Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American computer programmer, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of social networking website Facebook.
His net worth is estimated to be US $55.3 billion as of October 2016, ranking him as the 5th richest person in the world.
Together with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, he launched Facebook from Harvard’s dormitory rooms. The group then introduced Facebook to other campuses.
Facebook expanded rapidly, with one billion users by 2012. Zuckerberg was involved in various legal disputes that were initiated by others in the group, who claimed a share of the company based upon their involvement during the development phase of Facebook.
In December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced they would give the majority of their wealth over the course of their lives to “advancing human potential and promoting equality” in the spirit of The Giving Pledge.
On December 1, 2015, they announced they would give 99% of their Facebook shares (worth about $45 billion at the time) to the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative.
Since 2010, Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year distinction. Apparently, here are 15 unusual and incredible facts about Mark Zuckerberg that you may find really interesting.
15 Facts about Mark Zuckerberg
1. Mark Zuckerberg’s annual salary as the CEO of Facebook is $1!
2. When he was very young, Zuckerberg’s parents hired a computer tutor for him but the tutor couldn’t keep up with his learning abilities. A ‘prodigy’, he called him.
3. While he was still in high school, several companies like AOL and Microsoft offered him a job. He refused and the rest, as they say, is history.
4. When he was just 12, Zuckerberg devised a programming system for his father’s dental clinic, using which the receptionist could inform him about the new patients coming without having to call him out every time.
5. During his time at Harvard, Zuckerberg built Facemash, a website where people could compare the faces of two people and decide who was better looking. The University shut it down deeming it inappropriate. He was also banned from using the internet in the University and accused of invading people’s privacy.
6. He happens to suffer from red/green color blindness. That explains why Facebook is blue!
7. He met his wife Priscilla Chan during his sophomore year, at a party, while waiting in the queue to the restroom.
8. He signed The Giving Pledge along with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in 2010 according to which, he shall donate half of his wealth to charity.
9. His business card reads, “I’m CEO, Bitch!” No kidding.
10. In 2010, Zuckerberg learned Chinese so he could interact with Priscilla Chan’s parents.
11. His friends call him ‘Zuck’ while his mother calls him ‘Princely’.
12. Mark Zuckerberg continues to be the most followed person on Google Plus. He had more followers than the founders of Google Plus themselves! (The information about Mark being the most followed person on Google+ is the time when Google+ was just founded.)
13. Green Day, Shakira, Jay Z and Taylor Swift are his favourite music artists.
14. Did you know that Priscilla’s wedding ring was designed by Mark himself?
15. He likes to take up one resolution every year. In 2009, he wore a tie every day of the year and in 2011, he only ate animals that he had killed himself and in 2013, he pledged to meet a new person outside of Facebook every day.
On July 21, 2010, Zuckerberg reported that the company reached the 500 million-user mark. When asked whether Facebook could earn more income from advertising as a result of its phenomenal growth, he explained:
I guess we could….. If you look at how much of our page is taken up with ads compared to the average search query. The average for us is a little less than 10 percent of the pages and the average for search is about 20 percent taken up with ads….. That’s the simplest thing we could do. But we aren’t like that. We make enough money. Right, I mean, we are keeping things running; we are growing at the rate we want to.