Biography of Mark Zuckerberg
The second youngest billionaire of the world and chief executive officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is truly an inspiration for future generation of entrepreneurs. Here is his story of great life and success that began in a dorm room and encompassed the world due to utter talent and brilliant mind work. (Biography Mark Zuckerberg).
Early Life–Biography Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg was born on 14th May 1984 in White Plains, New York. He was born to Edward Zuckerberg and Karen. His father was a dentist while his mother worked as a psychiatrist.
As a child prodigy, he spent most of his timewith computers and creating software. He learned the ATARI basic programming from his father and later used it to make ‘ZuckNet’. This was a software that linked all the computers of his house and his father’s dental clinic by pinging. He had an outstanding mind even when he was little as quoted precisely by writer Jose Antonio Vargas. “some kids played computer games. Mark created them”. Jose Antonio wrote.
University Life–Biography Mark Zuckerberg
When Mark was in high school he developed a music player that worked on artificial intelligence. The ‘Synapse Media Player’ could pick up its user’s listening habits. Microsoft and AOL were interested in purchasing this player. But rather, Zuckerberg refused and instead opted to enroll in Harvard University in 2002. At Harvard, he studied computer science and psychology. While here, he wrote various softwares namely ‘Facemash’,. This was a program in which the students could vote who was better looking. This was shut down on the grounds of privacy protection and being totally ‘improper’. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard during his sophomore year. This was to devote all his time and energy to the project that he had initiated.
The Founding of Facebook–Biography Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook was born in Harvard and was initially just a university ‘thing’. But Mark wanted it to extend to other universities. From Dartmouth, Stanford to Cornell, Penn and Brown, Facebook started spreading rapidly. To follow his dream Mark moved to Palo Alto, California along with some close friends. While in California they laid the solid foundations of Facebook. After huge investments from Peter Thiel and venture capital firm ‘Accel Partners’, the social network was able to cross the boundaries of the ivy league schools. By December 2005 Facebook had almost 6 million users worldwide.
Mark became the world’s youngest billionaire at the age of 24 and the 35th richest American. By 2010 Facebook users had increased to 500 million. Facebook debuted on the NASDAQ stock exchange at 38 dollars per share. They also had a market capitalization of 104 billion dollars. This, making it one of the largest companies in the Silicon Valley and the world.
Mark’s thriving career faced many legal setbacks that included several lawsuits and claims regarding Facebook. Mark faced these with determination. Although he had to pay heavy amounts of settlement money, none of the controversies affected his accomplishments.
Mark wins Time person of the year
Chosen as the ‘Time’ person of the year in 2010, the billionaire never faltered due to any hurdle. Rather he continued to introduce innovations to his brainchild, the Facebook, which is continually becoming more popular with the passage of time.
He is also very happy in his personal life having recently wed his long term girlfriend; Priscilla Chan. Mark is a generous donor to many charities. He has signed the ‘Giving Pledge’ an initiative that takes promises from the world’s billionaires to donate half of their wealth to charities during or after their life.
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