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Facebook is spending millions to keep Mark Zuckerberg alive

New York Post

At Facebook, security is a top priority — that is, security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The social-networking giant spent more than $5 million last year on bodyguards and other measures to protect Zuckerberg and his growing family, according to a regulatory filing.

The cost to protect Zuckerberg topped $6.2 million in 2014, up from $3.2 million the previous year, according to the filing. In all, the company has shelled out $14.5 million on security for the CEO over the past three years.

Apparently, Zuckerberg presents a much bigger target than rival tech titan Tim Cook. Apple paid $209,151 on security for Cook last year, according to its latest proxy filing.

In addition to bodyguards, Facebook footed the bill for Zuckerberg’s personal travel on private jets to ensure his safety, as well as the installation and maintenance of alarms, cameras and other equipment at his homes, the filing shows.

The company said it authorized the “overall security program” due to specific threats to Zuckerberg’s safety “arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, chairman and CEO.”

Facebook broke out Zuckerberg’s security costs for the first time in its annual report filed on Wednesday, the same day it reported blowout first-quarter results.

The disclosure came after The Post’s PageSix exclusively reported in February that Zuckerberg had 16 bodyguards working in shifts to trail him.

The company said it also shelled out nearly $1.3 million on a security program to safeguard chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, the filing shows.

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