Mark Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur and philanthropist but is most famous for co-founding Facebook. Zuckerberg, originally from Dobbs Ferry, New York, attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was during his time at Harvard that Zuckerberg, along with the help of Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, developed the most popular social media website today, Facebook.com. Today he officially serves as the Chairman and CEO of the company and accepts just a $1.00 a year salary for his efforts. Zuckerberg never in fact graduated from Harvard. The popularity of Facebook took off and became Mark’s full time occupation faster than he ever expected.
Throughout all of Facebook’s success, Zuckerberg makes it a point to give back and express his philanthropic side. He donated an undisclosed amount of money to Diaspora, a company that provides a free personal web server that incorporates a social networking service. Mark founded Start-up: Education Foundation in 2010 and in September of that year, Zuckerberg donated $100 million to Newark Public Schools in Newark, New Jersey in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Other contributions from Zuckerberg’s foundation include a pledge of $120 million over 5 years to improve education in the Bay Area. Later that year, Zuckerberg joined both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in signing a promise with The Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is an organization that looks for wealthy individuals to pledge their wealth to charitable causes. In Mark’s case, he promises to donate at least half of his wealth over the course of time. In December of 2013, announced he would be donating 18 million shares of Facebook to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. At the time of the donation, it was estimated that the shares would be worth about $990 million. On December 31st, 2013, the donation was recognized as the largest charitable gift for the year. In December of 2015, following the birth of his daughter Max, both Mark and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares, a $45 billion value, to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.