A childhood prodigy, self-made and the youngest billionaire in the world started and still runs Facebook. As of 2018, he is the only person under 50 in the Forbes 10 richest people list.
On February 4, 2004, Mark launched Facebook with Harvard roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. An earlier inspiration for Facebook may have come from Phillips Exeter Academy, the prep school from which Mark graduated in 2002.
The Winklevoss Twins and Divya Narendra sued him over allegedly stealing their idea for a social network called HarvardConnection.com. In 2008, the lawsuit resulted in a settlement for 1.2 million shares in Facebook.
In 2013, Mark launched the Internet.org project, an initiative whose aim is to provide internet access to the five billion people who were not connected as of the launch date.
Since 2010, Mark has been listed among TIME’s 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world, and that year, he was also named as the magazine’s Person of the Year. In 2016, he was ranked 10th on Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful People list.Tags: social media