Born on May 14, 1984, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American business mogul, computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is renowned for co-founding Facebook, a social networking platform, and Meta Platforms, the corporation that owns it (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.), of which he serves as executive chairman, CEO, and majority shareholder.
While a student at Harvard University, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes were his roommates when they founded Facebook in February 2004. The website was first started on a few college campuses, but it quickly gained popularity and eventually reached one billion users in 2012. In May 2012, Zuckerberg went public with the business and majority of the shares. He was the youngest self-made billionaire in the world in 2007 when he was only 23 years old. He has organized numerous charitable projects with the use of his money, including the founding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Four times—in 2008, 2011, 2016 and 2019, respectively—Zuckerberg was named one of the world’s most important people, and he was nominated as a finalist in 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022. In 2010, the year Facebook surpassed half a billion users, he was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Zuckerberg was listed as the tenth most powerful person in the world by Forbes in December 2016.
He was rated 11th with a net worth of $57.7 billion on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans in 2022, down from his position as the third-richest American in 2021 with a net worth of $134.5 billion. According to the Forbes Real Time Billionaires, as of May 2023, Zuckerberg’s net worth was estimated to be $85.0 billion, ranking him as the 14th richest person in the world. The Social Network, an Oscar-winning movie about Mark Zuckerberg’s early career, legal issues, and early success with the website, was released in 2010.
Political and legal attention has been drawn to Zuckerberg due to his fame and rapid rise in the technology sector. The launch of Facebook engaged Zuckerberg in a number of legal battles about the ownership and creation of the website as well as concerns over user privacy. He co-founded the immigration-friendly advocacy organization FWD.us in 2013. During his testimony before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on April 10 and 11, 2018, Zuckerberg discussed how Facebook used users’ personal information in connection with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach.
- Full Name
- Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
- May 14, 1984
- Net Worth
- $67 billion
- Person of the Year by TIME Magazine
- 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine
- CEO of the Year at the Crunchies
- Place of Birth
- White Plains, New York
- Fields of Expertise
- [“Coding”,”Software Development”,”Social Media”]
- Meta, Facebook, Harvard University
- Meta, Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg Early life and education
In White Plains, New York, on May 14, 1984, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born. to dentist Edward Zuckerberg and psychiatrist Karen (née Kempner).In Dobbs Ferry, New York, he and his three sisters (Arielle, Randi, and Donna) were brought up in a Reform Jewish family Jewish immigrants from Poland, Germany, and Austria made up his great-grandparents. He graduated from Ardsley High School and then enrolled at Phillips Exeter Academy. He led the fencing squad as captain.
Mark Zuckerberg Software development
In middle school, Zuckerberg started using computers and creating software. He created a program in high school that enabled all the computers between his home and his father’s dentistry clinic to exchange information. In his senior year of high school, Zuckerberg worked on creating the Synapse Media Player, a music player. The product, which was reviewed by PC Magazine and posted to Slashdot, employed machine learning to understand the user’s listening preferences. According to a feature of Zuckerberg in the New Yorker, “some kids played video games. They were made by Mark.
The New Yorker stated that Zuckerberg had established a “reputation as a programming prodigy” by the time he started taking studies at Harvard in 2002. He was a member of Kirkland House and Alpha Epsilon Pi while studying psychology and computer science. He created an application called CourseMatch in his sophomore year that helped users create study groups and let them choose classes based on the preferences of other students. A short while later, he developed another tool that he originally called Facemash and allowed students to pick the most attractive individual among several photographs. Then-Zuckerberg roommate Arie Hasit explained:
The names and images of every person who resided in the student residences were listed in volumes we dubbed Face volumes. He first created a website and added two images, or images of two men and two women. Visitors to the website had to vote for who they thought was “hotter,” and a ranking was determined by the results.
