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Mark Elliot ZUCKERBERG

Primary Position:
Chairman and CEO
Primary Company:
Facebook
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $50 billion
Source of Wealth:
Self-Made
Age:
32
Birthday:
14 May 1984
Religion:
Atheist
Nationality:
United States
Hometown:
White Plains, New York, United States
Dobbs Ferry, 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; 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 ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Harvard University
Qualification Name:
Dropped Out
Education Type:
Undergraduate
Start Date:
2002
End Date:
2004
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Interesting Facts

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, held a simple, low-profile wedding ceremony without even a cake at his Palo Alto, California, home and invited less than a 100 guests, who thought they would be attending Chan's graduation party. The wedding came two days after Facebook's initial public offering. It was unclear whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement. The couple honeymooned in Italy, flying in on a private jet and staying at Portrait Suites, a luxurious hotel.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Music
Description: Zuckerberg has an interest in music; his favorite musicians are Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Rihanna. Reportedly played Michael Jackson tracks during most of his wedding reception.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Environment - Climate Change
Description: In November 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan along with Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a global initiative that would invest in zero-carbon energy technology around the world.

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.

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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. 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 which would help in preventing, curing or managing all diseases by the end of the century.

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