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Mark Elliot ZUCKERBERG

Primary Position:
Chairman and CEO
Primary Company:
Facebook
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $58.9 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
32
Birthday:
14 May 1984
Religion:
Jewish
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
Dobbs Ferry, New York, United States
White Plains, New York, United States
Marital Status:
Married

Biography

Native of White Plains, New York; born on 14 May 1984 and grew up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg studied at Ardsley High School and was transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy, where he graduated with a diploma in 2002. One of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world began computer programming in middle school; created music-recommendation program Synapse while in high school, which Microsoft and AOL attempted to acquire, leading them to try employing Zuckerberg. Attended Harvard College instead. In his sophomore ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Phillips Exeter Academy
Qualification Name:
Diploma
Education Type:
Preparatory School
Start Date:
 
End Date:
2002
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Interesting Facts

In January 2014, Zuckerberg reportedly helped fund Fwd.us, which spent $750,000 on a 10-day national campaign of television and radio commercials supporting Republican leaders intending to reform the U.S. immigration system by awarding undocumented migrants legal statuses.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Science - Space
Description: In September 2016, Zuckerberg along with Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist Yuri Milner and British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, launched the $100 million "Breakthrough Listen" project which will use powerful telescopes to "listen" for messages from extraterrestrial life. The trio are funding the project aimed at listening for signals from the planet Proxima b, which is four light years away from Earth and is thought to have the right conditions for life.

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

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Music
Description: Favorite artistes are Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Rihanna. Reportedly played Michael Jackson tracks for most of his wedding reception.

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Philanthropy

Giving Profile: Zuckerberg donated $100 million worth of his Facebook shares to the Newark, New Jersey public school system in September 2010; appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to announce the gift. In December 2012 Zuckerberg donated $500 million worth of his Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. 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 non-profit EducationSuperHighway to bring speedy internet to all U.S. schools and to encourage personalized learning. Zuckerberg is 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. In August 2016, as part of the giving pledge, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla donated $95 million worth of Facebook stock to their charitable organization Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support its mission. In September 2016, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla through Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pledged to donate at least $3 billion over the next decade towards medical research for preventing, curing or managing all diseases by the end of the century.

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