29 April 2013
Worth 13.3 billion dollars, Mark Zuckerberg is one of the wealthiest people alive. At just 28 years old, the co-founder of Facebook is also one of the youngest billionaires in history. As of 2010, there were over one billion members of his social network, speaking 75 different languages and spending over 700 billion minutes online per month. Membership is currently growing at a rate of about 700,000 people a day. Mark Zuckerberg, a self-made billionaire, created the largest social network in history through his talents and love of computers to connect people all over the world (Grossman).
There must have been something that influenced Mark’s accomplishments. His childhood actually played a key role in his success. Mark Zuckerberg was born May 14, 1984 in Dobbs Ferry, New York to Edward and Karen Zuckerberg. He was born into a comfortable, well-educated family. His father, Edward, ran a dental practice attached to their home, and his mother, Karen, was a psychiatrist until the birth of Mark and his siblings Randi, Donna and Arielle ("Mark Zuckerberg Biography"). His father taught Mark the Atari BASIC Programming language in the 1990s ("Mark Zuckerberg"). Mark developed a love for computers at a very early age. In fact, when he was only 12 years old, he created a communication program called “Zucknet” using an old Atari. It was so effective that his father used it in his office as well as around the house with the rest of the family. He and his friends also worked on several computer games together. His parents even hired a private computer tutor, David Newman, so Mark could learn more specifically about computers and technology. Zuckerberg attended Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive prep school in New Hampshire. He became skilled at fencing, and eventually became team captain. While in high school, Mark created software similar to Pandora called Synapse, which selected music based...