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Mark Elliot ZUCKERBERG

Primary Position:
Chairman
Primary Company:
Facebook
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $53.1 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
32
Birthday:
14 May 1984
Religion:
Atheist
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
Dobbs Ferry, New York, United States
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

One of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world began computer programming in middle school; in high school, created music-recommendation program called Synapse, which Microsoft and AOL both attempted to acquire, leading them to attempt to recruit Zuckerberg. Attended Harvard College instead. In his sophomore year, on February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg launched facebook.com, along with friend and business student, Eduardo Saverin, and roommates, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Site grew with incredible speed: Facebook had 1 billion monthly active users as of ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Harvard University
Qualification Name:
Dropped Out
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
 
End Date:
 
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Interesting Facts

In August 2014, Zuckerberg accepted the "Ice Bucket Challenge," a dare where one drops a bucket of ice cold water over their heads or donates money to charity. They also get to nominate three people to do the same within 24 hours. Zuckerberg donated to the ALS Association, an American nonprofit organization that treats a motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was challenged by Christopher Christie, the Governor of New Jersey. Zuckerberg then nominated Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Programming
Description: Zuckerberg has been a computer programmer since middle school. At the age of 12, he used Atari BASIC, an interpreter program, to create a messaging program his father used in his dental office.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Art
Description: Facebook, where Zuckerberg serves as Chairman, has commissioned artworks for its offices and hosts an artist-in-residence program.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philanthropy
Description: Joined American billionaire businessman Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, agreeing to donate 50% of his fortune to charitable causes upon his death. He has made donations towards health, physics, life sciences and mathematics. On December 1, 2015, a week after the birth of Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla's daughter, the couple pledged to donate 99% of their wealth to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where initial focus would be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities and to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.

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Philanthropy

Giving Profile: In his first act of large-scale philanthropy, Zuckerberg donated $100 million worth of his Facebook shares to the Newark, New Jersey public school system in September 2010. To announce the gift, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In December 2012 Zuckerberg donated $500 million worth of his Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Zuckerberg has also joined Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge, agreeing to donate 50% of his fortune to charitable causes. Zuckerberg with his wife, Priscilla, and three other billionaires - Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki - reportedly donated $33 million to 11 biotech inventors on 20 February 2013. In May 2014, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan reportedly donated $120 million to improve schools in the San Francisco Bay area, California. In October 2014, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla donated $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation to help fight Ebola. The grant was given through their Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In June 2015, the couple reportedly donated $5 million to help undocumented immigrants attend college in the U.S. In November 2015, the couple pledged $20 million to the nonprofit organization EducationSuperHighway to support an initiative to bring speedy Internet to all U.S. schools and to encourage personalized learning. Zuckerberg is the CEO and President of Openness Foundation, an organization which supports charitable givings, and a Co-Founder of Startup:Education, an organization that supports education causes.

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