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Here's How Much Mark Zuckerberg Is Really Worth

If the Facebook CEO is considering a bid for public office, like some are speculating, he'd be the richest candidate in history.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to visit every state in America by the end of the year—and he's well on his way.

The 33-year-old traveled to Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at Harvard this summer, visited a Ford factory in Michigan, discussed disaster response strategy with politicians in Delaware, and added fuel to an ongoing debate when he dubbed Pat's the "the best cheesesteak in the land" after a visit to Philadelphia.

It's my first time in Michigan, and my first stop was at the Ford Rouge Plant outside Detroit. I played a very small...

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If that doesn't sound like someone running for president, I don't know what does. (At least Zuck didn't order his Philly cheesesteak with swiss cheese like John Kerry did when he stopped at Pat's during his presidential campaign in 2003.)

Some are speculating Zuckerberg's national tour hints that he's considering a bid for office. Should he throw his hat into the ring of the 2020 presidential campaign, the billionaire would likely be the richest candidate in history. Forbes estimates his net worth at $71.1 billion, while Bloomberg puts it at an even higher $72.7 billion.

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Donald Trump may be the richest person to become commander-in-chief, but Zuck has him beat in net worth at least tenfold. He's also significantly wealthier than Ross Perot, the Texas mogul worth approximately $4.1 billion who made two unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1992 and 1996.

"You know what's nice about me?" Trump asked at a press conference in Iowa during his campaign. "I don't need anybody's money."

Zuckerberg needs it even less.

According to Politico, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have been aligning themselves with a number of powerful political figures recently. The couple has hired a slew of new staffers at their philanthropy, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, this year: Joel Benenson, a pollster and former advisor to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton; David Plouffe, who served as campaign manager for Obama’s 2008 presidential run; and Amy Dudley, who worked on communications for Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine.

Zuckerberg 2020? We'll have to wait and see.

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Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address at Harvard on May 25.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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