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Keeping Mark Zuckerberg Safe Cost Meta Nearly $27 Million Last Year

  • Meta spent $26.8 million protecting the CEO and his family
  • Social media giant says Zuckerberg is ‘synonymous’ with firm
Mark Zuckerberg 
Mark Zuckerberg Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

The cost of keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe keeps going up for Meta Platforms Inc., far outstripping what similar technology companies with high-profile executives are spending.

The social media giant, previously known as Facebook, spent more than $15.2 million in 2021 for expenses related to protecting its chief executive officer at his homes and during personal travel, according to a recent regulatory filing. That doesn’t include another $10 million given to Zuckerberg as a pretax allowance for his family’s security as well as $1.6 million for use of a private aircraft for personal travel.