Mark Zuckerberg is a 35-year-old billionaire and co-founder of Facebook. Here is a brief history of the development of the company changing the face of social networking.
- Zuckerberg was 20 years old when he started Facebook with the help of some friends in his Harvard dorm room. In 2004, he launched thefacebook.com, a site just for Harvard students.
- He never actually graduated from Harvard. He dropped out during his sophomore year to run Facebook.
- He is married to Priscilla Chan, whom he met at Harvard, and they have two kids.
- He’s known for wearing jeans, sneakers and a fitted gray T-shirt, adding a hoodie if the weather demands. In 2009, he wore a tie every day, the first of what would become his yearly “personal challenges.”
- Zuckerberg is the 7th richest person in the world with a net worth of more than $63 billion, according to Forbes.
- He owns 700 acres of land on Kauai Island, Hawaii, which he bought in 2014 for $100 million, Forbes reported.
- He guest-starred as himself on an episode of “The Simpsons.”
- Zuckerberg’s personal challenge for 2018 is to fix Facebook. Previous challenges included visiting every U.S. state and building a simple artificial intelligence to run his home, which he named Jarvis after the “Iron Man” character.
- In 2017, Facebook said Russian-linked content may have reached 126 million Americans with roughly 3,000 ads purchased by the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm. The ads promoted fake Facebook pages, which produced 80,000 pieces of content between January 2015 and August 2017. Facebook has responded by adding 10,000 employees to its security team and increasing levels of advertising transparency.
- Facebook has plans for solar-powered drones that’ll beam down Internet access. It’s a futuristic pursuit, but Zuckerberg believes it’s Facebook’s responsibility as the world’s most popular Internet service—one-sixth of the world is on Facebook—to spread Internet to the 4-to-4.5 billion people who aren’t connected. The project, called Internet.org, is a partnership with other tech giants to bring affordable Internet access to the world.
- There’s a reason why Zuckerberg is always wearing that one shirt
“I’m in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than 1 billion people, and I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things [like deciding what to wear],” Zuckerberg said. “Even though it kind of sounds silly that that’s my reason for wearing a gray t-shirt every day, it also is true.”
- The average user sees less than 10% of his/her Facebook stories via the NewsFeed.
Zuckerberg said the average Facebook user only sees about 100 of their 1500 stories per day on their NewsFeed. The curated NewsFeed—Zuckerberg hopes it’ll be “the perfect personalized newspaper for every person in the world”—is part of the reason why businesses are complaining their free Facebook Pages are reaching fewer and fewer people.
- Zuckerberg found The Social Network to be “hurtful”
Unlike what the Oscar-winning film suggested, attracting women was wasn’t one of the reasons Zuckerberg started Facebook. In fact, he said was dating Priscilla Chan, now his wife, at the time. It’s a portrayal Zuckerberg finds “hurtful,” as he said Facebook’s mission was first and foremost to help people stay connected to their loved ones.
- Zuckerberg doesn’t want you to think of only him when you think of Facebook
“One of the things I think the media gets wrong about companies or inventions [is] they try to make it seem like one person did it,” Zuckerberg said.
He pointed to his colleagues as a testament to Facebook’s multi-person leadership. He said that one of his keys to success was surrounding himself with supportive people.