Mark Zuckerberg, renowned for his role in developing Facebook into the social media enigma that it is today, turned thirty-seven in 2021. Considering his successes, one can easily assume that more is yet to come in view of his relatively young age and all that he has achieved so far. Having grown outside of New York, he dropped out of Harvard shortly after creating Facebook.
Irrespective of whether one would agree with Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of social media and the future, his brilliance as a leading entrepreneur of his generation cannot be contested. His success is underlined by the large volumes of active people on Facebook, with him holding the majority voting rights for the social network, thus having complete control over the platform.
It has not been a clear path for Zuckerberg, especially when considering that Facebook faced a number of scandals over the years. It has been criticised and investigated over the way it handles and processes the data of users and its role in the 2016 presidential election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In the midst of these accusations, through testimonies he defended the company’s mission of connecting the world. Throughout his career, he has invested significantly in promoting better education and curing diseases.
Although he has accumulated an incredible amount of wealth, he is notorious for wearing very casual clothing including hoodies, grey t-shirts and jeans. With that said, over the past years he did elevate the level of his attire.
Following the success of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s ambition led him to acquire more media platforms such as Instagram and WhatsApp. He also acquired Oculus.
Being no stranger to controversy, in 2016 he was accused that the fake news being spread on Facebook led to Donald Trump’s election win. He dubbed the notion that fake news on Facebook influencing the election result as a “crazy idea”.
Mark Zuckerberg will always be remembered as the man who transformed social media and the way people interact with each other across different devices. With that said however, his work shows no sign of slowing down or stalling. One of the latest projects that he is working on is set to revolutionise the internet. The metaverse has the set objective of creating an immersive internet experience for users worldwide. With this project coming into fruition, the world will change as people can be an intrinsic part of the internet rather than just viewing it on a screen, creating new opportunities for collaboration and commerce.
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