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Mark Zuckerberg’s Salary Drops To $1, But He Earns $3.3 Billion Through Stock Options

MENLO PARK, Calif. (UPI) — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s base salary fell to $1 last year, but his total compensation for the year was $653,165 and $3.3 billion in stock options.

Much like other technology CEOs, such as Google’s Larry Page and former Apple boss Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg claimed only $1 as base salary, according to an SEC filing released Monday. But Zuckerberg’s total compensation works out to $653,165, down almost 70 percent from 2012 — the bulk of it covered costs of personal security and private flights.

Zuckerberg owns 426.3 million Facebook shares, which are now worth about $25.7 billion after the company’s stock value more than doubled over the last year on strong earnings reports.

Second-in-charge at Facebook, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, earned $16.2 million in cash and stock, a $10 million pay cut from 2012, while chief financial officer David Ebersman was paid $10.5 million, $7 million less than last year.

The filing reveals that Sandberg has been selling a significant portion of shares in the technology company as well. According to an analysis by the Financial Times, Sandberg held 41 million shares of Facebook when it listed in 2012 and has since sold more than 26 million of them.

Previously, Sandberg has said that she used the proceeds from selling shares to pay tax bills.

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