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Mark Zuckerberg Is Now the Third-Richest Person on the Planet

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Facebook CEO and possible robot Mark Zuckerberg eclipsed everyone’s favorite good-guy billionaire Warren Buffett to become the third-richest person in the world. According to Bloomberg, Zuckerberg has a net worth of $81.6 billion. He got his boost past Buffett due to a 2.4% climb in the value of Facebook's shares. Turns out there’s nothing better for business than two years of constant controversy.

He may have 373 million clams over Buffett, but Zuckerberg is still trailing Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, who are respectively worth $94.2 billion and $142 billion. Bloomberg reports that this is the first time that the top three richest people on the planet are all from the tech world.

Buffett, once the richest person himself, has slipped to a positively embarrassing number four due to his instance on making donations to worthy causes. Between 2000 and 2017, Buffett gave away 71% of his wealth—$46 billion.

Fun fact: Combined, the members of the top four are worth a figure that’s equal to 2% of the U.S. gross domestic product. That’s four dudes who equal more than two percent of all the wealth produced in the richest country on the planet.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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