The website went live over the weekend, but the college had to take it down by Monday morning because of its popularity, which had overloaded one of Harvard’s network switches and made it impossible for students to access the Internet. Additionally, a lot of students expressed dissatisfaction at the unauthorized use of their images. Publicly apologizing, Zuckerberg’s webpage was called out by the student newspaper as being “completely imprope.”
Mark Zuckerberg Career
Zuckerberg started developing the coding for a new website in January 2004. Together with his roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, Zuckerberg established “Thefacebook” on February 4, 2004, with its original URL being thefacebook.com. The prep school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002, Phillips Exeter Academy, may have served as an early source of inspiration for Facebook. Students referred to it as “The Facebook” and it issued its own student directory called “The Photo Address Book.” Such photo directories played a significant role in the social life of students at several private institutions. Students were able to include details like their class years, friends, and phone numbers with them.
Three Harvard seniors, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accused Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of deceiving them into thinking he would help them create the social network HarvardConnection.com while actually stealing their ideas and using them to create a rival product six days after the site’s launch. The Harvard Crimson launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from the three. While Zuckerberg was attempting to persuade the editors not to publish the story, he also gained access to two of the editors’ email accounts by using their TheFacebook private login data logs. The three sued Zuckerberg following the formal debut of the Facebook social media platform, and a settlement was reached. 1.2 million Facebook shares and $20 million in cash were included in the settlement agreement.
Up until Zuckerberg chose to expand it to other colleges with the aid of his roommate Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook was only a “Harvard thing” Columbia, New York University, Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Yale were the first schools mentioned.
After his second year at Harvard, Zuckerberg decided to leave school to finish the project. In Palo Alto, California, Zuckerberg, Moskovitz, and the other co-founders rented a tiny house to use as an office. Peter Thiel, whom Zuckerberg met during the summer and who invested in the business. Early in 2004, they acquired their first office. The group initially intended to return to Harvard, but ultimately opted to stay in California instead, where Zuckerberg valued the “mythical place” of Silicon Valley, the state’s hub for computer technology.
They have previously rejected bids from big firms to buy the business. In a 2007 interview, Zuckerberg provided the following justification: “It’s not because of the quantity of money. The creation of an open information flow for people is crucial for me and my coworkers. Simply said, I don’t find it appealing that conglomerates would possess media companies. Speaking at Stanford University’s Y Combinator Startup School that year, Zuckerberg made the contentious claim that “young people are just smarter” and that other business owners should be biased in favor of recruiting young people.
In 2010, he reiterated his objectives in an interview with Wired magazine, saying, “The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open.” Earlier, in April 2009, Zuckerberg consulted Peter Currie, a former Netscape CFO, for guidance on Facebook’s funding plans. Zuckerberg announced that the company has hit 500 million users on July 21, 2010. In response to a question on whether Facebook might generate more revenue from advertising given its spectacular growth, he said:
We might, I suppose. If you compare the amount of space taken up by advertisements on our page to that of the typical search query. For us, advertising typically occupy less than 10% of the pages, but they occupy roughly 20% of search results pages on average. The easiest thing we could do is that. But that’s not how we are. Money is enough for us. Yes, we are maintaining the status quo and expanding at the desired rate.
Zuckerberg “clearly thinks of himself as a hacker,” according to Steven Levy, author of the 1984 book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, in his 2010 essay. In order to improve things, Zuckerberg argued that “breaking things” is OK. Every six to eight weeks, Facebook started holding “hackathons” where participants had one night to come up with and finish a project. Numerous Facebook employees, including Zuckerberg, frequently attended the hackathons, which were supported by the corporation with music, food, and drink. Levy was informed by Zuckerberg, “The idea is that you can build something really good in a night.” And that’s now a feature of Facebook’s personality. It absolutely forms a vital part of who I am.
