Mark Zuckerberg Biography

At a very young age, Mark Zuckerberg was taught how to write computer programs by his father, and tutor David Newman. In high school, he developed a music player, ‘Synapse’, and while still a student at ‘Harvard University’, he launched his website ‘Facebook’, along with college mates Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Dustin Moskovitz. The founder kept adding to the platform with services like ‘Wirehog’, ‘Beacon’ and ‘Connect’. Zuckerberg is now the chairman and CEO of the company ‘Facebook, Inc’. His website has made him so popular that the film ‘The Social Network’, starring Jesse Eisenberg, was made based on a book, ‘The Accidental Billionaires’, which documented Mark’s life.


  • Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born to Edward, and his wife Karen, in the city of White Plains, New York, on May 14, 1984. Mark Zuckerberg was brought up in the village of Dobbs Ferry, along with siblings Randi, Arielle, and Donna.
  • Mark Zuckerberg pursued his education from the ‘Ardsley High School’, New York, and later the ‘Phillips Exeter Academy’ in New Hampshire, where he exhibited flair for astronomy, mathematics, physics, English classical literature, foreign languages.
  • While in middle school, Mark was taught ‘Atari BASIC Programming’ by his father in the 1990s. Eventually software programmer David Newman began teaching Mark Zuckerberg everything about programming.
  • Mark Zuckerberg also enrolled with ‘Mercy College’, to pursue a course in software programming. During this time, he developed a software called ‘ZuckNet’ to create a communication network between the computers in his father’s dental office and those at home.
  • Around the same time, he made a music player that was programmed to memorize a listener’s music choices. The programme, named ‘Synapse Media Player’, was built under the banner of a company called ‘Intelligent Media Group’, and was posted to a news website, ‘Slashdot’.


  • During his days at the university, Mark Zuckerberg built programmes titled ‘CourseMatch’ and ‘Facemash’. CourseMatch’ helped students select their courses and decide on study groups, FaceMash was meant for fun, allowing students to choose the best face among a selection of photos.
  • In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched a new website called ‘’. He created the social networking site that along with friends Chris Hughes, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Dustin Moskovitz.
  • Soon, Mark Zuckerberg quit college, and began working on his site in a new office at Palo Alto, California. In 2004, along with his friends, he introduced ‘Wirehog’, a file sharing program, as a competition to fellow Harvard student, Wayne Chang’s ‘i2hub’.
  • In 2005, ‘Accel Partners’, a company dealing in growth equities, funded ‘Facebook’ with 12.7 million dollars. Two years later, Mark Zuckerberg launched ‘Facebook Platform’ to enable software developers to use ‘Facebook’ to build other applications.
  • Within the next year, Mark Zuckerberg introduced two other services within the ‘Facebook’ platform, called ‘Beacon’ and ‘Connect’.
  • Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new project in 2013, titled ‘’, in collaboration with cell phone firms like ‘Qualcomm’, ‘Samsung’, ‘Opera Software’, ‘Ericsson’, ‘Microsoft’, ‘MediaTek’, and ‘Reliance’.
  • The same year, Mark Zuckerberg became the CEO and Chairman of the company ‘Facebook, Inc.’, and was offered one dollar as salary.

Major Works

  • Mark Zuckerberg shot to fame with his social networking site called ‘Facebook’. the site currently has 1.44 billion monthly users.

Awards & Achievements

  • In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was named the ‘Person of the Year’, by ‘Times’ magazine.
  • In 2011, ‘The Jerusalem Post’, an Israeli newspaper, named him the one of the ‘Most Influential Jews’.

Personal Life & Legacy

  • Mark Zuckerberg started dating Priscilla Chan, a fellow student at ‘Harvard University’, while he was still in college. After seven years, they began living together, in a rented accommodation in Palo Alto.
  • In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg established a ‘Start-up: Education foundation’, which aims at improving the quality of education provided in public schools.
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla got married on May 19, 2012. The couple had a daughter named Max in 2015.
  • Mark Zuckerberg contributes regularly to social causes, and has made monetary donations to the ‘Newark Public Schools’, and ‘San Francisco General Hospital’ and also contributed $25 million to help victims of the Ebola disease in West Africa.

Net Worth

  • Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of 36 billion dollars.

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