Developing a messaging app at just 12 years! Well, it’s true. We all know Mark –the founder of the popular social networking platform called Facebook. Facebook is one of the most popular social sites in the worlds which connects billions of people altogether from all around the world.
Mark was born on 14th May 1984 in New York. He was raised in a very comfortable and well-educated family. His father was a dentist and his mother worked as a psychiatrist. Mark started getting interested in computers at an early age of 12. He created a messaging app called as ZUCKNET. His family completed supported him for his interests and hired a personal private tutor for his computer coaching. He was enrolled in Exeter and after graduating from there he moved to Harvard University.
Then he invented his first software program called FACEMASH that compared people on attractiveness, his program was a hit in his college but it was later shut down by the administration. He was also offered by the twin brother Tyler for creating a website HARVARD CONNECTION. This website basically provides information about the students in the college and also provide dating platform. But as on working on this project, Mark dropped his plan as he wanted to create his own social network.
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In 2005 Mark got a huge investor who invested around 12.7 million dollars into his network. His network got huge success among different schools and colleges and by the end of December 2005, his network had 5.6 million users. Mark was so attached to his company that he rejected various offers by popular companies like YAHOO and MTV.
It was all going very smoothly but in 2006 the twin brother filed a case on Mark for stealing their content from the Harvard Connection. The disputed went for long but after it was settled with around 65 million dollars. This dispute continued till 2011! Yes for more than 6 years.
Mark was also mentioned in one of his movie called THE SOCIAL NETWORK. This movie was based upon his life and career on Facebook. Mark is considered to be one of the youngest billionaires in the world as he conquered everything by just 20 years of age. Mark being so much rich lives a casual life and keep it too simple. Also when he was blessed with his first daughter MAX he donated 99% of his earning just for he was much happy.
Today Facebook is among the fastest growing companies and is serving more than 1 billion people around the world.