By Mahita Gajanan
April 11, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth increased by $3 billion Tuesday as the Facebook CEO appeared before Congress to field questions following the recent Cambridge Analytica leak that exposed 87 million users’ data.

The highly-scrutinized testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which marked the first time Zuckerberg appeared in person in front of Congress, did not deter investors. Facebook shares went up 4.5% to $165 from $157.93 the day before in the company’s most significant one-day gain in about two years. Facebook gained $21 billion in value to close at $479.4 billion.

Facebook’s gain reversed some of the company’s losses over the last month. After reports of the Cambridge Analytica leak emerged in March, Facebook’s stock tumbled, causing Zuckerberg to lose $10 billion in one week. On Tuesday, his net worth looked like it might bounce back.

According to an April 2017 SEC filing, Zuckerberg owned 462,279,324 Facebook shares and earned $3,286,805 with today’s market close. His current net worth is about $64 billion, according to Bloomberg. That total is down from his February peak of $79.5 billion.

Zuckerberg has sold off some shares over the last year, offloading $108.6 million worth of stock in February, Recode reports. He has also sold roughly $1.6 billion of his shares to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic initiative he established with his wife Priscilla Chan.

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In September, Zuckerberg said that he plans to sell between 35 million and 75 million shares over the next 18 months — though the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the resulting dip in Facebook’s stock prices could change those plans.

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