As one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 in the globe, Zuckerberg was included in the MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list in 2007. On their list of the Top 100 “most influential people of the Information Age” published in 2010, Vanity Fair magazine ranked Zuckerberg at number one. In 2009, Zuckerberg came in at number 23 on the Vanity Fair 100 list. In the New Statesman’s annual list of the world’s 50 most influential people, Zuckerberg was ranked 16th in 2010.
Steve Jobs gave advice to Mark Zuckerberg on how to construct a management team at Facebook that was “focused on building as high quality and good things as you are” in an interview with PBS in 2011, shortly after Jobs’ passing.
In order to foster social media innovation in Russia and strengthen Facebook’s position in the Russian market, Zuckerberg paid a visit to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on October 1, 2012, in Moscow. Prime ministry Dmitry Medvedev advised the founder of the social media behemoth to drop efforts to woo away Russian programmers and instead think about establishing a research center in Moscow, according to a tweet from Russia’s communications ministry. Russian clone VK has about 34 million users in 2012 compared to Facebook’s estimated 9 million. On April 6, 2013, 85 million American Facebook users were exposed to the first day of the Home promotional campaign, according to Rebecca Van Dyck, Facebook’s head of consumer marketing.
The Washington Post claimed on August 19, 2013, that a jobless web developer had hacked into Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile.
Zuckerberg said he is attempting to get the 5 billion individuals who were not online as of the conference registered on Facebook at the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference, which took place in September. Then, Zuckerberg clarified how this relates to the objective of the Internet.org project, in which Facebook works to expand internet access with the assistance of other digital firms.
At the 75,000 attendees 2014 Mobile World Congress (MWC), which took place in Barcelona, Spain, in March 2014, Zuckerberg delivered the keynote address. Numerous media outlets drew attention to the relationship between Zuckerberg’s speech and Facebook’s emphasis on mobile technology, asserting that mobile technology represents the company’s future. In his address, Zuckerberg elaborated on his ambition of bringing the Internet to underdeveloped nations, which he first mentioned at the TechCrunch conference in September 2013.
On December 8, 2014, Zuckerberg welcomed visiting Chinese legislator Lu Wei, dubbed the “Internet czar” for his role in the implementation of China’s online policy, to Facebook’s headquarters with other American technology leaders like Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook. Although Facebook is prohibited in China, Zuckerberg is well-liked by the populace and was there to support the country’s booming entrepreneur sector. The meeting took place after Zuckerberg participated in a Q&A session at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, on October 23, 2014, where he spoke in Mandarin Chinese.
As Facebook’s CEO, Zuckerberg makes $1 per year. In June 2016, Business Insider named Zuckerberg, along with Sal Khan and Elon Musk, one of the “Top 10 Business Visionaries Creating Value for the World” because they “pledged to give away 99% of their wealth—which was then estimated to be $55.0 billion.”
After delivering a graduating address] on May 25, 2017, during Harvard’s 366th commencement Day, Zuckerberg was awarded an honorary degree.
Zuckerberg announced intentions to implement end-to-end encryption for three significant social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, in January 2019. Facebook combined the messaging apps for Instagram and Messenger on August 14, 2020, for iOS and Android smartphones. Users of Instagram and Facebook were urged to communicate with one other through the upgrade.
In February 2004, a month after Zuckerberg debuted Facebook, Wayne Chang introduced i2hub, another campus-exclusive service. On peer-to-peer file sharing, i2hub concentrated. At the time, Facebook and i2hub were both attracting media attention, gaining a lot of users, and becoming widely known. A forerunner to the Facebook Platform applications that debuted in 2007 was the Wirehog peer-to-peer file sharing service, which was launched in August 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew McCollum, Adam D’Angelo, and Sean Parker.
Internet.org, which Zuckerberg described as an initiative to give Internet access to the five billion people who lacked it as of the launch date, was introduced in 2013. The initiative encountered strong controversy in India, as campaigners said the project’s restricted internet violated the idea of net neutrality. Zuckerberg countered that a restricted internet was preferable than none at all. In February 2016, Internet.org was stopped down in India, but Zuckerberg later met with Narendra Modi to talk about potential alternatives.
