Mark Zuckerberg

Computer Programmer

Early Life

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was born on May 14th, 1984, in White Plains, New York to a psychiatrist and dental professor. He developed an interest in computers at an early age, somewhere around 12. As a kid, his friends would come over and draw pictures and his friends would make video games out of them. After a while, his parents decided to get him a tutor, in which he out-smarted pretty quickly. Mark was sent to Phillips Exeter Academy where he excelled in all his classes and became captain of the fencing team. As time traveled by, he then developed and early form of Pandora and called it Synapse.

College

Mark Zuckerberg graduated from Exeter in 2002; therefore, moving up to college at Harvard University. He then developed a reputation as a computer genius on campus. At Harvard he developed a couple of programs such as CourseMatch and Facemash. Deemed inappropriate, the site Facemash compared the pictures of two students on campus and allowed users to vote on which one was more attractive. After hearing about Mark's success and ideas three people sought him out, asking him to help them develop a social networking site called Harvard Connection which allowed students to find and date other students from Harvard. Mark soon dropped out of college to pursue his own social network project.

The Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg and his friends sat in their dorms for several hours programming and coding. In June 2004, the group ran this site out of their Harvard dorm and called it "The Facebook". Zuckerberg dropped out of college and moved to California, completely devoting all his time to his new company and worked with his coworker Eduardo Saverin. By the end of 2004, Facebook had over 1 million users. Facebook then started to attract companies and then in 2006, the creators of Harvard Connection, claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea and insisted he pay for their business losses.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg has an estimated net worth of $4,000,000,000. Accel partners invested $12.7 million in his company. There were more than 5.5 million users by the end of 2005. A critically acclaimed movie The Social Network was made to tell the story of Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues.