Mark Zuckerberg is a household name, but not everyone knows the full story of how he went from college dropout to multi-billionaire. Mark is the founder of Facebook, and over the past 10 years he has amassed an incredible fortune and changed the way people communicate around the world.
Mark was born in 1984 in White Plains, a suburb of New York City. From an early age he showed an aptitude for computers and technology, and his parents encouraged this interest by signing him up for private computer lessons. He quickly excelled, and eventually wrote a program that allowed him to play classic video games on his father’s computer.
At 14, Mark enrolled in the private preparatory school, Phillips Exeter Academy. There, he continued to focus on his computer skills and was even featured in a magazine article entitled, “The Geek Brain.” The article caught the attention of many technology companies, and at just 15 years old, he developed a music software program that was later used by AOL and Microsoft.
After graduating high school, Mark attended Harvard University in 2002. While there, he worked on a number of projects with his roommate, Dustin Moskovitz. One of these projects was a program called “Facemash,” which allowed students to compare their pictures with one another.
In 2004, Mark and his friends launched thefacebook.com, a website that allowed Harvard students to connect with one another. The website was a hit, and within weeks had over a million users. Mark and his team soon expanded the site to other universities and then the general public. The site was rebranded as Facebook, and within a year had over 5 million users.
In 2006, Mark and his team received a major investment from venture capitalists, and the company began to grow rapidly. By 2008, Facebook had over 100 million users and Mark was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
In 2009, the company launched its initial public offering (IPO) and became a publicly traded company. Within a few weeks, the company’s shares shot up, and Mark became a billionaire. In 2011, he was named one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
Today, Facebook has over 2 billion users and Mark’s net worth is estimated at over $45 billion. He has been named one of the most influential people of the 21st century and is viewed as a role model for entrepreneurs everywhere.
Mark Zuckerberg’s story is an inspiring one – from college dropout to multi-billionaire. He has been able to build an amazing company that has changed the way people communicate, and has achieved tremendous wealth and success in the process.