The solar sail spacecraft development initiative Breakthrough Starshot, which Zuckerberg co-founded in 2016, has Zuckerberg on its board of directors.
Mark Zuckerberg Controversies and lawsuits
Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, three Harvard students, claimed that Mark Zuckerberg deliberately led them to believe that he would assist them in creating a social network called HarvardConnection.com (later renamed ConnectU). They filed a case in 2004, and on March 28, 2007, it was rejected on a technicality. Soon after, it was refiled in Boston’s federal court. The Winklevoss Chang Group’s Social Butterfly initiative, which involved an alleged collaboration between ConnectU and i2hub, prompted Facebook to countersue. In a settlement reached on June 25, 2008, Facebook agreed to transfer more than 1.2 million common shares and make a cash payment of $20 million.
Confidential court records were published in November 2007 on the website of 02138, a Harvard alumnus publication. They contained the addresses of Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, parents, and Social Security number. Facebook requested the documents be deleted; nevertheless, the judge decided in favor of 02138.
Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook, sued Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in 2005, claiming that Zuckerberg had improperly used Saverin’s funds for personal needs. The corporation confirmed Saverin’s status as a co-founder of Facebook as part of the out-of-court settlement, though the terms of the agreement were kept confidential. Saverin also promised to refrain from speaking to the media.
Pakistan criminal investigation
After a “Draw Muhammad” competition was held on Facebook in June 2010, Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque opened a criminal investigation into Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The research revealed the identity of the contest’s anonymous German creator. Sidiqque requested that Zuckerberg and the other three be detained for blasphemy by contacting Interpol on behalf of the nation’s police. Facebook’s website was briefly restricted in Pakistan on May 19, 2010, and remained there until the contest was taken down at the end of May. Additionally, Sidiqque requested that its UN envoy bring up the matter at the UN General Assembly.
Paul Ceglia, the proprietor of a wood pellet fuel business in Allegany County, upstate New York, sued Mark Zuckerberg in June 2010 and claimed 84 percent ownership of Facebook in addition to seeking monetary compensation. According to Ceglia, he and Zuckerberg agreed in a contract they signed on April 28, 2003, that in exchange for a $1,000 initial payment, Ceglia would receive 50% of the website’s earnings in addition to an additional 1% interest in the company for every day that passed after January 1, 2004, until the website was finished.
Facemash, the forerunner of Facebook, was one of the other ideas that Zuckerberg was working on at the time. However, he didn’t register the domain name thefacebook.com until January 1, 2004. The case was rejected by Facebook management as “completely frivolous”. According to Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, Ceglia’s legal team tried in vain to reach a settlement outside of court.
Federal agents detained Ceglia on October 26, 2012, and accused him of mail and wire fraud as well as “tampering with, destroying, and fabricating evidence in a scheme to defraud the Facebook founder of billions of dollars.” Despite the fact that, upon closer inspection of their emails, investigators discovered no reference of Facebook, Ceglia is accused of faking emails to give the impression that he and Zuckerberg discussed specifics on an early version of Facebook. Before the case was started, several law firms withdrew, while others did so following Ceglia’s arrest.
Hawaiian land ownership
Zuckerberg sued hundreds of native Hawaiians in eight “quiet title and partition” cases in January 2017 to assert his ownership of small parcels of land that they own. The 700 acres of land on the Hawaiian island of Kauai that Zuckerberg bought in 2014 include this territory. Zuckerberg’s litigation, according to law professor Kapua Sproat of the University of Hawaii, are “the face of neocolonialism”. In a Facebook post in response to criticism, Zuckerberg said the lawsuits were an honest attempt to give the land’s partial owners their “fair share”.
He dismissed the lawsuits after discovering that Hawaiian land ownership legislation is unique from that of the other 49 states. Zuckerberg expressed regret for not first taking the time to fully comprehend the procedure and its background.
