What would our category dedicated to directors of large companies be without the presence of Mark Zuckerberg? Founder of Facebook, the social network with the blue thumb that we no longer present, Mark Zuckerberg has established himself over time as a true entrepreneur and an outstanding investor.
Although regularly criticized, the methods and decisions of the former computer scientist have nevertheless proven their worth over time. The origin and development of Facebook are part of a real success story well carried out. Zoom in on this ambitious character with an atypical career.
History and portrait of Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in the city of White Plains, located in the state of New York. He grew up in the town of Dobbs Fery. His father, a dentist, practices his profession in his office adjacent to the family home. Her mother, a psychiatrist, devoted herself to the education of her four children, Mark, Randi, Donna and Arielle.
Mark Zuckerberg is married to Priscilla Chan, whom he met while studying at Harvard. Together, they have two daughters, Maxima born November 30, 2015, and August born August 28, 2017.
The founder of Facebook has long held the title of the world’s youngest billionaire. His current fortune is estimated at $ 71.7 billion *.
Mark Zuckerberg is shy, even introverted, and doesn’t particularly appreciate being in the media.
He wants equal opportunities for all and admits that his social background has helped him in his success. He also believes that luck played a big part in his success. He considers that if all individuals were in a situation of financial freedom thanks to a universal basic income, they could devote themselves to their projects and experience great successes.
Mark Zuckerberg: his studies and his career before Facebook
Young Mark developed a passion for digital technology very early on. At the age of 12, he managed to create a small program called “Zucknet” that his father used in his dental practice to schedule his appointments.
He spent his college years at Mercy College in the town of Dobbs Ferry. His shyness has earned him a rather difficult education. Considered a lonely “nerd geek”, he is often abused by his classmates. Mark is bored in class and only dreams of computer programming. His father, who realized his son’s particular appetite for this discipline, offered him private lessons in advanced computer science.
He then entered the private high school “Phillips Exeter Academy” where he followed a course more suited to his level. There he obtained a degree in classical literature.
Mark’s attraction to literature does not eclipse his taste for software programming. It was also during his high school years that he created “Synapse Media Player”, a music player adapted to the tastes of his users thanks to artificial intelligence.
AOL and Microsoft want to buy him his Synapse application for $ 1 million. The two companies also offer him a job, but Mark Zuckerberg refuses. So he could have been a millionaire at only 17 years old.
Successes and achievements of Mark Zuckerberg within Facebook
When he joined the prestigious and selective Harvard University in 2002, Mark Zuckerberg had the idea of creating an internal site at the university with the aim of comparing students’ photos and proposing a voting system. But it does not stop there, Mark needs all the profiles of the students and therefore decides to hack the Harvard servers, a mission that he accomplishes without difficulty in just 8 hours.
It is following the creation of the website called “Facemash”, which is based on the possibility of voting for the photos of the students, that “Thefacebook” will see the light of day.
Thefacebook was launched in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and three of his friends: Chris hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin. The latter having made many gains on the stock market will finance the debut of The Facebook which needed it. The initial budget was indeed only $ 1,000.
That same year, Mark Zuckerberg moved to a house in Palo Alto, California. Thefacebook then has one million users.
Then, in 2005, when Thefacebook struggled to finance its servers, the venture capital fund Accel Partners boosted the Facebook concept by investing $ 12.7 million. The same year, the social network passed the milestone of five million users.
The company of Mark Zuckerberg is approached by Yahoo and MTV Networks as part of a proposal to buy back its social network, offers he declines.
The young entrepreneur faced his first obstacles in 2006, when a group of Havard students accused Mark Zuckerberg of having stolen his concept: “Harvard connection”, and of having simply renamed it to Facebook. They claim compensation for “loss of earnings”. This case, which will last until 2011, still costs Facebook $ 65 million in compensation.
In 2010, a film traces the genesis of Facebook and the beginnings of the social network on the Harvard campus: “The social network”. The film is based on reality but incorporates some erroneous elements, returning an unflattering image of Mark Zuckerberg, damaging the founder of Facebook.
Two years later, in 2012, Facebook went public. Mark Zuckerberg’s company raises $ 16 billion.
Recently in his thirties, the young founder with the extraordinary rise is experiencing a second complicated period with the Cambridge Analytica affair which uncovers the leaks of personal data of more than 87 million Facebook profiles in order to influence the vote of voters Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign. Some investor groups even called for Mark Zuckerberg’s resignation.
The CEO has responded with measures to strengthen the security of personal data of Facebook users and has been cooperative in the face of new regulations.
The story of Marck Zuckerberg, a young Harvard student who built an empire from an idea that would have occurred to him on a Tuesday evening in his small university room, undoubtedly has an extraordinary dimension. The young geek at the head of the 1is the planet’s social network, which has become one of the youngest billionaires in the world, is despite itself at the heart of a striking story-telling.
Mark Zuckerberg’s interests and hobbies
Mark Zuckerberg has loved video games since his childhood, especially the strategy game “Civilization”. This passion for video games was also the basis of his first sources of inspiration for computer coding, a discipline that fascinates him.
Mark Zuckerberg also enjoys hunting, fishing and pets. He participates in physical activity on a regular basis.
* Forbes (June 30, 2019)
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