Mark Zuckerberg Overview
- Full Name: Mark Elliot Zuckerberg
- Date of Birth: May 14, 1984
- Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
- Profession: Computer Programmer, Philanthropist
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse: Priscilla Chan (m. 2012)
- Children Maxima Chan Zuckerberg
- Salary: One-dollar salary
- Education: Harvard University (2002–2004)
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus
- Net Worth: 50.9 billion USD (2018)
Mark Zuckerberg is co-founder and CEO of the social-networking website Facebook, as well as one of the world’s youngest billionaires. He was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York as Mark Elliot Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg starts using computers and writing software in middle school. His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s, and later hired software developer David Newman to tutor him privately.
Zuckerberg interest in computers at an early age; when he was 12 years, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program he named “Zucknet.” His father used the program in his dental office, so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without yelling across the room.
When Zuckerberg graduating from Exeter in 2002, he enrolled at Harvard University. Same year he invented Facemash, which compared the pictures of two students on campus and allowed users to vote on which one was more attractive. The program became wildly popular, but was later shut down by the school administration after it was deemed inappropriate.
Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room on February 4, 2004. An earlier inspiration for Facebook may have come from Phillips Exeter Academy, the prep school from which Zuckerberg graduated in 2002.
When Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto, California with Moskovitz and some friends, they leased a small house that served as an office. Over the summer, Zuckerberg met Peter Thiel who invested in the company. They got their first office in mid-2004.
In May 2012, Facebook had its initial public offering, which raised $16 billion, making it the biggest internet IPO in history.
In September 2016, Zuckerberg and his wife Chan announced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the company into which they put their Facebook shares, would invest at least $3 billion into scientific research over the next decade to help “cure, prevent and manage all diseases in our children’s lifetime.” Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann was named the president of science at CZI.
Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg net worth is estimated to be around $50.9 billion as of 2018. Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook.