Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is the co-founder of the famous social media site Facebook. He is currently chairman and CEO of Facebook. He is also the co-founder of the solar board member spacecraft development project ‘Breakthrough Starshot’.
Zuckerberg was born on May 14th, 1984 in White Plains, New York into a comfortable educated family. He studied at Harvard University. Facebook was officially launched in June 2004. He originally launched Facebook with his college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. He created Facebook so that students of Harvard were able to connect with each other. By the end of 2004, there were 1 million users.
Mark was known to be a programmer prodigy and developed many computer games from a young age of 12 years. When he was still in college, he created a program ‘Zucknet’ which connected all the computers between the house and his father’s dental clinic. When Mark was in high school, he also created a program that recommended music a person liked. After his sophomore year, he got out of college to work on Facebook full time. He became the youngest billionaire of the world at the age of 23 in 2008.
In 2012 Facebook acquired the photo and video sharing app, Instagram and two years later, it acquired a messaging app for mobile, WhatsApp. Facebook along with other technological companies Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia, and Qualcomm launched internet.org to access selected internet services. Now, Facebook is also the 9.9% stakeholder of Jio.
A movie named ‘A Social Network’ based on the life of Mark Zuckerberg and his founding years of Facebook was released in 2010. The film received eight academy award nominations. He received several other awards like Person of the Year in 2010 by ‘Times’ Magazine, CEO of the Year in 2013 at 6th Annual Crunchies. He was also named four consecutive times from 2009 to 2012 on Time 100 list. Time 100 is a list of 100 most influential people in the world.
Facebook has grown leaps and bounds over the years and currently has more than billion users. He is a highly regarded all over the world for building the Facebook platform to revive old ties and friendships of school.
By: Sai Shanmukh Habbar Kalle
School: Delhi Public School, GBN