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Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummets as Meta stock tumbles

Mark Zuckerberg's net worth plummets as Meta stock tumbles
Diana Paluteder

In a dramatic twist for Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: META), the company’s most recent first-quarter financial results have not only seen a significant stock price drop but have also led to a considerable decline in CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth. Indeed, as Meta’s shares tumbled, shedding $200 billion in market value, Zuckerberg’s net worth took a substantial hit, dropping by approximately $899 million.

Meta Q1 2024 results beat estimates, fall short on guidance  

Meta, known for its social media giant Facebook, among other tech ventures, reported robust quarterly earnings with revenue hitting 36,455 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of $4.71, surpassing the expectations set by Wall Street analysts. 

Despite these strong performance indicators, investors’ sentiment appeared cautious, possibly reflecting concerns over the company’s future growth prospects or operational costs, especially as it pertains to its ambitious artificial intelligence (AI), metaverse, and virtual reality initiatives.

Impact on Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth

The downturn in Meta’s stock value has directly impacted CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal wealth. According to Forbes’ Real-time Billionaires list, with a drop of approximately $899 million, Zuckerberg’s net worth now stands (as of the time of writing) at $173.1 billion, marking a 0.52% decrease. 

This decline is part of a broader trend affecting tech billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos globally as market dynamics shift and investors reassess the value and future profitability of tech conglomerates.

Meta’s big AI bet

In the wake of OpenAI’s groundbreaking release of ChatGPT in 2022, Meta Platforms quickly embraced generative AI, placing itself at the forefront of Silicon Valley’s tech evolution. This strategic pivot not only fueled consumer excitement but also sparked intense competition among major tech players like Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG(GOOGL), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMAZN), and Meta themselves—all racing to expand their AI capabilities.

By April 2024, Meta had taken a significant step forward by introducing Meta AI, its AI assistant powered by the advanced open-source Llama 3 model. This development enhanced the functionality of popular apps like WhatsApp and Instagram, aligning Meta with top AI innovators such as OpenAI and Alphabet. 

And while these efforts may not have captured the public’s attention as dramatically as ChatGPT did initially, Meta maintains that its  Llama 3 model rivals the best in the field

Looking ahead

The recent developments at Meta Platforms illustrate the complex interplay between strong financial performance and strategic investments in emerging technologies. As Zuckerberg doubles down on AI technology, the tech industry watches closely to see how these bets will play out in the long-term market dynamics.

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