Testimony before U.S. Congress
During his testimony before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on April 10 and 11, 2018, Zuckerberg discussed how Facebook used users’ personal information in connection with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach. He described the whole situation as a betrayal of trust between Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Aleksandr Kogan. Zuckerberg has declined invitations to come before a parliamentary committee in the UK to provide testimony on the subject.
The US Senate Commerce Committee decided on October 1, 2020, to send subpoenas to the CEOs of three major tech companies, including Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. The CEOs were served with subpoenas in an effort to compel them to testify regarding the legal protections granted to tech platforms by Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. The rule, according to US Republicans, overly shielded social media corporations from accusations of censoring conservative content.
It was announced in March 2021 that Zuckerberg would appear before Congress once more on March 26. During this testimony, he would be questioned about Facebook’s involvement in the attack on the US Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Depictions in media
The Social Network, a film about Zuckerberg and the early days of Facebook, debuted on October 1, 2010, with Jesse Eisenberg as the lead. When hearing about the movie, Zuckerberg reacted, “I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive.” Additionally, he said that he wanted to establish himself as a “good guy” after the movie’s script was leaked online and it became clear that the movie would not entirely portray Zuckerberg favorably. The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich served as the inspiration for the movie; the book’s publicist once referred to it as “big juicy fun” as opposed to “reportage”[
“I don’t want my fidelity to be the truth; I want it to be storytelling,” the movie’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin said in an interview with New York magazine. He continued, “What is the big deal about accuracy solely for accuracy’s sake, and can we not have the true be the enemy of the good?”
On January 16, 2011, producer Scott Rudin thanked Zuckerberg and Facebook “for his willingness to allow us to use his life and work as a metaphor to tell a story about communication and the way we relate to each other” after winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. Some of the impressions made in Sorkin’s writing were retracted after he won for best screenplay:
If you happen to be watching tonight, I wanted to let you know that Rooney Mara’s character makes a prediction at the beginning of the film. She was mistaken. You proved to be a fantastic businessperson, a visionary, and an amazing philanthropist.
On Saturday Night Live, presented by Jesse Eisenberg, on January 29, 2011, Zuckerberg made a surpise cameo. Both claimed it was their first encounter. Eisenberg enquired of Zuckerberg, who had objected to the way he was portrayed in the movie. The response from Zuckerberg was, “It was interesting.” Eisenberg stated in a subsequent interview that he was “nervous to meet him, because I had spent now, a year and a half thinking about him…” “Mark has been so kind about something that’s really so uncomfortable,” he continued.
It’s very kind and kind of him to do SNL and poke fun at the circumstance. In my opinion, it’s the ideal way to tackle a situation that may otherwise be really uncomfortable.
David Kirkpatrick, a former technology editor at Fortune magazine and the author of The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World (2011), claims that “the film is only 40% true… he is not snide and sarcastic in a cruel way, the way Zuckerberg is played in the movie.” The majority of his motivations, he claims, “were to try and come up with a new way to share information on the Internet,” concluding that “a lot of the factual incidents are accurate, but many are distorted and the overall impression is false.”
Although the movie depicted Zuckerberg’s invention of Facebook as a way to boost his prominence after being rejected from all of Harvard’s prestigious final clubs, Zuckerberg insisted he had no interest in becoming a member. Kirkpatrick concurred that the movie gives out a “false” impression. Former Facebook senior programmer Karel Baloun remarked that “Zuckerberg’s image as a socially awkward nerd is overstated… It is fiction.” He also denied the claim made in the movie that he “would deliberately betray a friend.”
In the “Loan-a Lisa” episode of The Simpsons, which debuted on October 3, 2010, Zuckerberg provided his own voice. In the episode, Zuckerberg and Lisa Simpson run into each other at an event for business owners. Lisa is informed by Zuckerberg that she does not need a college degree to be extraordinarily successful, citing Bill Gates and Richard Branson as examples.
