Mark Elliot Zucken Bergis an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer. He also co-founded and is a board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.
Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of the social-networking website Facebook, as well as one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
- Mark Zuckerberg began programming at a young age–when he was 12 he created a messaging program that his father used in his dental office, allowing the receptionist to notify him of new patients without yelling across the office
- Zuckerberg took a computer graduate class at the nearby Mercy College while still in high school.
- His parents even hired a computer tutor to work with the young Zuckerberg, but the tutor admitted that it quickly became difficult to stay ahead of his pupil, referring to him as a “prodigy.”
- He was approached by several companies with job offers (including AOL and Microsoft) before he even graduated high school, but Zuckerberg turned them all down.
- Zuckerberg first launched Facebook from his dormitory at Harvard University.
- He dropped out of Harvard University after his sophomore year to continue working on Facebook.
- A movie was made about Zuckerberg and the birth of Facebook, called The Social Network.
- Before Facebook, Zuckerberg created CourseMatch for Harvard students, helping students pick out classes based on which classes their friends were enrolled in.
- He also created the infamous Facemash program, which compared pictures of two Harvard students and allowed users to vote on who was more attractive. Harvard administration shut down the program, deeming it inappropriate.
- Early on, many companies like Yahoo! and MTV Networks approached Zuckerberg in hopes of advertising on Facebook, but Zuckerberg turned them down, not wanting to sell out!.
- Mark Zuckerberg was one of the early adopters of Google+, saying that it validated his vision of mainstream social networking. In 2011, Zuckerberg was the most followed user on Google+, with even more followers than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- Zuckerberg has supported numerous philanthropic causes, most famously donating $100 million to rescue the struggling Newark Public Schools system of New Jersey.
- Zuckerberg has signed the “Giving Pledge” commitment, promising to donate at least 50% of his wealth over the course of his lifetime.
- In 2014, Zuckerberg donated $25 million to combat the ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
- Similar to Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg has a $1 annual salary as CEO of Facebook.
- Zuckerberg was Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2010 and in 2013, Facebook made the Fortune 500 list for the first time–making Zuckerberg, at the age of 28, the youngest CEO on the list.
- Zuckerberg is currently #10 on Forbe‘s list of the 400 richest Americans.
- Facebook is blue because Zuckerberg is color-blind. Zuckerberg suffers from red/green colour blindness, which means the colour he can most easily see is blue.
- Zuckerberg, in his college days, invented Facemash, a program that was designed with the tenacity of finding out who is the most attractive person on campus. Later, the domain Facemash.com, the predecessor to Facebook that was built in 2003, was sold in 2010 for 30201 dollars.
- Mark, at the age of 13 had already created a basic computer network for his family, dubbed “Zucknet”, which allowed the computers in the family and his father’s dental office to send messages to each other through pinging.
- 32. Mark Zuckerberg holds about 50 patents to his name. The first was issued in November 2004 for the technology behind the Synapse Media Player.
- Zuckerberg also involved in several legal battles: He was a billionaire at the age of 23 and he has been accused of intellectual theft, blasphemy and failure to uphold a contract. His longest-running legal battle was with twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss who claimed that Zuckerberg had stolen their idea for Facebook.
- He possesses a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast, which has a Facebook page with over 2 million fans.
- The Time magazine, since 2010, has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year distinction. And, in 2011, Zuckerberg ranked first on the list of the “Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post.
- In July 2011, Zuckerberg became the most followed user on Google’s social network Google+, surpassing its co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
- Mark Zuckerberg cannot be blocked on Facebook. If you want to give it a try, go to http://www.facebook.com/zuck and see what happens.
In a public Facebook post, Zuckerberg launched the Internet.org project in late August 2013. He explained that the primary aim of the initiative is to provide Internet access to the five billion people who are not connected as of the launch date. Using a three-tier strategy, Internet.org will also create new jobs and open up new markets, according to Zuckerberg. He stated in his post:
The world economy is going through a massive transition right now. The knowledge economy is the future. By bringing everyone online, we’ll not only improve billions of lives, but we’ll also improve our own as we benefit from the ideas and productivity they contribute to the world. Giving everyone the opportunity to connect is the foundation for enabling the knowledge economy. It is not the only thing we need to do, but it’s a fundamental and necessary step.
To stay proven on the efforts of bringing in the concept of net neutrality, Zuckerberg met Narendra Modi, Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai at Silicon Valley, to discuss on how to effectively establish affordable internet access to the less developed countries. As a token of initiation, he changed his Facebook profile picture to extend his support to the Digital India to help the rural communities to stay connected to the internet.
If we observe interestingly the way followed by Zuckerberg is innovative, strange idea with which he catched huge number of people across the world….now Facebook became integral part of lives of all age groups /Gender Groups ..ie..youth …elderly…women…all professions and trades …government and Non Governmental….social networking has no barriers of citizenship for having correspondence and friendship….
HENCE LOOK AT MARK ZUCKERBERG …TO HAVE INSPIRATION FOR CREATING INNOVATIVE WAYS TO BECOME A BILLIONAIRE…. WE TOO CAN CREATE A PAGE FOR US DURING SEARCH BY SEARCH ENGINES……ZUKER PROVED THAT EVEN A SMALL IDEA CAN MAKE ANY BODY A BILLIONAIRE IF PROPERLY MATERIALIZED..