The spread of social media over the last few years owes a lot to the phenomenon called Facebook. The portal built by Mark Zuckerberg and his friends inside a dormitory room
|Date of Birth||May 14, 1984 (age 32), White Plains, New York, United States|
|Parents||Edward Zuckerberg,Karen Kempner|
|Siblings||Randi Zuckerberg, Donna Zuckerberg, Arielle Zuckerberg|
|Education||Phillips Exeter Academy (2000–2002), Ardsley High School (1998–2000), Harvard University, Mercy College|
|Spouse||Priscilla Chan (m. 2012)|
|Childern||Maxima Chan Zuckerberg|
|Net worth||$55.3 Billion(2016)|
at Harvard University, has become the most popular site on the Internet. The site with nearly one billion users a month has catapulted Mark Zuckerberg to become one of the top five billionaires in the world with a share of 55.4 billion dollars in 2016.
The story of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg is a fascinating one, for it speaks of a prodigious talent, his mental acuity and business acumen, and empathy for the have-nots.
Childhood of Most Famous CEO’s
Born to a dentist father, Edward and a psychiatrist mother, Karen on May 14, 1984 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, young Zuckerberg took a liking for computers and began writing codes as early as in middle school after learning Atari basic programming.
After seeing Mark’s talent in writing codes, father Edward put him under the tutelage of David Newman, a professional software programmer who in turn faced a real challenge to stay ahead of Mark’s sharp learning curve.
Early life of Young and Successful Business Man
While at high school, besides excelling in academics, a young Mark developed a messenger called ‘Zucknet’ connecting his home computer to the one kept at his father’s office. At that precocious age he would build computer games with ease and even rejected offers from Microsoft and AOL to buy a MP3 media player ‘Synapse’ made by him.
At the Academy of Phillips Exeter, Mark did not restrict himself to academics alone but forayed into the world of fencing by becoming the captain of the school fencing team.
Career and Goals made him the CEO
His stint at Harvard that began in 2002 was marked by the creation of two softwares – CourseMatch and FaceMash. While he was working to create ‘Harvard Connection’, a university dating site at the insistence of a few friends, Mark got the idea of creating his own social networking site.
So, along with his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin, he built Facebook in June 2004 where users could set up profiles, send messages and upload pictures.
The popularity of Facebook received a boost when venture capital firm, Accel Partners invested 12.7 million dollars. His career graph hit a few hurdles as well such as when he was accused of stealing the idea of Facebook from ‘HarvardConnection.com.’
Easily outpacing even the most popular dating sites, Facebook has not only become a tool for people the world over to remain in touch but has also provided companies, businesses, artists, politicians, sportspersons et al a platform to be in touch with their ‘customers, constituents or fan base.’
Achievements & Milestones of Zuckerberg
The relentless growth of Facebook saw him earn a coveted place in magazines such as Time, Vanity Fair and Forbes. In 2012, Facebook became the biggest IPO on the Internet with a whopping 16 billion dollars as raised capital.
At 28, as the youngest CEO he entered the prestigious Fortune 500 list. Furthermore, the company even strengthened its giant footprint by acquiring Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus Rift.
Personal Life of Mark
In 2012, Mark married his long time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, and after the birth of their daughter Maxima in 2015, decided to donate 99% of their worth to charity.