Since Facebook filed their registration for IPO with the SEC on February 1st, everyone has been digging into it to uncover information that was formerly very private.

One of the more interesting pieces to pry into is how much money the top guys get paid. 27 year old Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO was paid $500k in salary in 2011. However, effective 1 January 2013, his salary will be $1. Sound unfair? Of course it’s not. Based on the upper end valuation of $100 billion after the IPO, Zuckerberg will be worth $28.4 billion. This excludes performance bonuses. According to the filing, in 2011, Zuckerberg “received $220,500 for the First Half 2011 bonus, which reflected the impact of his performance in leading our product development efforts, our success in growing Facebook’s global user base and developing strong developer and commercial relationships.”

But has all this wealth changed Zuckerberg as a person? My friend Yuancheng, met Zuckerberg in Beijing last year and said he seemed like an “ordinary young person” Also David Kirkpatrick, the Writer of “The Facebook Effect” told me that Zuckerberg is a normal guy who likes doing normal things. What isn’t normal for most ‘young’ people is spending $700K flying around in a private jet, which his wealth now affords him.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.