FB CEO Zuckerberg on Billionaires: No One Deserves To Have That Much Money
By Staff, Agencies
Mark Zuckerberg, the fifth richest person in the world with many billions of dollars to his name, said he "understands" where Bernie Sanders is coming from when the Democratic presidential candidate says billionaires shouldn't exist.
"I don't know if I have an exact threshold on what amount of money someone should have, but on some level no one deserves to have that much money," the Facebook [FB] CEO said during a town hall event at the company's headquarters on Thursday in response to an employee question about Sanders' comments.
Zuckerberg currently has a net worth of nearly $70 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He has previously pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook shares.
"I think if you do something that's good, you get rewarded, but I do think some of the wealth that can be accumulated is unreasonable," he said at the event.
In an unusual move, Zuckerberg decided to livestream the company event after audio from internal meetings conducted in July was leaked and published earlier this week. [He said Thursday that the company believes an intern shared the audio recording.]
"Our internal Q&As at Facebook are one of my favorite traditions, and after the transcript of one of them was published online earlier this week, I thought it would be good to show everyone what these Q&As are like," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his personal Facebook page on Thursday minutes before a broadcast of the town hall event began.
In the leaked audio, obtained by tech site The Verge, Zuckerberg comments on another presidential candidate – Sen. Elizabeth Warren – and admits to employees that the prospect of her as president could "suck" for Facebook, given her promises to break up tech companies.