Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg turned 30 on May 14, 2014. A man who accomplished more before he was 30 than most people do in a lifetime, Zuckerberg is a polarizing figure in the tech world. Here are some interesting facts about Zuck’s first three decades on planet Earth.
1. Mark Zuckerberg Has a Net Worth of Over $25 Billion
As we noted in our article about Facebook’s 10th Anniversary, Zuck only draws $1 per year as his official Facebook CEO salary. Despite that low salary, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the wealthiest men in America. Forbes pegs his net worth at around $26.5 billion.
Back in 2008, USA Today wrote that Zuckerberg had become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire…an honor he scored just four years after launching Facebook.
Unlike some billionaires, Zuck doesn’t exactly live a life of leisure. According to a Facebook co-worker, Mark works nine or ten hours a day, five days a week. He does travel frequently for work.
2. Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Priscilla Chan Give Millions to Charity
According to the Washington Post, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, are generous givers when it comes to charity. The couple are pictured above buying flowers.
The Post notes that the couple have donated about $1.5 billion in shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, separated out over a couple of years. In 2013, a Massachusetts education startup, Panorama Education, received approximately $4 million in funding through Zuckerberg’s Startup: Education organization. Startup: Education was founded by Chan and Zuckerberg in 2010, and funded by an initial $100 million donation from the couple.
3. Mark Zuckberg Owns Multiple Houses Near Palo Alto
Forbes notes that Zuckberg’s Palo Alto home is over 5,000+ square feet, and set on grounds that span over 17,000 square feet.
Additionally, the San Jose Mercury News notes that Mark Zuckerberg bought four homes around his main home in 2013 (paying more than $30 million in total).
Apparently, Zuckerberg bought the homes surrounding his property after he got wind of a developer’s plans to buy up the properties and advertise them as being next door to the Facebook CEO.
4. Mark Zuckerberg Is Colorblind
Ever wondered why Facebook’s logo is done in blue and white? The iconic color scheme of Facebook has a lot to do with the fact that Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. Search Engine Journal notes that Zuckerberg finds blue to be “the richest color” he can perceive on the color spectrum.
5. Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Make Facebook More Loving
In a recent article, the Huffington Post wrote about Mark Zuckerberg and the future of Facebook. They noted:
“Mark Zuckerberg tried to convey an image of a beneficent Facebook at the company’s F8 Conference…Zuckerberg said that he’d been doing a lot of thinking on the eve of his 30th birthday, and had decided Facebook must ‘build a culture of loving the people we serve.'”
Zuckerberg’s softer side isn’t surprising, given some of the other quotes he’s shared in the past. One of his most memorable quotes, according to Business Insider, is the following statement:
“My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don’t care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being ‘just’ a company means to me is building something that actually makes a really big change in the world.”
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