Mark Zuckerberg

By: Leanne Brown

Early On

Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, a city approximately 30 miles from New York City. He was then raised in nearby Dobbs Ferry. Zuckerberg began programming at the age of 12, and eventually developed his own messaging system - Zucknet - that his father used in his dental practice and that the family used at home. He had a computer programming tutor, and took college level programming courses at Mercy College to keep up with his interest.

The Founder and CEO of Facebook

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Zuckerberg enrolled and studied at Harvard University. He had created numerous computer programs, including CourseMatch and Facemash. A few students a Harvard were developing their own site - Harvard Connection - and asked Mark to help them. He did, but soon left to start his own project. This project evolved into what is today known as Facebook. Originally The Facebook, Mark dropped out of Harvard in order to work on the site full time. He recently married Priscilla Chan, his long-time girlfriend, in 2012, and the two welcomed a daughter - Max - in November 2015

The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental Billionaires is a book written by Ben Mezrich. First published in 2009, The Accidental Billionaires tells the story of the founding of Facebook. However, even though Zuckerberg never collaborated with Mezrich on the book, it is told from the perspective of three of the people that were closest to him - Eduardo Saverin, Sean Parker, and Tyler Winklevoss. A review on the book from CNET states, " 'The Accidental Billionaires' is one of those books that exists to be turned into a movie. And the film adaptation of this one has been in development since before Doubleday was willing to confirm itself as the book's publisher." Given a 3.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, the paperback version can be purchased for $14.36 from the site, a ten percent discount from the originally listed price of $15.95. It can also be purchased for $11.99 on Kindle devices.

The Social Network

The Social Network is the film adaptation of the book The Accidental Billionaires. Released on October 1, 2010, The Social Network was directed by David Fincher and starred Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg.
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