Web Developer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Facebook is the most popular social networking service in the world, and Mark Zuckerberg started it in 2004, when he was still in college! By the time he was 23 years old, in 2007, Facebook had made Zuckerberg a billionaire.
Zuckerberg first became interested in computers when he was in middle school, when his father taught him how to program. He studied computer science and psychology at Harvard, which is where he developed the first version of Facebook with some of his friends. A movie called “The Social Network” portrays how he turned a side project into a multi-billion dollar company, and the controversy around its launch.
In 2010, Zuckerberg made his first major gift of a $100 million dollars to help the struggling Newark public school system. Shortly thereafter, Zuckerberg signed The Giving Pledge, which asks billionaires to give over half of their money to charity over the course of their lives.
In 2013, Zuckerberg made the largest donation ever — $900 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which partners with donors and nonprofits to address social issues in the community. The following year, Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million to combat the Ebola virus in Africa. They made headlines again when they announced, upon the birth of their daughter Max, that they would give 99% of their $45 billion in Facebook shares to charity. Zuckerberg was 31 years old at the time.
What would you do with $45 billion dollars?