50 Surprising Mark Zuckerberg Facts

Mark Zuckerberg Headshot | What's HuangMark Zuckerberg’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. Chances are you have probably used Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp. Here are 50 interesting facts about one of the most influential tech leaders.

  1. At the age of 12, Mark built a messaging tool for his father called Zucknet that improved communication for dentists.
  2. He knows 6 languages including English, Hebrew, French, Latin, Greek, and Mandarin Chinese.
  3. Zuckerberg decided to donate 99% of his Facebook shares over the course of his life.
  4. Mark is married to his wife Priscilla, has two daughters named Max and August, and a Hungarian sheepdog named Beast.
  5. He dropped out of Harvard in 2004 and then in 2017 went back and completed his degree. Watch his 2017 Harvard commencement speech.
  6. He is a registered organ donor.
  7. Mark, as of 2017, is #5 most richest man on the Forbes list.
  8. Mark has been known to set an interesting New Year’s resolution challenge every year.
  9. In 2009, Mark’s New Year’s challenge was to wear a tie for a whole year.
  10. In 2010, Mark’s New Year’s resolution was to learn Mandarin Chinese. Check out this video of him speaking in Chinese at the Tsinghua University in China.
  11. In 2011, Mark’s New Year’s resolution was to become a vegetarian and only eat meat if he killed it himself.
  12. In 2012, his New Year’s resolution was to make sure that he still code everyday.
  13. In 2013, his New Year’s resolution was to meet someone outside of Facebook everyday.
  14. In 2014, Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution was to write a thank you note everyday.
  15. In 2015, Mark’s New Year’s resolution was to read a book every other week. Here is a list of all of the books he read. 
  16. In 2016, Mark’s New Year’s resolution was to create a smart assistant powered by AI to help him through his everyday life. He also challenged himself to run 1 mile a day.
  17. In 2017, Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution is to visit and meet someone in every state.
  18. On May 18, 2012, Facebook IPO’ed. The next day on May 19, 2012, Mark got married to his wife Priscilla.
  19. He has red-green color blindness. Facebook color is blue because he sees this color the best.
  20. As of 2017, Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users.
  21. His annual salary is $1 USD.
  22. He considers himself an atheist.
  23. He is often seen wearing the same iconic grey t-shirt because it allows him to focus on more important factors.
  24. In high school he created a program called Synapse that used machine learning to recommend a music track.
  25. Mark’s father is a dentist and his mother is a physciatrist.
  26. Mark has three sisters.
  27. Facebook has ambitious plans to connect the world and provide free internet access through internet.org.
  28. The movie, “The Social Network” was inspired by Mark’s life events.
  29. He designed his wife’s wedding ring.
  30. It has been known that his business cards has the tagline, “I’m CEO, Bitch!”
  31. facebook.com was once called thefacebook.com
  32. Mark Zuckerberg’s dog, Beast, has a Facebook page with over 2.7 million followers.
  33. Mark Zuckerberg drives a Volkswagen GTI and before that an Acura TSX.
  34. He first learned how to program in C++ from the book C++ for Dummies.
  35. He became a billionaire at the age of 23.
  36. 12 people reportedly helps him manage his Facebook page.
  37. In addition to Facebook, Mark is also on Twitter and Instagram.
  38. In 2010, Time magazine named him Person of the Year.
  39. Facebook offers up to 4 months of paid paternity leave. Mark recently took advantage of this by taking time off to spend with his second child.
  40. Mark is trying to make the world a more open place while also being very private in his personal life. He even tapes over his webcam.
  41. He purchased a 700 acre plot of land in Kauai, Hawaii for $100 million.
  42. Mark, like many, rents his home in California.
  43. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”
  44. Mark works out atleast three times a week.
  45. Frank Gehry reached out to Mark to design one of the campus buildings at Facebook.
  46. Some of Mark’s favorite music artists include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Radiohead.
  47. He’s friends with Vin Diesel and pleaded with him to do a xXx sequel.
  48. He typically works between 50-60 hours a week at the office, but is always reading and thinking about the company’s mission 24/7.
  49. He doesn’t have his own office. Instead, he has a desk in an open space just like the rest of his staff.
  50. “My goal was to never make Facebook cool. I’m not a cool person.”

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