Mark Zuckerberg: From a Harvard Student to a Billionaire
At the age of 29, most people dream of becoming a CEO one day, and here is Mark Zuckerberg, the billion dollar guy with a 7 million USD mansion and a company named Facebook whose annual turnover is over 5 billion USD.
A close study of Mark's life reveals he is a person with a love for science and computer applications. His mom was a psychiatrist while his dad was a dentist. In his school days, Zuckerberg excelled in his studies including math, physics as well as in classics. At his college, he used to recite the classic epic poem The Illiad from his memory.
Mark Zuckerberg developed an interest in computers at the age of 12. His dentist father Edward Zuckerberg used the Atari BASIC program to let the receptionist of his dental clinic inform him about a new patient without in-person entering his chamber multiple times.
Because of Zuckerberg's eagerness to learn this Atari BASIC program, Dr. Edward Zuckerberg personally taught him the same for a few days and later hired a known software developer David Newman to tutor him privately once a week. In 2002, he got enrolled in Harvard. At Harvard, he earned the reputation of a "programming prodigy". He builds a program known as CourseMatch to help a student select classes based on what other users have chosen. Later, he also developed Facemash allowing students to online vote for a more attractive person from the photos of two fellow students that he posted on a periodic basis.
Because of the huge popularity of his earlier projects, three of his fellow students suggested of opening a social networking site "Harvard Connection" that would help the Harvard elite class in dating. Mark Zuckerberg later dropped out of the project since he already had the plan of developing a website that would enable the users create their own profile, upload photos, and communicate with friends, 24/7. This site came to be known as Facebook.
In 2004 after Facebook was launched from his Harvard dorm room, Zuckerberg left Harvard to concentrate completely on the site. The very next year, the venture capital firm Accel Partners invested $12.7 million in the network. At that time, Facebook was only open to ivy league students. Gradually, other college students started accessing the site. Great offers from companies such as Yahoo and MTV Networks came in to buy Facebook; however Marky was in no mood to sell off the site.
During the years, Zuckerberg faced a lot of challenges when his Harvard partners claimed that he had stolen crucial data and dragged him to the court of law. However, later settlements got cleared and now he stands a clean man. The TIME magazine named him the Person of the Year in 2010.
Fun Facts about Mark Zuckerberg
- He wears the same gray Facebook T-shirt almost every day because he says the practice saves him time
- He used to wear a tie in 2009 to show that he is serious about Facebook
- He is a vegetarian and said he "will only eat meat if he has killed the animal himself. But among his "likes" on his Facebook page are McDonald's and In-N-Out Burger.
- Zuckerberg suffers from red-green colorblindness and sees the color blue best, which is why blue dominates Facebook's color scheme.
- You can never block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook even if you want to. Try yourself by going to http://www.facebook.com/zuck
- Type @[4:0] in a Facebook comment, and Mark Zuckerberg's name will appear.
- Mark Zuckerberg is also on Twitter as @finkd where he has over 150,000 followers but has posted only 19 tweets in the last three and a half years.
- On May 19, 2012, Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The two reportedly met at a party while waiting in line for wash room.