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Mark Zuckerberg biography
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Mark Zuckerberg biography

Mark Zuckerberg (May 14, 1984) programmer and entrepreneur, creator of Facebook. His birth name is Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. He was born in White Plains, United States. His father, Edward Zuckerberg, served as a dentist, and his mother, Karen Kempner, was a psychiatrist. Most of his life was raised in a small village in Westchester County Dobbs: Ferry, New York. His family raised him under the Jewish religion, he had his Bar Mitzvah at 13 years old. Studied at Ardsley High School, Zuckerberg was an outstanding student.

His parents saw that the young man needed a higher quality education, so they took him to Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive private school in New Hampshire, where thanks to his good performance and love of numbers he won prizes in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and classical studies. One of the things he enjoyed most was attending the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer camp, this was a key place where Zuckerberg could give free rein to his imagination, curiosity, and wit. Zuckerberg could read and write French, Hebrew, Latin, and ancient Greek.

Another of his hobbies was training to fence and he was the team leader. At the age of 18, he undertook a computer project with a friend named Adam D’Angelo, former technical head of Facebook, the project was called Synapse Media Player. The program was very successful because it had the purpose of reproducing music, as well as providing certain tools such as preference, and previous selections, which made it easier for the user to navigate it.

When they began to see the popularity of the program and the good results, important software companies such as Microsoft or Apple, sought to acquire the rights, but finally, nothing came of it. Mark independently decided to upload his application to the network, so that users can download it for free. Zuckerberg had the support of several outstanding engineers of the University of Harvard, some of the personages who helped him were Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.

The first was the coordinator of computer science, the others were his roommates. In 2002 he entered Harvard University. Two years later, with the help of some colleagues, he launched a new website: the social network Facebook. One of the most famous social networks worldwide today. We must mention that Facebook emerged with the initial intention of creating a connection network among students at Harvard University. The name of the website was inspired by a newsletter that many universities give their new students to meet with other students within the campus.

Mark took as a priority that Facebook allowed to add friends, with whom you could exchange photos and messages, create groups of friends. Each user had a “wall” to allow friends to write messages. Then several modifications were made to the website. In a short time, Facebook went viral and very popular among university students. In just two weeks, two-thirds of Harvard students had registered on Facebook, and in just a few months several students from other universities created their user. After a while, Mark Zuckerberg took the opportunity to move to Palo Alto, California, with the intention of founding his first office.

The young man had to leave the university because Facebook needed his full attention. This idea soon reached companies and colleges. In the face of success, the programmer decided to expand its services to the general public. In 2006 Facebook had become a worldwide phenomenon, only in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, it had about 64 million users. This is also because Facebook was only available in English. For 2008 Facebook diversified and hosted several languages, including French, German and Spanish. After that, its popularity and users grew as foam.

In 2007 Forbes magazine published the ranking of the 25 most influential people on the Internet. Zuckerberg, as chief executive of the site, clearly made part of the list. One of his biggest achievements was selling 256 percent of the 1.6 percent portal to Microsoft for 256 million euros. In 2008 Zuckerberg made part of the 1,125 richest men in the world according to Forbes. And also one of the youngest wealthy. His offices in 2008 already occupied four buildings and had about 400 employees. Both Viacom and Yahoo! were interested in buying shares on Facebook.

His higher income came from his contract with Microsoft on advertising. One of his great competitions, in the beginning, was MySpace, a property of News Corp, the empire of Rupert Murdoch. But Facebook quickly grew three times faster than its rival. But after being at this point of fame and important, Researchers from their colleagues who initially collaborated in the creation of Facebook decided to take legal action stating that Zuckerberg had “seized the idea.”

The creator of Facebook has great philanthropic inclinations. He joined the campaign The Giving Pledge, an initiative commanded by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett that seeks that the great magnates donate half of their fortunes to philanthropic causes.

Time magazine mentioned him as the character of the year, and Hollywood took the opportunity to launch a biopic about a 26-year-old character: The Social Network (2010), based on the book by Ben Mezrich Billionaires by accident under the direction of David Fincher. In 2012 Mark Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan. In 2015, Max was born, the couple’s first child. Currently, he appears in the list of billionaires of Forbes magazine, with a fortune valued at US $ 63.3 billion, ranking number five among the richest in the world.

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