 400, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the youngest person on the billionaire list. That title goes to Eduardo Saverin, who’s eight days younger than Zuckerberg. One of Facebook’s co-founders along with Zuckerberg, Saverin owns a 5% share of Facebook, and is at #356 on the billionaire’s list with $1.15 billion.