Born14 May 1984
The son of a Jewish family
New York, White Plains. Jewish family of doctors, where 4 children were raised. The second child and only son of the family were born on May 14, 1984. His parents called him Mark.
Dentist Edward and psychiatrist Karen Zuckerberg's family strictly adhered to religious traditions that were a continuation of Jewish origin. And despite that, today's young billionaire Mark considers himself an atheist.
From the first PC to the first mini network
The boy's first interest in computer culture and languages was born when his 10th birthday received a computer gift from his father. It was his father who became his teacher, teaching his son the basic and basic tools of the Atari BASIC programming language. Then it was time for the revelations. Not spending time on computer games, he began to create them, albeit simple, but his own.
At the age of 12, Mark created his first complete software product, ZuckNet. It was nothing more than a mini-family network to communicate with parents and sisters. The continuation was the "Risk" computer game, which became very popular among schoolchildren.
Seeing his son's enthusiasm, Edward Zuckerberg hires a personal trainer, David Newman. One day a week the specialist met Mark, and one goal was to guide the boy's talent in the right direction.
From serious education to serious programs
Deep knowledge of mathematical and natural sciences, as well as French, Hebrew, Latin, and Ancient Greek. Mark was a capable kid and by the time he finished elementary school he had already decided he had to become a programmer. And on his way to becoming one, he was taken to Phillips Exeter Academy, a well-known high-school boarding school where the main emphasis was on programming and language learning.
It was at this school that Mark's graduation work became the creation of the Synapse program. It collected data about what music people were listening to on their computer.
Microsoft even got interested in the program, but Mark decided not to sell the program for 2 million dollars but to distribute it for free, stating that "Inspiration is not for sale."
He also declined the offer to become a Microsoft employee before he left school.
The school is over and it looks like the boy's future is already predetermined. But Mark, always unpredictable, suddenly decided to pursue a degree in psychology at Harvard. It was 2002. It is said that this decision was greatly influenced by the boy's mother, who wanted his son to continue his profession.
Immediately after admission to Harvard, Mark became a member of the Jewish Student Brotherhood. Not missing a single lesson in psychology, the young man did not miss a single technological breakthrough. Along with programming, he went to extra classes and took the time to create his programs.
The first programming attempt was a Trouble!
It was still in its second year when it created the CourseMatch student program, which allowed participants to share their own learning experiences.
In 2003, the curious young man created the next project, Facemash, where students could already vote for photos of students at Harvard. In the end, as a result of voting, a list of Harvard's most recognized and leading students would be formed.
In just 2 days on a Saturday, it was used by 20,000 students. And by Monday, Mark had to close the program. The reason was the protest of some students for not using their photos without permission. It turned out that Mark had broken the university database to create the program. As a result, even the question of leaving the university was raised. But everything went smoothly when Zuckerberg apologized and promised that the joke would not be repeated.
Before Facebook was created
And as the students returned to their students' lives, Mark's classmates Divi Narender, Tyler, and Cameron Winklevoss came to Mark's, offering to join their team and create a social network for Harvard students, HarvardConnection.com. Mark had to deal with site development.
Mark agreed, but he didn't do anything for that site. Soon after, he announced to the boys that he was leaving. The reason was weighty.
"Along with Harvard Connection, and before that I was already working with my friends in the dormitory, Dustin Moskowitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Christopher Hughes, to create another site we called Facebook.com."
From TheFacebook.com to Facebook.com
February 4, 2004. TheFacebook.com: This day marks the birth of Facebook, as it was the first day it was launched from the dorm room. And that day and that day Zuckerberg's life changed completely. Within days, the Facebook project went beyond Harvard, and Boston, New York, Massachusetts, the United States, and Canada joined the project.
As of November 2004, there were more than 1 million Facebook users. From then on, Mark Zuckerberg became inseparable from Facebook. By the way, the piece was cut from Facebook in 2005, when Mark bought the Facebook.com domain for $ 200,000. At that time it already had 5 million users.
Creation of Facebook
It was 2003. Mark and his classmates worked on the ConnectU project, which was what we now call a social network. It was designed for students. The plans were serious, there was even a business plan, and the revenue was going to come from advertising. By the way, months earlier, Mark had organized an online vote on the Harvard network, offering students to choose the best of the two girls' paintings. The project was so successful that a few hours later the server was shut down. And so Mark was involved with ConnectU. The authors of the project, the Wicklow brothers and Divi Narendra, considered it important to be ready in time. Mark assures them that everything is ready, but instead registers the Thefacebook.com domain. Interestingly, until the last minute, the guys knew that Mark was working on ConnectU and was unaware of what was going on behind their backs. Just a month later, on February 4, 2004, when the Facebook launch. com, completely repeating the ideas of ConnectU, they understood what had happened. They hired other developers at once, but they were late. Facebook already existed.
Facebook or Harvard?
It was unrealistic to combine learning with the work that requires such a full-time job. The team was in agreement, one was Facebook. And Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard and settled in the small town of Palo Alto, California. The sum of $ 85,000 he had invested in education, he invested in social development. Already in the summer of 2004, the developer registered his project as a legal entity, becoming the not-so-famous CEO of Facebook. During that time, there were not many buyers who were willing to pay big money, but Zuckerberg was not tempted by any money, and he was steadily rising in popularity.
