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Mark Zuckerberg loses $9.5b in just hours as Facebook Shares Suffer Worst Drop

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Reports of global outages for users of its social media apps helped fuel the biggest drop in Facebook's shares in nearly a year on Monday (Oct 4). The shares of Facebook closed down to 4.9 per cent, the most since Nov 9 last year. The stock has fallen about 15 percent since hitting a record on Sept 7.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's personal wealth fell by nearly US$7 billion ($9.5 billion) in a few hours, knocking him down a notch on the list of the world's richest people.

The stock slide on Monday sent Mr Zuckerberg's worth down to US$120.9 billion, dropping him below Microsoft's Bill Gates to No. 5 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He has lost about US$19 billion of wealth since Sept 13, when he was worth nearly US$140 billion, according to the index.

On Sept 13, The Wall Street Journal began publishing a series of stories based on a cache of internal documents, revealing that Facebook knew about a wide range of problems with its products - such as Instagram's harm to teenage girls' mental health and misinformation about the Jan 6 Capitol riots - while downplaying the issues in public. The reports have drawn the attention of government officials, and, on Monday, the whistle-blower revealed herself.

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