Mark Zuckerberg, in full Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, (born May 14, 1984, White Plains, New York, U.S.), American computer programmer who was cofounder and CEO (2004– ) of Facebook, a social networking Web site. Mark Zuckerberg is the founder, chair, and CEO of Meta (FB), formerly Facebook.
After attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard University in 2002. On February 4, 2004, he launched thefacebook.com (renamed Facebook in 2005), a directory in which fellow Harvard students entered their own information and photos into a template that he had devised. Within two weeks half of the student body had signed up. Zuckerberg’s roommates, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, helped him add features and make the site available to other campuses across the country.
Facebook quickly became popular as registered users could create profiles, upload photos and other media, and keep in touch with friends. It differed from other social networking sites, however, in its emphasis on real names (and e-mail addresses), or “trusted connections.” It also laid particular emphasis on networking, with information disseminated not only to each individual’s network of friends but also to friends of friends—what Zuckerberg called the “social graph.”
Early Life and Education:
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York, and was raised in nearby Dobbs Ferry. He was born into a well-educated family and developed an interest in computer programming at an early age.
At the age of 12, Zuckerberg created a messaging program named Zucknet that he implemented as an inter-office communication system for his father’s dental practice.1 Due to his early signs of success, his parents got him a computer programming tutor while he was still in high school, and they enrolled him in at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire. After graduating from prep school, Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard University.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Biofacts
Full Name: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
Birth Date: May 14, 1984
Birth Place: White Plains, New York, US
Nick Name: “Zuck” or “Mark”
Siblings: Has three sisters; Randi, Donna and Arielle
Children: Maxima Chan Zuckerberg (December 1, 2015) and August Chan Zuckerberg (August 28, 2017)
Partner / Spouse: Priscillah Chan (Married May 19, 2012 )
Profession: Internet Entrepreneur, Computer Programmer, Businessman, Investor
Salary: $1 per year.
Net Worth: $122 billion, Forbes
Height: 1.71 m
Companies Associated With Facebook Inc., WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus VR, Beluga, and Onavo.
|Birth||May 14, 1984 (age 36) at White Plains, New York|
|Education||Ardsley High School (1998-2000) |
Phillips Exeter Academy (2000-2002)
Harvard University (2002-2004)
|Famous for||Facebook Inc.|
|Wife||Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg|
|Net worth||US$76.4 Billion (May 2020)|
|Children||Maxima Chan Zuckerberg and August Chan Zuckerberg|
Mark Zuckerberg: Developing Softwares and Facebook
In the 1990s, Mark Zuckerberg’s father taught him Atari BASIC Programming and later hired a tutor David Newman for the same. Zuckerberg started taking a graduate course parallelly at Mercy College. Zuckerberg’s father operated dental practice from home, thus Zuckerberg built a software program ‘ZuckNet’ through which all the computers in the house could communicate which each other. ZuckNet was a version of AOL’s instant messenger which was launched the same year.
In his high school years, Zuckerberg worked for Intelligent Media Group and developed a music player ‘Synapse Media Player’. The application used a machine learning process to learn the listening habits of the users. This was posted on the Slashdot (social news website) and was rated 3 out of 5 by PC Magazine.
By the time Mark Zuckerberg enrolled at Harvard, he was already a programming prodigy. At Harvard, Zuckerberg studied Psychology and Computer Science. In his second year at Harvard, Zuckerberg created a program ‘CourseMatch’, where students were allowed to form study groups and class selection decisions based on the choices of other students. A few months later, Zuckerberg built another program ‘Facemash’, where students could select the best-looking person from the given photos.
Facemash site built by Zuckerberg went up but Harvard University shut it down as it’s popularity overwhelmed one of the University’s Network switches which prevented the students to access the Internet. Also, many students complained about the use of their photos without their permission on the App to which Zuckerberg apologized publicly.
On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg originally launched ‘TheFacebook’. Six days after its launch, Harvard seniors alleged that Zuckerberg used their ideas to build ‘TheFacebook’. After the official launch of the Facebook, the three seniors Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg and agreed at a settlement of 1.2 million Facebook shares. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to complete the project he launched.
