The fortune and empire of Mark Zuckerberg, who is preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday | Economy

The fortune and empire of Mark Zuckerberg, who is preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday | Economy
The fortune and empire of Mark Zuckerberg, who is preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday | Economy

Mark Zuckerberg, who turns forty tomorrow, Tuesday, has achieved many goals, such as amass one of the largest fortunes in the world, build a technological empire through various applications and raise a large family.

Zuckerberg is now the CEO and president of Goal (parent company of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger), but it all started in a much more humble way, on the elitist campus of Harvard University, where together with other students -Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin- launched two years ago decades Thefacebook.com.

Zuckerberg abandoned his studies in Psychology and Computer Science during his second year at Harvard to move to Palo Alto – sanctuary of the ‘Tech’ world – and work at his company full time.

When he returned to the prestigious university, he went big, receiving an honorary doctorate and becoming the youngest commencement speaker in history.

Person of the year, Hollywood and going public

Zuckerberg’s figure did not go unnoticed, both for being a young prodigy and for his style, always dressed in the same clothes and with almost robotic gestures at times.

In 2010, Time magazine named Zuckerberg “Person of the Year” for “connecting more than 500 million people and mapping the social relationships between them; for creating a new information exchange system; and for changing the way people live.”

Hollywood shined its spotlight on Zuckerberg with the film ‘The Social Network’, a film that recounts the creation of Facebook in which Jesse Eisenberg is in charge of giving life to Zuckerberg, who maintains that many of the details of the film are incorrect.

In 2012 Facebook went public. and a day later Zuckerberg married Priscilla Chan – whom he met at a university party – in a surprise wedding even for the guests, as they had arrived believing they were celebrating Chan’s graduation in medicine.

Improve the planet with your fortune

The couple committed to donating 99% of their stake in Meta throughout their lives -It is estimated that Zuckerberg owns 13% of the shares-, as well as to donate 3 billion dollars to finance medical research in the next decade and try to end, cure or control all diseases by the year 2100.

The fact that he wants to donate most of his great fortune to improve the world does not mean that his company has faced several moral and ethical problems which has led him to appear on several occasions before United States legislators, mainly accused of developing tools to make his applications increasingly addictive, particularly for adolescents.

The couple, who now have three children, He doesn’t exactly live modestly: In 2011, they bought a 5,000-square-foot Palo Alto home for $7 million, then spent an additional $45 million on the four homes and the land around them for more privacy.

They also have a large oasis on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

In 2014 the Zuckerberg family disbursed around 100 million dollars for more than 280 hectares and since then he has purchased more than 607 hectares in that area.

Doesn’t let go of the reins

Unlike some of the other founders of major tech companies -like Jeff Bezos of Amazon or Larry Page of Google-, Zuckerberg has not yet handed over the reins of his social media empire that he has built in twenty years to someone else.

On the contrary, Zuckerberg has been guiding the company towards the metaverse and artificial intelligence (AI)something that is meaning a large investment of money for Meta.

 
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