Development of Facebook network
Initially, thefacebook.com was for Harvard only and only months later it was expanded to all universities around the country. 2006 Facebook was available to the whole world. And then there were the millions. With geometric progression, the number of users, as well as millions, grew. Facebook has for many years been the most visited American site. The site has been translated into 15 languages, including Armenian. Using Zuckerberg's need for human communication, Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire. 2010 Forbes Magazine recognizes Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest billionaire in the world. His fortune at that time was $ 4,000,000,000. In the 2011 list of the richest 400 people in the United States, Zuckerberg was in 14th place with $ 17.5 billion. At the moment, his wealth is estimated at $ 31.6 billion.
From the stage of revelation to the courtroom
Six days after the historic launch of Facebook.com, the Harvard Connection boys filed a lawsuit against Mark. The complaint stated that Mark, by failing to perform his duties in their group, had mastered the ideas of others. The indictment was theft of intellectual property. The hearings lasted four years, until 2008. The aggrieved party received 1–2 million Facebook shares and $ 20 million in cash, totaling $ 65 million.
But the trials did not end there. Zuckerberg's successor brought his first sponsor, a Jew, student friend Eduardo Saverin, to court. His lawsuit was approved in 2009 by 5 percent of the company, which was valued at about $ 1 billion at the time.
The next prosecutor was Paul Ceglia in 2010.
He claimed that he had invested in teaching Zuckerberg programming in 2003 and required 84 percent of the shares of the FB. However, in 2012 Paul was arrested on charges of fraud and defamation.
The charitable foundations set up by Zuckerbee for humanity
Zuckerberg founded "Start-up. Education »Foundation. On September 22, 2010, it was reported that Zuckerberg had donated $ 100 million to Newark Public Schools, New Jersey Public Schools, New Jersey. New York City Mayor Cor Booker said he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had to persuade Zuckerberg's team not to donate anonymously.
On December 9, 2010, Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett signed a "Dedication Pledge" in which they pledged to donate at least half of their wealth to charity over time, and invited others to donate 50 percent of their wealth to charities or more.
In December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Jean, announced that they would spend the majority of their lives on "Promoting Human Potential and Promoting Equality" in the spirit of "Donate Pledge".
On December 19, 2013, Zuckerberg announced a donation of 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Fund, which will be completed by the end of the month - based on Facebook's valuation at the time, the shares were valued at $ 990 million. On December 31, 2013, the donation was recognized as the largest charitable gift of public record in 2013.
In October 2014, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $ 25 million to fight the Ebola virus, in particular, to fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.
On December 1, 2015, when Zuckerberg and Jean announced the birth of their first daughter Max, and in an open letter to Max, they pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to Chan Zuckerberg, a $ 45 billion-rated startup, their new organization, will focus on health and education. The donation will not be given immediately but during their lifetime. It is necessary to set up a charity to donate the shares, as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and other tech billionaires Zuckerberg and Jean have decided to use the limited liability company structure.
Interesting facts about Mark Zuckerberg
Following Zuckerberg's top managers in 2009, Zuckerberg cut his salary to $ 1. But that does not prevent him from making about $ 32 billion at the moment. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, directors of Oracle, Zynga, PR, Yahoo!
In 2011, Mark Zuckerberg, his classmates, the Winklowsner brothers, accused him of stealing their idea, paying Zuckerberg $ 65 million to settle the dispute.
Mark Zuckerberg is leaving Harvard to pursue his dream. For some, studying at Harvard was a life-long goal, and Zuckerberg was of a different opinion at the time. I agree that it was the right decision to leave Harvard at the time, otherwise, it wouldn't be Mark 1, but Mark, who graduated from Harvard's Faculty of Philosophy.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, people are of two types: users and developers. The first one gets the computer, and the second one starts changing it and uses it to solve complex problems.
Zuckerberg met his future wife, his student Priscilla Chaney, during his younger year at a fraternity party at Harvard. They started dating in 2003.
In September 2010, Zuckerberg offered Jean an invitation to move to his rented Palo Alto home.
At the time, he was a student at California Medical University. Zuckerberg has learned Mandarin in preparation for the couple's visit to China in December 2010. On May 19, 2012, Zuckerberg and Jean were married in the backyard of Zuckerberg during an event that also marked his graduation from medical school. On December 1, 2015, Zuckerberg announced the birth of their daughter Maxima Jean Zuckerberg (Max). The couples announced in their Chinese New Year video that Maxima's official Chinese name is Chen Mingyu. Your baby was born in 2017.
Zuckerberg has been very active in China.
Mark Zuckerberg's best quotes
"Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough."
"The question I ask myself like almost every day is, 'Am I doing the most important thing I could be doing?'"
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk."
"I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can make a lot of progress."
"Find that thing you are super passionate about."
"So many businesses get worried about looking like they might make a mistake, they become afraid to take any risk. Companies are set up so that people judge each other on failure."
"People don't care about what you say, they care about what you build."
"Simply put: we don't build services to make money; we make money to build better services."
"In a world that's changing quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
"The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better and that nothing is ever complete."