15 amazing facts you don’t know about Mark Zuckerberg
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Today we’re focusing on a Computer Programmer and Entrepreneur who has changed the way that over a billion people interact on the Internet, we’re talking about Facebook founder CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark was born May 14th, 1984 in White Plains New York and his aptitude for science and technology was evident at a young age.
His father taught him basic computer programming while he was still in middle school.
Mark also took a graduate-level programming course at a local college while he was still in high school.
In his sophomore year, Harvard began writing code for what would become one of the most successful social networking platforms in history.
By 2012 Facebook crossed 1 billion daily users. And the company is now worth well over 400 billion dollars.
As of 2017, Mark is the fifth richest person in the world with a net worth of $71.8 billion.
And he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine every year since 2007.
Mark’s a vision, influenced ambition and incredible success are a source of inspiration, So let’s take a closer look at the life of this innovator with the 15 amazing facts you didn’t know about Mark Zuckerberg,
Facts about Mark Zuckerberg
1. He turned down Many Big Company’s Offer to buy Facebook
He turned down Yahoo’s 1 billion dollar offer to buy Facebook.
There have been a number of companies that have expressed interest and even made offers to buy Facebook including Viacom, Google, Friendster, The Washington Post, Myspace NBC, and AOL.
In 2006 Yahoo made a $1 billion offer to buy Facebook from the 22-year-old Mark Zuckerberg at the time Facebook was around 2 years old was about 9 million users and $20 million in revenue, still, Zuckerberg didn’t even seriously consider the offer.
He had enough vision to realize that Yahoo was undervaluing the company even with a billion-dollar offer. Today Facebook is worth an incredible $435 billion.
2. About 17 percent of the world’s population are Facebook users
As of 2017, Facebook had 1.3 billion daily active users which are a total of around 17 percent of the world’s population the daily users doubled over a period of just five years from 2012 to 2017.
3. Mark Zuckerberg and his Wife
He and his wife first met in a bathroom line. It’s not among the most romantic of meetings but maybe it was fate that brought mark and Priscilla together while waiting in the bathroom line at a fraternity party.
Priscilla says her initial impression was that he was a nerdy guy he was just a little bit out there and she also thought he lacked ambition because he said he’d rather go on a date with her than finish his take-home midterm.
4. His wedding was a surprise for all of his guests. After nine years of dating, Mark and Priscilla pulled off a surprise wedding in May of 2012.
Priscilla had just graduated from medical school so the 100 guests thought they were attending a surprise graduation party only to find out that they would be actually witnessing a wedding.
The wedding occurred in the couple’s backyard the day after Facebook’s initial public offering. Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong sang at the ceremony as a gift to the couple.
5. Mark Zuckerberg’s nicknames
His friends call him Zach among friends and co-workers Marcus commonly referred to as Duck.
His childhood nickname given to him by his mom was Princely. And he got another nickname in college when his Alpha Epsilon Pi frat brothers took to calling him, Slayer.
6. Youngest ever self-made billionaire
He is the youngest-ever self-made billionaire. Mark made the Forbes list of billionaires in 2008 at the age of 23 with a $1.5 billion net worth which made him the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.
7. Mark Zuckerberg’s Cars
He drives inexpensive cars. While other billionaires of the world are driving around in exotic supercars and limited-edition luxury vehicles.
Mark prefers more practical and inexpensive kinds of transportation. The three cars he drives most often are his Honda Fit, Acura TSX, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.
8. Mark tried to become a vegetarian
Mark tried to become a vegetarian. In 2011 Mark announced that he was challenging himself to become a vegetarian and only eat meat if he killed the animal himself because,
he wanted to be more connected to the food that he eats and the animals that give their lives so he could eat them.
Although he stuck with the challenge for a little while he’s now back to eating meat regularly.
9. Mark Zuckerberg is colorblind
He is colorblind mark is red-green color blind which means that the color that stands out best for him is blue that’s why blue is his favorite color and the primary color for Facebook.
10. Mark makes about $9 billion a year from Facebook
After the disappointing IPO that saw marks Facebook’s stake fall from 19 billion dollars to 17 billion dollars in a single day and continued struggles that saw his stake fall to eleven point nine billion just a couple of months later.
Facebook bounced back in a big way, in fact, its shares have increased over 282% since the IPO in 2012 profit margins have also increased to 37% from 19% in 2012,
and mark personally has earned an average of $9 billion per year from the company since 2012.
11. Mark found the social network movie hurtful
Mark found the Social Network Movie hurtful. At his first open Q&A forum on Facebook in 2014, Mark was asked how accurate is a “Social Network” movie?
Mark replied that, he kind of blocked that movie out and that the overarching plot was comprised of a bunch of made-up stuff that he found hurtful.
For example, the film suggests that he created Facebook after a girl broke up with him but in reality, he was with Priscilla before starting the site.
Mark says ultimately he didn’t think the reality was interesting enough to make a movie out of because the real story was just a lot of hard work.
12. Mark broke his arm on his first day of training for a triathlon
He broke his arm on his first day of training for a triathlon.
Mark has been focusing more on physical fitness. And in 2016, his new year’s resolution was to run 365 miles.
By the end of the year, he reached this goal with five months to spare so he decided to take on new challenge training for a triathlon,
however, on his first day of triathlon training he fell off his bike after stopping at a stop sign and broke his arm on the impact, he discussed the incident with Jerry Seinfeld on a Facebook live chat saying “I think I need to ease into this triathlon thing“.
13. Mark pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook shares in 2015
Priscilla and Mark joined The Giving Pledge which is a commitment some of the world’s wealthiest individuals have made to dedicate the majority of their wealth towards improving the world in various ways.
As a part of this pledge mark committed to giving away 99% of his personal Facebook shares during his lifetime.
This was announced through an open letter mark and Priscilla wrote to their newborn daughter max in 2015.
At the time they made the pledge, those shares were worth 45 billion dollars and their value continue to increase they had already donated generously in the past.
Donating more than 1.6 billion dollars over a period of 10 years their donations include a twenty-five million dollar donation to the CDC to stop the spread of Ebola,
100 million dollars to the Newyork Public School System, and 120 million dollars to education in the San Francisco Bay Area.
14. Marks salary was lowered to one dollar a year in 2013
Marks’ salary was lowered to one dollar a year in 2013.
Back in 2013 at marks request, his Facebook CEO salary was lowered to one dollar per year from the 500 thousand dollars per year that he was previously making.
He also withdrew himself from eligibility to be given any bonuses in the future.
15. Mark’s bought all of the houses surrounding his
He bought all of the houses surrounding him. Zuckerberg purchased his home in Palo Alto California in 2011 for $7 million.
When he heard the house next to his was going on the market and the agent plan to use being Mark’s neighbor as the main selling point.
He bought that house and three more of the houses surrounding his property for a total of around 44 million dollars so that he could protect his privacy and control the marketing of the homes.
He leased the homes back to their previous owners until they were ready to move. In 2016 he announced plans to downsize each of the four houses making them 20% smaller than their original sizes.
Although his intentions aren’t completely clear. There is speculation that he wants more privacy and security. He and his wife also own 750 acres of land in Hawaii.
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