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Zuckerberg's $1.5 Million Worth of Private-Plane Trips—and Other Perks of Being the Boss

  • Facebook spent $1.52 million on CEO’s personal air travel
  • Paying for extras can help boards keep executives on the job
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The benefits of running a large public company go well beyond paychecks and stock awards.

Take Mark Zuckerberg, who crisscrossed the U.S. last year to attend a rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, speak with Muslim students in Dearborn, Michigan, and fish salmon in Alaska, all part of a personal challenge to meet and talk with regular people. The cost of his personal trips on private planes added up to $1.52 million -- his highest annual tally as a public company chief executive officer -- while the expense of his personal security program rose 50 percent to $7.32 million. Facebook Inc. footed both bills.