Facebook is turning 20. Now Mark Zuckerberg is figuring out what comes next for Meta.

Zuckerberg didn’t reveal all his cards on when the AGI magic is going to happen, or what it could look like. Details were few and far between in his interview with The Verge. 

One thing is clear: from his Metaverse dreams, to AGI aspirations, and a sprinkle of VR hardware, Zuckerberg is playing the long game. He can afford to, given Meta stock is up 168% over the past 12 months, pushing its value just above $1 trillion and Zuck’s net worth to a cool $142 billion, per Bloomberg.

Even CTO Andrew Bosworth suggests it’s a bit of a long shot. He said in a blog post in December: “Making long-term bets on emerging technologies isn’t easy. It’s not guaranteed to work, and it’s certainly not cheap.” He adds: “It’s also one of the most valuable things a technology company can do — and the only way to remain relevant over the long run.”

Whether Zuckerberg (who turns 40 in May) ever decides to hand over the reins in order to work on something else — like Bezos and his space exploration exploits — remains to be seen.

And after all, Bill Gates was CEO of Microsoft for a quarter of a century before moving on, while Warren Buffett has been running Berkshire Hathaway since 1970.

This we do know: given his iron grip on the company, only Zuck can decide when it’s time to do something else. Nonetheless, Zuckerberg’s plan for the next decade at Meta is becoming clear.

Meta didn’t respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.


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