Mark Zuckerberg is one of the biggest known celebrities on the planet. The 34-year-old is basically the forefather of social media.
Back in 2004 while attending Harvard University, Zuckerberg invented Facebook and changed the world. Almost 15 years later, Zuckerberg is one of the wealthiest people on the planet, a philanthropist, and one of the most influential entrepreneurs the world has ever seen.
But as his stock continues to rise almost every minute of each passing day, how much is “Zuck” really worth in 2018?
Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth 2019: $68.9 Billion
Mark Zuckerberg today is worth an insurmountable $68.9 billion dollars. Imagine that, starting out with next to nothing when you started and a decade and a half later is now worth over half of a 100 billion dollars. Truly incredible.
Early Life (1984-2002)
Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York to Karen and Edward Zuckerberg. He had three other siblings, his sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle.
Growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a young Zuckerberg began to learn using computers and write software. His father taught him programming for Atari BASIC. He was also tutored privately by the software developer, David Newman.
As a teen, Zuck attended Ardsley High School where he shined in his studies. He would transfer to Philip Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. During this time, Zuckerberg decided to attend a graduate course at Mercy College focusing on programming.
At Exeter, Zuckerberg showed his genius. He won multiple awards in science and classical studies. While also there, he attended the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth during the summer.
Before going to Harvard, Zuckerberg privately worked under a company name, Intelligent Media Group, building a music player, later revealed as, Synapse Music Player.
College Years (2002-2005)
After leaving Exeter, Zuckerberg took his talents to Harvard University. He was already given the reputation as “a programming prodigy”. At Harvard, he studied psychology and computer science. Zuckerberg also belonged to Alpha Epsilon and Kirkland House.
As a sophomore, Zuckerberg created a program called CourseMatch. The program gave users the options to make their classes based on choices of other students and form study groups. A short time later, he would create FaceSmash. FaceSmash allowed students to select the best-looking person from a number of pictures.
Once FaceSmash was shut down, Zuckerberg began a new project. In January 2004, he began writing code for his newest site, Thefacebook. On February 4, 2004, he launched Thefacebook, and in the process changed the media landscape forever.
Just a few days into its launch, Zuckerberg was accused by three fellow Harvard seniors, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra for misleading them into believing he would help them develop their own social networking site, HarvardConnection.com.
After launching Thefacebook at Harvard, Zuckerberg quickly moved, bringing the site to other schools (Columbia, NYU, Stamford, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Yale).
As the site began to grow larger in size, Zuckerberg, fellow programmer Dustin Moskovitz, and friends moved to Palo Alto, California. He and his friends leased a small house that served as Facebook’s first office. During the summer, Zuckerberg met with Peter Thiel, who became the first investor in the Facebook brand. He also said during that time, that he and his group would return to Harvard, which never came to fruition. Zuckerberg would drop out of Harvard in his sophomore year to focus all his intentions on Facebook.
Zuckerberg settled out his lawsuits with the Winklevosses, Narenda, and Eduardo Saverin between 2007 and 2008.
In 2009, Vanity Fair named Zuckerberg number 23 on their list of the “Top 100 most influential people of the Information Age”. A year later, he reached the number one spot. Also in that year, New Statesmen chose him number 16 in their annual survey of the world’s 50 most influential figures.
On July 21, 2010, Zuckerberg and Facebook hit the 500-million user plateau.
Facebook and the Present (2010-Present)
In December of 2010, the Facebook founder, along with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet signed “The Giving Pledge”. An initiative where Zuckerberg and his counterparts would donate half of their wealth over the course of time to charity.
On October 1, 2012, Zuckerberg visited Russia and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to help boost social media innovation in the country and boost Facebook’s pull in the Russian market.
Zuckerberg married his wife Priscilla Chan on May 19, 2012 in his backyard as a part of his celebration for Chan graduating from medical school.
In 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, he was the keynote speaker at the Mobile World Congress, speaking to over 75,000 delegates. A year later, Zuckerberg and his wife Chan pledged to give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
The same day that Zuckerberg and Chan announced their initiative, they welcomed their first child. A daughter named Maxima Chan Zuckerberg.
On May 28, 2017, Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard.
Four months later on August 28th, he and Chan welcomed their second child.
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook wants to make it easier to send messages across its apps and that it would be an “a 2020 thing or beyond.”