On October 9, 2010, Zuckerberg and Facebook were parodied by Saturday Night Live. Playing Zuckerberg was Andy Samberg. According to reports, the actual Mark Zuckerberg laughed: “I thought this was funny.”
At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on October 30, 2010, Stephen Colbert presented Mark Zuckerberg with a “Medal of Fear” because “he values his privacy much more than he values yours.”
The final scene of the documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply features Zuckerberg.
The South Park episode “Franchise Prequel” mocked Zuckerberg.
A rap fight between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg was released by Epic Rap Battles of History on December 7, 2018.
Philanthropy and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Start-up: Education foundation was created by Zuckerberg. On September 22, 2010, it was revealed that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had given $100 million to Newark Public Schools, the city’s public school system. The donation was made just before the publication of The Social Network, which offered a fairly unfavorable picture of Zuckerberg, according to critics. The issue was addressed by Zuckerberg, who stated, “The thing that I was most careful about with the movie timing was, I didn’t want the press about The Social Network movie to get confused with the Newark project.
Just to keep the two things apart, I considered doing this under an assumed name. Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, and Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, claimed they had to persuade Zuckerberg’s team not to make the donation in secret. According to journalist Dale Russakoff, the money was mostly wasted.
By signing “The Giving Pledge” in 2010, billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett committed to giving away at least half of their wealth to charity over the course of their lifetimes. They also invited other affluent people to do the same. In accordance with The Giving Pledge, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged in December 2012 that they would devote the majority of their money to “advancing human potential and promoting equality” over the course of their lives.
According to Facebook’s value at the time, on December 19, 2013, Zuckerberg announced a donation of 18 million Facebook shares worth $990 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which was to be carried out by the end of the month. The donation was acknowledged as the biggest philanthropic gift ever recorded for 2013 on December 31. With a $1 billion donation to charity, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife were ranked first on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the 50 most charitable Americans for 2013.
Zuckerberg and Chan contributed US$25 million in October 2014 to fight the Ebola virus infection, particularly the West African Ebola virus pandemic.
99% of Zuckerberg and Chan’s Facebook shares, which were then valued at US$45 billion, were promised to be transferred to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on December 1, 2015. The money would be distributed throughout the course of their lives rather than immediately. As other billionaires like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and others have done, Zuckerberg and Chan decided to employ the structure of a limited liability company (LLC) rather than creating a nonprofit corporation to which they would donate the value of the stock. According to certain academics and journalists, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative engages in philanthrocapitalism.
With the aim of promoting interaction and collaboration between researchers at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donated $600 million in 2016 to establish the tax-exempt charity Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a collaborative research space in San Francisco’s Mission Bay District close to the university. The discovered material’s intellectual property would be shared by Biohub and the discoverer’s home university. Biohub maintains the right to market any research it sponsors, in contrast to foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that allow the public to freely access and use whatever research it funds.
With approval from Biohub, inventors will be able to make their discoveries open-source. CZ wants to broaden participation in scientific research and advance open science. It is a requirement of Biohub that researchers and staff scientists post their manuscript submissions and relevant data on preprint services like bioRxiv.
Zuckerberg gave $25 million to a COVID-19 research accelerator supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also disclosed $75 million in advertising sales by Facebook, Inc. in regional newspapers, where Facebook would market itself, and $25 million in donations to support local journalism that was adversely affected by the pandemic.
Mark Zuckerberg Politics
In Westchester County, New York, where he was raised, Zuckerberg registered to vote in 2002; nevertheless, he did not actually cast a ballot until November 2008. Elma Rosas, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, informed Bloomberg that Zuckerberg is classified as having “no preference” on voter registration lists despite having cast ballots in at least two of the previous three general elections, in 2008 and 2012.
Although some news outlets perceive Zuckerberg to be a conservative, others believe him to be a liberal. Zuckerberg has never publicly declared his political affiliation or voting record.
