Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently underwent surgery for a knee injury sustained during a mixed martial arts (MMA) training session. The entrepreneur shared the news via an Instagram post, which included snapshots of his hospital stay and his knee secured in a supportive brace. Zuckerberg clarified that the injury occurred during sparring, necessitating the surgical intervention to rectify the torn ligament.
Zuckerberg expressed gratitude to the medical team overseeing his treatment. He also conveyed his disappointment at the delay in his MMA fight plans, a goal he had been preparing for in the upcoming year. Nevertheless, he expressed optimism about resuming his training regimen post-recovery.
Zuckerberg’s involvement in the world of martial arts started during the months of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a 2022 interview with podcast host Joe Rogan, Zuckerberg discussed his passion for the sport. He emphasized how MMA’s intense, primal nature had become vital for sustaining his energy amid professional demands.
Regarding his recovery process, medical experts at Stanford Medicine emphasize that rehabilitation after ACL surgery usually takes several months. Most athletes gradually resume their full activities within nine to twelve months after the procedure.
“Cage Match” With X CEO Elon Musk
Zuck v Musk fight will be live-streamed on 𝕏.
All proceeds will go to charity for veterans.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2023
However, several weeks later, Zuckerberg stated that Musk “isn’t serious” about the fight. He also underlined that his aim shifted to more serious competitors. Zuckerberg mentioned on his Threads social platform in August, “If Elon ever gets serious about setting a date and making it official, he knows how to reach me. Otherwise, it’s time to move on and concentrate on those who approach the sport with greater dedication.”
Zuckerberg’s Wealth Surged by $10 Billion
This April, Zuckerberg saw his wealth soar by $10 billion, driven by a 16 percent rise in the company’s shares, hitting an intraday high of $241.
Following the earnings report, Meta shared closed 14 percent higher, propelling Zuckerberg’s fortune to $87.3 billion. This pushed him up one place to 12th on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
According to Reuters, Meta exceeded expectations for first-quarter profit and revenue, which saw their first increase in almost a year. This development is indicative of a recovery for major American tech companies, amid widespread layoffs.
This surge in wealth, which reversed the losses he suffered in 2022, stemmed from Meta’s turnaround after a significant investment in the metaverse and an industrial shift.