Mark Zuckerberg is an American businessman and CEO with a net worth of approximately $45 billion. He’s one of the wealthiest men in America, and he has worked very hard for his fortune. At only 31-years-old, he is one of the youngest men in the world on the list of wealthiest billionaires. You know him because you use his business idea every single day. Mark Zuckerberg is the man who created Facebook. Born and raised in New York’s White Plains, he is the only boy in a family of four girls. Raised by a dentists and psychiatrist, his childhood was not a poor one. An excellent student, he spent the vast majority of his time winning awards in mathematics and science. After his Bar Mitzvah he decided to become an atheist, but he did not allow that to change the way that he felt about his large family.
Mark Zuckerberg was already considered a programming prodigy when he was only a child and by the time he was a student at Harvard, his professors found it difficult to keep up with him. He dropped out of Harvard University in his sophomore year after he began the first version of Facebook. It was February 4, 2004 when Facebook launched from a dorm room at Harvard University by a boy who wasn’t quite 20-years-old at the time (he would not turn 20 until May). He began the site as “Harvard” thing but it quickly became more popular. Suddenly it was something that people were using in college campuses across the country. It wasn’t too long after that it became accessible to the general public.
Over the course of the following 6 years, Mark Zuckerberg moved to California, opened his first office and began working tirelessly on his program. He hosted monthly parties in which he invited the smartest and most talented minds in the world to come over and hack something, rebuild it so it’s better and create amazing things; one night at a time. He was listed in 2010 in the number one spot on Vanity Fair’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the Information Age.
With a net worth so high, one might assume that Mark Zuckerberg has a large salary as the CEO of Facebook, but he does not. He earns a salary of $1 per year working as CEO of the company he created from his dorm room in Harvard. His home in Palo Alto is worth approximately $7 million, his car is worth an estimated $30,000 and his base salary is only $500,000 per year based on all of his many business ventures. However, he earns a significant amount of money as a shareholder in many of his own businesses, including Facebook. He earns around $2.73 billion per year as a whole. Married to his college sweetheart, Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg is currently expecting his first child, a daughter, with his wife, who graduated from medical school in 2012 on the same day that they couple was married in Zuckerberg’s California home.
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