Mark Zuckerberg Net WorthReal Name: Mark Zuckerberg
Date of Birth: 05/14/1984
Place of Birth: White Plains, New York
2017 Net Worth: $33.1 Billion
2016 Earnings: $2.3 Billion
Profession: Founder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg Biography
Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984 to his dentist father and psychiatrist mother. He was brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, about 10 miles north of New York City. Zuckerberg did well in classical studies such as math, astronomy, and physics growing up. On his college applications, Zuckerberg stated that he could read and write 4 languages.
Zuckerberg began using computers and writing software programs in junior high school. He hired a software developer, David Newman, to tutor him privately in computer software. Newman recalls that it was difficult to stay ahead of him. Zuckerberg took graduate course while he was still in high school. He developed a software program that enabled the computers between his father’s dental office and the home to connect with one another. He created a music player in early 2001 called Synapse Media Player, which used artificial intelligence to learn the listener’s habits. Both AOL and Microsoft tried to buy this program for several million dollars and get Zuckerberg to work for them, but he turned them down to attend Harvard University.
By the time Zuckerberg began at Harvard, he had a reputation as a programming prodigy. He created a program for the college when he was in his sophomore year. Later, he created a program called Facemash, which allowed students to pick the best looking person from a choice of photos.
In January of 2004, Zuckerberg wrote new code for a new website and launched Facebook. Zuckerberg dropped out of college to run his new website and business. Facebook is now the second most visited website, second only to Google. Zuckerberg took Facebook public and initially lose $7.2 billion. Even with that loss, Zuckerberg has a net worth of $45.1 billion, which ranks him as one of the 25th richest persons in the world.
As of December of 2015, Zuckerberg and his wife announced that they were going to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, about $40 billion, to various charities.