Zuckerberg held his first-ever fundraising event for Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, on February 13. This time, Zuckerberg was particularly interested in educational reform, and Christie’s work in this area concentrated on teachers unions and the growth of charter schools. Later that year, Zuckerberg hosted a fundraising event for Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, who was running for the 2013 special Senate race in New Jersey. With the help of the governor Chris Christie, Booker was able to persuade Zuckerberg to contribute $100 million to the Newark Public Schools in September 2010. In December 2012, Zuckerberg gave 18 million shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a non-profit with a grant-making focus on education.
On April 11, 2013, Zuckerberg oversaw the establishment of the 501(c)(4) advocacy organization FWD.us. The majority of the group’s founders and contributors were investors and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, and its president was Joe Green, a personal friend of Zuckerberg. The group has been criticized for funding advertisements supporting a variety of oil and gas development initiatives, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Keystone XL pipeline. However, the group’s goals include immigration reform, enhancing the quality of education in the United States, and enabling more technological advancements that benefit the public.
In 2013, a number of liberal and progressive organizations, including The League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn.org, the Sierra Club, Democracy for America, CREDO, Daily Kos, 350.org, Presente and Progressives United, decided to either pull their Facebook ad purchases or refrain from making any purchases for at least two weeks in protest of Zuckerberg ads funded by FWD.us that supported oil drilling and the Keystone XL pipeline as well as opposition to Obamacare among Republican United States citizens.
Following the online release of a FWD.us film, Zuckerberg actively communicated with Facebook users on his own profile page, according to a June 20, 2013, media report. The Internet entrepreneur responded in response to the assertion that the FWD.us organization is “just about tech wanting to hire more people”: “The bigger problem we’re trying to address is ensuring the 11 million undocumented folks living in this country now and similar folks in the future are treated fairly.”
In June 2013, Zuckerberg participated in the annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration by riding in a company float with Facebook employees. The company took part in the event for the first time in 2011 with 70 employees; for the 2013 march, this number rose to 700. The 2013 Pride Festival was particularly notable because it occurred after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Zuckerberg said that the U.S. government “blew it” when asked about the mid-2013 PRISM controversy at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in September 2013. He continued by saying that the government has done a bad job of safeguarding the rights of its people, the economy, and businesses.
In response to the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino assault and the 2015 Paris attacks, Zuckerberg posted a comment on his Facebook page on December 9, 2015, stating that he wanted “to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.”
Additionally, the statement stated that Muslims are “always welcome” on Facebook and that his stance was motivated by his parents’ teachings as a Jew that “we must stand up against attacks on all communities.”
On February 24, 2016, Zuckerberg delivered an internal message to the entire firm publicly reprimanding staff members who had scratched out handwritten “Black Lives Matter” statements on the walls and substituted “All Lives Matter.” Employees are able to post whatever they want on workplace walls on Facebook. Several employees subsequently started leaking the document. Zuckerberg said in the memo that he would now consider this overwriting practice not only disrespectful, but “malicious as well” because he had previously denounced it at previous company meetings and because other leaders at Facebook had made similar requests.
In Zuckerberg’s memo, it is said that “Black Lives Matter” is merely a request that the black community receive the justice that it is due. Additionally, the document stated that just striking things out “means silencing speech, or that one person’s speech is more important than another’s.” In the memo, Zuckerberg also announced that he would be looking into the occurrences. According to Facebook employees who spoke anonymously to New York’s Daily News, “Zuckerberg was genuinely angry about the incident and it really encouraged staff that Zuckerberg showed a clear understanding of why the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ must exist, as well as why writing through it is a form of harassment and erasure.”
Zuckerberg denounced Donald Trump’s executive order in January 2017 that significantly restricted immigration and refugee admissions from certain nations.
