The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Mark Zucker­berg be­came the sixth- rich­est per­son on Earth on Thurs­day.

The Face­book Inc. founder saw his for­tune rise $ 6 bil­lion in trad­ing Thurs­day af­ter the world’s big­gest so­cial net­work de­liv­ered an­other quar­ter of record rev­enue. That gives him a net worth of $ 47.5 bil­lion, sur­pass­ing the $ 45.9 bil­lion hold­ings of brothers Charles and David Koch, ac­cord­ing to the Bloomberg Bil­lion­aires In­dex.

Face­book re­ported on Wed­nes­day that fourth- quar­ter sales were up 52 per­cent to $ 5.84 bil­lion and net in­come had more than dou­bled to $ 1.56 bil­lion from a year ear­lier.

Thurs­day’s surge turned a yearto­date de­cline of more than $ 4 bil­lion for Zucker­berg into a $ 1.7 bil­lion gain for the year and pushed him above the Kochs, whose in­dus­trial hold­ings have been hit by lower oil prices.

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