As a prominent technology entrepreneur and a prodigious computer programmer, a doting father and a philanthropist, Mark Zuckerberg has been a meritorious and influential personality globally over the past decade. With a self-made net worth of $60.2 billion, he has to his credit the acclaimed social media platform of Facebook, inspiring a generation of hackers, programmers and developers worldwide.
Zuckerberg was expeditious in his learning with his interests in language, science and computers. For long, his motto has been to “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” With a keen interest in writing softwares since a young age, Zuckerberg designed the messenger software, ZuckNet during his middle school years.
By the time he started at Harvard University, he had already gained repute as a programmer and went on to write the program, CourseMatch during his sophomore year. Additionally, he created Facemash a short while later and jumped into writing code for The facebook, which was launched on February 4, 2004 and made history in the social networking world. Although Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year in order to complete his project, he received an honorary degree from Harvard in May 2017.
Facebook came into being, initially, as just a means of establishing contacts. “Facebook was built to accomplish a social mission—to make the world more open and connected,” he once shared. With statistics of 2.32 million monthly active users as a testament of the company’s eminence, Facebook’s committed and contended user base resonates with Zuckerberg’s approach. Zuckerberg worked tirelessly by continually altering the website, as, according to him, “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent.”
By the culmination of 2007, he also pioneered a development platform for programmers to create social applications within Facebook by the name Facebook Platform, and announced the social advertising system, Beacon.
For Zuckerberg, connectivity is a human right. Driven by this philosophy, he launched the Internet.org project in late August 2013, with the aim of merging ideas globally to create new markets and job opportunities.
The billionnaire’s humanitarian beliefs focus on providing everyone with access to jobs, education, health, communications and making a big change in the world. In 2016, Zuckerberg was among the “Top 10 Business Visionaries Creating Value for the World” due to a pledge taken by him and his wife, Priscilla Chan, to give away 99% of their Facebook stake over their lifetimes to charitable purposes for “advancing human potential and promoting equality”.