Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, and CEO of the social networking site Facebook is the world’s youngest billionaire. A site with a user base of over 2 billion was initially made in the dorm room of Harvard University by Mark and his friends. Mark is ranked 10th in the Forbes list of most powerful people.
Birth and Early Life:
Mark was born on 14th of may,1984 in White Plains, New York. His father, Edward Zuckerberg is a dentist and his mother, Karen is a psychiatrist. He had 3 sisters Randi, Donna, and Arielle. Mark was a very bright kid from his school time, he won many prizes in science, mathematics, astronomy.he was also the captain of the fencing team.
Mark was in love with computers at a very young age as he began writing software in middle school. ATARI BASIC was taught to him by his father and later by trainer David. At the age of 12, he created a messaging program named ZUCKNET whose application was to inform about patients who were standing outside without yelling across the room again and again. His family also used this program to communicate with each other within the house. He used to create computer games to play with his bunch of friends.
College Life and Birth of Facebook:
In the early days of Harvard University, Mark had earned a reputation of ‘programming prodigy’.In his second year, he wrote a program called Coursematch, whose purpose was to allow users choosing their right subjects according to their course and also helped them to create their own study groups. After some time, he created another program called Facemash, which as designed to vote for the best-looking person on the basis of their photos.
In the following semester, Mark along with his friends created a site which allowed the users to create their own profiles, chat, upload photos named ‘THE FACEBOOK’ but after 6 days of its launch, the 3 seniors claimed that Mark has used their idea and mislead them in their project to create his own success story. Mark left the college after the sophomore year in order to give full attention to his project. Facebook had 1 million users by the end of 2004.
Rise And Growth of Facebook :
In 2005, Mark’s enterprise received a huge investment of $12.7 million by Accel. He then granted access to other colleges, high school and international schools, which resulted in over 5.5 million users by the end of the year 2005. Since then, the site began attracting many other companies who desired to advertise their firms on this social networking site.
During this era, Zuckerberg refused many offers from Yahoo and other companies as he does not want to sell but rather expand the site as possible as he can. many controversies were also in the way of the success of Facebook as the seniors again filed a case against the facebook which resulted in a settlement of $65 million. A writer also created a story of Facebook with his imagination and creating fake dialogues, fake fictional stories and later on sold its right to a director who made a film ‘the social network’ which made Zuckerberg suffer a lot. But even after these hurdles, Facebook is the largest user based site in the world.
Personal Life :
Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on may 19,2012 on the occasion of graduation party of Chan. They had a baby girl in November 2015. They expected a baby later on in March 2017, the daughter was born on August 28. Zuckerberg faced many challenges like speaking Mandarin and eating the meat only which he had killed himself but besides this, Zuckerberg is an inspiration for all of us as he has already announced that he would give 99% of shares of Facebook in charity.