Facebook approves $10 million a year for Zuckerberg family security

  • Facebook approved $10 million per year to amplify security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his family.
  • The allowance, announced in an SEC filing on Thursday, increases Facebook's security spend on Zuckerberg from $7.3 million last year.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Facebook approved a $10 million annual pre-tax allowance to amplify security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his family.

The allowance, announced in an SEC filing on Thursday, increases Facebook's security spend on Zuckerberg from $7.3 million last year.

"This allowance will be in addition to the continued funding of Mr. Zuckerberg's overall security program to cover the costs of security personnel for his protection; the procurement, installation, and maintenance of certain required security measures for his residences; and the usage of private aircraft for personal travel," Facebook wrote in a filing.

Facebook disclosed it would pay Zuckerberg the allowance, which he can use to pay for security personnel, equipment, services, residential improvements and more.

The social media company said it took into account Zuckerberg's "position and importance to Facebook," as well as his salary, which was just $1 last year.

"The Committee believes that this allowance, together with the costs of Mr. Zuckerberg's existing overall security program, are appropriate and necessary under the circumstances," the SEC filing said.

Zuckerberg's personal security budget has been climbing throughout the years from $4.2 million in 2015, according to a proxy statement, filed in April.

COO Sheryl Sandberg also has an authorized security program, which amounted to $2.7 million last year.

Read the full text of the filing below:

As previously disclosed, the Compensation & Governance Committee (the Committee) of our Board of Directors has authorized an overall security program for Mark Zuckerberg to address safety concerns due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as Facebook's founder, Chairman, and CEO. We require security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook. The Committee regularly reviews Mr. Zuckerberg's security program and the related costs, which vary from year to year depending on requisite security measures, Mr. Zuckerberg's travel schedule, and other factors.

On July 24, 2018, the Committee approved an annual pre-tax allowance of $10 million to Mr. Zuckerberg to cover additional costs related to his and his family's personal security. This allowance will be in addition to the continued funding of Mr. Zuckerberg's overall security program to cover the costs of security personnel for his protection; the procurement, installation, and maintenance of certain required security measures for his residences; and the usage of private aircraft for personal travel. This allowance will be paid to Mr. Zuckerberg net of required tax withholdings, and Mr. Zuckerberg may apply the net proceeds to pay for additional personnel, equipment, services, residential improvements, or other security-related costs.

In approving this annual security allowance, the Committee considered Mr. Zuckerberg's position and importance to Facebook and the fact that Mr. Zuckerberg has requested to receive only $1 in annual salary and does not receive any bonus payments or equity awards. The Committee also considered comparative data from the peer group of companies that Facebook benchmarks against for executive compensation purposes, as well as other relevant information regarding executive compensation and perquisites. The Committee believes that this allowance, together with the costs of Mr. Zuckerberg's existing overall security program, are appropriate and necessary under the circumstances.

Correction: A previous version of this story contained a bullet point that misstated Zuckerberg's allowance.