By amending California’s Proposition 13 to compel the tax assessment of commercial and industrial assets in the state at market rate, Zuckerberg supported a state-level ballot initiative for the 2020 general election that would increase taxes.
Mark Zuckerberg Personal life
Marriage and children
At a fraternity party during his second year at Harvard, Zuckerberg met Priscilla Chan, his future wife. The two started dating in 2003. Chan, a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco at the time, moved into Zuckerberg’s rented home in Palo Alto, California, in September 2010. They got married on May 19, 2012, in the grounds of his estate, and the occasion also marked her medical school graduation. Chan had previously had three miscarriages, and Zuckerberg disclosed they were expecting a girl on July 31, 2015. Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, their daughter, was born on December 1st, 2015. Their daughter’s Chinese name is Chen Mingyu (Chinese: ), which they revealed in a Chinese New Year video.
August, their second child, was born in August 2017. On March 24, 2023, Zuckerberg and his wife welcomed their third daughter, Aurelia, and posted on his social media platforms to let everyone know. Beast, a Puli dog owned by the couple, has more than two million Facebook fans.
Zuckerberg, a Reform Jew who was raised, later declared himself an atheist. But in 2016, he claimed, “I went through a phase where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is incredibly important.
Zuckerberg and his wife set out on a national trip in 2017 “to visit every state in the union and learn more about a sliver of the nearly two billion people who regularly use the social network” He talked at Mother Emanuel, the site of a shooting in 2015, visited with farmers and business owners, and other people.
In an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience in August 2022, Zuckerberg stated that one of his greatest regrets was choosing to compete on the fencing team in high school rather than the wrestling squad. By contrasting it to another potential regret—Facebook “enabling genocide in Myanmar because it did not bother to hire moderators who speak Burmese”—Motherboard impliedly criticized the situation. At the time, Zuckerberg issued an apology for this. He expressed sorrow that Facebook had muted posts on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal at the same interview.
Zuckerburg began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in 2022. He has been vocal about his fondness for the two sports ever since. On May 6, 2023, Zuckerberg, competing as a white belt, participated in a BJJ competition and took first place in both the gi and no gi divisions.
Mark Zuckerberg Social Media
- Facebook: @zuck
- Instagram handles: @zuck
- Twitter: @zuck
Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth
The renowned businessman and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is predicted to have an astounding net worth of $99.9 billion. He is now the twelfth richest person in the world thanks to this enormous sum of money, which stands as a testament to his considerable accomplishments and contributions to technology and social media.
At what age Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook?
When Zuckerberg was 19 years old, he created Facebook at Harvard so that students could search for classmates by name and view their images.
How did Mark Zuckerberg became successful?
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in his dorm room and has since grown to be one of the biggest businesses in the world. Zuckerberg has the majority of consumer content consumption and social interaction under his control through Facebook and its numerous acquisitions, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
Where did Mark Zuckerberg make his money?
According to the company’s 2023 proxy statement, a share of around 13% in Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, accounts for the majority of Zuckerberg’s wealth. The biggest social network in the planet is Facebook.
What is Mark Zuckerberg story?
As cofounder and CEO of Facebook, the largest social networking website in the world, Mark Zuckerberg is well-known. In 2004, while attending Harvard University, he and four other students launched the service.
What is Mark Zuckerberg salary?
Due to an increase in “all other compensation,” Zuckerberg’s total compensation rose from $26.82 million in 2021 to $27.11 million in 2022.
What is the IQ of Mark Zuckerberg?
Mark Zuckerberg: The co-founder of Facebook is credited with having an IQ of roughly 152. Elon Musk: Musk, the creator of SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and other businesses, is thought to have an IQ of roughly 155.
How fast did Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire?
Four years after launching Facebook, in 2008, Zuckerberg first hit the billion dollar mark. When he debuted at No. 321 on The Forbes 400 with a $1.5 billion net worth at age 23, he was the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Zuckerberg’s net wealth had more than doubled to $17.5 billion by 2011.