Mark Zuckerberg Biography

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Date of Birth: 1984 , May-14
Age:33 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
NameMark Zuckerberg
Birth NameMark Elliot Zuckerberg
FatherEdward Zuckerberg
MotherKaren Zuckerberg
NationalityAmerican
Birth Place/CityWhite Plains
EthnicityWhite Plains
ProfessionChief Executive Officer of Facebook
Net Worth($55.5 billion USD)
Married toPriscilla Chan (m. 2012)
EducationHarvard University
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Synopsis

Mark Zuckerberg is a well-recognized computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of popular social networking site, Facebook. He currently serves as a chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook.

Early life and education

Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York, U.S. As far as his nationality, he is an American and belongs to the mixed ethnicity. He is the son of Edward Zuckerberg (his father) and Karen (his mother). His ancestors were from Germany, Austria, and Poland.

His father was a dentist whereas his mother was a psychiatrist. He has three sisters namely Randi, Donna, and Arielle. He grew up in Jewish background and had his Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13. He spent his childhood days in his hometown and moved to Dobbs Ferry, New York with his family.

Zuckerberg studied Ardsley High School, where he excelled in the classes. He moved to the Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive private school in Hampshire. There he won prizes in science, math and classical studies.

Zuckerberg attended the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer camp. He claimed that he could read and write different languages such as French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek on his college application. He was a captain of the fencing group during his college days.

Software developer

Mark Zuckerberg started writing software and using computers in middle school. His father helped him to study Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990s, later hired software developer David Newman to teach him privately.

At the time of Zuckerberg's high school years, he served under the company called Intelligent Media Group to make a music player called the Synapse Media Player.

College Years

When Zuckerberg began classes at Havard, he had already received a ''reputation programming prodigy''. Mark studied psychology! and computer science and belonged to Kirkland House and Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Zuckerberg wrote a program that he named CourseMatch, which gave the user to make classes selection decisions based on the wants of other students and to help them make study groups.

After a short time, Mark created a different program he initially called Facemask that let students select the best-looking person from a choice of photos.

According to Mark's roommate, Arie Hasit said "he built the site for fun''. Hasit explains: We had books called Facebooks, which included the names and pictures of everyone who lived in the student dorms.

Firstly, he built a site and placed two pictures or pictures of two males and two females. Visitors to the site had to choose who was hotter and according to the votes, there would be a ranking.

The site rapidly went up over a week, but by Monday morning, the college shut it down, because its popularity had overwhelmed one of Havard's network switches and prevented paper ran articles saying that his site was ''completely improper.''

Career

Facebook

In Jan 2004, during his next semester, Mark began writing codes for a new website. On 4th Feb 2004, he launched ''The Facebook'', originally located at thefacebook.com.

It published its own student directory, 'The Photo address book'', which students referred to as ''The Facebook''. Those photo directories were an important part of the student social experience at many private schools.

The following year, Marks enterprise received a huge boost from the venture capital firm Accel Partners. Accel invested $ 12.7 million into the network which at the time was open to only ivy league students.

Then his company granted access to other colleges, high school, and international schools, making the site's member to 5.5 million users by the end of December. The site later attracted the interest of other companies, who wanted to advertise with the famous social site.

Mark also rejected of from several companies such as MTV Networks and Yahoo!. However, his success kept rising and rising which succeeded very rapidly. Despite the criticism. Time magazine named him Person of the Year in 2010, and Vanity Fair placed him at top of their New Establishment list.

Moreover, Forbes also placed Mark Zuckerberg at No.35, defeating out Apple CEO Steve Jobs on it's '400' list, with his total net worth estimated to be $ 6.9 billion at the time.

Currently, Zuckerberg receives a one-dollar salary as CEO of Facebook. On 3rd December 2016, Forbes reported that Facebook shares had declined 7% since 8 November 2016, reducing Zuckerberg's total net worth by $ 3.7 billion.

Pakistan Criminal Investigation

In the year 2010, Pakistani Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque launched a criminal investigation into Zuckerberg and Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz and after a 'Draw Muhammad' contest was hosted on Facebook.

The investigation also named the anonymous German woman who organized the contest. Sidiqque asked the country's police to talk Interpol to have Zuckerberg along with three others arrested for blasphemy.

Facebook's website was temporarily blocked in Pakistan on 19 May 2010, until Facebook removed the contest from its website at the end of May.

Personal life

Mark Zuckerberg met his future wife, Priscilla Chan during his sophomore year at Havard. They both began dating in 2003. Later on 19 MAy 2012, Mark married his longtime girlfriend Chan in his backyard in during an event.

On 31 July 2015, Mark announced that he and his wife were expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg said he felt confident that risk of miscarrying was low so far into pregnancy after Chan had already suffered three miscarriages.

Later on 1st December, Mark announced the birth of his first child daughter, Maxima Chan Zuckerberg. Since their marriage, Mark is living a good life with his wife and daughter.

Recently, on August Mark and Chan welcomed their new baby daughter.

Net worth

Mark Zuckerberg earns an enormous amount of money from an Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer, also the co-founder of Facebook. He also earns from advertisements given by Facebook for other companies which add up to his total net worth that is estimated to be $ 71.5 billion.

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