It is sometimes believed that someone’s financial
worth can be deduced from the car they drive.
Although somewhat popular, this assertion has
been rubbished by the world’s youngest
billionaire, co-founder and CEO of Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg.
Some of his contemporaries or multi-millionaires
and billionaires drive Ferraris, Lamborghinis,
Rolls Royces, Aston Martins and Bugatti Veyrons,
which come with hefty price tags running into
hundreds of thousands of dollars and even
Zuckerberg, 29, and currently worth $19bn,
according to Forbes, drives an Acura TSX and a
Honda Fit, which cost about $30,000 and
$18,000, respectively.
His Acura TSX, is an entry level luxury sedan
which uses a 2.4 litre in-line 4 cylinder engine. It
can churn out 201 hp and 172 lb-ft torque and
has a 5 -speed automatic transmission, which
comes with steering-wheel paddle shifters for
optional manual shifting. The car is quite packed
with luxury features like leather interior,
automatic climate control, a seven-speaker
sound system, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth and
Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White
Plains, New York, to Edward Zuckerberg, a
dentist, and Karen (née Kempner), a psychiatrist.
Even though, he was raised Jewish, Zuckerberg
had since described himself as an atheist. As a
junior student, Zuckerberg won prizes in science
(mathematics, astronomy and physics) and
classical studies. While most of his mates were
busy playing games as young students,
Zuckerberg was creating them.
In his early teens he created a music player
named Synapse – as a school project – using
some help from a friend, which used artificial
intelligence to understand one’s taste in music
and created a playlist accordingly. Software
bigwigs like Microsoft and AOL tried to buy it
and even recruit Mark. But he refused both.
Instead, he went to Harvard in 2002. On
February 4, 2004, with the help of his room
mates, Dutsin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, and
using the finance provided by another friend,
Eduardo Saverin, he launched what was then
called, The Facebook. It was an instant hit, and
soon made Mark the next big thing.
On September 14, 2012, Facebook hit 1 billion
users, a remarkable feat for a company that
started in Zuckerberg’s dormitory room while he
was at Harvard. Zuckerberg later dropped out of
Harvard in his second year to concentrate on his
If you think that Zuckerberg’s home will suggest
his enormous wealth, you are mistaken. The
American computer programmer and Internet
entrepreneur owns a house in Palo Alto ,
California, which is his first property investment.
But prior to this, he had always stayed in rented
apartment. Zuckerberg lives in the house with his
wife, Priscilla Chan. The young billionaire is
known to be a fan of renting and a relatively
modest lifestyle.
The house sits in the area of 5,1617-square-foot,
was originally built in 1903. Since the house is of
historic times, it boasts gorgeous historical
elements, like sash windows, coffered ceilings,
French doors, and deep porches. The 5-bedroom
house was bought for $7m. Although the house
is grand, it is still considered modest, compared
to the residences of Zuckerberg’s other IT
Zuckerberg and his wife reportedly bought a new
house in San Francisco for almost $10m
recently, but the couple have neither confirmed
nor denied the mansion, said to be undergoing
The work includes a $65,000 kitchen and
bathroom remodel, a $60,000 greenhouse and
the replacement of an exterior wall and stairway,
plus seismic upgrades.
Zuckerberg does not own a private jet, but
Facebook authorised its CEO and COO to use
private aircraft for business purposes to
maximise such executives’ productive time and
ensure their quick availability. On some
occasions, the jet could also be used for
personal purposes.
On May 19, 2012, Zuckerberg got married to his
long time college sweetheart, Priscilla, in an
astonishing ceremony at his Palo Alto home in
California . The propitious wedding was kept
behind the curtains in such a way that even the
guests thought they were attending Priscilla’s
graduation from the Univeristy of California.
Zuckerberg announced the nuptial on his social
networking site ‘Facebook’, via a status update,
posting his wedding picture which was liked by
more than 280,000 people. Just a day before the
wedding, Facebook’s fortune rose to £12bn in
the stock market.
Facebook Inc CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has begun
a campaign to make the United States
government more transparent in its surveillance
Zuckerberg said more openness regarding the
secretive programmes were required because
they had been hurting users’ trust in Internet
companies such as his.
During a meeting with members of Congress last
week in Washington, the 29-year-old social
media billionaire urged the US government to
inform the public about its requests for data from
Internet companies.
He said, “What I can tell from the data that I see
at Facebook is that I think the more
transparency and communication the government
could do about how they’re requesting the data
from us, the better everyone would feel about it.
“From reading in the media, you couldn’t get a
sense whether the number of requests that the
government makes is closer to a thousand or
closer to a 100 million. I think the more
transparency the government has, the better
folks will feel.”
15 interesting facts about Zuckerberg
1. Type @[4:0] in a Facebook comment, and
Mark Zuckerberg’s name will appear.
2. You can’t block Mark Zuckerberg on
3. Facebook is blue because Zuckerberg has a
red-green colour-blindness.
4. In 2009, Zuckerberg wore a tie for the entire
year as a symbol of how serious and important
the year was, following the recession that began
in 2008.
5. He says he’s not that interested in money but
in connecting the world.
6. He’s spent a year trying to eat only meat that
he kills.
7. By the time he turned 13, he had already
created a basic computer network for his family
dubbed “Zucknet,” which allowed the computers
in the family and his father’s dental office to
send messages to each other by pinging.
8. He designed his wife’s wedding ring.
9. At a party one Friday night, Zuckerberg met
Priscilla, a Chinese American from Boston , who
later became his wife.
10. To be able to communicate with Priscilla’s
family members, Zuckerberg started to learn
Chinese in 2010.
11. Zuckerberg’s first car was a Subaru Forester
12. Mark Zuckerberg is also on Twitter as
@finkd where he has over 150,000 followers but
has posted only 19 tweets in the last three and a
half years.
13. Zuckerberg has also created a few computer
14. His favourite musicians include Daft Punk,
Lady Gaga, Shakira and Rihanna.
15. Eduardo Saverin, one of the four co-founders
of Facebook had provided the $1000 seed capital
to start Facebook.
Zuckerberg wants more transparency in Internet
Sources: http://www.sfgate.com; http://www.bornrich.com;
http://www.celebritycarsblog.com; ibnlive.in.com;
http://www.washingtonpost.com; en.wikipedia.com


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