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How Mark Zuckerberg's Control Of Facebook Lets Him Print Money

Facebook's 29-year-old billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelon
Facebook's 29-year-old billionaire creator Mark Zuckerberg speaks on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, on February 24, 2014. Fresh from a $19-billion (14-billion-euro) takeover by Facebook, mobile messaging service WhatsApp said today it will launch free voice calls by mid-year. Zuckerberg was the star speaker today of the industry fair, had announced a stock and cash purchase of WhatsApp last Wednesday of $19 billion (14-billion-euro). AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

When Mark Zuckerberg pays astronomical prices for unprofitable start-ups like Oculus ($2 billion) and WhatsApp ($19 billion), the Facebook CEO and founder is paying with a special currency, all his own: Facebook stock.

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