Mark Zuckerberg Biography: Facebook, Birth, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Family, Education, Famous Quotes and more
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is the CEO, founder and president of Facebook. Zuckerberg is also an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is also the co-founder and board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.
|Birth||May 14, 1984 (age 36) at White Plains, New York|
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: Birth and Family
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, to Karen and Edward Zuckerberg in White Plains, New York. His father is a dentist and his mother is a psychiatrist. Mark Zuckerberg has three sisters-- Randi, Donna and Arielle.
Mark Zuckerberg: Personal Life
Mark Zuckerberg met Priscilla Chan at Harvard University at a party during his second year at Harvard University. Both of them began dating in 2003. In September 2010, Zuckerberg invited Priscilla Chan to move into his rented house. On May 19, 2012, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan married in Zuckerberg's backyard.
On July 31, 2015, Zuckerberg announced that after three miscarriages, the couple is expecting a baby girl. On December 1, 2015, the couple announced the birth of their first daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg. On August 28, 2017, the couple announced the birth of their second daughter, August Chan Zuckerberg. The couple pet a dog named Beast which has more than two million followers on Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg: Education
Mark Zuckerberg did his schooling from Ardsley High School (1998-2000) and Phillips Exeter Academy (2000-2002) where he won several prizes in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and classical studies. He was also the school captain there. He also attended a summer camp at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Mark Zuckerberg enrolled himself at Harvard University (2002-2004). He even mentioned in his application form that he can read and write French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek.
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: 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.