Who is Mark Zuckerberg?
May 1984 Birthday Mark Zuckerberg born in White Plains, New York, is one of the four
children and the only son of Karen and Edward Zuckerberg. His mother is a psychiatrist
while his father is a dentist.
He developed an interest in computer programming at an early age. January 1985
Family His three sisters are Randi, Donna, and Arielle. They grew up in Dobbs Ferry,
New York, in a Reform Jewish household. He is a descendant of immigrants from
Germany, Poland, and Austria.
January 1998 First Computer Program Mark Zuckerberg was really into computers
when he was 12 years old. He built a message network for his father’s dentist’s office
called Zucknet, which is considered to be a precursor of AOL's Instant Messenger.
August 1999 Early School Days Zuckerberg was an exemplary student. He attended
Ardsley High School before transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy, in New
Hampshire, in his junior year. During his time there, he got fluent in French, Hebrew,
Latin, and ancient Greek and earned several prizes in science and classical studies.
September 2002 Welcome to Harvard Mark gets enrolled in Harvard for the class
of 2006 pursuing degrees in psychology and computer science and was a member of
Alpha Epsilon Pi and Kirkland House. While he was there, he created a website called
Facemash which allowed students to share and rate photos.
It was shut down by the university, but it inspired him to create Facebook.
February 2004 The Facebook is created Mark developed the code for his new website.
He launched “The Facebook” from his college dormitory with his college roommates. At
first, their service was limited only to Harvard but later Zuckerberg decided to expand it
to other schools.
March 2004 First Lawsuit against Facebook was sued by Connect founders Cameron
Winkle Voss, Tyler Winkle Voss, and Divya Narendra, alleging that Zuckerberg had
used their idea to create a competitive product. The case was eventually settled in
2008 after Facebook agreed to transfer over 1.2 million common Facebook shares and
pay $20 million in cash.
May 2004 Here I come Silicon Valley! During his sophomore year, Mark Zuckerberg
dropped out of Harvard and subsequently relocated to Silicon Valley to complete his
Facebook project. He, Moskovitz, and some of their friends rented a house in Palo Alto
which became their office. January 2006 Facebook’s Mission by now, they had already
found several investors and moved its base of the operation to an actual office.
However, they repeatedly thwarted attempts by major corporations to purchase their
fledgling company. As Zuckerberg later stated, “the mission of Facebook is to make the
world open; it was never about money.”
In February 2007 Mark joins Billionaire Club at the age of 23, he became the world's
youngest self-made billionaire. The same year, he launched the Facebook Platform,
an initiative that encourages third-party developers to create applications for Facebook.
In July 2010 Facebook Fledgling Zuckerberg announced that the number of active users
on the app has reached 500 million. That year, he ranked first on Vanity Fair’s list of the
Top 100 "most influential people of the Information Age”. In October 2012, they reached
the one billion-user milestone.
In June 2017, Zuckerberg reported that Facebook has garnered two billion users.
In May 2012 Zuckerberg gets married Mark marries Priscilla Chan, whom he met at a
Harvard Fraternity party in 2003, in his backyard. They both known each other since
college and had two girls together: Maxima and August. August 2013 Project
Internet.org Facebook with several other companies launched a project called
Internet.org to usher in better and more affordable access to selected internet
services in under-developed and developing countries.
February 2014 Facebook Expanding Horizons by now, Facebook acquired the photo
and video sharing social media platform, Instagram, in 2012. Two years later, the
company acquired the mobile messaging app, WhatsApp.
Din December 2015 Indulging in Philanthropy Zuckerberg and Chan set up Chan
Zuckerberg Initiative a limited liability company, with the aim to “advance human
potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research,
January 2016 Atheist to Believer Raised Jewish, Zuckerberg once identified as an artist
but has since revised his views. He said: "I was raised Jewish and then I went through
a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."
June 2016 Pledge to Humanity Business Insider named Zuckerberg one of the "Top 10
Business Visionaries Creating Value for the World" along with Elon Musk and Sal Khan,
due to the fact that he and his wife "pledged to give away 99% of their health — which is
estimated at $55.0 billion.
May 2017 Graduating Harvard Several years after dropping out of Harvard, Zuckerberg
received an honorary degree from the 7:05college at its 366th commencement
ceremony. There he addressed, “You might think, 'I don't know how to build a dam,' Let
me tell you something, no one knows when to begin. You just have to get started.”
January 2019 Privacy-focused Future Zuckerberg laid plans to integrate an end-to-end
encrypted system for three major social media platforms, including
Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp for consumers’ privacy.
January 2020 Looking at Future Zuckerberg currently serves as Facebook’s chairman,
and CEO, and is the 5th richest person in the world with a wealth exceeding $100
billion. But he is now more focused towards technological innovations and helping the
world. He says:
‘The road ahead looks more like helping small businesses and philanthropic
efforts for the next generation.’