At Harvard’s 366th commencement Day, on May 25, 2017, Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard University.
Mark Zuckerberg Wedding:
Mark Zuckerberg was a sophomore and Priscilla Chan a freshman when they first met at the Facebook founder’s fraternity party at Harvard University in 2003. Any college student who has attended a house party can relate to the couple’s meet-cute scene that took place while in line for the bathroom.
In his 2017 commencement address at Harvard University, Zuckerberg shared that meeting Chan at the party was the best memory of his time at the Ivy League school. “We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: ‘I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly,'” he told the graduating class (per The Harvard Gazette).
It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, but the line worked. Although Chan and Zuckerberg are from two completely different worlds, which Chan acknowledged in an interview with The New Yorker in 2018, the relationship thrived. They eventually moved in together in September 2010.
A day after Facebook went public, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan shocked friends and family with a surprise wedding ceremony at their Palo Alto home on May 19, 2012. Guests thought they were showing up to a graduation party, as Chan had just graduated from medical school, but it was actually an intimate wedding ceremony (via People). And of course, the groom had to make it Facebook official. He updated his profile to say “Married Priscilla Chan” that evening as reported by The Washington Post.
The power couple continues to make headlines for both their personal milestones and philanthropic endeavors. After the birth of their first daughter, Max, in 2015, Chan and Zuckerberg co-founded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organization focused on changing the world by improving education, fixing inequalities, and breaking down systemic barriers. In that same announcement, the couple announced that, over time, they will give away all but 1% of their Facebook shares, CNN Business noted. Although Chan and Zuckerberg have a substantial net worth in the billions, the couple lives a modest lifestyle with their daughters, Max and August.
Mark Zuckerberg: Journey of Facebook
On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room. The Facebook was an app for students at Harvard until Zuckerberg spread it to other colleges such as Columbia University, New York University, Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Yale.
Mark Zuckerberg, along with his friends, rented a small house at Palo Alto, California that served as an office. German-American entrepreneur Peter Andreas Thiel invested in Facebook. In mid-2004, they got their first office. In 2009, Mark Zuckerberg sought advice on financing strategies from former Netscape CFO Peter Currie. On July 21, 2010, Facebook crossed 500 million users mark.
Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook as he and his wife “pledged to give away 99% of their wealth to philanthropy— which is estimated at $55.0 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg: Famous Quotes
1- By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.
2- When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.
3- The web is at a really important turning point right now. Up until recently, the default on the web has been that most things aren’t social, and most things don’t use your real identity. We’re building toward a web where the default is social.
4- With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.
5- Understanding people is not a waste of time.
6-What Facebook is today isn’t a set of information, it’s a community of people who are using Facebook to stay connected and share information. They are only going to do that as long as they trust us.
7- Everything I do breaks, but I fix it quickly.
8- Apps aren’t the centre of the world. People are.
9- Facebook is in a very different place than Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft. We are trying to build a community.
10- A lot of people who are worried about privacy and those kinds of issues will take any minor misstep that we make and turn it into as big a deal as possible.
Mark Zuckerberg Quick Facts:
- Facebook, the social network Zuckerberg runs, has been an information hub during the pandemic, but has come under scrutiny for spreading vaccine misinformation.
- In June 2021, a judge dismissed antitrust cases brought by states and the federal government, which could have forced Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp.
- Zuckerberg started Facebook at Harvard in 2004 at the age of 19 for students to match names with photos of classmates.
- He took Facebook public in May 2012; he now owns about 12% of the company’s stock.
- In December 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes.
- Zuckerberg and friends built what would become Facebook (now Meta) out of his dorm room at Harvard; today it has a market cap of $932 billion.
- Facebook, along with Instagram (which it owns), and rival Twitter, are three of the most influential social networking sites in the world.
- After much speculation, Facebook banned former President Donald Trump indefinitely from its network in January 2021, in response to the capital riots.
- In May 2021, Facebook’s oversight board determined Facebook was right to ban Trump, but wrong to make the ban indefinite, rather than a set amount of time.
- Zuckerberg’s personal net worth is $119 billion as of May 2021.